4 Healthy Food Books That Are Actually Worth The Read

The start of a new year means the release of dozens of books telling you how to cleanse, exercise, and eat to make this year your healthiest year ever. There are plenty full of research and wisdom that will really help you get there, and there are lots focused on crazy claims that will never work.
We sorted through 2014's new healthy food books to bring you a few of the first group — from revamping your food philosophy to learning about a super healthy ingredient you may need more of. (The bogus diet ones that promised to make you skinny in 13 days while eating pizza and not working out at all? Those went in the recycling.)
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Here are six new healthy food books that aren't about fads diets (listed in alphabetical order).
Whether you’re a green juice junkie, a SoulCycle addict, or just trying to maintain a working relationship with your skinny jeans, healthy living is always in style. So we’ve tapped the wellness masterminds at Well+Good — the go-to-site for cool, healthy-leaning women coast to coast — to keep you in-the-know.
This post was authored by Lisa Elaine Held.
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Blessing the Hands That Feed Us by Vicki Robin

Who it's for: aspiring locavores.

This memoir-guidebook combo outlines author Robin's experiment to eat foods sourced from within 10 miles of her home (on an island in the Pacific Northwest) for one month.

"There is no special virtue in a 10-mile diet," she says in the introduction. "Or a 50-mile or 100-mile diet. The miles are simply markers for something else — bringing our eating closer to home."

Rubin uses the pages to tell the story of her experience and its challenges while offering insights into how to create a new kind of relationship with the food you eat, to become what she calls a "relational eater." From how you feel after a meal, to why you overeat, to getting to know your farmer, to recipes for kale chips and squash bisque, the book is a mixed bag of wisdom and tools for health and happiness at the table.

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The Calorie Myth by Jonathan Bailor

Who it's for: frequent fad dieters and obsessive calorie counters.

Former personal trainer and Microsoft program manager Jonathan Bailor presents the findings of his personal quest to figure out why the weight loss and maintenance programs being fed to the masses aren't working. His conclusion? Stop counting calories; start eating quality foods.

Bailor talks you through the evidence he found, focusing on the idea that everyone has a “set point weight” that your body will hover around naturally if you hormones are properly regulated, which will only happen if you eat right.

After he brings you through the reasoning, he sets you up with a clear plan to eat more "sane" foods (i.e., whole vegetables and proteins) and ditch "insane" ones (i.e. processed foods and sugar), while also touching on related topics like more effective exercise.
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The Coconut Oil Miracle, 5th Edition by Bruce Fife

Who it's for: the healthy foodie looking for the next big thing.

You make green smoothies for breakfast. You eat the rainbow. You're pretty damn healthy, but do you know what coconut oil can do for you? Fife is the super ingredient's biggest proponent, and in this fifth edition release of his bestselling guide, he adds the most current research and discoveries related to coconut oil's many possible benefits, from weight loss and heart disease prevention to pretty skin and hair.

And, he tells you how to start using it stat, with 50 recipes — from smoothies to curried shrimp salad.

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Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD

Who it's for: nutrition science geeks and carb/sugar over-loaders.

Functional medicine-inclined physicians like Frank Lipman, MD, and Wheat Belly author William Davis, MD, have been sounding the alarm against gluten and sugar for a while, linking them to all manner of health issues and diseases.

In Grain Brain, Dr. Perlmutter adds a new note to the chorus, focusing on how the two foods wreak havoc on the human brain, leading to dementia, ADHD, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, and more. The book is heavy on scientific arguments but also includes a four-week plan of action to revamp your diet with healthy, happy-making foods.

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