Health Book Notes

Blue Zones

The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner

RATING: 10/10

A book that documents populations with high densities of people living to a hundred or older. This book chronicles their lifestyle and how you can incorporate similar habits to promote longevity and happiness. A book that stands out amongst the cagillion diet/wellness books for approaching the issue holistically and within context.

In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

RATING: 9/10

In Defense of Food chronicles what has happened to our Food System and what we can do about it. If you care at all about your health in relation to food, read this book.

Folks this Ain't Normal

Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin

RATING: 8/10

A book that reminds me of how far detached from the food system I really am. Every bit as shocking as Food Inc. and then some. It’s a call for a return to “normal,” adapting to biological life systems as nature intended. A great book not only for detailing farming and the injustices, but looking at how distorted are reality really has become culturally.

Mindless Eating

Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink

RATING: 8/10

A book that explores behavior change when it comes to eating. We are more prone to environmental forces than simply relying on will power in following a diet. A bit academically dry, but solidly recommended.

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The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton

RATING: 7/10

A great book on epigenetics and how thoughts and environment affect genetics.


Engineering the Alpha

Man 2.0 Engineering the Alpha by John Romaniello

RATING: 5/10

Engineering the Alpha touts itself as a “man’s guide” to a great life, but it’s simply a diet and fitness book. The book draws upon intermittent fasting for a diet and circuit training for exercising. I tried the program for 2 1/2 months. The intermittent fasting part did not work for me, and the circuit training was great, but hard to do all the exercises in a circuit due to the busyness of the gym.