My Favorite Nutrition Books that Have Changed How I Practice

  Aug 18, 2017  |  #Lifestyle

Happy Friday, woo hoo!

Firstly, I’m on my first podcast today, RD Real Talk! I’m talking about my career change to nutrition and dietetics, and what that career process was like. Give it a listen. I’d love to know what you think!

Just popping in today for a fun, light-reading post. I’ve gotten some questions about my favorite books! And I figured I’d answer in terms of professional, nutrition books. T

hese are books that have helped me and/or guided me in my practice.

Please feel free to share some of your favorite below. I’m always looking for more choices to check out!

Favorite Nutrition Books

Food Guide for Marathoners


This is a book by Nancy Clark. You can bet this was one of my best friends during marathon training. I also refer to this in my work with other runners. Nancy Clark is a stud, and has so many realistic approaches to eating and fueling correctly for exercise, especially for runners.

What I love most about her approach is that she doesn’t promote dieting – she’s all about eating right and eating enough.

And I had the pleasure of meeting her at a conference in April and she is just as wonderful in person.

Favorite Nutrition Books

Also, if you’re looking for more of a Bible for pre/post workout nutrition of any kind, this book is totally worth the $9.00.

Intuitive Eating

Obv, right?  Intuitive Eating has become a favorite, and I’ve read it a couple times and plan on re-reading it more. I take something new away each time I read intuitive eating.

This is the future, you guys. If only we could get everyone on board with this way of eating. I can guarantee there would be a lot of happier, healthier people out there. Because dieting doesn’t work.

The crazy thing is, Intuitive Eating isn’t a new way of thinking. It was developed in the 1990’s, and the most recent book is actually the 3rd edition. It’s just that as health professionals, we don’t learn that way of thinking in school, but the more of us that can become educated (in my opinion), the better.

Also – exciting news! I heard on Rebecca Scritchfield’s podcast, Body Kindness, that the authors are coming out with a guide geared towards adolescents. I actually see quite a few teenagers in my practice, and so many families could benefit from this.

I’m excited for a new resource! Speaking of Rebecca Scritchfield, her book, Body Kindness, is actually next on my list!

Favorite Nutrition Books

Intuitive Eating Workbook

I have bought the workbook for myself, but it’s something I mostly recommend to clients.

It’s great because it actually has hands-on activities, lessons for individuals to practice and fill out at home.

No Period Now What

I’ve seen a handful of younger women suffering from amenorrhea (lack of menstrual period for at least 3 months). I’ve never had amenorrhea, so I had to learn about it quickly. This book, No Period Now What, is a great breakdown of what’s going on physiologically in the body.

While this book is tailored to those trying to improve fertility, it definitely includes research and great anecdotal stories of many women who have suffered from amenorrhea.

It’s a great community for women sharing their stories and how they overcame it.

Favorite Nutrition Books

The research shows that normally, there’s rarely just one root cause of amenorrhea. It’s typically a combination of things – usually undereating, overexercising, and extreme stress. Amenorrhea is often times related to disordered eating habits, but it doesn’t have to be.

Tina Muir, a professional runner, is someone who claims to have not had an eating disorder, but is a great supporter for bringing awareness to amenorrhea.

But the consequences of not getting your period can be huge, including decreased bone density, so if this is you, please get help from a professional.

So it is something that needs a lot of attention. I may plan to do a post on this soon if you guys are interested?

Run Fast Eat Slow

I think I talked about this book more when I was in the depths of marathon training and when it first came out. It is still a cookbook I love and cherish.

Run Fast Eat Slow

The superhero muffins are seriously the best recipe ever. I make mine without nuts, but they are such powerhouses in terms of veggies and healthy fats.

Also, other favorites include their cous cous bowl and beet hummus.

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365 Snacks

This is a great book that I actually won through a giveaway! It’s written by an RD, Sarah Koszyk, and actually has a snack idea for every day of the year! It’s fabulous and full of creative, yet realistic ideas.

Many have minimal ingredients, which is up my alley. Sarah explains how you want to pair 2 food groups (ideally, a carb + protein or carb + fat) for a snack.

Some of my favorite include Date Rolls with Coconut and Almond/Peanut Butter, and a black bean salsa with greek yogurt – things I never would have thought of!

Favorite Nutrition Books

Other Favorites

Will Write For food <– This has helped for my freelance work, and food/restaurant reviews. It teaches you how to pitch to editors (and what to pitch), how to write about food, self publishing (if you have the yearn to every write a cookbook!) and creative workflow exercises.

It’s definitely worth the $10 and has been a great investment in myself.

Favorite Nutrition Books

Molly Kellogg Motivational Interviewing Counseling Tips

This is a great resource for any professional who works in any sort of counseling setting. I would love to go to one of her training programs in person at some point.

Need Help Mom? <– This is great for all you busy moms out there! Cindy and Andrea write about practical tips for making cooking fun and give actual activities (crafts) for food.

They share recipes with grocery lists, and tips for getting kids to eat fruits and veggies. Definitely one to keep on hand for the future.

Favorite Nutrition Books

Those are some of my favorite nutrition/food related books. What are some of yours?

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11 responses to “My Favorite Nutrition Books that Have Changed How I Practice

  1. Thanks for the shout out! I thoroughly enjoyed writing the theme dinners to encourage families to not only eat healthy but to eat TOGETHER!! Looking forward to checking out the other books on your list.

    1. Please share if you do. I think it’s fascinating because each time I reread it, I have more knowledge and understanding than the time before, so different little things stick out.

  2. I’m a HUGE fan of reading cookbooks, especially ones full of gorgeous, colorful photos. I find them so easy and relaxing to flip through before bed. Deliciously Ella has some great ones and I just love how chill she sounds through her writing. I’ve gotta check out these books for sure! I love learning more about running from the Runner’s World magazines, so I can’t wait to read the running books.


    1. I’m with you. I love reading cookbooks, but seem to forget about them for plain ole ‘reading.’ I love Runner’s World and Women’s Running too 😉

  3. The most influential book I read about food and nutrition was called Food Politics. It provided so much knowledge into why people ar encouraged to eat the way they do. It made me mad, but also helped me understand why some people make the choices they do, sometimes it just isn’t their fault. Bad food choices and therefore poor health are the norm in certain societies.
    I also loved The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Food Matters and Eating Animals.

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