Welcome to Week 2 of the January Challenge.
This week, I want to introduce you to one of the most powerful habits that I’ve learned up in terms of staying on track with nutrition during the Challenge — reading the “why” behind my food choices while I eat, cook, and avoid temptation.
Here are the basics:
When I’m trying to eat properly (i.e., omitting sugar, wheat, industrial oils, most alcohol, and every bit of dairy except butter on the Lifestyle level), I’ve found that I’m much more likely to stay on the Challenge and earn all my points if I’m simultaneously reading about nutrition—understanding why I’m doing what I’m doing (rather than just doing it “because the rules say so”).
My favorite nutrition genre is expose on the food industry — a style that Gary Taubes has mastered with his books “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “The Case Against Sugar”. At the same time, I’ve found a bunch of authors and filmmakers that I enjoy, those who mix science, story (and a little bit of general outrage).
Lustig, Pollan, Eades, Cordain, Wolf, and Perlmutter all come to mind.
Below is a list of books and movies that have influenced me. My recommendation — pick one up and start reading (or watching). I guarantee you’ll be more likely to get those nutrition points, and you’ll be better educated on why you’re making the choice to eat according to the Whole Life Challenge rules.
The Case Against Sugar - Taubes
The Paleo Diet - Cordain
Salt, Sugar, Fat - Moss
The Protein Power Lifeplan (bad title, great book) - Eades
The Paleo Solution - Wolf
Grain Brain (again, dumb title, good book) - Perlmutter
Fat Chance - Lustig
Fed Up - Documentary (2014)
Food, Inc. - Documentary (2008)
King Corn - Documentary (2007)