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learning about nutrients

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Created July 27, 2012 at 3:43 AM

I am on a journey towards being the healthiest I can be. Switching up my diet to fit my new lifestyle. Does anybody know of any legit good books on the everything about nutrients(101), how they affect us, and also if it's possible to overdose on them?

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:11 PM

Hm, think I meant more "don't make one book / author your bible." But, this is a learning moment so can you share some sources you read that you found helpful for learning the basics of a whole foods lifestyle / nutrition 101? I love reading about this stuff and any new ideas are welcome....and I believe the person asking the question will also find concrete suggestions helpful.

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:01 PM

Reading all those people is the opposite of casting the net far and wide. They all say the same thing.

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:00 PM

Agreed. I've long used them as my go-to when wondering about the best source of...choline, for example.

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on July 27, 2012
at 05:59 PM

Website as in westonpricefoundation.com

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on July 27, 2012
at 05:58 PM

I love this as a cookbook but I found the format for actual health information to be really disorganized, the citations were ambiguous and some were self referential, and just in an overall bad format. I think the website is a much better source since first of all it has more recent studies and second of all you can look things up by topic instead of having to scan a bunch of side blurbs in a cookbook.

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on July 27, 2012
at 03:32 PM

Deep Nutrition is wonderful. And the Primal Blueprint was my intro to this whole lifestyle; I really like Sisson's approach.

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on July 27, 2012
at 03:50 PM

First and foremost, nothing can substitute for personal experimentation. What works for some won't work for others. The "healthiest you can be" plan will be highly specialized to you.

  • Book / Blog Recommendations:

This might be overkill, but I like to get information from as many sources as possible. I tend to learn more when new information is repeated in slightly different ways.

Check out the Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf, Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas, the Perfect Health Diet by Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet, and It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig.

Lately I am on a big Perfect Health Diet kick. They recommend quite a few supplements, though, which I am hesitant about. I have been supplementing their recommendations for the last two weeks though, and I think I am beginning to see some real differences. I think PHD does a fantastic job of explaining the role of certain nutrients in the body and potential toxicity (they recommend way more carbs than the average paleo dieter feels comfortable eating, so decide for yourself if the diet recommendations work for you).

It Starts With Food is the book I now recommend to people starting out. It is brand new and I think they explain the science behind paleo very well and in an extremely concise manner (specifically, the chemical process that occurs in your food after you eat it and it is broken down by your body - fascinating stuff).

The big thing is to just keep casting that net widely. Read blogs by Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, Chris Masterjohn, the Jaminets, Chris Kresser, etc. I think it is just as important to read blogs of people you don't agree with as it is to read those you do agree with.

Have fun.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:01 PM

Reading all those people is the opposite of casting the net far and wide. They all say the same thing.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on July 27, 2012
at 06:11 PM

Hm, think I meant more "don't make one book / author your bible." But, this is a learning moment so can you share some sources you read that you found helpful for learning the basics of a whole foods lifestyle / nutrition 101? I love reading about this stuff and any new ideas are welcome....and I believe the person asking the question will also find concrete suggestions helpful.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on July 27, 2012
at 05:58 PM

I love this as a cookbook but I found the format for actual health information to be really disorganized, the citations were ambiguous and some were self referential, and just in an overall bad format. I think the website is a much better source since first of all it has more recent studies and second of all you can look things up by topic instead of having to scan a bunch of side blurbs in a cookbook.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on July 27, 2012
at 05:59 PM

Website as in westonpricefoundation.com

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on July 27, 2012
at 03:23 PM

I loved "Deep Nutrition" by Cate Shanahan, "the primal Blueprint" by mark Sisson

Then as a supplement I loved "gut and psychology syndrome" hitch is great if you are using paleo as a healing diet in addition to weightless because it deals with improving gut health, which most of us need in the US. Another tremendous resource are some of the blogs by ancestral health "gurus.". I personally love Chris Kresser, the Weston price foundation (just click on their "health topics" tab, "whole health source" by stephan guyenet, (don't throw rotten veggies at me people for this next one) Jack kruse "the quilt,"

And finally for traditional food preparation I love "nourished kitchen" and "the health home economist."

Some of these sites have a bit of quackery so watch out for that but there's good tidbits in all of them. (I'll post links in an edit as soon as I can get to a computer.)

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on July 27, 2012
at 03:32 PM

Deep Nutrition is wonderful. And the Primal Blueprint was my intro to this whole lifestyle; I really like Sisson's approach.

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on July 27, 2012
at 05:40 PM

Naked Calories by Mira and Jayson Calton looks interesting.

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on July 27, 2012
at 03:52 PM

I have found this site very useful for individual nutrients: http://www.whfoods.com/nutrientstoc.php. The site as a whole loosely advises a fruit and veg, nuts and seeds heavy diet, but it provides good information on the uses of individual nutrients, signs of deficiency and toxicity, effect of cooking and so on.

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:00 PM

Agreed. I've long used them as my go-to when wondering about the best source of...choline, for example.

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on July 27, 2012
at 04:52 AM

Probably try Perfect Health Diet by the Jaminets

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