Feeding the Temple

Books that encourage healthy living.

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The Bible says our bodies are God’s temple and that His spirit dwells in us (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). How do we keep our bodies healthy with all the fast food and genetically modified stuff out there? Then there are also situations that are out of our control like illnesses or food allergies. What can we do about that?

Having had and continue to have multiple issues that plague my body, I’ve been more cautious and vigilant when it comes to food and understanding how food affects our overall health. I’m no expert, but I’d like to share with you a couple of books that had made a positive impact on me.

Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe

Great book on how our “gut” issues impact our overall health and many auto-immune issues.

Fast Metabolism Food Rx by Haylie Pomroy

This is one of those books that’s on my easy access shelf. We refer to it often when it comes to understanding what our bodies need. Specific issues do require a slightly different approach to remedy, and nutritionist, Haylie Pomroy is all about how food can help.

The 5-ingredient Healthy Cookbook by Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN

I pick something out from this cookbook when I need a quick meal. Many ingredients are staples in the fridge or pantry already, so not hard. Plus, it’s healthy, so why not?

The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big-Flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory, and Mental Clarity by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson

Pretty self-explanatory, but I’d like to point out I find the mini encyclopedia of specific items and it’s health benefits early in the book quite useful.  

Trim Healthy Mama Series by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison

It started off with the “Plan” book which garnered a lot of interest and following. It’s not a diet, but a lifestyle change.  Though I may not follow the plan diligently, I do enjoy the cookbook and have used many of its recipes. The series as a whole may be a good option for those that need a system like such to overhaul their eating habits.

Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Family One Meal at a Time by Alissa Segersten & Tom Malterre, MS, CN

In all honesty, this is one I don’t refer to as often, but that’s because it requires more planning. However, it doesn’t negate the fact that it is a one with a wealth of information that makes for great reference, and includes recipes to try, especially if you need to be more wary due to food sensitivities or allergies.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
— Hippocrates

All said and done, these are just some of my favorite go-tos, but I’m always ready to read the next one that comes along. As Professor Moody in Harry Potter: The Goblet of Fire says, “Constant vigilance!” I think it applies to food as well. Keeping our bodies and mind nourish and healthy may require more thought than meets the eye. The following are upcoming titles I’m looking forward to trying.

Do you have a favorite healthy cookbook or nutritional title you’d like to share?