Healthy reading for healthy eating!

simply well with holly niles


simply well with holly niles


As summer approaches, we often see lists of the best summer reads.  Books on those lists are ones that we can dive into at the beach or on vacation.  I am often asked what are good nutrition books to read. There are many wonderful books about the power of food for not only our general health, but also for specific conditions. I have chosen a list of 5 books that I think really help make that connection with food/lifestyle and health.

The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman: “Dr. Hyman describes the seven keys to achieving wellness-nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism, and a calm mind-in a healthy-living program.”

Adrenal Revolution by Dr. Aviva Romm: “Dr. Romm with a specialty in women’s health and obstetrics delivers a program to heal the overwhelmed, overloaded systems, and prevent and reverse the myriad of symptoms affecting the vast majority of women today.”

Grain brain by Dr. David Perlmutter: “Dr. Perlmutter, neurologist, explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily diet, why your brain thrives on fat/cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age.”

Eating on the wild side by Jo Robinson: “A radical way to select fruits and vegetables and reclaim the flavor and nutrients we’ve lost, how choosing modern varieties that approach the nutritional content of wild plants can also please the modern palate.”

Food Rules by Michael Pollan: “Eating doesn’t have to be so complicated. In this age of ever-more elaborate diets and conflicting health advice, Food Rules brings welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food.”


Simply Easy Tip: 

Choose a book and read a chapter per day.  Don’t feel overwhelmed by book suggestions; find a way to incorporate one idea at a time.


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Simply Delicious: Raw Chopped Veggie Salad

Chopped Veggie Salad INGREDIENTS:

1 orange bell pepper (chopped small) (about 1 cup)
1 yellow bell pepper (chopped small) (about 1 cup)
5-8 radishes (cut in half and sliced thin) (about 3/4 cup)
1 small head of broccoli (chopped small) (about 2 cups)
1 seedless cucumber (chopped small) (about 2 cups)
½ cup halved red seedless grapes
2-3 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup raw shelled sunflower seeds
1/8 cup raw hemp hearts (hulled hemp seeds)

Oil-Free Dressing INGREDIENTS:

Note: Can add olive oil if desired.

1 garlic clove (minced)
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/8 tsp pepper (or to taste)

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Simply Well newsletter #81: Healthy reading for healthy eating PRINTOUT (pdf)