This book is a gold-mine of information about the human digestive system, written by a biochemist and cell biologist. I was most influenced by the explanation of how we digests sugars–> particularly the difference between monosaccharides and disaccharides. If you’ve ever wondered why I prefer using honey in my recipes, over other natural sweeteners, this book explains it!

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It was also the catalyst behind us making the decision to go grain-free earlier this year, and is a great resource for anyone suffering from chronic digestive issues.

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I do prefer to focus on eating whole foods and properly combined meals, but I no longer stick to any hard and fast rules. (This hasn’t always been the case, but I’ve found I’m a much happier person when I’m less regimented!)

When embarking on our little grain-free experiment, it seemed natural to read a few books on the Paleo Diet. While this wasn’t the only one I read on the subject, it was definitely my favorite. Nora Gedgaudas discusses, in depth, the diet of our ancestors and makes a strong argument for eating whole, unprocessed foods– with much less of an emphasis on protein consumption, when compared to other Paleo plans.

After reading UltraMetabolism , I attempted my first elimination diet– cutting out wheat, dairy and processed foods for a period of time, to see how I felt without them. Not only did I feel better, but I drastically reduced my consumption of cow’s dairy and wheat products from that point forward. There are a variety of scientific tidbits scattered throughout this book, so it’s still one that I’ll reference often.

Naturally, it took me a while to get to this point, and quite a few books influenced my thinking– and eating– along the way.

Reader Feedback : Have any books influenced your eating and lifestyle habits? I’d love to hear about your favorites!