Don’t Panic Mom Picks: Actual Books You Should Read

Health books that are worth your time! Get the list from Don't Panic Mom.I forget to pick up books that aren’t fully illustrated by Mo Willems. or Herve Tullet. or Oliver Jeffers. I am a children’s literature fanatic. However, over Christmas Break I found heaps of contentment in reading some actual paragraphs.

There are no silly plots or clever rhymes in these books – but they are worth reading. (And note that I didn’t read all of these in two weeks…I’m slow.)

These are a few books that have shaped my philosophy on eating, cooking, and living. I feel like we’re all raising wonderful people in an exciting time to live. But there is also a saturation of choices and it can be draining. I never dreamed that I would have little chats with my kids about food marketing, artificial colors, and when it’s okay to eat candy at school. But here I am wading through it all with them. The good, the great, and the ugly.

I hope that you’re finding renewed energy this year. Thanks for reading. Let’s keep making healthy normal! Here’s to us.

BrandwashedBrandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy

I’d recommend this book to anyone with a pulse. It’s fascinating and empowering.

Getting to YumGetting to YUM The 7 Secrets of Raising Eager Eaters by Karen Le Billion

I loved Le Billion’s first book, French Kids Eat Everything, THIIIIIIIIIIIS much, that I was dying to read this one. It’s thoughtfully laid out and uber practical. The recipes are also fabulous. I’d recommend this to anyone who has little monsters at home.

BroccoliIt’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating by Dina Rose

I literally LOVE every post I’ve ever read from Dina Rose. She has a fresh perspective about eating because she’s not a dietitian or nutritionist. She’s also not selling anything crazy or extreme. She’s just teaching families to relax around food so the little ones actually ingest it. She’s not the professional who preaches down to the little lowly people. She’s real and truly, a fabulous writer. It’s a great read – especially if you have any kids who push back at the table. I recommend this to all of my friends who tell me teeth-grinding stories about picky eating.

The End of OvereatingThe End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler

A registered dietitian recommended this book to me over lunch at a diabetes conference. I quickly snatched it up at the library and hung on every word. This is a really great read – especially if you like science.

Power of Habit The Power of Habit: Why We do What We Do in Life and Business by Chales Dugigg

I enjoyed this book thoroughly because it applies to pretty much everything – yup – everything we do in life. We’re just one jumbled bit of habits. I loved his writing style, also. DIg in and see how you can make your habits work for all of your health goals!

Salt Sugar FatSalt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

Wowzers. That’s the only word for this book. This is another book that will make you feel like an informed consumer. It pairs well with The End of Overeating (above). I recommend this book to anyone who eats.

SwitchSwitch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath

This book was given to me by Colorado Action for Healthy Kids. I’m working with them on local school wellness policy and it’s been really useful. Anyone else out there who is in the trenches of school wellness, this book will give you some insight about organizational changes. Loved it. I still refer back to some of the stories.

Pandora LunchboxPandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal by Melanie Warner

This one has fascinating historical details, like how the Lunchable emerged. I loved Warner’s investigative style. I recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in food science, sociology, history, or who has ever eaten American cheese in a little plastic sleeve.

I want to hear about the books that shaped you!

Did something sing out to you on the pages and it changed the way you think? 

Was there a practical book that made healthy living with kids easier?

Let everyone know in a comment below! I’ll be sharing it on the Don’t Panic Mom Facebook page.