Living Low Carb: Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss

Best selling author Jonny Bowden provides detailed info on the history of low carb eating (it didn’t start with Atkins!), how your body processes carbs and why carbs cause some people to gain more weight than others, and addresses some of the myths about low carb eating. Also included are reviews of 38 of the most well known low carb plans with an overview of the plan, the general rules of what you can and cannot eat on the plan, and who may and may not benefit from the plan. Other topics include supplements and diet drugs and how to incorporate low carb eating into your life. Very informative book with a lot of information for anyone eating low carb or interested in eating low carb.

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Runner’s World The Runner’s Body

An in-depth look at how the runner’s body works including an explanation of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), different theories on what causes cramping and how your body uses different types of fuel. A great read for anyone looking to improve their running performance or anyone trying to resolve nagging injuries or other issues. Includes tips, exercises and detailed scientific information that is present in a very user-friendly way.

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The Everything Juicing Book

A great book for all juicing enthusiasts, beginners and veterans! Informational topics covered include Nutrients, Benefits of Juicing, Choosing a Juicer, and Ingredients. Next the recipes are grouped into chapters such as Juicing for Detoxing and Cleansing, Juicing for Energy and Stamina, Fighting Infections, and Helping Your Digestive Disorders. Well organized content makes this book fun to read! Pick it up and browse through it a bit and you will soon find yourself in front of the juicer trying a delicious new concoction!

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Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future

Raw foods expert David Wolfe shares a wealth of information about Superfoods such as cacao, goji berries, raw honey, blue-green algae, aloe vera, and many more! Topics covered for each Superfood include history, nutrients, health benefits, tips, and recipes. Additionally he has included a glossary of terms, and appendices for detailed nutrient make-up and scientific studies. This book is packed with information!! Highly recommended!

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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

In this inspiring book Christopher McDougall recounts his journey to Mexico to find the legendary Caballo Blanco (Micah True 1953-2012) as he seeks answers about how to overcome a nagging injury. True was a quiet man who enjoyed running great distances and seemed to have many qualities in common with the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyon, and was the only outsider who had been accepted by the tribe. Known as the Running People, the Tarahumara regularly run extremely long distances as part of their daily routine. McDougall eventually meets many tribe members, and with Caballo Blanco organizes a 50 mile race where tribe members compete side by side with non tribe members.

Now an annual event, this race formerly known as the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon is now named Caballo Blanco Ultra, honoring the man who has inspired so many. Learn more about the ultra here: http://www.ultracb.com/

UPDATE: Please see the comments on this post for corrections and additional information. Many thanks to Maria Walton, Race Director, UltraMarathon, Caballo Blanco!!

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The Runner’s Book of Daily Inspiration

This is a great one for all you runners out there — or for those of you with a special runner in your life, this makes a great gift! This book reminds us why we love running on those days when we sometimes forget. Kevin Nelson has compiled a wonderful selection of quotes, anecdotes, and resolutions, such as, “I define myself as a runner and, in doing so, find myself.” Love it! 🙂 The page a day format makes it easy to use as either a daily source of inspiration, or as a fun way to get a bit of inspiration here and there as needed – just flip to today’s page!

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Food Rules

Michael Pollan’s compact guide is full of common sense reminders such as “Eat only foods that will eventually rot” and “Eat your colors”. With the constant barrage of diet books causing so much confusion over what’s good and what’s bad, this quick read brings it back to the basics. Great resource for anyone lost in the next-best-thing diet cycle, or anyone looking for simple guidance to improve their health through nutrition.

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Sugar Nation: The Hidden Truth Behind America’s Deadliest Habit and the Simple Way to Beat It

Jeff O’Connell shares his personal journey as he discovers that despite his fit, healthy appearance, he has been unknowingly following in his father’s footsteps on the path to type 2 diabetes. He discusses the risk to all, fit or sedentary, fat or thin, young or old, and provides easy to understand explanations of how different foods impact our blood sugar levels and how the standard tests may not tell the whole story. He reveals the truth about how dangerous processed carbs are to our health and discusses the misinformation perpetuated by health care, pharmaceutical, and food industries around the definition of a “healthy” diet. Great read!

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Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

Scott Jurek’s wonderfully inspiring memoir gives us a peek into the journey of an ultra-marathoner as he transitions over time from a standard Midwest diet of meat and potatoes to a totally plant-based vegan diet. Interspersed between tales of training and races he shares some of his favorite vegan recipes including Minnesota Winter Chili, 8-Grain Strawberry Pancakes, and Strawburst Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie. You’ll want to try them all!! 🙂 Great read for runners of all levels and abilities!

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