Recipe Books

The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book

by Jessica Black, NMD

This is great book written by a naturopathic physician. The first third of the book provides detailed information on how diet can cause or prevent inflammation and chronic disease. The last two-thirds of the book provide great recipes that are consistent with Dr. Wilkinson’s recommendation for an anti-inflammatory diet.

Available at Integral Naturopathic Medicine.

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, 2nd edition

by Alissa Segersten & Tom Malterre, MS,CN

This book provides great recipes based on whole food and hypo-allergenic ingredients. It provides a good background on the different types of diets (i.e., Paleo, vegan, Mediterranean, raw) and boils it down to why we all need to be eating a whole foods plant based diet to achieve or maintain health. It has chapters on food sensitivities, why gastrointestinal health is so important to health, environmental toxicity and why a GMO/organic foods diet is important. This second edition includes several sections of excellent pictures of the prepared recipes that got me excited about cooking. The book also provides personal stories showing how people have cured themselves of chronic disease simply by changing what they eat.

Available at Integral Naturopathic Medicine or at their website
Whole Life Nutrition.

Nourishing Meals – Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole Family

by Alissa Segersten & Tom Malterre, MS,CN

This is a second book by the husband and wife team. This has great recipes like their Whole Foods Nutrition cookbook, but with additional information on how to incorporate a whole foods diet for your whole family. The recipes are simple and can be a great addition to your family table. There is also a nice addition of several pages of color photographs of many of the prepared foods.

Available at Integral Naturopathic Medicine or at their website
Whole Life Nutrition.

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook – An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness

by Mickey Trescott, NTP

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook is a great resource on Paleo eating with modifications specifically for people with autoimmune disease. The author, Mickey Trescott, suffered from two autoimmune diseases – Hashimotos’ Thyroiditis and Celiac Disease. The book begins with a great personal story of how Mickey used Paleo eating to essentially recover her health. The next several chapters cover the basics of Paleo eating as well as modifications for people with autoimmune disease. The remainder of the book is simple to follow and great tasting recipes. Everything in this book is consistent with what I teach my patients. This is a great resource for those just venturing into Paleo or others wanting to expand their recipe list and knowledge. Mickey has also published an e-book version of this and has a great website concerning everything Autoimmune and Paleo.

Available at Integral Naturopathic Medicine or at Mickey’s website

Healthy Eating Books

The Omnivore’s Dilemma-A Natural History of Four Meals

by Michael Pollan

This book discusses the history of food and follows the path from source to plate of 4 different foods – corn, beef, foraged food, and hunted meat. Throughout the book Mr. Pollan gets you thinking about industrial and organic food production, marketing of food, and many other cultural aspects of how we eat.

In Defense of Food – An Eater’s Manifesto

by Michael Pollan

Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion. Most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating. (text from Amazon)

Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual

by Michael Pollan

How to eat healthy has become too confusing. This book helps ease the confusion with straightforward rules with an explanation of how to eat better. Examples of the rules include – “Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.“, “Eat animals that themselves have eaten well.It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.“, and “Avoid foods with ingredients a third grader cannot pronounce.” This book is great because it provides some general guidelines on how to think about eating healthy and does so in an easy to remember manner. If you want to get the same message across to younger ones, there is also a kid’s version with the same title, but with illustrations and simpler explanations.

Condition Specific Books

Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution

by Richard Bernstein, MD

This is my go to book in treating patients with diabetes. The author, Dr. Richard Bernstein, MD, has type I diabetes and struggled most of his life with his disease until he went to medical school as an adult, threw out this conventional training, and learned how to properly control his diabetes through diet, exercise, and proper insulin dosing. He developed concepts such as the law of small numbers for carbohydrate intake and use of a GlucoGraph to learn how blood sugar levels respond to food intake. Whether I work with type I diabetes patients on insulin dosing, type II diabetics, or patients with pre-diabetic metabolic syndrome, this book is a great resource to understand the treatments I use with my patients with poor blood sugar control.

The PreDiabetes Detox

by Sarah Cimperman, ND

This is a great book with a comprehensive approach to treat elevated blood sugars and detoxification. It provides an explanation of how different foods affect blood sugar and dietary recommendations to control it. The book also explains the concept of detoxification, its role in diabetes, and how to support the body through diet, lifestyle and supplementation. It concludes with a selection of great recipes that support stable blood sugar and detoxification. Even though the title of the book refers specifically to “pre-diabetes”, improved blood sugar control is essential for many patients and health issues. If I work with a patient with diabetes, pre-diabetes/metabolic syndrome, a need for detoxification, or just an interest to improve their health, this book is very consistent with what I recommend and can be very helpful in their treatment.

For a more detailed review, see my blog post here.

Available at Integral Naturopathic Medicine or the author’s website

Why do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?

by Datis Kharrazian DHSc, DC, MS

This books provides a good explanation of the complexities of thyroid health, with specific focus on hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s, and why proper care of the thyroid often requires more than medication.

Available at Integral Naturopathic Medicine.

The Paleo Approach – Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body

by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD.

This is a fabulous reference for not only Paleo eating and lifestyle, but also a thorough explanation of the causes and treatment of autoimmune disease from an alternative or functional medicine approach. The author, Dr. Ballantyne, has a PhD in medical biophysics and is thoroughly qualified to write on the topic. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 is about The Cause of autoimmune disease. It explains how the immune system works and what goes wrong in autoimmune disease. It provides a very thorough explanation of dietary factors and especially how intestinal permeability are at the root cause of all autoimmune disease. Part 2 is about The Cure. It provides a detailed explanation of how the Paleo approach to diet and lifestyle is the basis for this cure. To support the necessary changes, the book provides ample “How To” with quick reference guides to understand the diet changes and tips to “troubleshoot” when things do not go as expected. The ideas in this book are consistent with what I recommend to my patients and would be a great reference to better understand your treatment.

Available at Integral Naturopathic Medicine or the author’s website

The Elimination Diet

by Tom Malterre & Alissa Segersten

Whether you have a chronic disease like autoimmunity or fibromyalgia or just want to feel better, it is likely Dr. Wilkinson will use an Elimination Diet at some point in your treatment. This book is a great resource to help you do that. It is written by functional medicine nutritionist, Tom Malterre, and his wife Alissa Segersten. (Scroll up to the Recipe Book section to see their two other books – Whole Life Nutrition, 2nd ed, and Nourishing Meals.) The book provides a thorough explanation on why food reactions are the root of much chronic disease and why an Elimination Diet is so effective. It also explains why poor gastrointestinal health, leaky gut, and environmental exposure contribute to chronic disease. With this combo of food elimination, GI support, and environmental avoidance, the book provides a thorough explanation on how to implement an Elimination Diet in 3 Phases – Phase 1 Detox, Phase 2 Elimination, and Phase 3 Reintroduction. The methods outlined here are all consistent with the Elimination Diet handouts provided to you by Dr. Wilkinson during your office visit. The final third of the book if full of recipes and cooking tips to take you through the Elimination Diet. The recipes are so good and easy to do that you will continue to eat them once you are finished with the Elimination Diet. This book is a great resource to understand why proper food is so necessary for health and why an Elimination Diet is a necessary tool in treating chronic disease.

Available at Integral Naturopathic Medicine or the author’s website