The following are recommended books, websites, articles, and online resources for you as you incorporate Eating Naked into your everyday life. If a favorite resource is missing, please let us know and we’ll do our best to include it.
Eat Naked: Further Reading
Naked Produce: Further Reading and Resources
Naked Meat: Further Reading and Resources
Naked Dairy: Further Reading and Resources
Naked Eggs: Further Reading and Resources
Naked Fats: Further Reading and Resources
Naked Grains, Beans, Nuts & Seeds: Further Reading and Resources
Naked Sweeteners: Further Reading and Resources
Naked Beverages: Further Reading and Resources
Naked Baby: Further Reading and Resources
Better Than Naked: Further Reading and Resources
Eat Naked: Further Reading
Nina Planck’s Real Food: What to eat and why is one of my all-time favorite books on eating whole, real, naked food. If you enjoyed Eat Naked but want more details on the nutritional nuts and bolts, this is your book.
Nourishing Traditions is the ultimate “eating like your Grand-mama did” guide book. Packed with nutritional insights, traditional recipes, food preparation techniques, and interesting notes on the history of food and diet, it’s a must-have on any real-foodie’s bookshelf.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma is an intriguing exploration into what’s on our dinner plate. Michael Pollan traces the roots of four different meals, going up and down the food chain to expose what’s really in the food we eat.
Real Food All Year offers seasonal shopping lists and meal suggestions, detoxifying cleanses drawn from the wisdom of ancient traditions, and tips for putting together quick snacks on the go. Also available on Kindle.
A powerful call to eating real food, and a compelling look at how we got to where we are today – eating what Pollan so aptly calls “edible foodlike substances.” In Defense of Food is definitely a personal favorite of mine.
Food, Inc. the movie and Food Inc.: A Participant Guide will change the way you look at the food on your dinner plate. It exposes the underbelly of the food industry and makes a compelling case for making responsible food choices.
Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation was one of the original works exposing the underside of the fast food industry. An excellent and informative read. But be warned: you might not be able to eat fast food after reading this.
Marion Nestle’s What to Eat gives you an in-depth guided tour of what lines the shelves of your supermarket. It’s both incredible useful and shocking at the same time. It will clarify a lot of the confusion around your food choices.
In Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet Alisa Smith and JB McKinnon take on the challenge of eating with a 100-mile radius of their home, Vancouver, British Columbia. An entertaining story of the discoveries, challenges and rewards that come with eating truly local.
Barbara Kingsolver and her family decide to eat as locally as possible for a year, growing much of their own food and discovering the bounty of their local harvest. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle chronicles the tale.
Primal Body, Primal Mind provides in-depth combining of your body’s Paleolithic needs with modern nutritional and medical research for complete mind-body wellness. Also available on Kindle
In Folks This Ain’t Normal, passionate farmer Joel Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact. Also available on Kindle.
The Organic Food Shopper’s Guide provides a product-by-product guide to organically farmed foods that can be found in the market. Organized by food group, each food is broken down by season—how to shop for it, why buy the organic version, and simple recipes that showcase the strength of the main ingredient.
The Backyard Homestead is a great guide to growing produce yourself. The most naked produce is that which you grow yourself! This book will help you do just that.
Kris Carr’s bestselling Crazy Sexy Diet is jam-packed with creative ideas for eating your veggies and getting green in your life.
Elton Haas and Patty James have created a guidebook for getting even the pickiest eater to eat their vegetables. Creative and delicious ways to integrate more veggies into your daily life.
I think the by-line of this book says it best: “More than 140 ways to prepare all those great-tasting, super-healthy, beautiful leafy greens.”
- The Environmental Working Group created a Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides that lists the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen.”
- For the technical types, here’s a link to the USDA’s Organic Certification Program that explains requirements, standards, and certification procedures.
In Salad Bar Beef the lively and compelling grass farmer Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms describes his approach to farming and the symbiosis between farmer, field, and cow. This book is now a classic in the pasture-based livestock movement.
In Tender Grassfed Meat Stanley Fishman provides a how-to for grassfed meat preparation so that it comes out tender and delicious every time, explaining what’s different about grassfed meat and how to cook it properly.
Lierre Keith’s The Vegetarian Myth gives a broad perspective on the questions posed by our food choices: sustainability, health, and the humane treatment of animals. Keith unpacks the environmental, ethical, and nutritional issues around eating animal protein. A fascinating read.
American Terroir is a book of a dozen essays involving the specific interplay of biological, chemical, and geological factors that make an environment and, in turn, its food unique. Each essay ends with recipes and a resource list.
The Ethical Gourmet explains how to enjoy food that is humanely raised and sustainable.
Want truly naked meat? Raise your own animals! The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals will show you how surprisingly easy it is to take back full control of your food supply.
- Eat Wild is a comprehensive website outlining benefits of grass-fed and pastured meats; includes database of farmers.
- American Grassfed Assocation is a certification system for grassfed meat producers. Includes searchable list of producers.
- Certified Humane is an animal welfare certification system that requires the humane treatment of farm animals from birth through slaughter. Includes a list of providers.
- The Sustainable Table wrote a simple and elegant article on the benefits of grass-fed beef
- Use FarmMatch.com to search maps for the most local meat products available. This database is growing every week! Join in by adding yourself to the community map; And feel free to share your go-to places for not just meats, but all other produce.
In his book The Untold Story of Milk, Ron Schmidt has provided one of the most thorough accounts of just about anything and everything to do with milk. Includes a very thoughtful and balanced look at the issues pertaining to raw milk.
David E. Gumpert offers detailed accounts of dairy farmers persecuted and prosecuted for dealing in non-pasteurized milk and chronicles the “raw milk war” in his book The Raw Milk Revolution.
In Devil in the Milk Keith Woodford examines the link between a protein in milk and a range of serious illnesses, including heart disease, Type 1 diabetes, autism, and schizophrenia.
In The Raw Truth About Milk Dr. William Campbell Douglass II explains how milk was once nature’s nearly perfect food, how raw, unprocessed milk can heal and boost the immune system, and how to navigate the legalities of buying raw milk.
Some great websites that explore the issues around naked dairy, and raw milk in particular:
- Want to find the nearest source of Raw Milk? Try FarmMatch.com to search their map-based search engine. Be a part of this growing database so others can find and support wholesome products. Join the community today by adding yourself and your local vendors.
- www.realmilk.com – A Campaign for Real (Raw) Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation. It looks at the issues pertaining to raw milk – food safety, access, legal – and also provides a list of resources for finding raw milk/
- www.raw-milk-facts.com – Comprehensive site on the issues pertaining to raw milk.
- One of my favorite health writers, Chris Kresser LAc, wrote a fabulous series on raw milk: the real dangers, the health benefits, a risk/benefit analysis, and guidelines for buying raw milk safely. This is a must read.
Polyface Farm‘s Joel Salatin’s seminal work on the nuts and bolts of pastured poultry. Anything you want to know about pastured poultry.
- Use FarmMatch.com to find your nearest pastured eggs. Not on the map? Please add the local vendors you know. And join the community (add yourself to the map!) to let others know you’re out there, ready and willing to support “Naked” products.
- A study conducted by Mother Earth News shows the different nutritional profiles of eggs from conventional and pastured-raised chickens.
- The Cornucopia Institute’s Organic Egg Scorecard rates egg producers on a variety of criteria. Very comprehensive rating system.
Dr. Mary Enig is one of the world’s leading experts on fats. Know Your Fatsgives a comprehensive explanation of the chemical structure of fats and how they work in your body.
A little more user friendly than Know Your Fats, Eat Fat, Lose Fat explains why it’s so important to eat fat and provides a meal plan that includes how to integrate it into your diet.
Bruce Fife’s book The Coconut Oil Miracle explains the nutritional and health benefits of coconut oil – “nature’s elixir” – and shows how it helps to lose weight, prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and beautify skin and hair.
In Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill Udo Erasmus provides comprehensive research on common and less well-known oils with therapeutic potential, including flaxseed oil, olive oil, fish oil, and evening primrose oil. He also exposes the manufacturing processes that turn healing fats into killing fats, explains the effects of these damaging fats on human health.
In Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You Uffe Ravnskov debunks the misconception that eating cholesterol and fat leads to high cholesterol levels and fat on the body and explains how the opposite is true.
In Fats Are Good for You, John Kabara explains how both fat and cholesterol are important components of our diet and how they benefit the body.
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride clears up the confusion about nutrition’s role in heart diseases, high blood pressure, arrhythmia, stroke and other complications of atherosclerosis. The results of her study, documented in Put Your Heart In Your Mouth, may surprise you!.
- Here’s an excellent, succinct article explaining what fats/oils you should cook with, and which ones you shouldn’t. If you’re wanting the basic primer on health of fats, this is it.
From minor rashes, to high blood sugar, to excess bulge (Wheat Belly), this book targets the adverse health effects of wheat. Preventative cardiologist, Dr. William Davis, explains how the elimination of wheat creates optimal health. He also includes a step-by-step plan to help navigate a wheat-free lifestyle.
Do you suspect you have a gluten-sensitivity but aren’t sure? In The Gluten Connection Dr. Shari Lieberman gives you the tools to assess your risk for gluten sensitivity and provides a 14-day eating plan to start you on the path to improved health and vitality.
Shelley Case discusses controversial issues such as oats (gluten-free or not?), hidden sources of gluten in the diet, cross-contamination, limiting nutrients, whether a “dedicated facility” is important, labelng issues, and great resources for anyone needing support and information on going gluten-free. As its name suggests, Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide is comprehensive.
This is a great starter-guide to going gluten-free: from defining gluten – where to find it, how to read food labels – to targeting gluten-free products, creating G-Free shopping lists, sharing recipes, and managing G-Free living with family and friends. If you’ve just been diagnosed celiac or have determined a gluten intolerance, The G-Free Diet is a your starting point.
Steve Meyerowitz’ acclaimed recipe book Sproutman’s Kitchen Garden Cookbook describes how to turn nuts, vegetable seeds, grains and beans into gourmet food; sprouted breads, cookies, crackers, living soups, dressings, dips, spreads, sautes, alternative non-dairy milks, ice-creams, even sprouted pizza and bagels!
- If you’ve recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, check out the Celiac Disease Foundation for support, shopping guidelines, what to watch for on labels, how to handle dining out and social occasions, and plenty of other great information. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is also a wealth of information.
- After you’ve got the nuts and bolts of living gluten-free, slide on over to Gluten-Free Girl, an incredible blog with recipes and photos that will make you drool and a spark that will set you on fire for gluten-free living. As the Girl herself says “Anyone who thinks that living gluten-free is deprivation? Come on over here for dinner.” Read her story and your perception of being gluten-free will change forever.
In Suicide by Sugar Nancy Appleton details the many forms of sugars and all of its harmful effects.
William Duffy’s Sugar Blues unmasks our generation’s greatest medical killer and shows how a revitalizing, sugar-free diet can change (and save) lives.
This updated version of the sugar-busting original includes new tips, new recipes, a new introduction, and a special section for kids.
Citing over five hundred scientific studies, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills explores the dangers of aspartame, MSG, and other substances added to our food.
Dr. F. Batmanghelidj’s Your Body’s Many Cries for Water describes a variety of reliable dehydration signals and helps you learn to understand when your body is calling for water. In this way, he claims you can prevent, treat, and cure a variety of conditions of ill health, at no cost, with what he calls nature’s miracle medicine: water.
Baby-Led Weaning explodes the myth that babies need to be spoon-fed and shows why self-feeding from the start of the weaning process is the healthiest way for your child to develop.
In Real Food for Mother and Baby Nina Planck provides nutritional plans for fertility, pregnancy, nursing, and baby’s first foods. She recommends a wide variety of whole grains, seasonal vegetables and fruits, and raw milk and organic animal fats necessary for healthy pregnancies and fetal and childhood development.
In the classic Recipes for Longer Life Ann Wigmore explains how to sprout and ferment foods, giving instructions on how to transform seeds, nuts and grains into “nutritious and delicious” sauces, cheeses and loafs. Includes excellent charts and how-to sections.
Sandor Felix Katz’ new book, The Art of Fermentation, is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. It’s a wealth of tips, techniques, and troubleshooting strategies for fermenting everything you can imagine (and probably more).
In Wild Fermentation Sandor Ellix Katz explains how to take advantage of natural fermentation processes to produce bread, yogurt, cheese, beer, wine, miso, sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermented foods.
A great introduction to making your own Kombucha, Kombucha Phenomenon explains the benefits of Kombucha and how to make it safely.
A comprehensive guide to cultured foods, Truly Cultured explains the history and importance of cultured foods in our diets, and provides recipes on how to make these health-promoting foods.
- The ultimate online resource for all your sprouting needs: Sprout People. Includes hundreds of pages of detailed sprouting information with instructions for growing just about any seed that can be sprouted, pictures, library of videos, seeds, supplies… anything you need for sprouting.
- Sprouting.com is an online store that sells Certified Organic seeds for sprouting. A great resource.
- Immunitrition offers an array of information on the benefits of probiotics and cultured foods for overall gut/immune support and also has a separate page for ordering products relating to probiotics and cultured foods
- Don’t have time to make your own cultured veggies? Order some from Healing Movement or Immunitrition. Both ship anywhere in the US.
What would it be like to really savor your food?
Eating Mindfully details mindfulness-based psychological practices that take charge of cravings so you can eat when you are hungry and stop when you feel full. Also available on kindle.
Marc David’s book The Slow Down Diet will help you get back in touch with your body and with the pleasure of eating, all while helping you slow down and putting your body in the biochemical state that allows it to shed pounds.
Geneen Roth’s most recent book, Women Food and God is about so much more than just eating. It will bring you back into your body and help you get in touch with your deepest self. You’ll never look at food the same way again.
In her wonderfully accessible and user-friendly book, Trudy outlines a simple program that includes a nutrient-rich real foods diet and the elimination of some mood-affecting culprits that many of us consume on a daily basis.
A world-renowned system of healing, The Body of Ecology Diet establishes and nourishes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the digestive tract.
Based on more than twenty years of proven clinical results, Dr. Julia Ross’s updated edition of The Diet Cure outlines a revolutionary approach that curbs cravings and restores the brain’s mood and appetite chemistry. Also available on Kindle.
In The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones, you’ll learn the best foods to eat to build bone mass and find out which foods actually weaken bones. Also available on Kindle.
Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? was written to address the true causes of hypothyroidism in this country and how to manage them. Also available on kindle.
Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome is an incredibly informative and reader-friendly book about a common debilitating medical condition that goes largely undiagnosed and untreated.
The Gut and Psychology Syndrome program is a powerful program that focuses on healing your digestive system and those psychological conditions (autism, depression, ADHD, and Schizophrenia among others) linked to gut dysbiosis.
Breaking the Vicious Cycle explains and outlines the specific carbohydrate diet, an ideal program for anyone with severe digestive disorders such as Chron’s, celiac, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, and chronic diarrhea.
The The Hippocrates Diet is a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts, all of which is prepared without cooking, and which allows the body to regain its strength and vigour gently. Includes Better than Naked food prep techniques such as sprouting and culturing.
The Fourfold Path to Healing merges the wisdom of traditional societies, the most modern findings of western medicine and the esoteric teaching of the ancients, using Nutrition, Therapeutics, Movement, and Meditation.
The Metabolic Typing Diet explains how different foods have very different effects on different people, provides a questionnaire to identify what metabolic type you are, and offers guidelines for how to eat based on your metabolic type.
In Eat Right 4 Your Type Dr. Peter D’Adamo explains how different blood types require different fuel and that is one of the many reasons no one diet is perfect for everyone.