My Book Journey - that led me to health



Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition by Brenda Davis, RD 

Becoming Vegetarian: the Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Vegetarian Diet by Brenda Davis, RD was one of the first books that started me on my journey. It helped me put nutrition in perspective as it gave me comfort to know I did not need meat, dairy or eggs to meet my nutritional needs. In 2014 Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition was released. It is considered the most authoritative reference on how to adopt a plant-based diet. Internationally acclaimed vegan dieticians Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina specifically designed this fully-referenced, comprehensive edition to meet the needs of those with a deep interest in nutrition.

Is Your Child’s Brain Starving by Dr. Michael Lyon, MD 

Although my son was now an adult, he was on Ritalin in kindergarten.  When I discovered this book it intrigued me. It is a survival handbook for parents and teachers working with children with ADD/ADHD, behavioural or learning difficulties, anyone who suffers from hidden food intolerances or allergies and those struggling with digestive disorders. I often wondered whether ADHD was tied to food and after reading the success stories in this book, I decided to do the recommended elimination diet. If kids could do this long term, surely I could do this for 30 days. Doing this elimination process was a critical revelation that I had food sensitivities and I became aware which foods were triggering my heartburn, tummy pains and eczema.


My new food journey was evolving as I was learning more about whole grains, beans and lentils and I was ready to learn more. I was delighted when I came across a full-page article in our local St. Albert Gazette as I had an opportunity to take hands on classes to cook whole foods. As my knowledge increased, it also opened a whole new world of plant-based cooking with wonderful flavours. The instructor recommended two books: Cooking the Whole Foods Way by Christina Pierello and Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford


Cooking the Whole Foods Way by Christina Pierello 

I was encouraged and quickly got hooked by Christina Pirello’s inspiring story.  Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), Pirello was given nine months to live. There was no medical intervention for her so she chose to take an alternative approach which was with food and she had a full recovery. 
Used as a reference by students of acupuncture, this is a hefty, truly comprehensive guide to Chinese medicine and the healing power of whole foods. 

The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook by Jo Stepaniak  

A few years have gone by and I was doing well, not consuming meat or dairy, but every now and then I would give in to a craving for pizza or lasagne. It was impossible to have these without cheese until I discovered The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook, a cookbook that replicates recipes reminiscent of cheese


Vegan Vittles: Down-Home Cooking for Everyone by Jo Stepaniak 

I also was inspired by Vegan Vittles as Jo’s tasty recipes gave me confidence to convert my favourite comfort foods to make them more healthy. 


Simply Heavenly! The Monastery Vegetarian Cookbook by Abbot George Burke 

Around the same time I found another food changer book. Simply Heavenly! It includes beautiful dairy free sour cream, nut cheeses and flavourful broth recipes for soups and gravies, which I still use to this day.


Over the years, I have come a long way with my health and discovered many flavourful recipes.   I was enjoying my journey when I discovered Forks Over Knives. Experiencing the relationship between whole food plant based and how I felt was amazing. It’s what keeps me motivated to stay on track. It was the last piece to enhance my health journey. I went from worrisome, declining health to incredible and with that inspiration there was no going back. The beginning of Journey to Healthy Eating was born.