When I share the diet changes I've made with others, the number question that follows is always: “what do you eat??” For most people, gluten, dairy, soy, and eggs have become such an integral part of their diets that life without them seems unfathomable (and a lot less delicious).
That’s certainly what I thought when I started out on this journey. Plus, I am by no means a natural in the kitchen, so I thought I was doomed to eat the same horribly bland meals over and over again. But then I started looking for some outside help; I took to the Internet to search for recipes and I discovered an incredible amount of great resources in the form of food bloggers and chefs. I found resources that specialized in every type of dietary restriction. That initial research eventually led me to find my favorite bloggers, chefs and foodies and now I’m proud to say I’ve amassed a nice collection of cookbooks with incredibly yummy and nutritious recipes.
Here are my top five cookbooks at the moment and why I love them:
Eat Fat, Get Thin by Dr. Mark Hyman – If you don’t know Dr. Hyman, you should. He’s a functional medicine doctor and passionate voice on the impact that clean eating can have on the body (and on chronic illnesses like migraine). In this book, he focuses on the importance of eating the often demonized but super important macronutrient: fat!
The 21 Day Sugar Detox by Diane Sanfilippo – For those with a strong sweet tooth, this is an incredible resource. Not only does she provide delicious recipes, she lays out meals plans for three different levels depending on where you are in your diet journey and your dependance on sugar.
Clean Eats by Alejandro Junger – This was the first book I bought when I first started to understand how my food was impacting my migraines. Although you’ll need to read some of his other books to learn about his methodology, it’s a great resource for yummy recipes if you're new to clean eating.
The Whole30 by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig – For those of you that feel like you need a diet reset in a relatively short period of time, this book is an incredible resource. Although I haven’t done the Whole 30 diet formally myself, I pretty much ate this way when I did my diet reset (but just hadn’t discovered this great resource yet!). What I love about it, is that it gives you a guide to cook really simple basic meals if you have limited time (or are a novice in the kitchen), as well as provides recipes that are more involved if you want to get fancy.
YumUniverse by Heather Crosby – This one is a bit of an outlier given that the recipes are vegan and gluten-free. I discovered Heather when I was experimenting with veganism and I continue to love her dishes. The one issues I run into with this book is that a lot of the recipes rely heavily on grains, which I try to limit for the most part. However, as much as I love meat, I find that I need and want more plant-based meals (beyond the roasted veggies that are my go-to). This book introduces you to such creative and delicious meals that you won't believe are vegan!
No matter which blogger/chef/author you follow, the first step towards cleaning up your diet and reducing your migraines is simply spending more time in the kitchen. If we continuously outsource our cooking, we’re leaving our health in someone else’s hands. So do yourself a favor, crack open a cookbook and find your new favorite recipe!
Got any favorites recipes? I would love to hear about them – please send them over!