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There’s a handful of well-written diabetes books on the market that offer insight on diabetes, cooking and much more. If a book sounds interesting to you, try borrowing it from the library before committing to the purchase. These are some of my favorites and what grace our bookshelf at home.

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The Blood Sugar Solution – I recommend this book to diabetics more so than any other book. It’s lengthy, but addresses many topics on the subject from a doctor that has treated more diabetics than most others. Dr Mark Hyman has taken the obesity epidemic head-on. Dr Hyman has appeared on Oprah and many other shows.

The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet – This book is also by Dr Hyman and a great detailed guide for those looking for more guidance on getting away from processed foods.

Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution – Here’s a good read for those who are looking for a very low carbohydrate diet to follow. Dr Bernstein is type 1 diabetic that pioneered our early understanding of diabetes. He was originally an engineer and the first person to own a CGM. In those early years, only institutions and a few hospitals had the funds for such a rare device. Later on he went back to medical school to help out others with diabetes.

The End of Diabetes – Here is a book I recommend to those who are both diabetic and vegetarian. Dr Fuhrman also has a lengthy history of treating type 2 diabetics and reversing it in some of his patients. He shuns meat products, which I would agree with him, but only for factory farmed animals. Dr Fuhrman is often seen in movies and on television as well, speaking many truths about the diabetes epidemic.

Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease – Dr Lustig, MD is often seen in the media offering his explanations on diabetes and the obesity epidemic. He’s a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF and has an excellent, albeit lengthy, YouTube video on the dangers of sugar. It’s a must watch for anyone trying to get a better understanding on America’s favorite ingredient.



Everyday Greens – This cookbook is one of a few that have been penned by the fine folks at Greens. It’s a well-recognized vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco. These recipes will even catch a strict meat eater’s attention.

Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way – Some of the kitchen secrets from Argentina’s most celebrated chef are found here. We accidentally found ourselves at one of his restaurants in Buenos Aires a few years back. And it’s a meal we still reminisce about.

The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook – Eating to good health is the theme here. This book is one of my top recommendations for those suffering from diabetes. It also minimizes the common allergens in diets.

The Voluptuous Vegan: More Than 200 Sinfully Delicious Recipes for Meatless, Eggless, and Dairy-Free Meals – It’s truly possible for vegan food to taste good. And your body will thank you for it later.   

The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth  Jonny Bowden has a PhD in nutrition and an extensive practice with patients and athletes. And he also happens to be an amazing cookbook writer. Most ingredients are common and easily found. Simple is effective. The two books below are also his.

The Healthiest Meals on Earth          

The 150 Healthiest 15-Minute Recipes on Earth

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

― Ernest Hemingway

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Whole Foods Recipes, Including Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, and Egg-Free Dishes – This cookbook is a staple in our kitchen. The recipes make it easy for those who are trying to avoid eating [insert your intolerance here].

Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great – After her battle with autoimmune led her on the journey to living without grain, she inked this cookbook for us. These recipes are suitable for diabetics, as well.

Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in under 30 minutes – You cannot go wrong with meals from the Paleo godfather, Mark Sisson. If you like what you find in here, check out his website for more recipes.

The Stevia Cookbook: Cooking with Nature’s Calorie-Free Sweetener – If there’s one thing I could tell every diabetic, it’s to only use stevia for a source of sweetness. Stevia is plant that naturally has a very sweet flavor. And it’s not artificially made like the other substitutes on the market. It improves the function of the hormone insulin and helps to lower blood sugar levels in diabetics.

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The Easy Way to Stop Smoking – The title sounds almost too good to be true. It is the one book that worked for me. It offers a perfect amount of information and techniques on the means to go about putting your last cigarette out forever. I was surprised that he shunned nicotine patches and other fancy medications for smoking cessation, but as he explains, the nicotine is completely gone from your body after three days.

The CalorieKing Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter – One of the most popular books on Amazon for counting calories and other macro-nutrient data. If you’re keeping a food diary or eating off of this meal plan, you can do some simple research on common store-bought items. If you’re subscribed to this meal plan, first off thank you, and you can get all the nutrition information on the recipes.

Rich Food Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System – This book is used for reference on every weekly diabetic meal plan. It’s a well researched book by knowledgeable nutritionists that explains why foods are good or bad and what brands are good or bad. Those who are subscribed to the meal plan will notice brands or other notes on each item. And those notes come from this book to help you navigate the options in a grocery store.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals – Michael Pollan takes a long look at the history of our food system. It’s a book that will change the way you look at food forever (in a good way).

The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman – Tim Ferriss never fails to both entertain and teach. I’m a big fan and this book changed my exercise routine forever. I put on some 10 lbs(!) of muscle after a few months of slow exercises.

McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container – Gardening, like cooking, is a bit of a lost art form in our country. This book offers loads of useful advice on gardening from a container, suitable for beginners. If you’re fortunate enough to have some land to use, this book also translates well to in-ground techniques, too. The main advantage of gardening in containers is that you can start with quality organic soil that is free of any potential chemicals in the ground.

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I am the resident Diabetic Lifestyle Advocate at Five Hour Diabetic. Here I debunk conventional thinking about nutrition and exercise. My purpose is to enable diabetics to take back control of their health. And make simple recipes that honestly don’t suck.

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