If you’re suspicious of books trying to convince you to eat better, I’d invite you to direct your attention this way. Dr. Travis Stork explains how what we eats affects the microbiome that lives within us and that a healthy microbiome leads to a healthy weight and less illness. Seems simple right?
Well it is. He first begins by breaking down what our microbiomes are and how they relate to our overall health. Then, he explains how different foods affect these microbiomes. He rounds out the book by showing how to put healthy eating habits into practice which will result in a healthy microbiome.
I first noticed that the tone of this book was a lot less preachy than some of the diet books I’ve read have been. He doesn’t make me feel guilty for not already eating how he suggests nor does he present his own triumphs as examples for why we should eat this way. Instead, he uses science and nutrition facts to explain the what, hows, and whys.
I also feel there’s a lot of common sense in this book. He’s not asking readers to cut out specific food groups. He’s not asking readers to eat massive amounts of a certain food group. And he’s not asking readers to do anything other than what a lot of health professionals have been saying lately.
The most valuable part of this book is his guidelines for healthy eating and the suggestions for what these guidelines look like in real life. He helps me take the theory and put it into practice. There’s also a lot of ways I can adjust these guidelines to individualize my diet. To me, this means I have a higher chance at eating healthier and maintaining healthy eating habits.