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8 Genius Nutrition Books Written Only For Young Adults

Young adults have a stressful, busy life. These books will guide you on how to fit nutrition into that schedule!

There’s often little time to cook and maybe even think, about eating healthily if you’re a young adult. There’s work, social life, family… Microwave meals are just the norm, and they’ve stayed a part of us since college!

The authors of these books understand the struggle, and luckily for all of us, they’re also expert nutritionists. They’ve adapted healthy eating for the younger, busier bodies, so you’re bound to benefit from these amazing guides!

#1 The Intuitive Eating Workbook for Teens by Elyse Resch

The Intuitive Eating Workbook for Teens by Elyse Resch
Who suggested this book?
The The Intuitive Eating Workbook for Teens by Elyse Resch was recommended by Meghan Cichy from Creating Peace with Food, LLC. You can find out more about Meghan Cichy here or read their book recommendation below.

Young adults are at a critical point in their physical, mental, and emotional development. Supporting them in connecting to their bodies, trusting their bodies, and caring for their bodies is crucial. This book can be a pivotal tool in combating diet culture’s advances on teens.

#2 Drinking for Two by Diana Licalzi and Kerry Criss

Drinking for Two by Diana Licalzi
Who suggested this book?
The Drinking for Two by Diana Licalzi was recommended by Kerry Criss from Drinking for Two. You can find out more about Kerry Criss here or read their book recommendation below.

This book has 45+ non-alcoholic plant-based recipes for all occasions.

#3 Chew On This by Charles Wilson

Chew On This by Charles Wilson
Who suggested this book?
The Chew On This by Charles Wilson was recommended by Rachel Davidson from Watchdog Pest Control Site. You can find out more about Rachel Davidson here or read their book recommendation below.

I too have been an avid consumer of fast food in my younger years and still do so from time to time. The stories found in the book are outright fascinating and shocking at the same time. While a lot of good things have been said, some are a real eye-opener. However, my son can’t completely turn his back away from certain foods but makes it a point not to indulge like he used to.

Chew On This is one of the best nutrition books out there. It’s quirky but serious. A balanced mix of both the good and the bad. Personally, I find everything in the book truly helpful and serves its purpose by letting you know what’s best for your teen. It makes you think and realize how we evolved as humans, and how our food habits and preferences affect our day to day living. Thanks, Ben — hoping this might be useful to you!

#4 Permission To Eat by Libby Parker

Permission To Eat by Libby Parker
Who suggested this book?
The Permission To Eat by Libby Parker was recommended by Libby Parker from PermissionToEat. You can find out more about Libby Parker here or read their book recommendation below.

Permission To Eat is a practical guide for recovery from eating disorders in high school, college, and beyond. The book gives readers specific tools for all genders to break up with their disorder, including action-based worksheets and journal prompts, knowledge of medical complications and what to tell medical professionals, personal stories from the author and others who have been through eating disorders, and most importantly–hope for full recovery.

This book will help you discover how to:

  • Drop the guilt around eating and create a better relationship with food so that you can get on with the more important things in life.
  • Know what information to tell health professionals so that you get the best care.
  • Understand what some complications of your disorder can be, and how to reverse or stop them from happening with actionable tips.
  • Handle it when your treatment team asks you to cut back on the exercise.
  • Find peace with food and give yourself permission to eat intuitively.

#5 The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole

The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole
Who suggested this book?
The The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole was recommended by Caleb Backe from CalebBacke. You can find out more about Caleb Backe here or read their book recommendation below.

For many young adults, eating a healthy, balanced diet can seem daunting. This workbook provides the reader with ten principles to create a healthy relationship with food, noticing cues of real hunger, and cultivating a connection between body and mind. Tribole encourages you to reject a diet mentality and understand the difference between satiation and satisfaction, finding a balance somewhere between the two.

#6 The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Who suggested this book?
The The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan was recommended by Dane Kolbaba from Watchdog Pest Control. You can find out more about Dane Kolbaba here or read their book recommendation below.

There aren’t a lot of nutrition books out there that appeal to a younger audience, and I’m glad to say this one does. The author discusses not only what we eat, but the implications of what we eat on an individual level as well as a global level (is it humane? How much carbon footprint are we leaving?) in a way that I think will appeal to the younger generations.

#7 Are You a Monster or a Rock Star by Danielle Robertson

Are You a Monster or a Rock Star by Danielle Robertson
Who suggested this book?
The Are You a Monster or a Rock Star by Danielle Robertson was recommended by Danielle Robertson Rath from GreenEyedGuide. You can find out more about Danielle Robertson Rath here or read their book recommendation below.

This book is the ultimate guide for all caffeine drinkers. Food Scientist Danielle GreenEyedGuide reviews the science behind caffeine and energy drink ingredients but ditches the science jargon for colorful metaphors and the occasional bad pun. Readers meet the 20 most common ingredients and learn where they come from, what they do, and what dose is ideal. Readers also learn how to avoid product scams, how to pick the right caffeinated drink based on Level of Fatigue, and how to enjoy caffeine without addiction or overdose.

#8 Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon

Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon
Who suggested this book?
The Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon was recommended by Kalev Rudolph from EffortlessInsurance. You can find out more about Kalev Rudolph here or read their book recommendation below.

Learning how to feed your body, and build a loving, supportive relationship with food and exercise can be incredibly hard—especially as a young adult. There is so much misinformation floating around the inexact science of nutrition and “what is good for you,” coming at us from TV, advertising, and even the doctor’s office.


Who contributed to this article?

Meghan Cichy from Creating Peace with Food, LLC

Kerry Criss from Drinking for Two

Rachel Davidson from Watchdog Pest Control Site

Libby Parker from PermissionToEat

Caleb Backe from CalebBacke

Dane Kolbaba from Watchdog Pest Control

Danielle Robertson Rath from GreenEyedGuide

Kalev Rudolph from EffortlessInsurance

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