RACHEL'S RUMINATIONS: Spotlight on a few good non-fiction health books

These books take a variety of approaches to healthy dieting, according to local book reviewer Dr. Rachel Oppitz.



'How to Do the Work'

Dr. Nicole LePera, a holistic clinical psychologist practicing in California, posts some of my favorite Instagram engagements, so I was absolutely thrilled when her new book was released on March 9, 2021. It instantly became an international bestseller.

She provides a comprehensive guide on how to break free from old patterns to achieve improved mental/emotional balance. I found the chapters on the inner child, ego stories, reparenting, and emotional maturity fascinating and illuminating because she explores many novel concepts.


This book is for anyone who feels stuck and is searching for more contentment. I hope she will write additional books to explore some of these concepts in greater detail.


‘The Metabolic Effect Diet’ and ‘Lose Weight Here’

Dr. Jade Teta is another social media guru that I adore following on Instagram. Amongst my colleagues, he is renowned for his expertise in sports medicine and weight loss.

The older book offers a very straightforward program on how to eat and exercise for weight loss; this approach is essential for those people who feel they are doing everything right and the numbers on the scale are not budging.

The goal of the first book is to teach you how to make your metabolism work for you by demonstrating the difference between weight loss from cutting calories versus fat loss from balancing metabolic hormones.

The second book takes their fat-loss concept one step further, showing you how to speed fat loss from specific areas to achieve real shape change. In the second book, they focus on getting your hunger, energy and cravings (HEC) in check.


Both books provide wonderful black and white illustrations of specific exercises to incorporate.


'The Pegan Diet'

Yet another professional I highly respect on social media! This “un-diet” book was also recently released on February 23, 2021.

Instead of chapters, Dr. Mark Hyman presents 21 separate “principles” based upon science and common sense on how to use food as your medicine regardless of whether you are vegan, paleo, keto, omnivore, etc.

I occasionally get asked about a resource for overall improved health and this book fits the bill.



'Fiber Fueled'

I learned about this gastroenterologist while listening to a SIBO Doctor podcast (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and excitedly ordered his book. It is rare to find a GI specialist who strongly emphasizes the tremendous impact diet has on gut health.

Dr. Will Bulsiewicz discusses at length the integral role of fiber on the gut microbiome. He encourages us to eat at least 30 different types of fiber per week (vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains).

In general, I do recommend this book with two caveats: 1) He does not acknowledge food sensitivities exist and believes everything can be healed with a high-fiber, plant-based diet to rebuild the gut microbiome. 2) His overall tone is arrogant.

Other than those two objections, his book is packed with worthwhile information.

Rachel Oppitz

Rachel Oppitz has lived in Park Rapids with her husband, daughter and dog since 2006. She is a naturopathic doctor and owns Itasca Naturopathic Clinic in Park Rapids and Bemidji. In her spare time, she loves to read, workout with friends, play games, do jigsaw puzzles, camp, hike, bike, canoe, travel, do guided meditations on Insight Timer, try new recipes, listen to music and journal.

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