With so many health-transforming books being published, WholeFoods wanted to know what the experts recommend. Here, Doug Evans, author of THE SPROUT BOOK, shares two favorites. 


How Not to Diet By Michael Greger

We live in a society where the word “diet” is a commonplace for practically everyone. Some people are excited about their new Keto Diet, the Plant-Based Diet, Low Carb or High Carb, and many more options out there. There are even a few people touting the carnivore diet right now.

That being said, we all have to eat, and diet is a way to compartmentalize yourself into a category. 

Dr. Greger knows that all too well, and he also has a strong, perhaps biased belief that the plant-based diet is the best. He also knows that if he throws that in your face, you will resist. Therefore in a very clever and not subtle way, he manages to discount, dismiss and eliminate all but plants for you.

The good thing about the book is that Dr. Greger is fact based. He comprehensively explains his logic of every outstanding point he makes. It’s almost impossible to read this book and not come out the other side as a plant-based enthusiast. I will add, it’s not because of any great writing style or any single fact, it’s just so profoundly obvious and he manages to get that message across quite well.


How to Change Your Mind By Michael Pollan

I grew up around a lot of chaos and madness. Drugs and addictions were part of my teenage years, and I was literally scared straight. Even though I wasn’t an addict, I was categorically shutdown to any drugs or alcohol.

Decades later, in part due to my respect for Michael Pollan, I decided to read his book. It’s so good. He goes deep, asks the right questions and finds himself with the right people. For example, as he becomes convinced of the potential of psychedelics, so do I. That being said, I am more open ideologically than experientially and have been suggesting and encouraging specific people to learn more about them based on their specific needs.