Good-Health Reads: Keto Dieting, Thom King

I started my company, Icon Foods, in 1999 to help manufacturers bring clean, healthy foods and beverages to the global market. We work with growers around the world to source natural ingredients, especially sweeteners, with options that are organic, gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, allergen-free and Kosher.

I’ve also learned a lot through my personal journey with wellness. I struggled with maintaining good habits and a healthy weight before adopting a ketogenic lifestyle. In my book, Guy Gone Keto, I share my story of how a high-fat, low-carb diet enabled me to drop five waist sizes in one year, as well as tips and a wellness plan for readers to “go keto.”

I spend a lot of time thinking about what we eat: how we grow our food, how we prepare it and how we can enjoy great-tasting food and beverages while also supporting our physical health — as well as that of the planet. I aim to share my knowledge to help people eat healthier, avoid harmful sugars and maintain diet and exercise habits that defeat metabolic disease.

Both altered my trajectory when it comes to the notions of health and longevity in my own life, and I recommend them highly to anyone who’s looking at how changes in what they eat can have a positive effect on their whole life.

Dr. Emeran Mayer is the executive director of the Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience and co-director of the Digestive Diseases Research Center at the University of California at Los Angeles, my alma mater. There are 50 trillion sentient bacteria in your gut, all advocating for the health of one person—you! The gut makes up 75% of our immune system and 80% of our serotonin production. This book helped me fall in love with that colony that lives inside me and bolstered my commitment to a healthy symbiotic relationship with the little bugs. This book made the complex very accessible, and it taught me how the gut is our second brain—although after reading the book I feel the gut might be our first brain.

Professor David Sinclair also is very approachable, as well as being one of the most influential scientists in the field of controlling the aging process. He…

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