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healthy living reading list

healthy living reading list

Here is a list of some of my favorite books to improve your body and mind.  I have read them all at one point or another.  If you have any specific questions about one of them, feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer.

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Your Body

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup

Extensive book on women’s health and full of tons of information and an interesting read overall.

Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon, PhD

This book introduces the idea that health is not dictated by our weight.  The author breaks down the myths and backs it up with science and research.

Your Thoughts

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

A collection of essays when dealing with difficult struggles.  The basic idea is to experience negative emotions and feelings and allow them to be a part of us.   This book is one that you will repeatedly go back to when the need arises.

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

I love just about anything by Brene Brown but in this early book she talks about how embracing vulnerability and imperfection creates courage within ourselves and allows us to live wholeheartedly.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

An earlier book where Brene introduces the idea that we are all imperfect and that is ok.  Through embracing our imperfections we can actually become who we actually are rather than who we think we are supposed to be.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

An allegorical tale that follows a young man and inspires us all to discover our dreams by following our heart’s desire.

101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think by Brianna Wiest

Your Food and Nutrition

Intuitive Eating A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

The essential book on “intuitive eating” helps explain why diets don’t work and how we can reframe how we think about weight, food and dieting to lead a healthier life.

The Plant-Powered Diet by Sharon Palmer, RD

The first book I ever read after deciding to eat vegetarian.  She talks about the value of eating plants along with tons of information on the nutrition they provide. Book includes some great plant-based recipes to get started.

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman

A great, basic cookbook with extensive source of simple recipes.

I know there are lots of book options and inspirational help out there.  What books have you read that have helped you make healthier mental and physical decisions?  What books provide you with inspiration?  Please tell me in the comments or send me a message using the Contact me feature.  I want to hear from you.