I love reading and learning. Pretty much, anytime I can squeeze in time for reading, even if only a few pages, I do. Plus, I love finding the best books to help me in my journey to maintain my health. To me, knowledge is power! So, books and me….perfect together!
Do you have reading goals? If not, try setting a reading goal of a new book every month or two. Are you looking for a good book to read? Check out this list here of my healthy favorites! I add to the list all the time so check back often to see what’s new!
Note: When you take my online L.E.A.N. Start class, you should read this book to help provide support for the health of our children from being overweight, underfit, and unhappy. Following the L.E.A.N. Kids Program can change the way your child feels, looks, and thinks. Kids today spend more time watching TV or staring at screens than they do in physical play. Often, while they’re watching they’re eating fast food or junk food. Dr. Sears attributes later adult diseases such as cancer and diabetes to a sedentary, unhealthful life style, attributing his colon cancer to being a fat child.
Note: The best health book ever as you age! Purchase this book to accompany my Prime Time Health in person or online class. Dr. Sears’ common-sense advice mixed with more age-specific mandates are backed by science and designed to promote longevity and a healthy later life as we age. Prime Time Health is a practical program to help you live your best life possible-pain-free, disease-free, stress-free, and medication-free. This is not the next diet book craze — it is advice about lifestyle changes you can make to preserve your health.
Note: We all want to live as healthfully as possible. In The Omega-3 Effect, Dr. William Sears turns his attention to the critical role that omega-3s play in the body. Dr. Sears takes readers through each body system-including the brain, heart, joints, skin, and immune system-and demonstrates how omega-3s are essential to each. It also offers tips on what foods and supplements readers should incorporate into their diet and recipes. Dr. Sears offers a practical and science-based approach to living a more healthful life.
Note: Highly recommended! Dr. Sears explores how nutrition affects the brains and behavior of youngsters. N.D.D., or Nutrition Deficit Disorder, as coined by Dr. Bill Sears, is based on the idea that if “you put junk food into a child’s brain, you get back junk behavior and learning.” Dr. Sears explores the latest scientific research on the effects of nutrition on the brain. He presents case studies of patients diagnosed as “N.D.D.” who showed major improvement in learning and behavior with diet change.
Note: A comprehensive guide to treating and preventing nasal allergies, asthma, food allergies and intolerances, and more. Allergies are one of the most common ailments, causing children to miss school and parents to miss work. Left untreated or unresolved, stuffy noses, itchy skin, and irritated bellies can lead to chronic asthma, eczema, inflammatory bowel disease, and neurological disorders. Today’s parents don’t just want to treat their family’s allergy symptoms, they want to eliminate allergies and prevent chronic and long-term health complications.
Coming Soon! The Inflammation Solution
The Solution for Preventing Inflammation for All Ages
Note: Learn what “itis” is in your body? You will find the solution to your inflammation problem in this book. Enjoy not only a trusted-science-made-simple-and-fun-approach, but also sit back and smile. To tackle a confusing medical problem like inflammation, Dr. Sears writes with the intent: “If you laugh, you will learn – and heal.” Learn why you hurt, how you heal; enjoy the six-S anti-inflammatory diet; help your body make its own medicines; handle stress; raise a less-inflamed child; stay lean, and less inflamed; eat gut-friendly foods; ease hip, back and knee pain; enjoy a smarter and less-inflamed brain; use more self-help skills and fewer pills
Note: I love this book! Connect to the Earth and Heal! Beneath your feet outdoors is not just a mere patch of grass, dirt, sand, or concrete. It is an omnipresent source of natural healing energy. After you read this book, you will never look at the ground the same way. We humans, as all other living beings, are electrical creatures on an electrical planet, and the ground beneath us is more than something we just stand, walk, play, and build on. An exciting, revolutionary piece of the health puzzle is connecting to the earth by walking barefoot or using “grounding” devices. The Earth is full of electrons that work like antioxidants, disarming the free radicals that age us. Some of the benefits of “earthing” include weight loss, diminishing pain, healing of injuries, eliminating jet lag, reduction of muscle loss with aging, enhanced immune system and reduced risk of metabolic syndrome.
Note: This kit includes the Earthing book and small orange grounding bands! Yes, connect to the Earth and Heal! I was skeptical about “earthing” so decided to try the bands, which are far less expensive than the mat. After you read the Earthing book, you will never look at the ground the same way and you’ll want to ground to it. An exciting, revolutionary piece of the health puzzle is connecting to the earth by walking barefoot, when possible, or using “grounding” devices. The Earth is full of electrons that work like antioxidants, disarming the free radicals that age us. Some of the benefits of “earthing” include weight loss, diminishing pain, healing of injuries, eliminating jet lag, reduction of muscle loss with aging, enhanced immune system and reduced risk of metabolic syndrome. My experience has been that this works and I notice a difference in using it. I’m sleeping soundly and have no body pain at all. I wear one band around my ankle at night and don’t even know it’s there. It’s an excellent gift for the family health nut that you have no idea what to give. This is one of my favorite new things!
Note: This book is a great guide to traditional foods and contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but are vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Sally Fallon dispels the myths of the current low-fat fad in this practical, entertaining guide to a can-do diet that is both nutritious and delicious. Topics include the health benefits of traditional fats and oils (including butter and coconut oil); dangers of vegetarianism; problems with modern soy foods; health benefits of sauces and gravies; proper preparation of whole grain products; pros and cons of milk consumption; easy-to-prepare enzyme enriched condiments and beverages; and appropriate diets for babies and children.
Note: Highly recommended! Over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat every day. As a result, over 100 million experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes to high blood sugar to unattractive stomach bulges preventative cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: it’s due to the whole grain breads, wraps and rolls we eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dr. Davis exposes the harmful effects of what is actually a product of genetic tinkering and agribusiness being sold to the American public as “wheat”–and provides readers with a user-friendly, step-by-step plan to navigate a new wheat-free lifestyle.
Note: Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our “smart genes” through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits. Dementia and many other brain diseases are not inevitable, nor are they genetic. They are directly and powerfully linked to a diet high in sugar and grains. An eye-opening scientific account of how diet influences nerve health and brain function.
Note: Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise-from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome – the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What’s taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions. Dr. Perlmutter explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become “sick,” and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain’s destiny for the better.
Note: Honestly, this book was just ok for a few reasons. The bad side, the author is a proponent of soy products, canola oils, and margarine products, which I am not. The good side, however, is that she advocates eating fish for your omegas. Keeping all that in mind, I found I use this book as a good reference for food sources of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients (compounds found in fruits and vegetables that provide health benefits) and as a cookbook where I revise the recipes to fit my healthy lifestyle. I do like the fact that the author anchors her concepts by focusing on the research into foods and nutrients that fight the “big four” chronic diseases heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. This book provides guidance on how to eat for prevention or treatment of disease and arms you with the tools to select food combinations that can keep you healthy. The book is loaded with tips on cooking and incorporating more whole foods into your diet.
Note: Recent cutting-edge research shows that human intestinal microbiota influences metabolism, appetite, energy, hormones, inflammation, and insulin resistance. Because gut microflora plays a central role in weight management, losing weight is much more than cutting calories, fat, or carbs. When the trillions of live bacteria in our digestive tract the gut microbiome are balanced, excess pounds melt away and we feel revitalized. Dr. Mullin shares the science about how microbiome shifts can slow down weight loss efforts and how to overcome them with his patient-tested 3 Phase protocol and recipes.
Note: Great cooking goes beyond following a recipe–it’s knowing how to season ingredients to coax the greatest possible flavor from them. Drawing on dozens of leading chefs’ combined experience in top restaurants across the country, Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg present the definitive guide to creating “deliciousness” in any dish. For example, the table for apples notes their affinity for cinnamon, pork, rum, and nuts. They also list the most common ingredients of national cuisines. In some cases, they note clashes, such as oysters and tarragon.
Note: An excellent read if you’re interested in the premise that common food additives could cause demonstrable health problems in sensitive individuals – and you’ll be shocked that because these effects did not involve the whole population, such additives were deemed to be safe by the FDA. Plus, the manufacturers were given the right to add them to food under the guise of ‘spices’, ‘natural flavoring’ and other undisclosed names. Learn here how MSG and similar agents pierce the blood-brain barrier and over-stimulate the neurons of a brain to a deadly degree. Habitual intake among animal experiments has shown the development of tumors, memory loss, and a host of neurodegenerative diseases as the end result of excess excitotoxin intake, including Alzhiemer’s, Parkenson’s, Lou Gerhig’s etc.
Note: Liana Werner-Gray is an advocate for natural healing using a healthy diet and lifestyle. After healing herself of many health conditions through embracing a natural lifestyle, she began lecturing and teaching about the Earth Diet internationally. Liana teaches raw food and cooking classes around the world and has fed many people good-tasting, healthy foods and drinks.
Liana is the founder and owner of The Earth Diet, where she directs a team that helps people all over the world.
Note: As a Young Living Essential Oil Independent Distributor, I refer to this book frequently. It’s chocked full of info. Great reference and easy reference at the beginning, tells you about each oil specifically and what they are used for.
This is the only Essential Oil reference tool/book you need. Very handy and nicely bound and not too heavy either to carry around. Great gift for someone who likes essential oils. I use this reference DAILY to help me determine what oils are best for me.
Note: In my Health Coach classes, I teach about the connection between inflammation and heart disease, arthritis, and other chronic diseases. Many food allergies stimulate the immune system to react and cause inflammatory responses and inflammation in the body interferes with and slows down metabolism and the healing response. Chronic inflammation erodes our wellness and paves the path for ill health. Why not learn how to decrease inflammation through diet?
Note: In this book, Dr. David Ludwig explains why traditional diets don’t work, and presents a radical new plan to help you lose weight without hunger, improve your health, and feel great. Dr. Ludwig’s groundbreaking studies show that overeating doesn’t make you fat; the process of getting fat makes you overeat. That’s because fat cells play a key role in determining how much weight you gain or lose. Low-fat diets work against you, by triggering fat cells to hoard more calories for themselves, leaving too few for the rest of the body.