There are many amazing health books that have changed my life, and I know they will change yours too. I strongly believe health depends on your physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. Like many others, I have struggled with keeping a balance between the three different areas of my life. I’ve dealt with a chronic physical sports injury, a mentally-challenging eating disorder, and putting off my spiritual health at times. Yet, I’ve conquered it all – with the help of these books and a lot of support from family and friends. These amazing health books will hopefully help you with your life as much as they’ve helped me balance all areas of mine. You can find most of these books at Barnes and Noble or on amazon.com.
1. The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder
This is one of the most amazing health books ever written, no joke. It is so beautifully put together and years of experience and research done by Kimberly Snyder are compiled into one book. Kimberly discusses the importance of eating whole, plant-based foods that she refers to as “beauty” food. She tells of digestion and its effect on your health and outer beauty. This book will help get you away from any ailment you have, and move you towards eating healthy. She also tries to get rid of the “all-or-nothing” approach by giving you three levels of healthy living that can be obtained by doing a little or a lot – just as long as you are doing something! If you are looking for a great, informative book to get you on track, this is it!
2. Crazy, Sexy Diet by Kris Carr
I absolutely love this book! Kris Carr shares her story of conquering cancer through a plant-based diet, when traditional treatments weren’t working for her. She gives you tips on how to eat for different ailments as well. Also, she discusses the importance of drinking green smoothies and juice on a regular basis. This book is packed with information on all aspects of health, from weight loss to beauty to making your dreams happen. It is an amazing read, especially if you are suffering from a life-threatening illness like she was.
3. Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel
You may recognize the author Bethenny Frankel from the New York City housewives. Even if you don’t, this book is a must-read. Bethenny talks about her negative relationship with food, and how she (and how you can) beat it. This book is good if you deny yourself food you truly desire and end up binging because of it. She helps you tap into your intuition with different tools. Bethenny will help you see that you can eat anything you want, as long as you balance it.
4. The Diet Cure by Julia Ross
This book is so informative and interesting; it was hard to put down! Julia Ross starts the book off with a questionnaire to help you determine what you need to do to fix any ailment you may be having. According to Julia Ross, there are eight imbalances in the body that are causing your ailments, you just have to pinpoint what they are and go from there. She outlines exactly what you need to do to fix these imbalances, and encourages eating a diet full of healthy, nutritious food. If you are a dieter or have an eating disorder, this book is a must-read for you. Julia Ross encourages eating at least 2,500 calories of whole foods every day, and I think it’s about time someone wrote a book that wasn’t about restriction. There is also help for those with thyroid problems, food allergies, and hormone imbalances. It is a great book that will get you in the best health of your life!
5. Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein
The books I’ve recommended so far all relate to your physical and mental health, but not so much spiritual health. There was a time when I would put my spiritual health last, but since reading this book I’ve had a newfound clarity on what I need to be doing. Gabrielle Bernstein is so insightful, and this book will help you tap into your spiritual health. My spiritual connection is with God, but even if you don’t believe in God that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read this book! It is good for anyone who wants to get a better sense of themselves, or connect to some higher power too.
6. Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris
Not only does this book contain over 100 different smoothie recipes, but it also contains a beautiful message. In the beginning, Brendan Brazier discusses how his athletic performance has improved since adding superfood smoothies to his post-workout regimen. I think this has changed the way I think about refueling after my workouts, helping me with my chronic knee pain and shin splints. Julie Morris also discusses the benefits of each superfood ingredient, and how it can help you with many different ailments you may have. The smoothie pictures are beautiful, and you will be changing your health and life forever by consuming these delicious drinks.
7. 8 Weeks to Optimal Healthy by Dr. Andrew Weil
There is so much valuable information in this book that you will want to keep on re-reading it to grasp everything Dr. Weil says. He doesn’t just discuss what you have to do in 8 weeks to get healthy, but why you are unhealthy in the first place. After you understand why you aren’t in optimal health, Dr. Weil outlines an 8 week plan that will get you very healthy. If you aren’t a big fan of books talking about solely plant-based diets, this book is for you. Dr. Weil talks about the benefits of consuming moderate amounts of fish for their healthy oils. If you are looking to improve your health in 8 weeks, this is a good book for you!
Every single one of these books has taught me so much about living a healthy life. I know you can live a healthy life too, and these books can help a lot! Getting the support of everyone around you is important too, and will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle in the long run. What is your favorite healthy book that has made an impact on your life?