Books are my lifeline.
I am a hardcore book nerd. If I don’t have a stack of books from the library ready to devour, something is very wrong.
My favorite thing to read about is food. I’m sure that surprises absolutely none of you. Cooking it, growing it, dissecting it. I love food and everything about it.
My second favorite thing to read about is health in general. I want to know how my body works and how I can keep it in optimal health. This also includes reading the books that totally debunk just about everything we’ve been told by the medical industry, but that’s for another time. And, following that, fitness. I love staying up to date on trends, weight loss advice, my personal training manuals. If it has to do with the body moving, I love learning about it.
I think reading is one of the best things you can do to learn. Internet articles are great, and blogs are fun. But there’s something about picking up a book and letting the information just blow your mind. There’s something to the smell of a book whether it’s brand new or almost a century old.
Since I gave my list of favorite documentaries, I figured the next best place to go would be my favorite books. This list will grow with time, I’m sure. I devour books like nobodies business, and I’m always eager to share the good ones.
My Life in France by Julia Child – Best nonfiction book I’ve ever read. If you’re a foodie, it’s a MUST read. If not, I still recommend reading it. Seeing someone find their passion and fight so hard for it is inspiring, no matter what you’re interested in.
Advanced Nutritional Therapies by Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper – Partially read, used to find out more about food specifics. I want to read the whole thing from cover to cover one of these days. It was remarkably useful.
Healthful Foods – From Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss – gives a good basis of nutritional information, as well as where to get specific nutrients.
How Not to Die By Michael Greger- This is an excellent book that breaks down each disease and how to both prevent and fight it. While I don’t agree with everything in it, I do believe it is a great overview and really highlights the power of food.
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell – This book was one of the first nutrition books I read that really blew my mind. The things they discuss in this book, and how food can heal, is just amazing. I really can’t say enough about it. I will happily hand a copy to just about anybody. In fact, I should get a bunch in bulk so I can do just that.
Clean Slate, a Cookbook and Guide – gives an awesome basic nutritional rundown as well as meal plans and recipes. Plus, for my book nuts out there, it actually smells really good. For those who aren’t book nuts, don’t judge. Just get the book and you’ll understand.
American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer Manual, 5th Edition – Used for my personal trainer course, but still full of awesome information. I’m working on reading it through a second time for my personal training exam. There’s a ridiculous amount of information between the covers.
ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals – Used for my personal trainer course but, again, full of wonderful information if you’re interested in how the body works. It breaks the body down into sections and teaches the basics. It is by no means comprehensive, but it is a wonderful starting point.
Bet the Farm by Frederick Kaufman – Ever wonder how food is priced? There are so many things that decide the price of what we eat, and it has very little to do with supply and demand. There’s politics, money, and hidden agendas. I finished this book in less than a day. I couldn’t put it down.
The Unhealthy Truth by Robyn O’Brien – This was a book written by a mom looking for answers. Trying to find the cure for her daughters’ food allergy sent her down a winding path. She explains basic topics clearly, without a lot of the scientific mumbo jumbo that usually accompanies such information heavy books. Hands down my favorite book.
These are just the books that I have actually read. I have a stack of books I’m working on from the library and a massive wish list on Amazon. So this list will easily grow. Heck, it might grow by the end of the week.
But my challenge to you would be to choose just one of these books and read it cover to cover. When you’re finished, let me know what you learned! What blew your mind? What really motivated you to make a change?
Even if you only have five minutes a day, you can learn a lot by reading just a couple of pages.
What are your favorite books? What book really made the biggest difference in your life?