Bottomless soup bowls, card decks, fairy tales and legends, and a martial artist writing nearly 400 years ago were just some of the fascinating health and wellness book recommendations from Karen S., Wendy C., Lauri D-W., Ivonne B., Don H., Michael S., Ron P., Sherry L., and several other readers who asked not to be named. I had some of these books already, and picked up a bunch more after seeing the recommendations. Enjoy!
Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works – Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch – learning to listen to your body, for folks tired of forbidden foods, diet fads, and quick fixes.
Breaking Free from Emotional Eating, Geneen Roth – her personal story of overcoming compulsive and binge eating, with tools and exercises from her “Breaking Free” workshops.
Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling, Anita Johnston, Phd – for those who discover new truths through stories and myths, this book looks at women’s relationships with food and eating in a different light.
Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives, Dan Millman – lessons for everyone about being conscious (vs smart), and strong in spirit (vs strong in body). Challenges Western beliefs about masculine power and success.
Total Body Transformation: A 3-Month Personal Fitness Prescription For A Strong, Lean Body And A Calmer Mind, Steve Ilg – an intense 3-month program with an unusually strong mind/body connection for the “fitness warrior”. FYI, his nutritional thinking won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Thich Naht Han – stories from daily life (cooking potatoes, for instance) that convey the interconnectedness of all things and the ultimate irrelevance of a “me first” lifestyle.
The Portion Teller: Smartsize Your Way to Permanent Weight Loss, Lisa Young – simple-to-use techniques for “smartsizing” your awareness of portion sizes, with a nifty chart that gives you handy references (3 oz of meat = a deck of cards, for example).
Organic Housekeeping From The Non-Toxic Avenger, Ellen Sandbeck – exactly what it sounds like!
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, Brian Wansink – using clever experiments like the “bottomless soup bowl”, explains how packages, movies, music, room color and more influence what we eat. Absolutely fascinating.
Eat This Not That: Thousands of Simple Food Swaps That Save Thousands Of Calories, David Zinczenko – for example, choose the Egg McMuffin and not the hotcakes at Mickey D’s, and save 300 some-odd calories.
What to Eat, Marion Nestle – confidence-building practical advice on how to navigate the zillions of choices in the typical supermarket while maximizing the nutritional “bang for the buck” and avoiding the trap of food marketed for profit alone, rather than nutritional value.
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, Michael Pollan – in short: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous, Rory Freedman & others – you may not like their language, and you may not agree with some of their ideas – but there’s nothing wishy-washy here!
Never Gymless: An Excuse-Free System For Total Fitness, Ross Enamait – a thorough, creative, and extremely intense bodyweight training guide (triple-clap pushups…). Bought it myself after seeing it pop up in our “recommended books” survey. It’s just a spiral-bound self-published book, but the pictures and instructions are great and I love his attitude.
How Doctors Think, Jerome Groopman – how patients can help doctors avoid typical diagnostic and treatment errors due to well-intentioned but flawed thinking.
What You Don’t Know Can Kill You: A Physician’s Radical Guide to Conquering the Obstacles to Excellent Medical Care, Laura Nathanson – helps patients flag misdiagnosis, inappropriate treatment, miscommunication among specialists
The Book of Five Rings, Miyamoto Musashi – written in 1643 (!) for martial artists and others who want spiritual insights into the human experience of confrontation and victory
You: Staying Young: The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty (You), Michael Roizen & Mehmet Oz – again, exactly what the title suggests!
Feel free to post your own suggestions (or reviews, if you’ve already read some of these) below…and your email always stays private, so no worries there.