Sometimes we all need a helping hand for some inspiration or motivation, and sometimes we just need a little simple information about our food or our lifestyle. In these instances I personally find it really useful to have a few books which are easy but enjoyable to read. This article introduces six books which all cover the topic of health whether it be our diet, our body or our mind. All six are written by people who know their stuff and they are all well worth a read for those interested in the topic of healthy living!
Three Books on Health:
Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
Food Rules is about simplifying our attitude towards the food we eat. Michael Pollan provides us with a guide for how to make decisions about food, laying out straightforward, simple rules in his clear and witty style. It’s a great book for people who want to spend more time thinking about the importance of food and answers perfectly the question ‘What should I eat?’ for everyone feeling a little confused.
In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating by Michael Pollan
Another book by Michael Pollan, In Defence of Food is a book which celebrates food, real, simple, proper food. Michael Pollan invites us to ditch the diet and says that by following his advice we can fall in love with food again and enjoy it in a healthy way. Definitely worth a read if you love food but strive for healthiness as well.
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II
This is not a diet book. Dr. Campbell examines the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. He breaks through the misleading information and confusion caused by the media, opportunistic scientists and sometimes even the government. This book is informative, based on fact and delivers a clear message about health.
A Book on Running:
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
An inspiring tale of the Tarahumara Indians, isolated by Mexico’s Copper Canyons, who are able to run hundreds of miles without resting or injury. Journalist and runner Christoper McDougall explores their incredible ability, starting in science labs at Harvard and finishing in the Copper Canyons for a race that pits America’s best against the tribe. This is an epic story, if you aspire to be a runner I’d say it’s a must read!
A Book on Being Happy:
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
This book is one of my favourites to read when I need a bit of a boost. Definitely not a traditional self-help book, this book covers the journey that Gretchen Rubin took over the period of twelve months on the quest to lead a happier life. There is little science in this book but that is not the point, it is funny, engaging and inspirational for anyone seeking to have a more positive and productive outlook on life.
A Healthy Cookbook:
Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source with More Than 200 Recipes for a Healthy and Sustainable You by Terry Walters
This is more than just your average cookbook. It is a cook book full of recipes that you know will be doing your body a world of good, and on top of that Terry Walters explains issues like eating seasonal food and the sustainability of our diets. Clean Food includes over 200 seasonal, healthy and fresh vegan recipes which are great if you want to give clean eating a go.