Some amazing books for improving your physical and mental health, personal growth, how to set goals and develop motivation.
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Health & Nutrition
This is one of the most extensive books I've come across that shows how to prevent, and sometimes even reverse, our top killers. Ever chapter goes through one of
our common diseases. On top of the impressive science Dr.Greger shares with you, he adds his recommended "daily dozen" which forms a great foundation of a healthy diet.
Dr. Will B. does an excellent job in explaining the connection between diet, disease and the our microbiome. If you suspect (too much) fiber irritates your gut you need to read this book asap. Dr. B explains how build a strong gut that can handle real food and keeps your immune system in tip-top shape.
The title speaks for itself. If you enjoyed Immunity Hi, Virus Bye-Bye, you will surely appreciate Dr. Fuhrman's scientific take on immune optimization. He discusses the importance of nutrition and specific foods that help your immune system and protect against disease, including cancer. He highlights the importance of antioxidants and phytochemicals.
If you want to live to a 100, then you might want to read this, maybe even more than once! Dan Buettner takes you to "the five longevity zones" around the world, where he explores how centenarians live, eat, drink and spend their time. Dan adds a nice personal touch through writing and shares interesting interviews with centenarians.
If you want something different from the average health book, then this might be the book for you. It offers a a positive and refreshing perspective. Darin writes with a sense of joy and love of life. "Who do you want to give your money to, the doctor or the grocer, the farmer or the pharmacist?" A motivating read that covers all facets of a healthy lifestyle.
What we should eat comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Michael Pollan's witty, informative & common sense approach is perfect if you fuss about food or have any concerns about what's healthy and what's not. It all comes down to eating real food. In the process you also learn the cause of our harmful western diet.
Based on the blue zones way of life, this book is far more than just a cookbook. Besides offering delicious recipes that will increase your life span, it also shares interesting background stories at the same time. The practical side of the recipes is accessibility of them: You don't require a big budget or need to live near big-chain supermarket!
Goal setting & Motivation
If you don't know what you really want in life, or don't have the courage to get it, then Bob Proctor is going to be a blessing. It's because of his work that I found out what I really want with my life and found the courage, motivation, and energy to follow my dreams and achieve my goals.
This book is all about changing your old (sometimes destructive) habit patterns; paradigms as Bob calls them.
The ultimate goal setting book. Zig "Ziglar" teaches you a system of how to successfully set a goal and achieve it. If you're ready to set some goals, take Zig along with you. I'm positive that after reading this book, you'll feel excited about setting and achieving your goals. If this book won't motivate you, I don't know what will; Zig is an incredible motivator.
Mindfulness & Meditation
I remember the first time I began to understand that I wasn't actually my mind's content. That happened while I was reading the Power of Now. Such a life changing event, I'll never forget. I've bought somewhere between 10 and 20 copies, and handed them out all over the world to people who I believed could benefit from its wisdom. That's how much I like it.
If you've never heard of Thich Nhat Hanh before, please look him up on YouTube and watch his documentary "Walk with me." I've chosen this book in particular cause it's such a great introduction to the wonders of mindful living. Thich has a way to reach within and awaken your inner wisdom, allowing you to experience every-day activities with such a deep joy for life.
You probably know that exercise is good for you, but do you know exactly why? This science-based gem covers it all. But the best part is that—through Judy Foreman's pleasant, inspiring and engaging writing—you'll cut through any confusion and get motivated to get up and move. Funny anecdotes coupled with interviews and practical examples are the icing on the cake.
This book will let you think differently about the meaning of exercise and is far from the typical exercise book. As Kelly McGonigal, the author, herself states: "Movement can and should be a source of joy." Movement doesn't just mean exercise in the traditional sense of the word, but it's all about using your body purposefully and joyfully. These last words are actually the words from a reviewer, but they ring so true.
The importance of sleep is explained in such detail that it may just motivate you to go to bed on time. In many cases our modern life and our technology are hindering our sleeping patterns. Matthew Walker offers some great advice to get a good's night sleep in a time where we are overloaded with impulses that hinder us from doing so.
NOTE: Regardless of my enthusiasm for this book, I have some reservations about recommending this book to anyone with anxiety who also experiences insomnia. The overactive mind that contributes to the sleep problems is better off, first, with the books in the mindfulness section.