Most people are finding themselves spending more time inside lately, and while there are plenty of great physical activities you can do inside, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books so that you can have them ready to go in your downtime. Whether you read just to pass the time, learn about a new topic, help you fall asleep, or all of the above, reading is a fantastic activity that you can do almost anywhere. I love to read books that teach me something new, inspire me, or just make me want to be better in some way and all of these books definitely fit the bill! From being informed on everything from the food industry to birth control to posture- I’ve got you covered with 10 of my all-time favorite book recommendations. 

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10 Books that Will Elevate Your Health and Wellbeing:

Want to know about the secrets of the food world? Read this: 

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Food Fix 

By: Mark Hyman, M.D.

“In Food Fix, #1 bestselling author Mark Hyman explains how our food and agriculture policies are corrupted by money and lobbies that drive our biggest global crises: the spread of obesity and food-related chronic disease, climate change, poverty, violence, educational achievement gaps, and more.

Pairing the latest developments in nutritional and environmental science with an unflinching look at the dark realities of the global food system and the policies that make it possible, Food Fix is a hard-hitting manifesto that will change the way you think about — and eat — food forever, and will provide solutions for citizens, businesses, and policy makers to create a healthier world, society, and planet.”

This is one of my all-time favorite books when it comes to uncovering what’s really going on in the food world. Dr. Mark Hyman is extremely knowledgeable and in this book he highlights some of the major flaws of our food system, from the very beginning stages to the last. This is a great read no matter where you are in your health journey. 

Want the scoop on healthy aging? Here it is:

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The Longevity Solution, Rediscovering Centuries-Old Secrets to a Healthy, Long Life

By: James DiNicolantonio & Jason Fung 

Getting older doesn’t have to mean experiencing more pain and illness, becoming less mobile, or developing disease. Renowned cardiovascular research scientist and doctor of pharmacy Dr. James DiNicolantonio partners with leading physician and bestselling author Dr. Jason Fung to deliver The Longevity Solution, a groundbreaking new book that unlocks the secrets of healthy aging. Using evidence drawn from their years of medical research and clinical practice, Dr. DiNicolantonio and Dr. Fung lay out five simple, easy-to-follow steps you can take now for a longer, fuller, healthier life.”

I love this book because it breaks down the aging process and debunks the idea that it has to be difficult to navigate your health as you get older. The Longevity Solution is easy to understand and is full of simple solutions that can be put into practice immediately. If you’re curious about aging and how food can affect it, this book is for you! 

Curious what goes on in the food system? Get the scoop:

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Feeding You Lies: How to Unravel the Food Industry’s Playbook and Reclaim Your Health

By: Vani Hari 

“There’s so much confusion about what to eat. Are you jumping from diet to diet and nothing seems to work? Are you sick of seeing contradictory health advice from experts? Just like the tobacco industry lied to us about the dangers of cigarettes, the same untruths, cover-ups, and deceptive practices are occurring in the food industry. Vani Hari, aka The Food Babe, blows the lid off the lies we’ve been fed about the food we eat–lies about its nutrient value, effects on our health, label information, and even the very science we base our food choices on.”

This is one of those books I will always suggest to anyone looking for a good, informative read on food/nutrition. Vani Hari does a great job of breaking down the truth about our food, what’s in it, and how to choose foods that will nourish your body rather than deplete it. This is a must-read if you want in on what goes on behind the scenes of the food industry. 

Looking to learn something new? Try this:

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Tools of Titans 

By: Tim Ferriss

“Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People,” one of Forbes’s “Names You Need to Know,” and one of Fortune’s “40 under 40.” He is an early-stage technology investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ others) and the author of four #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and his latest, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. The Observer and other media have called Tim “the Oprah of audio” due to the influence of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, which has exceeded 100 million downloads and has been selected for “Best of iTunes” three years running.”

Tim Ferriss has interviewed over 200 professional guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, an in-depth podcast with interviews sometimes up to 3 hours long. This book recounts what Tim has learned over the years and gives insight into how some of the most successful professionals got to where they are today. This is a great read if you’re looking for some inspiration and guidance. 

Pushing yourself to be the best you can be? This will help: 

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There’s No Plan B For Your A Game 

By: Bo Eason

“In There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game, former pro athlete, playwright, and acclaimed leadership coach Bo Eason shows you exactly what it takes to be the best. His proven tools and training have worked for Olympic medalists, military leaders, bestselling authors, professional athletes, and business executives and their teams.

There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game explains how to develop the character, integrity, and commitment it takes to become the best. Bo Eason focuses on a winning four-step process that helps you attain the skill, maintain the effort, and persist through challenges:

Declaration: What do you want to achieve?

Preparation: How can you make it happen?

Acceleration: Where will you find the stamina to reach your goal?

Domination: Why do you take others with you?

With inspiring, specific, real-word guidance, There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game teaches the best practices that lead to the best results, in every walk of life.”

This book always motivates me to be on my A-game and I guarantee it will do the same for you! Bo Eason has a tough love attitude that will push you to be the absolute best version of you possible. If you’re looking for an inspiring read, this is a great book for you. 

Want to know about food and how it affects brain health? This book breaks it down: 

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The Genius Life 

By: Max Lugavere

In The Genius Life, Lugavere expands the Genius Foods plan, which focused on nutrition and how it affects brain health, and expands it to encompass a full lifestyle protocol. We know now that the health of our brains—including our cognitive function and emotional wellness—depend on the health of our gut, endocrine, cardiac and nervous systems as there is a constant feedback loop between all systems. Drawing on globe-spanning research into circadian biology, psychology, dementia prevention, cognitive optimization, and exercise physiology, The Genius Life shows how to integrate healthy choices in all aspects of our daily routines: eating, exercising, sleeping, detoxing, and more to create a healthy foundation for optimal cognitive health and performance.”

In his book, Max gives simple, yet scientifically backed guidelines for optimal health now and to protect your brain later in life. This book does a great job of explaining the connection between the food we eat, brain health and so much more. If you’re looking to improve your overall health, brain health included, this book is a great place to start! 

Are you on a birth control pill, or are you thinking about it? This book may be for you:

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Beyond the Pill

By: Dr. Jolene Brighten 

“Out of the 100 million women—almost 11 million in the United States alone—who are on the pill, roughly 60 percent take it for non-contraceptive reasons like painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS, and acne. While the birth control pill is widely prescribed as a quick-fix solution to a variety of women’s health conditions, taking it can also result in other more serious and dangerous health consequences. Did you know that women on the pill are more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant? That they are at significantly increased risk for autoimmune disease, heart attack, thyroid and adrenal disorders, and even breast and cervical cancer? That the pill can even cause vaginal dryness, unexplained hair loss, flagging libido, extreme fatigue, and chronic infection. As if women didn’t have enough to worry about, that little pill we’re taking to manage our symptoms is only making things worse.

Jolene Brighten, ND, author of the groundbreaking new book BEYOND THE PILL, specializes in treating women’s hormone imbalances caused by the pill and shares her proven 30-day program designed to reverse the myriad of symptoms women experience every day—whether you choose to stay on the pill or not. The first book of its kind to target the birth control pill and the scientifically-proven symptoms associated with taking it.”

If you currently take birth control or plan to, I highly suggest reading this book as it contains important information in regards to making such personal, health-related decisions. In Beyond the Pill, Dr. Brighten reveals the harsh effects birth control pills can have on your body as well as outlined steps to “make friends with your period” and even a guide to help you get off of the pill, if you decide that’s what is right for you. If you’re curious about everything birth control, give this a read. 

Getting on the same page with your mind, body, and soul? Give this a read: 

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The Align Method

By: Aaron Alexander 

“Good posture is about more than standing up straight: It can change your mood, alleviate pain, rid your body of stressful tension, and may be the difference between getting that raise you’ve wanted and attracting your ideal mate, or not. But in order to reap all those benefits, the body must be properly integrated. Celebrity movement coach and manual therapist Aaron Alexander offers a revolutionary approach to body alignment to build strength, reduce pain, and put you on a direct path to peak performance that is both fun and accessible.”

In The Align Method, Aaron explains why our bodies and posture are connected to other things going on in our lives like sleep quality, energy levels, and overall happiness. If you’re looking to learn about posture and the effects that it can have on the rest of your body and life, I highly suggest reading this book. 

Looking to get better sleep? Want to wake up feeling completely refreshed? Read this: 

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Sleep Smarter

By: Shawn Steveson 

“When it comes to health, there is one criminally overlooked element: sleep. Good sleep helps you shed fat for good, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body. That’s what Shawn Stevenson learned when a degenerative bone disease crushed his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Like many of us, he gave up on his health and his body, until he decided there must be a better way. Through better sleep and optimized nutrition, Stevenson not only healed his body but also achieved fitness and business goals he never thought possible.

In Sleep Smarter, Stevenson shares easy tips and tricks to discover the best sleep and best health of your life. With his 14-Day Sleep Makeover, you’ll learn how to create the ideal sleep sanctuary, how to hack sunlight to regulate your circadian rhythms, which clinically proven sleep nutrients and supplements you need, and stress-reduction exercises and fitness tips to keep you mentally and physically sharp.”

In Sleep Smarter, Shawn Steveson lays out pretty much everything you need to know on how to optimize your sleep. From setting up a comfortable sleep sanctuary in your bedroom to routine hacks to improve your sleep cycles, Shawn Steveson is my go-to guru for all things sleep.

Implementing new lifestyle habits and/or trying to kick old ones? This book will guide you through the process: 

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Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything 

By: BJ Fogg, PhD. 

“When it comes to change, TINY IS MIGHTY. Start with two pushups a day, not a two-hour workout; or five deep breaths each morning rather than an hour of meditation. In TINY HABITS, B.J. Fogg brings his experience coaching more than 40,000 people to help you lose weight, de-stress, sleep better, or achieve any goal of your choice.  You just need Fogg’s behavior formula: make it easy, make it fit your life, and make it rewarding. Whenever you get in your car, take one yoga breath. Smile.  Whenever you get in bed, turn off your phone. Give yourself a high five.

Change can be easy—once it starts, it grows.  Let B.J. Fogg show you exactly how.”

This book is instrumental if you’re looking to create healthier habits that will stick long-term. In the most recent episode of our Master Your Health podcast, How to Make New Habits Actually Stick with Sohee Lee, MS, CSCS*D, CISSN, Sohee Lee shared her experience with creating new habits over the years and how this book has largely shaped her approach. If you’re looking for some tips on creating healthy habits, this is the book for you!

Hope you love these books as much as I do. 

As always, I’d love to hear what some of your favorite books are too! Drop it in a comment below.  

Xoxo,

MeowMeix aka Amanda 

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