Books to read on healthy eating and wellness
According to a 2017 study, the wellness industry is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing with an estimated global worth of $3.7 trillion. With health and fitness on the rise, the marketplace has seen a plethora of athletic clothing companies as well as nutritionally conscious snacks emerge. Books on healthy eating and wellness are no exception. With an array of informative options, you are sure to find a book for you.
Little Book of Houseplants and Other Greenery by Emma Sibley is perfect for anyone looking to bring more plants into their homes and work space. Studies have shown plants help improve air quality because they have large surface areas and exchange gases and water with their surroundings, reducing carbon dioxide levels. A source of green inspiration for small-space gardening, the book features a directory of 60 most popular varieties of foliage to own, which takes the guessing out of purchasing the right houseplant.
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15 Minute Vegan Comfort Food by Katy Beskow is great for the fall months, offering 100 recipes for comfort classics, sides and bites, sharing with friends, recipes for solo dining and of course sweets. The book shatters the notion that vegan food is cold and soul-less by showing you how to create inspired comfort foods, whether you are vegan or not. An added bonus is that recipes are 15 minutes.
Adaptogens (Photo: courtesy of Jean Chen Smith)
The Complete Guide to Adaptogens by Agatha Noveille is a comprehensive and informative guide into the world of adaptogenic herbs, which are a class of herbs that help improve the body’s reactions to emotional or physical stress and fight the effects of chronic stress, all while increasing energy, stamina, mental clarity, and more. Noveille breaks down the benefits of 24 herbs and provides 75 simple recipes that aid specific wellness categories such as sleep, focus, and energy. This book was a great guide to learning how herbs and simple remedies can be used to bring the body to wellness.
Copenhagen Food by Danish food writer Trine Hahnemann, who is also known for being at the forefront of the recent Hygge movement, takes readers on a tour of her home town, introducing us to all the best spots to eat, drink and catch up with friends. We learn about the old bakeries and food markets, the coffee culture and the world-famous restaurants. Along the way, Trine offers 70 recipes for some of her very favorite dishes, which are geared toward health and wellness.
Take the time to enrich your life, read a book on health and wellness. (Photo: Vladimir Vladimirov, Getty Images)
Eat Your Way to a Healthy Gut by Dale Pinnock first looks at the physiology and anatomy behind each of the most common digestive complaints (bloating, constipation, IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, reflux and food intolerance) and then offers 50 recipes that use affordable, accessible ingredients and can help tackle each condition. The recipes are easy and quick to make.
Lagom: The Swedish Art of Eating Harmoniously by Steffi Knowles-Dellner. Lagom means “just the right amount,” balanced, harmonious. This cookbook is beautiful and offers insight into how Swedes eat and cook – with recipes that fit around the seasons, occasions, times of day and appetite. Eating and cooking in tune with “lagom” means embracing food that is good for body and soul, unfussy, delicious and sustaining, and all in harmony. Balance is everything, and this book illustrates that there is a time and place for every kind of food.
Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind by Kate O’Donnell translates India’s ancient healing system where food plays a central role in both physical and mental well-being. After an introduction to Ayurveda and the mind/body connection, the recipes are organized into three parts, which make it easy for the reader: Recipes for Clarity; Recipes for Relaxation; Recipes for Vitality.
The Yoga Assignment by Kino MacGregor is an inspirational 30-day yoga and lifestyle program that will change your mind, body, and spirit. The reader will learn that yoga is about much more than twisting yourself into shapes. At the heart of this ancient practice is an inner journey, one of reflection, spiritual awakening and ultimately a calm, clear mind.
The Healing Kitchen: Cooking with Nourishing Herbs for Health, Wellness, and Vitality by Holly Bellebuono teaches us that by bringing herbs such as dandelion, purslane, sumac and calendula into the kitchen – rather than limiting them to medicines or remedies – we can enjoy their flavors and reap their benefits. From Nettle Chai to Lavender Yogurt, Wild Greens Miso Paste, Lamb’s-Quarter Cavatelli, and Rose Petal Rice Pudding, the recipes in the book were created to please the palate with long-term health in mind. These everyday recipes can help to calm stress and anxiety, ease digestion, correct imbalances, build immunity, and promote overall wellness and longevity.
The Ultimate Secrets of Intimacy and Creation by Dr. Joseph Michael Levry shares essential knowledge and insight for anyone looking to create a family or for those who already have young children. This book is a practical guide for men and women who want to prepare mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually for their children. From preparing the mother’s body for pregnancy through meditations to calming techniques for the baby and even natural cold remedies for children, Dr. Levry touches on almost any question a new parent could have. What I love about this book is that it is a hands-on book, which gives practical instructions while emphasizing the importance of self-healing by consciously creating positive energy within ourselves in order to live healthy, happy lives. The book also offers over 83 remedies that can help improve and overcome mental, physical and emotional illnesses.
Jean Chen Smith is a freelance writer, social media consultant and Pilates studio owner in Corvallis, Oregon. Jean, a marathon runner, is passionate about health, fitness and fashion, which is the reason she started her lifestyle website, www.projectcloud9.com and Pilates studio www.studiocloud9pilates.com. Email her at email@example.com or follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
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