I find myself recommending books and documentaries to people all the time who message me via Instagram. Why? While I’ve learned a lot about health and wellness these past few years, I’m most definitely not an expert. I’m also a big believer that we should all educate yourself so that you can make the best decisions for our bodies.
I’m not saying you need to go to med school, but I think learning some of this basic stuff can be so beneficial to how we feel day in and day out AND truly change the relationship we have with our bodies!
There are so many books and documentaries out there and I know I’ll add to this list in the future, but I wanted to share a few that I absolutely love and continue to re-read/watch and refer back to!
Books I’ve Loved
How to Be Well
I bought this book over the summer after hearing Frank Lipman speak on a podcast. This book was an easy read, had tons of cool graphics and totally made me realize just how important sleep really is (then I wrote this post afterwards). This book is approachable and doesn’t have any crazy over the top diet suggestions or anything like that, just amazing tips for how to feel good on a daily basis—I highly recommend it!
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I love this book. I even said that it changed my life, and honestly it did. It’s the first wellness book I read that really kicked off my whole wellness journey that has led me to where I am today. It has so much amazing information about how our female bodies work, how to balance hormones and answers to “castaway conditions” like acne, period cramps and some cases of unexplained infertility. Whether you want to have kids or not, I think every woman should read this because it makes you feel like a boss babe in your own body!
This is one of my more recent reads! Written by the Medical Medium, it’s a fascinating book that reveals all the reasons why we need to be focusing and nurturing our livers. It also explains the breakdown of other systems in our body when our liver isn’t working at it’s best. Again, I felt like this book put the power back in my hands to make real change in my body without prescription drugs—all about that! His new book, Celery Juice is coming out soon too. I’m still on the celery juice bandwagon and can’t wait to add that one to my collection.
On My List
Kelly LeVeque’s Body Love: I’m currently enrolled in the MindBodyGreen course on Functional Nutrition that she leads and it’s great! Though I need to be better about actually going through the course material. Anyway, she’s helped so many woman learn to love their bodies instead of hate them, and that’s pretty kick ass!
Documentaries I Loved
In Defense of Food
This documentary was one of the first I watched on the subject of health—it’s on Netflix, done by a journalist and I think it provides a very unbiased look at the health of our country and what’s contributing to it. He has some cool case studies in there, but it’s all presented in a very unbiased manner. His motto: “Eat food, mostly plants, not too much.” It’s a great watch!
Shortly after watching this, I watched “What the Health” which is incredibly biased, a little bit out there and I think makes some major stretches with some of his claims. He’s clearly trying to prove a point, and is point (eating a vegan diet) isn’t all wrong, I just think the scare tactics are lame. I don’t suggest that one.
I watched this about a week ago on Netflix, and WOW. I mean, WOW. I cried so much throughout the whole thing. Everything we focus on is what we eat, exercise, getting rid of toxic products and those are all SO important, but we often leave out one of the key pieces of the puzzle–our mental health.
They talk with some of the best natural healers on the planet, and also dive into some interesting studies that prove that if we’re able to change our mindset, we’re actually triggering those healing genes to make stuff happen in our bodies. Such a powerful one to watch and I highly highly recommend it! It also made me want to get into a better practice of meditation—April challenge?!
Forks over Knives
I’ve watched this one several times (on Netflix) because I find it absolutely fascinating! It’s all about the largest study on cancer ever done and the results are astounding. The point they prove is that animal proteins can turn on cancer genes, while removing the animal protein from your diet can turn them off.
This one really hits home for me because my dad had prostate cancer years ago. He had surgery and radiation and after it was all done, the doctors were still finding traces of cancer and said it would be like that the rest of his life.
He read The China Study (the book the documentary is based off) and decided to go vegan. Shortly after, his doctors could no longer find any traces of cancer. Coincidence? Maybe, but I believe that his diet shift saved him. He’s no longer vegan now, ha, but he still eats much healthier than he did before he had cancer.
What health and wellness books or documentaries have you read and loved? I need some new ones!!