I am lucky to say, I LOVE READING! Growing up, my family thought I was weird when I would get excited for the Book Fair to come to school. But even today, I am always reading at least one “educational” book a week with a “mindless” read thrown in there too. I think it’s important to continually learn and educate yourself as much as you can, not only when it comes to your career, but also your health!
So check out some of my favorite NUTRITIONAL & YOGA reads below!
(They are in no particular order)
Remember…KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!
This is an excellent, easy to understand book that details the importance of eating plant-based foods for optimum health and beauty. She also gives a lot of great information on supplements. Her dietary beliefs can be a little on the extreme side, so don’t feel overwhelmed! I’ve been able to slowly integrate a lot of her suggestions over the course of several years and have never felt or looked better because of it!
Well I am a little impartial to the author, considering he is my boss! But seriously, this book has a wealth of information told in the classic Steve Ross humorous way! He discusses a lot of serious issues we all face as humans, and uses his vast knowledge of ancient yogic teachings to help us through these roadblocks that are usually keeping us from our happiest selves. If you are looking for an inspiring read to keep you moving forward with your practice or to motivate you to start, I highly recommend this book!
The China Study was the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease, in particular heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. This book forever changed how I viewed Protein, in particular dairy and animal meat. It’s an intense read with a lot of information, but it breaks down the nutritional confusion that so many of us experience about how we should eat! If you or someone you love suffers from cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, or an auto-immune disease, this is a must read!
The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice By T.K.V. Desikachar
This was one of the first “yoga” books I ever read. Not only did it outline the physical aspects of the practice, but it went into more depth about the spiritual teachings including the Yoga Sutras, 8 Limbs of Yoga, the Niyamas & Yamas, as well as Pranayama. It’s a great read for those of you more interested in the fundamentals and ancient teachings of the Yoga Practice.
Sometimes I find a book that is so moving, so informative and so educational that I have to read it more than once. Salt, Sugar, Fat was definitely one of those books. In fact, I am re-reading it right now! Michael Moss goes inside the processed food industry, breaking down how companies like Kraft, Coke, Nestle, and General Mills, get us hooked on their products. There is definitely some disturbing information, especially when it comes to the U.S. Government’s involvement in the Processed food industry that everyone should know about. If you want to know the background story on Cheez-whiz, Lunchables, McDonald’s Hamburgers or Breakfast Cereals, you need to read this now. But let me warn you, you will probably become a lot healthier, lose weight, and live longer after you realize what goes into making processed food!
Meditations From the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga By Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison
My mother-in-law gave me this book one Christmas, and I’m so lucky she did! This book can be read all at once or daily over the course of a year to give you reflections or reminders on how to incorporate your yoga and mindfulness practice into your every day life. If I am having a scattered or stressful day, I like to open the book up to no particular page and just read the daily reflection. It always reminds me that I’m not alone in the world, and everyone has stressful or difficult situations they have to overcome. The reflections really help put into perspective what’s truly important, and reminds readers to be grateful each and every day!
The Detox Solution By Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald started the Santa Monica Wellness Center, and is at the forefront of Holistic and Alternative Medicine. I loved this informative book because it really broke down how toxic our bodies are because of the Environmental toxins we are exposed to each and every day, and how we can best limit our exposure through small changes. She also explains how food, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients can help with the detoxification process. There’s a lot of scientific information in this book, but if it is too technical for you, she’s always available for appointments!
Yoga And The Quest For the True Self Stephen Cope
During my career transition from Publicist to Yoga/Fitness Instructor, I encountered A LOT of stress, anxiety, fear, and doubt. I found this book during my transition and it helped me tremendously! The author, Stephen Cope, is a yoga instructor and psychotherapist at the famed Kripalu Institute in Massachusetts. His book gives insights on how the ancient yogic practices can be applied directly to every day life situations to provide relief, inner peace and joy without having to be a monk in India meditating all day. The examples he gave made me feel like he was talking directly to me! So I suggest you read this book, especially if you are going through a tough internal struggle.
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal By Eric Schlosser
This book explores the deep, dark secrets of some of America’s most popular fast food chains. Just like, Salt, Sugar, Fat, there’s some disturbing, but incredibly insightful material that will make you think twice about going through the McDonald’s or Taco Bell drive-thru. There’s also a section that delves into the Meat-packing plants that supply all of the beef, pork, and chicken to fast food chains. The health risks, Environmental impact, and inhumane treatment of animals discussed will really open your eyes to what’s going on behind closed doors and reconsider what you are eating.
The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body By Cameron Diaz
I enjoyed Cameron Diaz’s book because it encompassed all areas of your life in order to find optimal health! She focused not only on Nutrition and Fitness, but also on the Mind/Body connection. She delves into her own struggles with poor eating habits and bad skin, and discusses how she was able to change her lifestyle for the better. With the help of some highly-educated contributors, Cameron was able to supply a wealth of information in an easy-to-understand way with a little bit of humor thrown in too!