Nonfiction November: Reading for Health and Wellness

November 23, 2016 Book Talk, Life Well Lived 8

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Final week of Nonfiction November, hosted this week by JulzReads. This week’s prompt is probably my favorite topic ~ what books have you read that make you the expert? Not that I profess to be an expert by any means, but I do enjoy learning. And what better way to learn than by reading lots and lots of books on a subject?!?

Having lived with multiple sclerosis for sixteen years and chronic migraines for over twenty-five years, I’ve given almost every fad wellness plan a go. Whether it’s yoga, acupuncture, paleo diet, Mediterranean diet, reiki, and more plus all the medical procedures that can be done, I’ve experienced. Just call me the human guinea pig!

Through it all, I’ve learned a few things from reading books that have helped: stay away from sugar and processed foods, stretch and walk daily, and eat as many vegetables as possible {you can ask my family – this one is probably the most difficult one for me!}.

Between Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Diet Way to Lose Weight and 100 Days of Real Eating: Fast and Fabulous, I’ve created meal plans that make a tremendous difference in the way I feel. The brain fog is lifted, the pain in my legs and back is greatly reduced and oh my gosh, the migraines are down from 17 a month to less than 10!

When I read Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps over a year ago I was inspired to actually do the steps. Then I listened to the audio of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain and committed to a walking and yoga schedule for overall health + brain health.  While I don’t see myself becoming a marathon runner, I am consistently walking and feeling so much better!

I already knew sleep was important when I read Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder but reading it validated and gave permission for a sacred sleep schedule.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business helped me to figure out how best to create a habit for my personality, my needs and my values. I read Gretchen Rubin’s Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives on habits but it got so confusing. Listening to her podcast has helped clarify some of the finer points from her book so wanted to at least mention it.

These six books + an honorable mention, have been game-changers for me. Do you have any you can add to the list? Leave me a comment with your favorite health or wellness book!


6 books on wellness for a happy healthy life


8 Responses to “Nonfiction November: Reading for Health and Wellness”

    • Stacy

      you’ve actually been one of my inspirations! I can’t remember where you had said it – maybe on a photo on instagram? but it was something about your daily 3 mile walk with your husband….it resonated with me and while Rick won’t be caught dead walking 3 miles, I’m hoping to be to that point by january. so thank you sweet Kathy! you’ve helped motivate me!

  1. Sarah's Book Shelves

    Oooh – Spark sounds fantastic! I’m super interested in sports science…listened to The Sports Gene by David Epstein this year, which addressed the nature vs. nurture question as it pertained to sports.

    Adding Spark to my TBR – Thank you!

    • Stacy

      oh you will LOVE it! I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned it to you specifically before, knowing how much you like sports and the Olympics, etc. I listened to it the first time while walking, then I had to buy a copy so I could go back and highlight everything I wanted to remember – it’s that good! or at least that compelling – it’s all backed by science. Hope you enjoy it!
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  2. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    This is a great list! I am so in favor of the recommendations of Thrive, but I need to actually implement them in my life (and get my family on board). My favorite health and wellness book? Lately I’ve gotten into lacto-fermentation, and from being a kid who lived on Wonder Bread and barely knew how to boil water, I’m pretty impressed that I’ve learned how to make sourdough bread, yogurt, sauerkraut, and much more. Sandor Katz’s Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation were an inspiration to me in that area.
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    • Stacy

      I so need to learn more about fermentation! Would either or both Wild Fermentation or The Art of Fermentation be a good starter book? My doctor has told me fermented foods are supposed to be really good and healing for my stomach issues. I’m just not that familiar with making anything, other than a reuben sandwich! 😉

      I’ll check out both your suggestions and if you have any others please do let me know! Thanks 🙂
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      • Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

        Wild Fermentation is a great book to start with, as it comes out of the author’s first experiments with fermentation for his own health crises, and The Art of Fermentation is much more thorough and comprehensive for if you really get into the subject. These were some of the earlier ones available, but lots more have been published more recently — I just bought one called “Ferment Your Vegetables” that is very user-friendly, with easy instructions and also lovely color photos (lacking in the Katz books). Have fun with fermentation!
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