When January 1st rolls around, most of us have made a resolution to live a healthier, more satisfying year. With an overload of information out there, it is hard to decide what to do to meet your New Year health resolution. Do you cut sugar? Start a workout journal? Drink a smoothie every day? Enroll in a barre class? Reorganize your entire house room by room? Whatever it is that you decide to do, it’s hard to keep the momentum going throughout the year. I’ve compiled a list, one wellness book a month for the first half of the year, to give you a little inspiration to stay on track. From learning to enjoy the simple things in life to healthy plant-based recipes, these books will motivate you to keep trudging onward!
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Must-Read Health and Wellness Books
How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life by Signe Johansen– January 3
The concept of hygge (pronounced hue-gah) came to prominence in the United States in 2016. Suddenly the fast-paced American lifestyle was being compared to the laid-back Danish way of life. So what is hygge, and why should you read about it? Signe Johansen, chef and author, describes hygge as “a feeling of cosiness” and “taking pleasure in the simple things in life”. Who doesn’t need a little bit more of that? In this illustrated how-to guide, you’ll find invaluable tips and delicious recipes to help you embrace hygge.
This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin– February 7
Depression is a worldwide problem that affects more than 350 million people. Of those affected, women are almost twice as likely to suffer from depression than men. This Close to Happy is one woman’s account of her mental health from childhood to motherhood and beyond. In this vulnerable, eye-opening book, Merkin shares a rare glimpse into the life of someone who has been hospitalized for clinical depression three times while seeking a stable, “cured” life.
The Low-FODMAP Solution: Put and End to IBS Symptoms and Abdominal Pain by Cinzia Cuneo– March 22
If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or another gastrointestinal issue, you may have heard of FODMAPs. For those who have not, FODMAPs are short chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols found in commonly consumed foods like yogurt, apples, and cauliflower. Whether you suffer from IBS or not, this book is beneficial for everyone. After all, it’s widely known a healthy life begins with a healthy gut! The Low-FODMAP solution offers 125 recipes, a 4-week meal plan, an in-depth guide to how and why the diet works, and more to help eliminate the foods that cause bloating, stomach pain, and digestion issues.
Head Strong by Dave Asprey– April 4
If upgrading your brainpower (in two weeks or less!) sounds like an unattainable goal, then Head Strong is for you! This “biohacking” book is based on a decade’s research with world-renown doctors and scientists. By tweaking your habits, you can learn to get the most from your brain. It may sound complicated, but Asprey has included food advice, physical activity instructions, and breathing techniques along with detox and supplement recommendations to help you “work smarter and think faster”! For more recipes to help you along your “biohacking” journey, check out Dave Asprey’s other book, Bulletproof: The Cookbook: Lose Up to a Pound a Day, Increase Your Energy, and End Food Cravings for Good.
The No Meat Athlete Cookbook: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Fuel Your Workouts―and the Rest of Your Life by Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine– May 16
Matt Frazier, the author of No Meat Athlete and founder of nomeatathlete.com, collaborated with Stepfanie Romine, a plant-based chef and health coach, to bring us a cookbook with 100% plant-based recipes. Frazier says each recipe has “an explicit oil-free option or is oil-free as”, which is big for those following the Forks of Knives diet. With meal-planning guidelines, nutritional information, and adaptable recipes, this book has something for no meat athletes of every kind.
Hunger: A Memoir Of (My) Body by Roxane Gay- June 13, 2017
In this remarkably candid memoir by New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay, self-image, weight, and food take center stage. Gay writes of her past experiences that led her to eat to bury the girl she once was. She explains her emotional struggles, her fight with her own body, and how she learned to feed her hunger while still taking care of herself. This is a vital read for those of us who eat for comfort instead of fuel.
I hope these books leave you feeling like you can take on this year’s resolution with a little more ease and enjoyment. I would love to hear about your progress throughout the year! Comment below and please share with your friends to encourage them to have a healthier year! Also, if you found this post helpful, please share it with your friends and family.