Recommended Reading

I love to read.  When I was little, my mom would always know where I was in the afternoons, either outside playing army (we had boys for neighbors, and they weren’t so into playing house…) or upstairs reading a book.  While I no longer play army with the boys outside (cuz that would be weird), I do still read….a LOT.  Here’s a sampling of what I’ve got stacked on my nightstand, as well as some of my favorites.

The Schwarzbein Principle-This is one of my favorite books on human nutrition.  It’s written by an endocrinologist who saw the error of her ways in recommending low fat, low calorie diets, and the results she saw when her patients ate more balanced diets and whole foods.  It’s a powerful read and I highly recommend it!

Why Zebras Don’t Get UlcersA great, humorous book about the effects of stress on the body.  Definitely an eye opener and motivation to limit stress in your life.

Wherever You Go, There You AreThis one is meant to be read a few minutes each day, as a way to quiet down and learn how to be present in the moment.  It’s a great follow-up to read after you’ve stressed out about the amount of stress in your life!

The Silmarillon-The more I read of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work, the more I’m amazed.  The man was a brilliant linguist, and his fantasy worlds are unbelievably intricate and complex.  He wrote the stories to tell to his children, never dreaming how big they’d become.  This is his history of the world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Gut and Psychology Syndrome-This book was written by a neurologist who wasn’t willing to just accept her son’s diagnosis of autism without finding a way to treat it herself.  It’s a great book for anyone with neurological, psychiatric, or digestive issues, and gives an in depth explanation about gut health, how to restore it, and how it affects us neurologically.  Mind blowing.

When Food is Love-An in-depth look at the cycle of eating disorders and how intricately tied they are to our emotional health.

Molecules of Emotion-Dr. Pert explains the link between our emotions and the rest of our bodies, and how neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine affect far more than just our mood.

Empty Harvest-If you’ve ever wondered how we got to the current state of rampant chronic disease and illness, this book will explain how the decreasing quality of our food contributes to our poor health.

Food and Behavior-Another great book about how the food we eat affects our behavior and ultimately our entire lives.  Are you noticing a trend yet with the books I’ve been reading?

blink-Though not blatantly health related, this is a powerful book that really opened my eyes to the power of our own minds, and the need to trust our instincts.

The Body Ecology Diet-Though I don’t agree with absolutely everything Donna Gates preaches in this book, its a wonderful resource on candida and the affects it has throughout the body, and offers some sound principles for how to clean up your diet.  Read it for yourself and see what you think.

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