I love to read. Although I adore the feeling of getting transported by a great novel, I’m almost always reading at least one non-fiction book. Many of these books have a cultural, historical or spiritual lean, but given my interest in health, I’ve been picking up more books on health and wellness recently.
In the past year, two book in particular have inspired me to drastically change my own lifestyle habits. These books are on quite different subjects, but both of them raised my awareness about how my choices effect my health in a big way. I have given copies of these books to my sister and recommended both to pretty much all of my female friends.
There’s so much information on the web about health and wellness. Some of it is great, other sites are kind of bogus. There are a gazillion contradictory opinions about what to do/not do, what to eat/not eat etc., etc. so it’s sometimes hard to know what to believe. But one reason I especially benefited from the following two books is that they both approach health from a place of common sense and traditional knowledge. Both are accessible and full of realistic and effective suggestions for making positive lifestyle choices.
The first book is Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life by Dr. Claudia Welch. This book made me stay up at night reading and occasionally waking up Thad to say “Oh my gosh, did you know….?” It is really eye-opening how diet and lifestyle choices effect the balance of our sex hormones and stress hormones. Coming from both a Traditional Chinese Medicine background and an Ayurvedic one, for years Dr. Welch has been studying hormones and working with women of all ages from puberty through menopause. She is such a storehouse of information. This book discusses the role of hormones in all a woman’s life stages. The information on birth control and hormone replacement therapy especially needs to be heard by every woman out there, in my opinion. So fascinating and really empowering. I learned so much from reading this book, because I, like so many other women, have struggled with unbalanced hormones and difficulties with my cycle. Having read this book, I feel like I have new tools to help me achieve balance and ease on this front.
Her website is drclaudiawelch.com
The second book pretty much blew my mind and made me clean out my entire bathroom cabinet. It is called No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and The Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt. We all know that what we eat is important, but so many of us forget that what we put on our bodies is just as important. Most women who use conventional products and even some of the green-washed “natural” products out there are lathering up in cancer-causing, endocrine-disrupting toxic chemicals from head to foot daily. There is next to no regulation on the cosmetics industry in North America. Many chemicals in these products have actually been banned in Europe and other countries, but American women are still using them daily without any knowledge of the dangerous repercussions. This book was so informative but also really entertaining. Not sure how they managed to make the science and politics of cosmetics to be such a turn-pager, but they did. Like Dr. Welch’s book, I finished NMDL and felt really empowered with my new knowledge and the many suggestions for how to clean up my own personal beauty routine. I love the suggestions for clean brands and DIY recipes offered in this book. Their blog No More Dirty Looks is one of my go-to resources online for learning about clean, green products from shampoo to lipstick.
What books have you read that have inspired you and empowered you to change your lifestyle and adopt new healthy habits? I would love your suggestions too!
PS – In no way is this a sponsored post, I’ve just been so psyched on these books I wanted to share them with you!