Unprocessed Living: 3 Easy Steps to Transition Into Healthy Eating
by Cindy Santa Ana, CHC
If you haven’t been feeling well and want to clean up your diet, this book is for you. Even if you think you are pretty knowledgeable about eating clean and healthy, this book has a lot to offer. Cindy, a local author and Certified Health Coach, went through her own amazing health transformation and dropped 50 lbs in the process. Now she is helping others do the same. This book is a quick read and at the same time is packed with great information, tips and over 100 recipes. Step 1 of the book provides information on the types of food that you want to avoid – the food and chemicals that have been linked to health problems. Step 2 provides recommendations for healthy swaps. Step 3 includes the tools to make the transformation including:
- How to get the family on board
- Shopping tips
- How to deal with outside influences that affect your food habits
- How to eat healthy on the road and dining out
- How to remove toxins from your home and personal care products
- Practical and healthy whole food recipes
- Resources for healthy living
“I have tried the Peanut Butter Protein Balls recipe. I substituted Sun butter for the Peanut Butter. They are delicious and satisfying. I look forward to trying the other recipes in this book as well.” Sandra Chaloux
Awaken Your Greater Health: How Energy Medicine Opens The Way to Healing
by Heidi DuPree, RN, CTN
This book blew me away! It offers helpful advice for anyone who is interested in improving their energy, mental and emotional state, and deepening their spiritual awareness and connection. As the author expresses, “Health at its highest expression is physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being that includes fulfillment in your relationships, in your career and in your life. This includes fulfillment of your own unique life purpose-your mission and reason for being here.” The book offers energy medicine first aid tips, daily skill suggestions, and instructions for the Emotional Freedom Technique. When I finished this book, I realized that this book is a real gift of divine inspiration. It describes the characteristics of the Higher Self States (the highest energetic frequency) and the Lower Self States (lowest energetic frequency) and how to shift negative mental thoughts. The book offers interesting analogies between eastern and western medicine and an extensive recommended reading list. This is definitely one of my favorite books!
The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness
by Greg Anderson
I love this book because the 22 laws of wellness presented by Anderson address the “complete integration of body, mind, and spirit –with the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.” The book offers a new way to define wellness and a paradigm shift away from the traditional medicine disease model.
The author, Greg Anderson, is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer in 1984 and given 30 days to live. Conventional medicine could do nothing more for him. Instead of giving in and preparing to die, Greg decided to “fully participate in an effort to get well.” He went searching for people who had lived even though their doctors had told them they were “terminal.” He has incorporated information on the healing journeys of hundreds of cancer survivors in this book. These 22 Laws of Wellness brought Greg back from the brink of death.
The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness
by Frank Lipman, M.D. & Danielle Claro
The photography in this book is amazing and the authors have done a brilliant job of simplifying the actionable wisdom into very concise health tips that are one page and one paragraph in length. This is a quick and easy read. The authors suggest taking your time to implement the tips and to open the book to any page, anytime, to review a step you can take to feel better. The book includes tips for: eating, moving, boosting (think energy), healing, and living.
The Language of Letting Go
by Melody Beattie
This is a daily meditation book to assist you in the process of self-care and codependency recovery. Even if you are not struggling with addiction, the meditations are helpful for processing common emotional conflicts such as: fear, guilt, finding balance, owning your power, clearing the slate, rejecting shame, being who you are, and positive energy. I have found the meditations in this book to be so comforting and helpful for letting go of emotional struggles over the past few years. Each daily meditation is about one page in length and is a great way to start or end your day.
God Wants You Happy: From Self-Help to God’s Help
by Father Jonathan Morris
If you have ever found yourself stuck and not satisfied with your life, this book is for you. The first section of the book explains why we get stuck in our pursuit of happiness and sets forth principles for what we can do about it. The second section explains what he calls the “Faith-Hope-Love cure” – God’s plan for bringing us to personal fulfillment. The third section of the book is “The Program”. It is meant to inspire us along our daily journey of transformation as we move to and from self-help and God’s help.
Against all Grain: delectable paleo recipes to eat well & feel great
by Danielle Walker
This is a great cookbook for anyone who suffers with food sensitivities, autoimmune conditions, or digestive issues. I have tried many of the popular paleo and gluten-free cookbooks. This is, by far, my favorite cookbook! Every recipe I have tried has been fantastic! The recipes are easy and better than the traditional recipes for your favorite foods! I am so glad that Danielle found her calling. This cookbook includes over 150 gluten-free, grain- free & dairy- free recipes and beautiful photography! The cookbook also includes tips on navigating the grain-free and dairy-free lifestyle, the ingredients, cooking equipment, breakfast recipes, small bites recipes, soups, salads and sides recipes, main event recipes, kid friendly recipes, muffin, loaves and morning cake recipes, sweets and treats recipes, basics recipes (such as crepes, nut cheese, mayo, pizza crust, guacamole, etc.), drink recipes, menu suggestions, and conversions and substitutions charts. Danielle Walker is the author and creator of the popular Paleo-food blog Against All Grain (www.againstallgrain.com). She started the blog after a diagnosis of an autoimmune disease at age 22 when she was unable to alleviate her symptoms with conventional medicine. Danielle eventually came to the conclusion that she needed to remove grains, lactose, legumes, and refined sugars from her diet. She also realized that there were many others out there struggling with the same issues, so she combined her culinary skills and love for food with an equal love for journalism in a campaign to end her own agony and to become a source of hope for others suffering from all types of diseases and allergies.
The Immune System Recovery Plan
by Susan Blum, M.D., M.P.H.
My brother told me about Dr. Blum and this book when I was working on healing my gut. This book is a must read for anyone who is suffering from an autoimmune disease, or anyone who wants to 1) understand the mind-body stress connection, 2) use food as medicine, 3) heal their gut, or 4) support their liver. This is the book that introduced me to the concept of mind-body therapy and prompted me to seek help to learn how to better manage stress. This book is packed with information and offers descriptions of the symptoms associated with various autoimmune conditions and suggests tests for each that you can request from your doctor. This book also includes a 4-step plan to strengthen your immune system and includes tips for healthy snacks, grocery shopping, meal plans, and recipes.
The Daily Book of Positive Quotations
by Linda Picone
This book includes quotations from some of the world’s greatest thought leaders on living well. Each daily quotation also includes a few sentences to help you think about the idea being expressed. It concludes with a statement to accept or reject, question to answer, or pledge to make. I learned about the book from my yoga teacher who reads a quotation from this book at the end of every class. I always looked forward to these readings, and decided to buy the book for myself. I reach for it every morning for a quick bit of contemplation and inspiration.
You Can Heal Your Life
by Louise Hay
This book is interesting in that it explains the mental patterns that create “dis-ease” in the body. Hay describes the two mental patterns of fear and anger that contribute to disease, and the need to release the burden of these thoughts, so that all the organs in our body begin to function properly. She also encourages the need to replace fear with faith in life in order to heal. The book includes a list of physical problems, the probable mental causes associated with each problem, and a new thought pattern/positive affirmation to repeat to heal your body. Each chapter begins with a beautiful positive affirmation and exercises you can do on your own as if you were in a session with her.