I love books! I love holding them in my hands and reading and re-reading beautiful words to just let them into my soul. So while giving up many of my things wasn't so, so bad, cause we were into thrifting and second-hand anyway. Giving up my carefully curated collection of books was a sacrifice.
But honestly, it's super freeing to let go of so many things and realize you can still be happy without them. It really brought a sense of accomplishment and lightened a burden.
I sorted as best I could (remember, I was pretty sick during that time), cleaned and sunned the belongings we planned on keeping, and packed up everything and put it in storage for the time being until we could find another home.
Three years later, we finally found a home. But during that time, we sorted 2-3 more times until we didn't have anything left in storage and could travel light.
There were very precious few books left when it was all said and done. And they were very carefully chosen as the prized ones that made it through all those critiques and purgings. They really had to be worth it for me to keep them. The ones that made the most impact on my life.
So today I'm sharing my top 5 most prized health and wellness books. They are definitely not new books. Some of them are for sure classics. But these are the special few that brought comfort and insight, and I daresay, revolutionized my beliefs about and approach to health.
(These are listed in no particular order, just the order in which they were stacked when I pulled them off my shelf)
If you want to learn how to make daily movement work more for you, Katy Bowman is brilliant at this. And while she's done a whole ton of work since way back in 2013 when this book was published, this is still my absolute favorite of all of her books. It's such a light, yet thought-provoking read because it's a collection of 5 years' worth of her blog posts (which are no longer online btw). She's the lady who coined the phrase, "No more kegels," that sent the Pelvic PT world into an absolute uproar. (she's not totally against kegels either btw, but that phrase certainly put her on the map!)
Funny thing is, I went to school for 4+3 years to become a Physical Therapist. I got rid of all of my PT textbooks. And kept this book. Just sayin'. Find it. Get it. Read it. It's good! (P.S. My second favorite book of hers is the first one she ever wrote, Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief re-released as Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief)
And it's not just about sunlight, but all the things we can use for a healthy lifestyle that are readily available and usually FREE to use on a daily basis. And goes into great detail about just how powerful those things are for our health...not just preventively but curatively! It's really quite amazing to me the power of daily habits.
Things like diet, exercise, sunlight, digestion, stress, water, rest, and detoxification are all discussed in doable detail for immediate use in everyday life. Nothing too complicated to actually put into practice. Just an eye-opener as to what areas may need some work in your life and what a major impact small daily changes can have.
I had the privilege of being one of Dr. Youngberg's clients when I was ill and learned a lot from him about mold, blood sugar, and epigenetics and what that means for my health in particular. But what most impressed me about Dr. Youngberg was his kindness. Even though we only spoke over the phone since we live on opposite sides of the country, he was truly caring. He's definitely into supplement use, so ultimately, I went a different direction, but I did learn from him, and his book holds a lot of valuable keys to health without supplements. :) (He also has a book called Goodbye Diabetes which I have read but don't own. It's good too, and I have referred to it often!)
Let's just say, it worked! And I haven't ever gone back on chemical forms of birth control. I'm sad that I didn't know about this sooner and wish it was an option shared with me when I was getting married and got on BC in the first place.
So even though I don't really refer to this book anymore, it was a game-changer for me, so it holds a special place in my library. Plus, I want to be able to share it with my daughter when she's ready for it. (I also got the book by Toni Weschler written for teens called: Cycle Savvy: The Smart Teen's Guide to the Mysteries of Her Body to give to my daughter).
I also contacted Ms. O'Neill for clarity and specific questions I had and she was so gracious and helpful in answering me, even though she couldn't accept me as a client because she was in Australia. She really instilled confidence that I could do it. Not that I needed another expert or protocol. I just needed to trust that what I knew was enough. And that was when things shifted.
This book dives deep into how the body works and how daily lifestyle habits (see the pattern?) are key to health. Whether you're recovering from disease or trying to stay healthy. I love having a really specific plan to follow step-by-step and this book does that. It also has some good recipes in the back and gets very detailed in the best way to prepare beans for better digestion and gut health. I follow this plan to this day.
If you only check out one of these books, this is the one!
Isn't it amazing how when you really stop to sort out what's most important, you're left with things you truly value?
What are your favorite health and wellness books? Do tell!
Wishing you well!