I love reading about health and nutrition especially since my Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis in 2006. Becoming a vegetarian has been the most important thing I’ve done in terms of healing my body and my brain. It’s not the only thing, but certainly the biggest. Because I love to read, it’s only natural that books have been a huge source of inspiration for me and I want to share that inspiration with you.
Five Powerful Books
The China Study Drawing on the project findings in rural China, but going far beyond those findings, The China Study details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The book also suggests findings that relate to MS and other autoimmune diseases. After I read this book, I stopped drinking milk.
Quantum Wellness Cleanse The 21-Day Essential Guide to Healing Your Mind, Body and Spirit I am currently on day 18 of a modified version of Kathy Freston’s 21 day cleanse. She suggests cutting sugar, caffeine, alcohol, gluten and all animal products. I dropped all but Gluten. I didn’t feel so hot on day 3, but I feel amazing today.
8 Weeks to Optimum Health This powerful book offers a week by week, step by step actionable plan to healthier living. It covers everything from the food you eat to breathing exercises and even the power of intimacy. What I like best about the book is that it offers healing stories and demonstrates the power of the recommendations in real life situations.
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto Michael Pollan suggests that we eat food that our Great Grandmother’s would recognize as food. “In the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we seem to become.”
The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet Alicia Silverstone is so adorable. Who wouldn’t love a book written by her? If that isn’t enough, her tagline, “a simple guide to feeling great, losing weight, and saving planet” seals the deal. This book is part educational, part cookbook and is one of the most approachable books to read when considering a vegetarian or vegan diet. My favorite recipes include Baby Bok Choy Drizzled with Ume Vinaigrette and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I am a big fan of digital books, but the hardcover copy of this one deserves your attention. The images are beautiful.
I’ve read countless books about health and these are always five that I come back to. These books really have changed me. I did the work, but they motivated the change. My transformation over the past 5 years is really a testament to the power of inspiration. I’ve been inspired by authors, bloggers, patients and other people that are making positive changes in their lives. Remember that your power to inspire is limitless. Your story can change lives.