The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain

Steven Gundry

I personally can’t stand the author, but when my trusted Naturopath recommended that I try Gundry’s nutrition program, and my symptoms subsequently went into remission, I was sold. Whether you’re looking to lose weight and keep it off or want to reduce inflammation in your body, this educational/cook book may be your ticket to reclaiming your health. A personal life hack for systemic inflammation that takes a lot of effort but has a comparable reward.

Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance

Kelly Starrett
This book forms some of the basis for my strength and conditioning style. Stick to the movement categories as the “smashing” techniques are a bit intense. If you are interested in training properly in the gym, this book and all its pictures will be your new bible.

When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress

Gabor Mate

This was the first book I discovered on my journey when taking my health into my own hands. I related to so much of this book, shedding many tears of relief and a few of sorrow. A must-read for anyone with chronic pain or illness.

How To Be Sick: A Buddhist-inspired guide for the chronically ill and their caregivers.

Toni Bernhard

This is a book for people who will not be their old self again and for all those whom, at least for now, getting better isn’t possible. This is a book that most reassuringly says even to those people, “You, too, are going to be okay – even if you never recover your health!”

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Brene Brown

Health isn’t just about exercise and what you’re eating. It’s also about what you’re thinking and saying. Read this book for densely packed “I thought that was only me!” ah-ha moments.  I’ve listened to this audiobook multiple times.

A New Earth: Awakening Your Life’s Purpose

Eckart Tolle

This book shifted me from being on snooze to awake. Buyer beware: you’ll likely have to read it in small, digestible sections with time to process between. It’ll also make you realize that half the world is “asleep” and be frustrated with people for a period of time. Tough read – recommend audiobookin’ this one. Entry-level option: The Tao of Pooh.

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Bill Bryson
If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live? We get one body and experience the world through it, yet most of us don’t have a clue how it works. I loved this on audiobook because Bill takes you through every body system, vividly describing the systems and providing neat facts. You’ll respect your body after this one, I guarantee it. (An interest in biology helps).

Oh She Glows: Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out

Angela Liddon
Don’t be deterred by the fact that it’s vegan. You can add animal protein to most dishes if you desire, but even without these recipes are the perfect balance of healthy and tasty. Angela’s second book, Oh She Glows Everyday, is also fantastic.