I’m always looking for good book recommendations, so I thought I’d pay it forward and share a few of my favorite books with you. The list I’ve compiled is titled Books for Your Belly, Body, and Brain! I hope you enjoy my recommendations, and please feel free to comment below with some of your favorites.
Books For Your Belly:
Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
Skinny Bitch is the first book I read that really got me interested in having a healthier lifestyle rather than just trying another fad diet. The description I read on Amazon gives a much better idea of what the book is like than I ever could: “Not your typical boring diet book, this is a tart-tongued, no-holds-barred wakeup call to all women who want to be thin. With such blunt advice as, ‘Soda is liquid Satan’ and ‘You are a total moron if you think the Atkins Diet will make you thin,’ it’s a rallying cry for all savvy women to start eating healthy and looking radiant. Unlike standard diet books, it actually makes the reader laugh out loud with its truthful, smart-mouthed revelations. Behind all the attitude, however, there’s solid guidance.”
The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson
A few posts back I mentioned that the significant other and I would be trying out a plant-based diet for a month to see the effect it has on our bodies and to learn some new recipes. This cookbook has been a total Godsend in that endeavour. We have felt a huge difference in our bodies and will more than likely extend the experiment because we like it so much, but more about that in a week or two! For now, if you are interested in adding some more vegetable based meals to your diet this book is full of great, delicious and naturally healthy options.
Books For Your Body:
Off Course by Erin Beresini
This book is seriously inspiring. I have to warn you, you might turn into a badass after reading it, so proceed with caution. The author is very relatable (but we also share the same first name and both have our degrees in journalism, so I may be biased here) and discusses first-hand what it’s like to do some of the crazier fitness trends that are popping up. If you are an adrenaline lover who is always up for a fitness challenge, or maybe you want to be one, then read this book and consider yourself inspired.
Another read that will make you want to get to the gym and get that blood pumping! This book is all about the best way to lift weights as a woman. I had always been intimidated by the male-dominated weightlifting section of the gym but after a chapter or two of this book I had enough confidence to cross the barrier and get in on the action. Muscle building is a pretty important component of weight-loss, so if you need a push, this book is for you.
Books For Your Brain:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is my mother’s favorite book. It has simple writing but strong, complex messages and morals. The story follows an Andalusian shepherd boy who goes into the world seeking treasure and the people he meets and lessons he learns along the way. This book is revered by many and has been translated into 67 different languages. I think it resonates with so many because it is complicated without being pretentious and let’s you take what you need from it, it’s not pushy or overbearing with what it’s trying to say.
The Little Prince by St. Antoine Exupery
This is my favorite book! Similar to The Alchemist, the story is told through simple writing and could even be considered a children’s book. It follows a pilot who crashes in the Sahara desert and there finds a young boy who says he is from a different planet – well, an asteroid in fact. The plot switches between conversations the two have in the desert and people the boy met on his journey. Like The Alchemist, there are lessons to be learned each chapter. For me, this book made me understand accept the early death of my Grandfather and that’s why it will always have a place in my heart. I also have a quote from it tattooed on my foot, so it will always have a place there, too.
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