5 Health & Wellness Books to Read – Fall 2018

Let’s chat 5 health & wellness books to read this fall! Cozy up with some good books this season for plenty of tips & ideas to improve your health, diet & daily life.

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Let’s have a little talk about books today, shall we?

Because cooler weather is a comin’ and in my mind there is nothing better than cozying up on the couch with a blanket, a cup of tea and a good read. <— Yessss.

So I thought it would be fun to specifically talk about 5 health & wellness books to read this fall.

Now, I’m a huge nerd when it comes to any sort of health related reading material and my collection of said books is, umm, pretty large. So we’re just going to kick things off today with a few ideas to get you started.

Let me be clear though – while these are all books that I have enjoyed and would absolutely recommend, I am NOT saying that you should follow every diet, idea, tip, etc. included in the books.

Read, draw your own conclusions, take what resonates with you and leave the rest. Capeesh? Cool.

Alright, let’s get started!!

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In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

I’m sure many of you have heard of Michael Pollan (“eat food, not too much, mostly plants”) but I still wanted to include this on the list anyway.

In Defense of Food is probably my favorite of all his books – it starts with a history of how we got to where we are today (with our industrial food system, nutritionism, the western diet, etc.) and then moves into some of his general rules of thumb for eating well.

This was the first book I read when I was starting to learn more about healthy eating and I think it’s a fantastic place to start. It’s easy to follow, well organized and a fairly quick read!

Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck

This was also one of the earlier books I read when I was looking to learn more about food and healthy eating principles.

The organizational nerd in me loves that there are entire chapters devoted to different food groups – such as fruits & veggies, meats, fish, fats, etc. and the author does a great job of logically and clearly explaining why real, whole foods are best for our health. There are personal anecdotes throughout and overall I thought it was a really great read.

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Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss

This book is absolutely FASCINATING and is packed with so much info on the processed food industry – such as how different products are engineered and created (from achieving particular “mouthfeels” to identifying the “bliss points” of different foods) as well as how these products are marketed to consumers (both kids and adults).

It definitely makes you think about the food industry and what you’re putting into your body in a different way.

The book is well written and easy to follow, although I will say I could only read a chapter or two at a time before setting it aside to come back to later (just SO much info jam-packed in there!).

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The Wellness Project by Phoebe Lapine

I thought this book was a really fun and easy health & wellness read. The book chronicles the author’s yearlong journey through different lifestyle changes to help heal her autoimmune disease and is filled with practical advice and tips (as well as healthy recipes!) that could benefit anyone looking to improve their own health.

I thought the book was super approachable, sprinkled with humor and just plain fun – I’m pretty sure I finished reading it in about two days.

WomanCode by Alisa Vitti

This one is just for you ladies out there! And it’s a book that I find myself referencing back to again and again. It talks largely about hormones and hormone imbalances, and how it all ties into diet and lifestyle.

There is a ton of great info packed inside – such as how to really support your endocrine system, how to sync your lifestyle with different phases of your cycle (working with your body, not against it), how to optimize your fertility, etc, etc.

The full protocol she suggests is a little extreme for me personally, but I have incorporated some portions of it that resonate with me to great results.


Now that’s a wrap for today!

So tell me. Since I’m always on the hunt for new things to read … what are your favorite wellness books? Andddd GO!

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