Wellness

5 Books That Will Inspire You To Be Healthier

Looking for some inspiration to start being healthier? These 5 health books make healthy living SO easy (even if you're a super busy person)! You'll find yummy recipes, easy to digest information about nutrition and health, PLUS exercise tips and plans for people who totally hate working out.

The word healthy has become so controversial, hasn’t it? Everyone has their own definition, and people sure are stubborn with their opinions. I’ve tried to learn as much as I can about nutrition and healthy eating through books, studies, videos, lectures, etc. and the fact remains that no one can agree on what the heck healthy even means.

Looking for some inspiration to start being healthier? These 5 health books make healthy living SO easy (even if you're a super busy person)! You'll find yummy recipes, easy to digest information about nutrition and health, PLUS exercise tips and plans for people who totally hate working out.The lack of consistency across the board doesn’t make it any easier for the rest of us busy people just tryna get by in life without having to worry about the nutritional value of every morsel we shove into our mouths. It doesn’t help that food labels and advertising campaigns do nothing but confuse you more.

Of all the books I’ve read on the matter, there are a few I’ve found that offer a well-rounded and less complicated approach to healthy living. These are not diet books. They are also not just recipe books. They offer a whole lot more, which is why I love them so much.Looking for some inspiration to start being healthier? These 5 health books make healthy living SO easy (even if you're a super busy person)! You'll find yummy recipes, easy to digest information about nutrition and health, PLUS exercise tips and plans for people who totally hate working out.Each of these books offers practical advice on living well and improving your health, and none of them force you to eat any one way or preach that their way is best (YASSS!) I think you’ll appreciate how they don’t fit ‘healthy eating’ into a box and focus rather on balance as key to living a healthy life.

If you need some inspiration to be a little healthier or just want some practical advice, these books are for you!

1. Nourish by Amber Rose, Sadie Frost & Holly Davidson

Looking for some inspiration to start being healthier? These 5 health books make healthy living SO easy (even if you're a super busy person)! You'll find yummy recipes, easy to digest information about nutrition and health, PLUS exercise tips and plans for people who totally hate working out.

Nourish is perfect for anyone who wants an all-encompassing health book because it combines the three most important aspects of wellness: mind, body, and soul. Written by three friends (well, Sadie and Holly are sisters), each author gives thoughtful advice about improving your well-being through food, exercise, and mindfulness. There’s even a weekly plan to follow at the end that combines a meal plan, exercise routine, and meditation program.

Looking for some inspiration to start being healthier? These 5 health books make healthy living SO easy (even if you're a super busy person)! You'll find yummy recipes, easy to digest information about nutrition and health, PLUS exercise tips and plans for people who totally hate working out.

You also get recipes like Raspberry & Rose Cupcakes, an explanation of the different types of yoga and a daily practice to follow, meditation tips, positive thinking tips, and a 4-week exercise program.

Buy here: Nourish by Amber Rose, Sadie Frost & Holly Davidson

2. Joyous Health by Joy McCarthy

Looking for some inspiration to start being healthier? These 5 health books make healthy living SO easy (even if you're a super busy person)! You'll find yummy recipes, easy to digest information about nutrition and health, PLUS exercise tips and plans for people who totally hate working out.

I love Joy’s approach to health and wellness because she acknowledges that there is no one-size fits-all way to eat. Instead of fixating on diets or counting calories, she emphasizes mindful eating, healthy substitutions, and detoxing in a safe and gradual way.

Looking for some inspiration to start being healthier? These 5 health books make healthy living SO easy (even if you're a super busy person)! You'll find yummy recipes, easy to digest information about nutrition and health, PLUS exercise tips and plans for people who totally hate working out.

You get a ton of helpful tips for living a joyous life, as well as tasty recipes that will boost your mood and give you energy all day. You can also expect healthy food budgeting tips, an explanation of superfoods and how to use them, and a 10-day meal plan and wellness journal.

Buy here: Joyous Healthy by Joy McCarthy

3. The Plant-Powered Diet by Sharon Palmer, RD
Looking for some inspiration to start being healthier? These 5 health books make healthy living SO easy (even if you're a super busy person)! You'll find yummy recipes, easy to digest information about nutrition and health, PLUS exercise tips and plans for people who totally hate working out.

This is a great book for anyone interested in optimizing their health, and it’s really helpful if you’re considering reducing your intake of animal products. I especially like that this book includes tips for omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans, without trying to force the idea down your throat that any one way of eating is ‘correct’.

The book encompasses a lot of topics, including exercise, and I feel like it’s the perfect read for anyone embarking on the journey to improve their health. Palmer is articulate, concise, and informational (without being boring), which makes this an all-around enjoyable read. She also includes tips on where to get protein, how to fall in love with veggies, how to eat healthy on-the-go and in restaurants, and an example food and exercise journal.

Buy here: The Plant-Powered Diet by Sharon Palmer, RD

4. Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward

Looking for some inspiration to start being healthier? These 5 health books make healthy living SO easy (even if you're a super busy person)! You'll find yummy recipes, easy to digest information about nutrition and health, PLUS exercise tips and plans for people who totally hate working out. Ella has an enormously popular food blog, deliciouslyella.com, and her book became the fastest selling debut cookbook ever. She started her blog as a way of sharing how she was dealing with a relatively rare illness by eating a whole foods, plant-based diet, and her book is a continuation of the blog.

Looking for some inspiration to start being healthier? These 5 health books make healthy living SO easy (even if you're a super busy person)! You'll find yummy recipes, easy to digest information about nutrition and health, PLUS exercise tips and plans for people who totally hate working out.

The book is broken into sections by food group (Grains, Nuts, Beans, Veggies, Fruit) with tips on how to use and prepare each group, as well as lots of quick and simple recipes. Ella’s recipes use easy-to-find ingredients which really makes grocery shopping and cooking a whole lot more enjoyable. It’s also nice to know that these recipes aren’t going to make you feel bloated or weighed down. Some of my favorite recipes include homemade Nutella(!), Almond Butter Fudge, and 10-minute Tomato Pasta.

Buy here: Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward

5. The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD

Looking for some inspiration to start being healthier? These 5 health books make healthy living SO easy (even if you're a super busy person)! You'll find yummy recipes, easy to digest information about nutrition and health, PLUS exercise tips and plans for people who totally hate working out.This one is for all the nutrition nerds out there! If you haven’t heard of The China Study, it’s basically a compilation of research studies that show there’s a strong correlation between eating animal products and disease in humans (although some people do question how thorough the research is). The name comes from comparative research conducted on diets in rural China versus the Western diet.

Even though it’s long and research-heavy, the authors did a great job simplifying the science jargon to make it easy for anyone to read. It uncovers a lot of interesting (and concerning) information about how the science and nutrition industries are corrupted, which makes it extremely difficult for any of us to know what we should be eating. But the best thing is that despite the evidence the authors uncovered, they don’t want you to obsess over what you eat.

Buy here: The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD

What are your recommendations for health books?

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Catherine Beard
Hi, I'm Catherine! The Blissful Mind is your guide to being the calmest, healthiest, most productive version of yourself. Whether you're trying to slow down, de-stress, or feel more content, I’m here to help make life a little less complicated.
  • Haven’t actually read the China Study (though I did read through the girl who famously “debunked” it lol) but most of my health books does mention it and refers to it quite a bit if that counts ;D
    The books that really transformed my perception of health and healthy eating was Kimberly Snyder’s The Beauty Detox Solution and The 801010 Diet. The Beauty Detox Solution is great because it allows you to make it your own and while the 801010 Diet may seem to extreme for some, it’s still a must-read because it’s got so many great things to say and inform about.

    And though in my experience “Raw is the Law”, I can’t help but think that there’s more to life than food, and therefore cooked food = soul food. I’m also currently reading The Starch Solution which is worth a mention :) Me and my bf put his dad on the starch solution this summer and he’s lost more kilos than on any diet without starving himself + more energy and benefits!

    • You should totally read the China Study, would love to hear your opinion! I’ve definitely heard of the 801010 book from watching raw vegan youtubers, and like you said, it seems a little extreme…but I’d still like to give it a read! The Starch Solution has such good reviews on Amazon, so I might need to add that to my reading list too. Thanks, Isabel! xx

      • I think diets have a vibrational appeal, some people just aren’t at that same frequency, but when they’re ready they will understand and then nothing sounds extreme but the opposite!
        What raw foodists are you following? Maybe I could add some to my YouTube watch :)

        • I on-and-off watch Annie Jaffrey’s videos, and I really like a girl called Mary over at Mangos & Mantras (I think she does raw til 4). And Hollie Wakeham is a UK HCLF vegan…so I don’t follow too many raw foodists, but definitely HCLF vegans haha.

          • Ah, I had to kind of stop watching Annie after the weird festival drama… Kind of good she’s back doing beauty videos again

            I will look up Mary, haven’t heard of her! Thanks xx

  • I only have Deliciously Ella’s book and I absolutely love it! I really want to get Nourish the cover is stunning as well, and I hear that the recipes are fantastic! I need to check these out they look amazing! Have you read Honestly Healthy? So many fantastic recipes in there! :D xxxxx

    http://www.romantiquely.com

    • You will LOVE Nourish! Totally up your alley. I will have to go check out Honestly Healthy right now :D

  • Those look like such beautiful books in addition to being inspiring, can’t wait to check some of these out. Thanks for sharing!

    • It’s definitely a plus when books are pretty, isn’t it? ;) Hope you give them a read!

  • Oh my gosh YES! I’ve been wanting to read the China Study for a long time– thanks for the reminder!

    • Do it, do it! Way easier to read than it looks!

  • I love this post, and it’s definitely inspired me to get healthier! I really want to read Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward now, and as I haven’t seen her blog I will check that too. Thank you for these amazing recommendations.

    http://www.veebzboo.com

    • I’m so glad you’re feeling inspired! Deliciously Ella’s book and blog are my all-time faves!

  • The closest thing I have to health books are healthy cookbooks. LOL whoops! But the first one looks like something I could easily hop on board with :) I feel like I am always trying to balance out my life with workouts, eating well and being mindful. Thanks for suggestion! xo

    Kelsey | http://www.abalancingpeach.com

    • Haha, well healthy cookbooks are still great! Better than unhealthy ones :P

  • All these books sound great! I love the pictures too. Any bright, large, pretty images are sure to inspire. Thanks for the recommendations!
    xx, Pia

    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

  • I really want to get Ella’s book! And after reading this, I added Nourish to my wishlist as well, it seems like a good one because it’s about the mind, body and soul.
    I recently discovered Madeleine Shaw’s youtube channel. I find her a really positive and inspiring person so I would love to get her book too, Get the Glow. Thanks for sharing these! Hope you’re having a good weekend! :) x

    • I looove Madeleine Shaw’s channel – we have very similar taste, Joana! I’ve been wanting to get her book, but it’s not available in the US or I think I can order it on Amazon but it would take months to ship haha

  • Love your picks and your healthy eating philosophy Catherine! By the way, I love reading and commenting on your posts -school has started up again and unfortunately, blogging goes way down the priority list. Even though I don’t comment on your posts please know that I adore your blog and read everyyyy single one of your posts :) xo Naomi

    • Aww Naomi, I’m glad you’re still reading! Hope school is treating you okay :D

  • Interesting picks, I like your non-judgemental approach to the topic. I’m an omnivore as in offal and all. Some of the more thought provoking books I’ve read are Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer.
    On my wish list is The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz.

    • I’ve come across Animal, Vegetable, Miracle multiple times in my local bookstore, but I think I’m going to pick it up the next time I’m there! Sounds interesting!

      • It was a good read, I still eat bananas though ;)

  • Thanks for the suggestions! Health is a topic I want to get more informed about. I plan on doing a reading challenge in 2016, so I wrote them on my list :)

    • I want to do a reading challenge too! Well, one of my goals for 2016 is just to read more books haha. I think you’ll enjoy these ones!