The coldest, and possibly, most resolute months of the year are over. Are you still on track with your newly acquired habits? If not, these 5 trend-setting wellness books will help you detox your body and soul!
At the beginning of the year, we’re looking for a renewal. A clean slate. A fresh start and a promise that “this year I’ll do things differently”. It feels good, just like opening a new planner or book. It has so many new fresh, enticing possibilities and we’re taking risks. Sometimes we realize in February our goals weren’t what we expected and we might need some help.
While only 3 out of ten Americans make their New Year’s resolutions, the rest of us whom may not have set any still feel the nudge to implement some healthier habits, and possibly try a detox.
In fact, every year I see emptier shelves where “detox” products are (surprisingly, detox teas are super popular) and full parking lots at Planet Fitness or other gym chains. A month later, the pressure of “The New Year, New You” wears off, and consequently, everything is back to how it was.
Do so many of us have problems committing?
The thing is, our health and wellness are a long-term project. Like daily yoga practice, I need to practice eating my vegetables. If I don’t regularly eat lots of vegetables, it can be difficult to add more to a plate. In order to enhance this practice, I’ll add healthy fats to my vegetables to ensure the digestion of microelements. That’s just one step. There are a million tiny steps we can take to live well. All of them take practice and rarely can we change quickly.
Every book on this to-read list carries what I think is a long-term advice, and wisdom for wellness, whether you’re trying to lose those last 5 pounds that bother you, want to reprogram your brain, change your body image issues for good, stop judging, or eat wholly after the 30 days of January pass.
“The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom”
Melissa released a new edition of her majestic cookbook that changes lives. Why would I recommend a cookbook for you to read? Because health is built in the kitchen. Our gut flora is responsible for such a significant part of our health. Whole30 is not just a movement to embark on for 30 days and then go back to cookies and ice cream. It teaches you about the healing power of nutrient-dense foods, about how to make simple, delicious meals that will shrink your waistline, lower blood sugar, balance your hormones and give you so much energy. Additional benefits include reduced inflammation, discovering your food sensitivities and allergies, healing your gut, and establishing a healthy relationship with food and your body.
Try this: Go through the program once to learn much more about your own health. You can never have just one Whole30 if done right.
“The Keto Reset diet” by Mark Sisson
The Ketogenic diet has been steadily gaining its popularity in the last decade. It’s a high-fat (good kind of fat), low-carbohydrate and moderate-protein nutritional prescription that uses the power of ketosis to burn fat, provide long sustainable energy, mental clarity, and reduced inflammation. While Mark Sisson has been the father of Primal Blueprint (ancestral health school based on Primal Blueprint Laws for optimal health), he couldn’t resist and join the bandwagon of this trend. Mark promises you that Keto can lead to a long, happy life if you say goodbye to toxic foods and start nourishing your body with nutrient-dense ingredients you always were meant to eat (hint: it’s not Pop Tarts).
Try this: Give Keto a go for a month or two. My favorite benefit is reducing cravings or hunger for long periods of times and an incredible mind clarity.
“Wired to Eat” By Robb Wolf
Robb Wolf is a Paleo pioneer who never ceases to impress with his research, educational methods, and style. He has an excellent sense of humor that will help you understand the concepts of nutrition with ease and some chuckles. This book is a fantastic guide to learn what works, and how to figure out the best nutrition plan for you. Robb focuses on helping you to create a personalized nutrition plan based on findings of gut flora, digestion, highly palatable foods, and highly inflammatory substances. “Wired to Eat” explains the why behind our compulsive eating disorders, obesity, and poor habits.
Try this: You need this book if you want a fun book about nutrition.
“Body beliefs – Women, Weight loss, and Happiness” by Jason Seib
I’d give this gem to any woman age of 14-94. It’s brilliant in its simple explanations of what goes through a woman’s brain when she wants to lose weight, dislikes her body, and struggles with another diet. It’s written by a fat loss expert and he makes you feel at home no matter what kind of crazy criticizing thoughts you have had in your head. You suddenly know you’re not alone, you can reprogram your brain, and you know how.
Try this: Try reading this book without exclamation “This is me! This book is about me!” Almost impossible.
“The Judgement Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living A Better” by Gabrielle Bernstein
Gabby is an NY best-selling author of many wonderful books such as “The Universe has your back”, “May Cause Miracles” etc. Her raw, honest truth bombs will make you shiver and feel renewed. Ms. Bernstein is a motivational speaker, life coach, and a spirit junkie. This book is special because Gabby herself is going through a Judgement detox while writing this book. She creates a 6-step based on a mix of spiritual practices including the text in “A Course in Miracles”, Kundalini yoga, the Emotional Freedom Technique, prayer, meditation, and others. She promises you freedom from your own judgment and fears, encourages you to shift the perspective towards healing through love and making this world a better place by becoming an energetic match for what you want to attract.
Try This: Along with juice cleanses and Whole30s, detox from your own judgment this year.
After reading these, you’ll find yourself completely renewed and ready to take on the world with love this year. Possibly, with a cup of non-detox tea.