I am a total nerd when it comes to books on self-help, nutrition, and spirituality. I would be perfectly happy spending a week in a cute little cabin isolated from the world with just me, a cup of coffee, and a pile of books. Bet ya didn’t know that about me 🙂
One of the questions I get a lot from my readers and followers on social media is, “What are your favorite books on [food,spirituality,self-help]?” I always freak out a little because there are SO many good ones out there! However, in my list today i’m going to compile the top three you NEED to read if you’re short on time! I know you don’t have all day to sit around and read piles of books (and if you do, sign me up, and let me know – i’ll give you some other recommendations), so here are the best of the best in my opinion!
Happy reading & learning!
So you want to read about…NUTRITION?
1. Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It! by Kris Carr
If I had to describe this amazing woman in one word it would be “superstar.” Kris was diagnosed with a rare, incurable form of cancer that led her to create the documentary Crazy Sexy Cancer (definitely a must-watch) and inspired her to a live a life full of fruits, veggies, and inspiration. The tips and stories within this book led me to make huge dietary changes and shifted the way I thought about nutrition. Kris is a huge promoter of green juice and within this book she gives some awesome recipes as well as tips for beginner juicing. This is a game changer and a must-read. Bonus? There are tons of recipes and the guide to a “21-Day Adventure Cleanse!” <br/>
Want to check out her other work? www.kriscarr.com
features her blog, tons of videos, and keeps you updated on whatever awesome projects she’s up to.
2. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan is all about real, unprocessed, whole food. He makes eating INSANELY easy. So easy you might laugh at how much we tend to complicate nutrition. Michael is incredibly intelligent and outlines nutrition in a simple and easy-to-follow way. I highly recommend checking out his other work, but this is my personal favorite.
3. The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health by T. Colin Campbell
As the title implies, this is THE most comprehensive study done on nutrition – ever! This is why I have to recommend it. The information in this book is invaluable as well as incredibly eye-opening. T. Colin Campbell provides more than enough data to back up his claims as well as real-life stories and experience out in the field. Campbell provides this information in a way that is compelling and easy to understand. Incredible book!
So you want to read about…SPIRITUALITY and GROWTH?
1. Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein
If angels lived on earth (which I think they might!), Gabrielle would be one of them. Above all else, this book has had the biggest impact on my entire life. Before reading this book, I was atheist, feeling hopeless, and a major pessimist. I had no faith, no belief system, and I really wasn’t looking for one. I thought all spirituality stuff was a bunch of BS to be honest….and then I read this book. This book means everything to me. It’s kind of like a bible. Gabrielle outlines the principles in “A Course in Miracles” wonderfully and in a language we can all understand. BEAUTIFUL, INSPIRING, LIFE-CHANGING!
2. Add More ~Ing To Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness by Gabrielle Bernstein
If Spirit Junkie is the beginner’s guide to spirituality, then Add More ~Ing To Your Life: A Hip Guide To Happiness is the users manual. This is all about HOW to make the changes needed to live an incredible life full of miracles, happiness, and peace. It sounds crazy, but there really is another, better life right in front of you. This book gives you a way to go out there and live it. An incredible quote from A Course in Miracles is this:
“There is a way of living in the world that is not here, although it seems to be. You do not change appearance, though you smile more frequently. Your forehead is serene; your eyes are quiet and the ones who walk the world as you do recognize thier own. Yet those who have not yet perceived the way will recognize you also, and believe that you are like them, as you were before.”
You’ll fully understand what this means once you begin your spirit junkie adventure 🙂
3. A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson
One of Gabrielle Bernstein’s mentors, Marianne Williamson is a rockstar of spirituality. She has studied and lived out the principles of A Course in Miracles for many, many years. All her wisdom is poured out into this perfect book, A Return to Love. If you’re into your spiritual journey and seeking even more information, or even if you’re just beginning and are curious, this is a beautiful book to read. This is a book I turn to time and time again when I need guidance, support, or inspiration.
Have fun reading! I’m also planning to write about my favorite interviews, speeches, blogs, and documentaries very soon because I think you will love them 🙂
Stay open-minded and present ❤ Please, please, please email or comment me about your favorite books as well! I would love to hear.Lots of love,
Can’t wait to connect with you all!