NHBPM WEGO Prompt: My Health Library

I fully credit the movie Food Inc. with changing my entire food, and health, philosophy. There were small changes being made up to the minute before I watched it in full, but it was undoubtedly my tipping point. Coincidentally, that film led to an interest in picking up more books on subjects of interest (see: nutrition, food, health, mindset, etc.).

Today’s NHBPM prompt asked for a book report – what’s your favorite book and how does it tie into your health/life? Given the way I’ve added to our “library” over the past two years, that’s a loaded question! I can’t pick one, as these have all added a flavor to life that I didn’t know was missing.

If you took a glance at our bookshelf buffet, your eyes would have a hard time resisting these…



All the Money in the World   Books


Food rules    In Defense of Food


Animal vegetable Miracle   Skinny Dish Cooking with trader Joe's


Click on any of the above if you’re intrigued. They’re all worth your time, dollars and brain-chewing energy! Most of them are still stacked near my nightstand (except for the cookbook, which clearly belongs right near the food!), dog-eared pages n’ all ready to be picked up and indulged when I’m craving their words.

I’m actually glad I’m only about half-way through In Defense of Food; it’s like fully tasting, and savoring, those last few bites of a decadent dessert.


What’s in your health library?

Any one favorite book that I should be adding to this group?



Filed under about me, fabulous, in the kitchen, inspiration, things that make me Happy

10 responses to “NHBPM WEGO Prompt: My Health Library

  1. I just read “How Much Does Your Soul Weigh?”. I really enjoyed it and it changed me perspective on how I counsel weight loss clients with emotional food issues or disordered eating patterns.

  2. I love a good health library! My fave sport book is Chrissie Wellington’s, A Life Without Limits: http://thechangeofpace.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/bookreviewchrissiewellington/.
    So inspiring!

  3. Happiness Project is on my list! Also, the TJ’s cookbook makes me want to go grocery shopping.

  4. Great list – I credit Fast Food Nation as having a similar impact on me that Food Inc had on you. I was already vegetarian but it made me think more broadly about the socioeconomic impacts on workers at meatpacking plants, and on relationships between industry leaders and the federal government.

    Other good ones along these times: Organic Inc and Tomatoland. I can’t recommend Tomatoland enought – look it up!

  5. ajames83rd

    I’m really enjoying Real Food by Nina Planck right now!

  6. Michael Pollan was for me the writer that not only changed my mind about the way I eat, but the way I shop, cook and eat. All of his books are on my shelf. As for books that aren’t already on your list, I’m a big fan of the Alice Waters cookbook—she’s THE authority on how to make fresh, local fruits and veggies sing!

  7. Steve W

    MY Recommendation for your Library, a Fanstastic Book
    EAT & RUN – Scott Jurek-

    For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force — and darling — in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile traverse over the old Gold Rush trails of the California Sierra Nevada. He won that race 7 years in a row, setting a course record along the way. Twice he won the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile “jaunt” from the bottom of Death Valley to the shoulders of Mount Whitney. He triumphed in the 153-mile Spartathlon in Greece three times. Recently, he set a new American record by running 165.7 miles in 24 hours—6.5 marathons in one day. And he was one of the elite runners who traveled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the runaway bestseller Born to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet makes his story all the more.

    In Eat & Run, Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career — as an elite athlete and a vegan — and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood of hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family, to his early beginnings in running (he hated it), to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his incredible, world-spanning, record-breaking races — Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and the importance of thinking of our food as our fuel.

    Chock full of incredible, on-the-brink stories of endurance and competition, as well as fascinating science and accessible practical advice — including his own favorite plant based recipes, Eat & Run will motivate everyone to “go the distance” whether that means getting out for that first run, expanding your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of your own potential.

    “Anyone can be an ultrarunner,” says Jurek. His remarkable story is a reminder that, no matter how far you go, every day’s run is a journey of discovery and the chance to explore what’s possible in sport — and in life.

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