The new year is approaching, so it’s time that I share my top health or self-help books of the year.
Last year, my three choices were “Kale and Coffee” by Kevin Gianni, “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown, and “How Not to Die” by Dr. Michael Greger.
This year my books were not necessarily published in 2016, but I discovered or re-discovered them last year.
1) Cholesterol and Beyond: The Research on Diet and Coronary Heart Disease 1900-2000, by A. Stewart Truswell
My first book may look a little intense, but it’s very easy to read. It’s the best source of information I have found anywhere on heart disease. It covers all of the relevant research that has been done for 100 years to uncover the causes of America’s number one killer.
You know that the actress Carrie Fisher just died of a heart attack. You might also have heard that her mother, the actress Debbie Reynolds, died yesterday of a stroke.
It’s not because you eat a vegan diet or that you exercise that you’re immune to heart disease. This book is NOT a vegan book and was not written by a plant-based doctor. But it shows you the evidence in easily digestible short chapters.
It’s a work of reference that anyone who cares about health should have.Check it out on Amazon.
2) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
A Japanese book that took over the best-seller charts in America! And it’s about decluttering and the Japanese art of organizing. I must admit that I read this book in 2015 but didn’t apply the information in it until last summer. Then, I decided to read it again and go through the process outlined in the book. And it was truly “life-changing” not in the sense that I’ll live ten years longer but simply that it has changed the way I organize my space and feel better in my home (and also while traveling!).
The author has a quirky sense of humor, and the book may appear light in content at first glance. However, don’t underestimate its power. But you have to apply the info, and it will make a big difference in your life. Check it out on Amazon.
3) The Big Book of Health and Fitness, by Dr. Phil Maffetone
This is the next book we’re going to review in our Renegade Health Podcast! (Coming up in a few days). So I don’t want to say too much because it will thoroughly examine it in the podcast.
I will say that I came across Dr. Phil Maffetone through Kevin’s book “Kale and Coffee.” His method for “slow exercise” is one of the things that I discovered in the past twenty years that has made the biggest difference in my health and life. I just wish I had found it sooner!
After years of hurting myself, giving up exercising for various reasons and being disappointed by trainers and exercise programs, I finally have found something that works and that has eliminated all of my back issues!
I don’t necessarily agree with his advice about diet. But a big part of the book is about exercise, and it’s why you should pick it up and apply the information in it. It’s not about elite-level training. It’s stuff that anyone should know. Check it out on Amazon.
That’s it… I hope you get to pick up some of those books and find something useful in them!