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Welcome back to another week of the Christian Homemaking Community's Summer Book Club! This week I get to tell you about 3 of my favorite Health and Wellness books! What a hard topic for me! There are so many books that I want to tell you about, but I've managed to whittle the choices down to my very favorite top 3!
This was the very first non-school related book that I ever purchased after moving out of my parents house. My roomate (who was 20 years older than me and a health professional) highly recommended it and I am so glad I heeded her advice! It's an 800+ page volume that gives a general overview of nutrition, diet and wellness followed by an alphabetical listing of the most common health issues and how to help those symptoms through natural remedies, diet changes and nutritional supplements. The final section of the book gives a good summary of various alternative remedies. This is not a book to read from start to finish. Rather, it's an encyclopedia and it's a fabulous resource to have at your fingertips!
The Optimum Nutrition Bible was actually a book that was assigned reading for a nutrition course I took and it IS a book to read from start to finish! (Well, except for chapter 3 which is about evolution.) It's 500 pages long, but it's easy reading and it's so, so interesting! Have questions about what the optimal diet is or how nutrients work? Wonder what an antioxidant is? Which fats should we eat, which should we avoid and why? What does protein actually do and where in our diet should it come from? Supplements, vitamins, minerals… you name it! Almost any nutritional question a parent could have is covered in this book. And yes, it's a big book, but there are charts, graphs and tables in every chapter, making the information super-accessible to even the most sleep deprived Mamas among us…
Speaking of making information accessible… The Omnivore's Dilemma for Young Readers is another great one! It's an easy read because it's meant for students (I would say ages 12 and up), but it's also a great introduction for an adult who is just starting on their path toward natural wellness or perhaps who just doesn't have the time to read the original version. Essentially, it takes the information in Polland's book The Omnivore's Dilemma and presents it in a fresh, engaging way with lots of tables and charts to help us really understand where our food comes from and the processing that occurs between the farm and our plates.
It was so hard to pick just 3 favorite Health and Wellness books! Which books would have you recommended? Tell me in the comments! And be sure to click on the links below to see what Health and Wellness books some of your other favorite Christian Homemaking Community bloggers recommend!