Some Health & Nutrition Reads

Good morning, friends. Hope you had a great weekend! Did you notice the blog got a little bit of a face lift? I’d love your feedback on the new look!  Along with doing some blog updating this weekend, I squeezed in a CrossFit workout, a 7-mile long run, some yoga, food prep and even a nap!  Pretty sweet weekend if you ask me.

Today I wanted to share some things I’ve been reading lately.  Of course, I also have the “Wild” audiobook cued up in my iTunes and Insurgent on the nightstand waiting to be read.  But these are some of my favorite health and fitness related readings.  If you’re looking for some motivation, health tips or new recipes to check out, read on…

  • The New Health Rules by Dr. Frank Lipman.  Although I don’t 100% agree with everything Dr. Lipman puts out there, I love this book.  It’s similar to Food Rules by Michael Pollan (also a great read!) in that it provides super simple tips and advice that will help anyone live a healthier life.  In fact, in the very beginning of this book, Dr. Lipman says the book isn’t meant to change your habits in a weekend, but you can pick it up and open to any page, anytime and find a simple way to eat, move or live better.  

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  • Slim By Design by Brian Wansink.  A great read for food and nutrition dorks (like me!), this book dives into food psychology and human behavior and provides practical solutions on how we can set ourselves up for success in each environment that we eat.  The author, Brian Wansink, is the mastermind behind Mindless Eating, yet another fantastic read.
  • Dietitians Are Sexy” by Abby Langer.  I could’ve written this post myself and really wish I had thought to!  In response to another RD blogging that dietitians aren’t sexy or exciting, Abby writes that we shouldn’t be afraid to be ourselves, to be honest, to be exciting.  Because it doesn’t compromise the information we provide.  In my opinion, being genuine and having a personality can only help nutrition professionals better reach their audience.  If you’re an RD (or want to be) and are worried about competing with the gimmicky fear-monger types out there, read this post.
  • Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett.  Okay, runners/CrossFitters/athletes/everyone…this one is for you!  I bought this for the boyfriend as a Christmas gift and yet I keep snagging it off his side table to read it myself.  I’m only about 40 pages into it and it’s already changing my life.  Sounds dramatic, but it’s true.  Kelly Starrett is a coach and physical therapist who also created MobilityWOD.com.  In Becoming a Supple Leopard, Kelly teaches you how to move better in order to prevent (or rehab) injury and maximize athletic performance.  I already find myself improving my posture…and the boyfriend is attributing a 10-lb PR on his snatch to changes he made from reading the book!
  • Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck.  Seriously go f*cking pick up this cookbook.  It’s got attitude, but also really great vegan recipes that are DELICIOUS and super easy to make.  I got this one for Christmas (after gifting it to two other people) and am so glad I have this in my arsenal when I need some food inspiration a kick in the ass.

Your turn.  What are you reading lately?  Any good health and fitness books I’m missing out on?  Good beach reads?  Shoot.

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