There are thousands of books on health and wellness, and I've only read a small portion of them, but here are a few that have been informative, inspiring, or in some cases life-changing, for me.
- Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease - Robert H. Lustig, M.D.
- We know there's an obesity crisis, and many of us understand that sugar and processed foods are somehow at the heart of it. Fat Chance takes a systemic look at the history, the biology, the policies, and possible solutions. This should be required reading for everyone.
- Anti Cancer: A New Way of Life - Dr. David Servan-Schreiber
- Since it's initial publication in 2008, this book has been one of the leading voices for using nutrition and other techniques as preventative medicine, and as complements to standard cancer treatments. It will change the way you eat.
- The Four Hour Body - Tim Ferriss
- The author is a serial entrepreneur and experimenter who often uses himself as a guinea pig. The title is misleadingly single-minded; the book covers a huge range of topics from fat loss, to better sleep, to weight gain, to better sex, and hundreds of others. I return to this book often, sometimes only reading a few pages or a section. It is jammed with useful information, tricks, and philosophies.
- Born to Run - Christopher McDougall
- If you're a runner, you've probably already read this. It's a beautiful story of the author's rebirth as a runner as he is discovering a whole new world of running, woven together with anthropology, movement science, and a load of fun race writing! I read this for the first time in 2011 and it rekindled my love for running, and got me hooked on trail running.