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Wednesday
May222013

Staff Summer Reads: Books for Healthier Living

Summer is the perfect time for living well and learning something new. With a little extra time and leisure, why not enjoy reading up on a new facet of your health journey? Whether it’s beach or backyard hammock reading you’re after, our staff has compiled some of their personal favorites. The selections run the gamut of topics with everything from nutrition to detoxification, hormones to health foods, weight loss to fitness. See how many you’ve read—or have on your own to-read lists. Finally, don’t forget to share your own ideas for great healthy reads in the post's comment section.

Anika DeCoster – Program Manager of Life Time Weight Loss

Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. 

This was one of the first books that gave me an “aha” moment to how very wrong the modern nutrition recommendations were. It opened my eyes to the sound research that had existed for years even though it was misinterpreted falsely. It was the book that sparked my own critical thinking around what I had been taught as a Registered Dietitian, got me to ask more questions and to dig deeper into research that helped influence my current philosophy. I recommend this book to my clients who are just as interested in the geeky science and research around nutrition.  For my clients who are interested in learning for lifestyle change (but not so much the research), I recommend Gary Taubes’ Why We Get Fat.

150 Healthiest Foods by Johnny Bowden. 

 I got into nutrition and dietetics solely for my love of food. A lot of the nutrition books and diets out there can really create negativity against foods, and I often coach clients who are scared to eat certain foods or just have an overall negative relationship with food. I love recommending this book because it really brings positivity around eating and food in general, and it reminds us of what good food can bring us. The pictures are beautiful. The fact is, you can’t not get excited about eating while flipping through it.

Cindi Lockhart - Sr. Program Manager of Health and Nutrition Coaching

The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, MD 

If you’re a woman between the ages of 30-60, this is a must read. Many woman in this age range say they feel like they’re going crazy (and oftentimes are told they are by their healthcare practitioners) because they’re moody, tired, anxious, sleep deprived, have no desire to have sex, and cannot lose weight or fat. Sound familiar? The good news is you are NOT crazy. There are common hormone imbalances to which women in their 3rd – 5th decades of life are more predisposed—imbalances of sex hormones, thyroid, and stress hormones. When they fall out of balance, normal life becomes much more challenging. Dr. Gottfried does a great job of explaining these common hormone imbalances in an understandable way with lots of practical lifestyle support (nutrition, exercise, environmental, supplementation) to get you back in balance and living life the way it’s supposed to be lived….to its fullest!

Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

This is a book that I have owned for decades and one I refer back to often. It’s a wonderful self-help type book to become more aware of your stressors and how to incorporate the practice of mindfulness to help manage your stress. I find it to be a great practical guide with many options of mindfulness techniques to choose from. It is based off Kabat-Zinn’s Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Paul Kriegler, RD – Corporate Registered Dietician

Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett

This doctor of physical therapy, creator of mobilityWOD.com, and star of countless online videos (with a cultish following) has finally put his advice into written words. The “pick it up when you need it” nature of this physiological self-help guide will make it a coffee table book for me this summer as I try to make my body durable once again and take on some new training adventures. I’m excited to spend some quality time with this book as I enjoy the chance to move outside this summer.

The Great Cholesterol Myth by Dr. Stephen Sinatra and Johnny Bowden, PH.D.

This book will enlighten the scientific type with an in-depth exploration of one of the most profitable and controversial issues facing modern medicine. Some experts suggest putting cholesterol-lowering drugs in our water supply, but these two authors provide solid evidence to re-think our entire cholesterol-fearing approach. Your annual medical visits are about to become more interesting if you arm yourself with this knowledge.

Corey Grenz – Personal Trainer

Clean by Alejandro Junger

I was told by a client to read this book and was very surprised and impressed as I learned more about the author. He’s a physician who’s trained in Western medicine as a cardiologist. When he experienced personal health problems that traditional medications were making worse, he learned techniques from both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, which solved his health issues. Anyone (from members to trainers) who is interested in our Life Time D.TOX would enjoy the book, since the thought process is so complementary. In addition, Junger shares time-efficient ways to “de-stress,” educates on the importance of quality supplements, suggests lab tests to check, and explains the importance of getting enough protein during detoxification programs.

Samantha Bielawski, RD – Registered Dietician and Nutrition Coach

Wheat Belly by William Davis

When trying to lose weight, many people become fixated on counting calories and grams of protein, fat and carbohydrate. While these can be useful tools, Wheat Belly does a fantastic job of highlighting the importance of eliminating wheat (without replacing it with other processed grains) to boost diet quality. Quality is something we’re often quick to shrug off during a weight loss journey in a misguided focus on limiting “quantity,” but diet quality is absolutely pivotal. Negative reactions to wheat aren’t limited to the devastating side effects of Celiac disease. In fact, many people seem to have a false—and detrimental—sense of security without an outright Celiac diagnosis. It’s eye-opening to take a look at the prevalence of this one product in our food supply and its far-reaching impacts on health, metabolism and weight.

Is your online book cart filled yet? Now you tell us: what wellness and weight loss books are your favorites? What’s on the docket for this summer? Thanks for reading, and we’ll look forward to checking out your recommendations!

This article is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles is at the choice and risk of the reader.

 

 

 

 

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