This is an ever – evolving list of my favourite reads about health, psychology and nutrition.

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Health Programs

  • The Okinawa Program, by Bradley Willcox, Craig Willcox & Makoto Suzuki. The Japanese island of Okinawa has one of the longest living populations in the world. For 25 years, Bradley and Craig Willcox have studied the lifestyle of these centenarians. In this book, they present the habits associated with longevity, along with a 21 – day guide to start eating healthy foods, to be physically active and feel happier.
  • Fitonics, by Marilyn Diamond & Donald Burton Schnell. The first health – related book I ever bought describes a holistic health program, consisting of a plant – based diet, a daily 12 – minute workout routine and mental exercises based on hypno – meditation. Don’t let the old – fashioned cover fool you – the advice in this sequence to Fit for Life is still very relevant for leading a healthier lifestyle today.
  • 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, by dr. Andrew Weil. This classic program shows how simple adjustments to your lifestyle can help you improve and maintain your health. The week – by – week guide covers all aspects of daily living that are related to your wellbeing, from antioxidants and breathing exercises to prevention against toxins in your environment and the benefits of visiting a sauna.
  • The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. Managing energy, not time, is the key to high performance and personal renewal. This book offers a practical and scientifically based approach to managing your energy more skillfully that will help you feel physically energised, emotionally connected, mentally focused and spiritually aligned.

Psychology, Spirituality & Mind – Body Connections

  • Healing Without Freud or Prozac: Natural approaches to curing stress, anxiety and depression, by dr. David Servan – Schreiber. Ground – breaking research suggests you can heal stress – related illness and common psychological problems without taking drugs or engaging in therapy, by influencing the emotional brain. Dr. Servan – Schreiber describes seven alternative treatment options, such as heart coherence, EMDR, light therapy and the importance of omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Spirit, by dr. Deepak Chopra. Which mechanisms play a role in (spontaneous) healing and what activates them? By combining principles from neuroscience and quantum mechanica with insights from Ayurveda, dr. Chopra explains that the essence of healing isn’t a physical but a deeply psychological matter. This ‘network of intelligence’ reaches deep enough to change the basic patterns that shape our body’s physiology. Definitely not the easiest read on the list, but fascinating food for thought nonetheless.
  • Handbook for the Urban Warrior, by ‘the Barefoot Doctor.’ Your body is your temple – and your disco. In this book, Stephen Russell shows how to use ancient Taoist techniques in our modern urban lives.
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Succes, by Deepak Chopra. This small guide eloquently describes the fundamental principles of the universe to fulfilling your dreams. Ancient Vedic concepts are translated into seven spiritual laws – not just meant to be understood, but to be practised in daily life. Pocket-sized wisdom.
  • The Art of Happiness, by dr. Howard Cutler & The Dalai Lama. Psychiatrist Howard Cutler sat down with the Dalai Lama for a series of interviews to discuss questions like: Why are so many people unhappy? How should we deal with loneliness, suffering or conflict? By combining the Dalai Lama’s Buddhist wisdom with dr. Cutler’s scientific knowledge and case studies, a coherent philopsophy of emotional wellbeing takes shape in this classic book.
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl. This moving memoir chronicles the experiences of life in Nazi concentration camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. As a prominent psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl noticed how those prisoners who found meaning in the most horrendous circumstances were far more resilient to suffering than those who did not. After the war, he developed a theory based on his experiences – logotherapy – in which he argues that we cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how we cope with it, find meaning and move forward with renewed purpose. A must read novel with powerful life lessons.

Nutrition & Cookbooks

  • Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, by Michael Pollan. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” That’s Michael Pollan’s famous short answer to the increasingly confusing debate about what’s a healthy diet. This little book contains straightfoward rules for day-to-day living, like ‘Don’t eat anything your great – grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food’ and ‘Eat when you’re hungry, not when you’re bored.’ The simple but invaluable rules will help you eat real food in reasonable amounts.
  • Say No to Arthritis, by Patrick Holford. This guide offers advice on how to alleviate inflammation by altering your diet. Althought the title and some specific tips are aimed at individuals suffering from rheumatism, the nutritional tips might also benefit people with other inflammatory diseases.
  • The Green Kitchen, by David Frenkiel & Luise Vindahl. This beautiful cookbook by my favourite food bloggers proves that healthy eating is not just wholesome, but also delicious. Even the most diehard meat – eater will feel inspired to try one of their tasty vegetarian recipes!

On my Wishlist