[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false](I summoned all my willpower to not title this post The healthy shelfy. I love a rhyme. Especially ones that involve made up words.) We have quite the healthy collection of books in our
housecondohold. I’ve been making an effort to clear out the random books we’d likely never open again (I rarely read books twice), or that didn’t fit well in our literary rainbow.
Plus, we needed to make room for this guy.
After seeing this set on Pinterest, I quickly ordered one, hoping it would arrive in time for Nick’s birthday. A few weeks later, I was perusing the always interesting “miscellaneous” section at HomeGoods, when I spotted an identical set (but at a fraction of the price). Something compelled me to place it in my cart (in hindsight, I think it’s because I am psychic… but in reality, I think I have a problem when it comes to impulse shopping and French bulldogs), even though I had already made the exact same purchase.
When the Pinterest-inspired package arrived, I didn’t fully unpack it, as I was in a rush to wrap Nick’s presents and keep my real, live French bulldog from eating any Styrofoam packing peanuts. Low and behold, when Nick unwrapped the package, one of the bookends was missing… a foot. Fortunately, I had a second split-in-two ceramic Frenchie on standby. Helpful? Yes. Normal? Not really, no.
But that’s beside the point. As usual. More to the point, is this: books are a great way to get healthy and stay healthy. Some provide motivation or inspiration, others healthy recipes and suggestions for preventative care. Some you may not want to read in public (say, the one about digestion, for example). Others might make the perfect gift (I will gladly fake autograph any of these selected titles, to make your present extra
sketchy special). Some make great reference guides you can go back to over and over. Regardless, I think they’re all worth a read.
A few of my favorites:
- Michael Pollan’s Food Rules provides the perfect foundation for healthy eating. No-nonsense, no Fluff (literally and figuratively). A new edition was recently released, featuring illustrations from the talented Maira Kalman.
- I was first introduced to Robyn O’Brien and The Unhealthy Truth at a luncheon hosted by Stonyfield Organic a few months ago. After one of her children experienced a severe allergic reaction to the food Robyn– and most families in the US–was serving, Robyn launched a single-handed investigation into the food industry (including issues of additives and labeling). Her findings are nothing short of alarming. I highly recommend that everyone read and learn from Robyn’s story.
- A Women’s Guide to a Healthy Stomach is not something I’d read in public. Or in mixed company. Still, Dr. Wolf provides great information for anyone dealing with digestive issues and a completely un-awkward way.
- For a little running inspiration, Kristin Armstrong’s Mile Markers offers a fantastic collection covering the many, varied reasons why women run. I love the community that running creates. Everyone has their own motivation for running, and I find that really inspiring. If you’d like to read about my marathon experiences, feel free to check out these posts: 26.2 Miles of Smiles (Part I), 26.2 Miles of Smiles (Part II), Follow the Signs.
- The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises is a great resource for at home workouts, and includes detailed instructions and photos for any and every exercise you can imagine. While it is technically a “big book,” it’s small enough to toss in your gym bag as well.
I could go on and on, but this post is becoming a novel in its own right. It’s time to tuck these babies back into their color-coded spot on the shelves. 🙂
Also On Tap for Today:
- Putting the finishing touches on our holiday decor
- Have a few extra books on hand? Please consider donating to this worthy organization.
- Getting ready for the week ahead
What are your favorite health and fitness reads?