In an ideal world we’d have infinite time to read all the books on our night table and our Kindle queue. But too many times, we get to the end of another year and wonder where all of the time went. We know you’re busy. And we know you meant to read those books. That’s why we’ve highlighted our key takeaways from some of the most popular wellness books of 2016. Who has your back?
Spark Joy by Marie Kondo – Maybe not your first choice when you think of the health section in your bookstore but this bestseller does have applicable tips for more than just your home. “The more textual information you have in your environment, the more your home is filled with noise.” All the words surrounding us from book titles to instruction labels on appliances keep our brain on alert. Removing these simple labels from our home or at least our bedroom can help our brain slip into a relaxed state similar to meditation.
Always Hungry by David Ludwig– “Overeating doesn’t make you fat. The process of getting fat makes you overeat.”The adage of calorie in, calorie out is outdated. Many overweight people are nutritionally starved. Replacing highly processed foods and sugary drinks with whole foods and healthy fats is one of the keys to actually losing weight and keeping it off.
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The Longevity Book by Cameron Diaz– “Having a laugh has an actual impact on your cells. Spending time with good friends is beneficial for your cells.” Laughter is truly one of the best medicine and it’s completely free. Never underestimate the healing power of a good belly laugh. Whether you are 21 or 91, smiling makes everyone beautiful.
Pussy by Regena Thomashauer – “When she designs, and then lives, her own destiny, a woman naturally sets right everything wrong in our world.” The solution to the epidemic of powerlessness among women is reconnecting to your own life force. When we are able to re-access that power we are more likely to make decisions from that space. These better decisions lead us to choose the salad over the doughnut or sleep over watching another episode on Netflix.
Eat Fat, Get Thin by Mark Hyman– “Eating saturated fat does not cause heart disease.” Sugar actually has a higher correlation with heart disease than fat. Adding whole foods like pasture-raised eggs and grass-fed butter to your diet in moderation can actually keep your weight stable, hormones balanced, and arteries healthy. Sugar, not fat, actually makes you fat. Our doctors and health coaches at Parsley can help you figure out which diet is best for you with state-of-the-art testing and personalized coaching to fit your lifestyle.
Wellth by Jason Wachob “The good life is no longer just about the material—instead, it can be found in a lifestyle that is devoted to mental, physical, and emotional health. A wellthy existence is one in which happiness is attainable, health is paramount, and daily living is about abundance.”The definition of health looks different for everyone. This book is gives you tools to help you define your health journey.
The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington– “By helping us keep the world in perspective, sleep gives us a chance to refocus on the essence of who we are. And in that place of connection, it is easier for the fears and concerns of the world to drop away.”You can be eating the healthiest diet, exercising daily, and meditating every morning. If you aren’t sleeping well, then all of that hard work is like climbing uphill with a huge rock on your back. Sleep is the foundation of optimal health and one of the keys to longevity and wellness.
Eat Dirt by Josh Axe – “Alcohol reacts like sugar in the system, causing inflammation. Alcohol is also a depressant that can affect your thoughts, feelings, and actions and provoke anxiety. Steer clear.” That’s probably not what you want to hear right before the holidays. If you do choose to indulge, we encourage our members to drink no more than 1-2 drinks a day and choose liquors that are less inflammatory like vodka or tequila.
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin – “Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination.” Being busy is not actually the same as getting work done. One practice that has made us actually productive is asking ourselves in the morning “What MUST I get done today?” This simple question will help you focus on what it truly important rather than filling your day with the busyness of life.
The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu – “Suffering is inevitable, they said, but how we respond to that suffering is our choice. Not even oppression or occupation can take away this freedom to choose our response.” Almost every line in this book could be a quote but in a year filled with unconscionable suffering at every level, we chose this one. Whether it’s world events or personal relationships that can seem out of our control to manage, this quote is one to live by. It’s nice to remember that even at our lowest point, we always have the power to choose to respond with light.
Did you read any books in 2016 that had a big impact on your health and wellness? Please share with your Parsley community below!