So many of us are looking for the next new thing to improve and make our lives easier. We all want to know how to lose weight fast, how to make money easily, how to detox, how to be healthy without too much effort. As each of us gets older we generally come to the same conclusion: all this stuff takes work, and you only get when you give. To get anything out of life, you need to work at it. How you work is another story. The more information one has, the better choices one can make. With the right choices we can maximize our hard work to achieve greater health and well being. A good book at the right time can change how you look at the world. Lots of us have favorite fictional books that have improved our lives. The books will talk about today shatter long held beliefs on health, diet and finance. They have made my life more informed and a little…easier.
The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
An incredibly eye opening book on the vilification of fat in the 20th century and how small poorly designed studies by Ancel Keys helped cement dietary policy. Nina Teicholz also documents the rise of low cost factory vegetable fats in the western diet and provides an excellent primer on cholesterol, saturated vs unsaturated fats and trans fats and the current research and findings to support the need for fats in the human diet. The Big Fat Surprise will convince you that certain fat is in essence healthy food.
Body by Science: A Research Based Program to Get the Results You Want in 12 Minutes a Week
John R. Little and Doug McGuff
Body By Science is all about high intensity, low frequency weight resistance training as opposed to long session aerobic/cardio to build and maintain health. The book is split into the research and data that backs up the “body by science” program as well as the program itself. With as little as five exercises (“the big five”) and twelve minutes a day, one can build muscle while avoiding the stress and inflammation caused by repetitive exercise.
The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
Part memoir, part cookbook, part explanation of a Paleo diet approach, The Wahls Protocol details the amazing story of Terry Wahls who through diet alone went from being in a wheelchair with MS to running a marathon. Dr Terry Wahls outlines her concept of eating a low carb diet for optimum nutrition to build and restore optimum health. I heard an interview with Dr Wahls and after hearing her speak, I was convinced to try to improve and optimize my own health as much as possible. In the interview, she stated that all disease-autism, depression, asthma whatever-looks the same at the cellular level. All life is based on chemical reactions and all disease appears as an imbalance in that chemical reaction. Optimize that chemical reaction by giving the cells what they need to function through proper nutrition and most 20th century illness such as diabetes and autoimmunity should lessen. Her story is truly inspirational. Here’s a video of her speaking, it’s very much worth your time:
MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
Love him or hate him but Tony Robbins has a motivating style that gets the reader excited. In Money Master The Game, he talks about the importance of investing for the future and several ways to invest for your tomorrows. I’m not a real big fan of Robbins but I must say this book motivated me to start doing something about investing for the future. My big takeaways were how to look for hidden fees in business transactions and that you are never too old to start anything.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
The Big Short is the book that is the basis for the Adam McKay written and directed movie about the financial meltdown of 2008. The story borders on the absurd to the point where one could assume the plot is satire. It’s not. This happened and can happen again. The Big Short is both entertaining and educational about the banking system, and investment in general.
All of these books would be a great addition to one’s library and I believe hold the potential to drastically change one’s life. If you are interested in ordering any of these titles, you can click on the book images in this post and it will direct you to Amazon.com