Here are a list of my favorite books that have to do with food, running, health, and/or fitness:
1) Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
-This is an absolutely amazing book. It’s main focus is running-barefoot running-and the Tarahumara people. It is also filled with great insight and knowledge. It is inspiring, motivating, funny, and just simply wonderful. It is so good, it almost puts me at a loss for words. You will meet amazing people through this book and gain some incredible knowledge on running and the human body. I HIGHLY recommend reading it.
2) NaturallyTHIN by Bethenny Frankel
-This book is a fabulously healthy guide to managing your weight and gaining a healthy perspective on food and yourself. It’s all about regaining control of your eating habits and your life. Your choices on what to eat are 100% up to YOU, but in this book, Bethenny gives you some simple rules to follow that help you eat what you want while getting or remaining healthy. Highly recommended for those who find themselves constantly battling with the never ending “I’m starting my diet tomorrow” promises to themselves and the “I was good” and/or “I was bad” thoughts on their eating habits. Overall though, I think everyone should read it. It is a great starting point that will ease you into a life of better nutrition.
3) Drop Dead Healthy by A. J. Jacobs
-I picked this book up because I wanted to a non-fiction book, preferably a funny one. I had just finished Tina Fey’s Bossypants (another great read!). So, I stumbled upon this book in Barnes & Noble. There were definitely very funny, even hilarious, parts in the book, but I was most pleased with the knowledge I gained. If you ever just happen to flip through the index in the back of the book, you will understand. What I also like about this book is that it covers more than just eating and exercise. It covers ear health, lung health, hand health, teeth health, heart health, sleeping health, bathroom health (it is shorter than the other chapters and very funny and informative, so don’t be creeped out!), and much more. Basically, A. J. Jacobs is “on a quest to become the healthiest man alive.” Now, please do not take that so literally. The best way I can put it is that Jacobs is seeking out the healthiest way to take care of each aspect of the human body. Therefore, he does extensive research and talks with a lot of experts. He narrates his journey, passing on the information he receives, in a very personable and crafty way. He does a great job at writing an informative, yet humorous, health book. I particularly liked the final part of a quote on the back cover by Timothy Ferriss (author of The 4-Hour Body): “I laughed my ass off the whole way and learned a ton… including about my ass.” And I think that quote sums everything up quite nicely (it is also what made me say, “Yes, I am buying this book”).
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