We read to become more and more whole, we read to inform ourselves, we read so that we may be inspired and in the hopes to someday inspire others.
With this we offer up our list of 13 books you must read in 2013 to create a healthy new you! Whether you are looking to change your diet to one of real food or searching for the deeper reasons to walk barefoot or the courage to think outside four school walls, we hope you will check out some of these books and educate your minds.
1. Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Dr. Catherine Shanahan
“Sugar, vegetable oils, and processed foods are the biggest culprits in the destruction of our good cells and lead to so many diseases.” New Dawn Fitness
This book presents nutrition, genetics, anthropology, history, medicine, metabolism, and cooking all on one plate. If you have ever considered going paleo/primal or just want to get to the root of real nourishing foods this is the best book to get you started on your way to renewed health in the new year.
2. Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen by Alex Lewin
More than just the basics of food fermentation and preservation, this book offers recipes as well: “Covered in detail: sauerkraut; root and other vegetables; Caroline-style slaw; cucumber pickles; kimchi, yogurt; strained yogurt and whey; kefir; creme fraiche; butter and buttermilk; preserved lemons and limes; peach and plum chutney; pico de gallo; hard apple cider; mead; kombucha; vinegar; ginger ale; corned beef.”
3. Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis
Do you eat too much wheat? Could you live without it knowing that you might feel better, lose the bulge and the sinus pains by doing so?
In the past we spent 2 weeks gluten free and we felt great afterwards, but it is not our reality to avoid it completely, or so we thought! Recently we are going wheat free and are anxiously awaiting this book – from an agriculturist’s and organic gardener’s standpoint we will read it and review it critically.
Spelt (contains some gluten), rye, organic corn and buckwheat flour are our new grains of choice.
4. Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck
“Hailed as the “patron saint of farmers’ markets” by the Guardian and called one of the “great food activists” by Vanity Fair‘s David Kamp, Nina Planck is single-handedly changing the way we view “real food.”
Drink your whole milk and your bone broth too. Think about what your grandparents ate and feed your children the same. If you are thinking about getting pregnant and know that you need to change your diet, this book I highly recommend!
5. The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean
“Magnesium is therapeutic in treating the following:
1. Anxiety and panic attacks- because it helps keep adrenal stress hormones under control
2. Asthma – both histamine production and bronchial spasms increase with magnesium deficiency
3. Blood clots – magnesium prevents blood clots and thins blood without side effects.
4. Bowel disease – magnesium deficiency is one of the main causes of constipation.
5. Cystitis – bladder spasms are worsened by a magnesium deficiency.
6. Depression – serotonin (mood elevator) is dependent on magnesium for its production and function.”
Among many other problems faced by modern society. Many people go undiagnosed with magnesium deficiency, so if you are curious, cautious or facing the same problem, this book may just have some answers for you.
6. The Clay Cure : Natural Healing from the Earth by Ran Knishinsky
The act of eating/drinking clay is called geophagy. We discovered this aspect of natural healing in September of 2012 and took a 3 week cure.
This book, though not in depth, gives a good introduction to the types of clays and the science and history of ingesting clays. Give it a try if you are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome or as a cleanse to help remove toxins from your body.
7. Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon
Your body needs animal fats and butter, Sally will tell you why. Think of it as a sequel to the Joy of Cooking and relish in all the amazing recipes.
Don’t rely on corporations to serve your food in cans and freezer form – if you are truly investing in your health, there is no better book to read about real food. People in the past were often healthier for a reason and while it is true that food has changed dramatically in the past 100 years it does not mean that those quality foods are no longer available – they simply need to be sought out.
8. Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? by Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, and Martin Zucker
Humans have walked barefoot since the beginning of time, so why aren’t we?
Well, actually, us at handcraftedtravellers are barefoot walkers, we have been since October 2011 in sympathy to our daughter just getting on her feet and it has been a very interesting ride. Besides the many health benefits which this book discusses we have found some unexpected “side effects” of our own. We only wear shoes when we are going out to the city or chopping wood, how about you?
9. The Complete Reflexology Tutor: Everything You Need to Achieve Professional Expertise by Ann Gillanders
Love, love, love this book if you are interested in alternative healing. Your feet, remember the book above?, may just be the most important part of your body. Treat them kindly, this is more than your basic massage. Reflexology covers all of your inner organs and, ladies – if you have irregular menstruation, this may save you some of the pain.
I also find it particularly helpful with migraines and it could just be the very thing that helped us finally get pregnant more than 3 years ago! We used to practice reflexology weekly, now it is more as a pick-me-up, but the knowledge is in our heads and when you are in need…your feet and your hands are always there.
10. Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition, 2nd Edition by Ramiel Nagel
What in our diets is causing all of this tooth decay?! I am constantly hearing stories of children receiving root canals and teeth rotting out which disturbs me greatly.
Turns out it is not what we are eating, it is what we are not eating!! Ever had fermented cod liver oil? You might want to try it to help prevent cavities, along with a good hearty bone broth and an array of organ meats. Your teeth are worth the attention. Learn to eat healthy and avoid the costly dentist.
Right now I am healing a fractured tooth, not by means of a cap or filling, but with real foods and adding cod liver oil to our diets. Time will tell how it works, but the reviews of this book can’t be beat!
11. Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin
Joel Salatin is a modern farmer with a very natural and honest heart. His writings on why agriculture needs to change are very moving as well as his thoughts on organic animal rearing.
“…[Salatin] understands what food should be: Wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life.”
12. Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
The definitive book that will help you decide whether or not you want to send your children to “school”.
Unschooling, world schooling and interest-led learning are on the way for our daughter. This book and the observations of our own education sealed the deal. “We don’t need no education, we don’t need no thought control…” comes to mind when reading this book. More to the point, children and adults alike should have the ability to follow their passions unhindered by bells and whistles.
13. Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life by Brian Brett
A lighter read than all of the above, this book is most certainly guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. We have had our share of interesting and hard times on our own farm, but nothing compared to this!
“[Brett] comes with the gumboot poet’s fearless tongue to speak truth to those who would reduce the life-and-death work of farming into a pastoral idyll. …If it’s hope you’re looking for, you’ll find it in the fortifying madness of Trauma Farm” — James MacKinnon
Now that you made it this far we would like to offer a gift, a token of knowledge, a gratuitous thank you for being a self educated individual!
Until January 12th you have the chance to win one of the above 13 books! When the giveaway is over we will email the winner and have the book of choice sent directly from Amazon to the lucky one. Choose wisely!
We love comments so please tell us what you love from ours and what you would add as a wonderful read for the new year.