Favourite Health Books & Podcasts
It’s no secret that health and nutrition are a passion of ours! When we’ve got a moment spare, you’ll often find us reading into some health topic or tuning into a good podcast.
But the truth is we weren’t always so interested in health. Or at least, we didn’t understand what ‘healthy’ really was. Changing our habits and adopting a truly healthy lifestyle started with digging deeper and seeking out information (and we were shocked at what we found!). Today, we’re sharing some of the best health books and nutrition podcasts that transformed the way we view food and health![clickToTweet tweet=”Changing habits and adopting a healthy lifestyle starts with digging deeper and seeking out information” quote=”Changing habits and adopting a healthy lifestyle starts with digging deeper and seeking out information” theme=”style1″]
These reads are perfect for anyone feeling overwhelmed and confused by all the conflicting diet information out there. If you’ve ever braved the health section of your bookstore (or spent any amount of time on the internet!), you’ll know what I’m talking about! From paleo to vegetarian to low fat to low carb… these authors dispel common health myths and finally bring some clarity to the question of ‘what should I eat?!’. Hint: it all starts with real food!
And if you’re not a reader… there’s no excuses! 😉 We’ve also put together a list of our favourite health podcasts that are perfect for on-the-go listening. If you’re not on the podcast bandwagon yet, you’re seriously missing out! Tuning into podcasts is one of the easiest ways to learn from experts in the field and to keep up to date with cutting edge information. They’re especially great if you’re short on time – listen to them in the car or on your commute… or while you do the dishes!
Whether you’re a health enthusiast or just starting to take an interest in nutrition, we’re sure you’ll find something below for you!
These books are a great source of information for anyone suffering from digestive issues, health concerns or trying to lose stubborn weight.
- Your Personal Paleo Code by Chris Kresser: Chris Kresser is a functional medicine practitioner and well known voice in the ancestral health community (if you haven’t already, check out his blog). In his book, Chris walks you through a 3 step process to reclaim your health by resetting your diet and incorporating paleo principles. This is the perfect starting point for anyone who is interested in going paleo or is looking to better their health!
- The GAPS Diet by Natasha Campbell-McBride: Short for ‘Gut and Psychology Syndrome’ – The GAPS Diet is a dietary approach for healing the gut and correcting dysbiosis. Having noticed that psychological conditions (such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia etc) are often accompanied by digestive symptoms, Natasha Campbell-Mcbride believes in addressing the gut as the root cause. This book is a must read for anyone suffering from digestive issues or wants to learn more about gut health!
- The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson: Another big name in the paleo sphere, Mark Sisson’s ‘The Primal Blueprint’ is a great starting point for anyone who wants to learn more about paleo. Through drawing comparisons between our modern life and that of his caveman character ‘Grok’, Mark points out the flaws in blindly following ‘conventional wisdom’. Check out Mark’s popular blog, Marks Daily Apple, here.
- The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey: If you’ve heard of bulletproof coffee, then you probably know of Dave Asprey! A self-proclaimed ‘biohacker’ – Dave is all about maximising performance by hacking your biology. In his book, Dave outlines foods that may be undermining your health and performance, and how to use his high-fat, ketogenic approach for weight loss, better brain function and more! To read more from Dave Asprey, check out his website here.
- The Wahls Protocol by Terry Wahls: Dr. Wahls tells her amazing and inspiring story of how she used food to overcome her progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Her protocol involves maximising nutrient density with a paleo-style approach (9 cups of veggies a day!), improving gut function and so much more. We would highly recommend this read for anyone suffering from an autoimmune condition, or for anyone who wants to learn more about nutrition and the healing power of real food!
Informational/ Health Books
- Death by Food Pyramid by Denise Minger: Known for her critique and debunking of The China Study, in this book Denise takes you on a journey through the shady politics, special interests and bad science that went into creating the American food pyramid (that consequently emphasised grains!). Denise’s personal story is an interesting one and she writes about the damaging health effects she experienced following a low-fat raw vegan diet. Read more of her work at her blog, RawFoodSOS.
- Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes: These books take a deep dive into the poor nutritional science and messaging that is contributing to the obesity epidemic today, and the flaws behind the ‘calories-in, calories-out’ way of thinking.
- The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith: Having spent 20 years as an ethical vegan (and experiencing serious health conditions as a consequence) Lierre Keith tells her story and puts forward her arguments against a vegan and vegetarian diet (from a moral, political and nutritional perspective). Lierre highlights how agricultural practices and the production of annual monocrops has destroyed our topsoil and how we might begin to create a more sustainable world.
- The Calorie Myth by Jonathan Bailor: A great read for anyone who is struggling with weight loss and wants to break away from the ‘calories-in, calories-out’ model. Jonathan Bailor busts nutrition myths and explains that all calories are not created equal (e.g. an apple is just not the same as a chocolate bar of equal calories!).
- Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox by Dr Kate Rheaume-Bleue: Calcium is often the first mineral that comes to mind when we think of bone health – but creating strong bones is more complex than calcium. This book talks about the importance of vitamin K2 (along with other vitamins!) in the prevention osteoporosis and heart disease.
- Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter: In his book, Dr David Perlmutter explains how grains have a devastating effect on our health. Having experienced a family member with Alzheimers, Dr Perlmutter has a particular interest in how nutrition influences brain health.
Of course, health is so much more than nutrition and diet… and this list just wouldn’t be incomplete if we didn’t mention our favourite self-development books!
- Mastering Your Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini: This book is all about letting go of fear-based, self-limiting beliefs and going after your dreams – a great read for anyone who is trying to make changes in their life!
- The Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle: In his books, Eckhart Tolle gives guidance for how to live a more present and joyful life. If you’re open to new age philosophy, these books can be very helpful in reducing stress and anxiety.
- Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr Joe Dispenza: This book is all about reprogramming your subconscious mind to create lasting change in your life.
Nutrition and Health Podcasts
- The Fat Burning Man: Hosted by Abel James, this podcast interviews a variety of experts in the health and nutrition field. Abel himself follows a paleo/ ancestral type of diet – you can learn more about his food philosophy here.
- Revolution Health Radio: On his podcast, Chris Kresser shares cutting edge information about a number of health topics including gut health, hormonal dysregulation and autoimmunity.
- Bulletproof Radio: Dave Asprey interviews health experts from around the globe, sharing biohacks to upgrade performance in all areas of your life.
- Underground Wellness: Though this podcast is no longer uploading, there are still heaps of helpful and relevant episodes that you can tune in to. On this podcast, Sean Croxton interviews leading health experts on a number of health topics. We particularly enjoy Sean’s to-the-point interviewing style, and he has recently started a new podcast about called ‘The Sessions with Sean Croxton’ that you can check out here.
- The Crave Cast: This podcast is geared towards womens health, and covers wellbeing and lifestyle topics. In particular, they speak about cravings and where they come from!
What are your favourite health books and podcasts? If you have any suggestions for us comment below!