With every new year comes new resolutions or goals. Health and wellness goals are commonly at the top of the list (as they should be!) so I thought I would share my top 5 health and wellness book recommendations. As a nutritionist I read A LOT of health and wellness books to stay on top of new research and new ideas, and I’m constantly looking for new books for kids as well to teach them about health and wellness. These 5 are some of my favourites for both kids and adults.
My Top 5 Health and Wellness Book Recommendations For Families:
- Nourish by Reshmah Shah and Brenda Davis – Nourish is the newest of this bunch as it was just released a couple of months ago, and I highly recommend it for plant-based parents. It covers valuable nutrition information for each stage of life (from pregnancy to adolescence) and it also includes yummy recipes – be sure to try out the Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies :).
- Fiber Fueled by Dr. Will B. This book is not geared towards children specifically but it contains important information for everyone that can also be applied to your kids. Dr. B discusses all things gut health and emphasizes the importance of focusing on fiber for optimal health. He breaks down the science behind his advice in a fun and easy-to-understand way.
- Feel Better In 5 by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee – This one is also geared towards adults but it’s on my list because in order to raise healthy kids, you need to lead by example. Feel Better In 5 teaches you simple quick changes you can start making today to live a healthier life. It turns large goals into small actionable steps that are easy to do and don’t take up too much of your time.
- Breathing Is My Super Power: Just like adults need to focus on stress-relief, so do kids in this current climate. This is one of my faves for teaching kids why it’s important to focus on their breath when their emotions run high. It lays out a simple breathing technique and does a great job of encouraging kids to try it when they need to calm themselves.
- Breathe Like A Bear– This book contains tons of fun breathing and stretching exercises that you can do with your kids to teach them how to self-regulate. They are grouped into different categories; some will help your child calm down or relax, others will help your child focus, and there are even exercises to help raise your child’s energy level if they’re feeling sleepy (perfect for when you’re trying to keep your kids from falling asleep in the car ride home and ruining their sleep schedule!). They can be done anytime, anywhere and they are super fun – my daughter used to grumble when I told her she needed to do some breathing exercises but she will happily do the ones in this book.
So there you have it folks, those are my top health and wellness book recommendations to improve your kids’ as well as your own health this year. Don’t just read them and forget about them – take action and implement what you learn!