There have been a plethora of books that have gotten me on the track I am today with health and awareness about what I eat.

Here’s a few to get you started, if nothing else it’s all very interesting reading – and some of it, I think, essential if you’re female.

The first one should be required reading for any girl who reaches that special age of becoming a woman.

I read this book this past year and learned things I have never known, but now find invaluable.

Next book is one I read a couple years ago and have on my list of books to acquire.

As is this one, Healing with Whole Foods …

I thumbed through this book many times when searching for something in particular, I haven’t picked this one up yet but would love it as a resource in my daily menu’s and, in general, as a good resource and backup for when I get stuck.

Christiane Northrup’s books are, um, like Bibles.

I own the above as well as her book “Mother-Daughter Wisdom”, which I didn’t really find too useful considering the title … but the Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom … Wow. It’s one of those books that you jump around and read pages and chapters at random however I’ve read it cover to cover because I couldn’t stop devouring the information. It’s delicious.

On to the next book. Anatomy of the Spirit.

So, this book isn’t for the curious reader. Not something just anyone is going to pick up because it deals a lot of with Chinese medicinal ideas and Chakras. Which, frankly, scare a lot of people. Take it for what you will, grains of salt, pieces of wisdom. Either way, I found this one helpful because I’m a little wacky. Kind of a left winger where medicine is concerned. Where the body ends does the soul begin sort of a thing. How are we connected to things we aren’t connected to – etc etc.

It fascinates me to no end.

Which brings us to a different kind of book – something more for the personal side of your medicine, whatever you believe.

This was a good read, didn’t do much for my health or wellness other than gave me a picture into someone else’s journey that turned out successful. Listening to yourself is actually a good idea. That was affirming for me.

When Things Fall Apart, I own, but am still resisting the pages. I’ve read a couple chapters but I keep putting this book down because I’m just not ready for it. When I am, it’ll be there and then I’ll get out of it whatever I’m supposed to, I’m sure.

And my very favorite book of 2009 has to be Cold Tangerines.

I was paid one of the highest compliments to date when someone recommended this book to me and in the same breath compared me to the writer. My style, the stories. I had to read this book right away once I heard that and was blown away by this book. It stopped me in so many ways and made me marvel at the small things. It lit fires in me that had gone out and it charged a new passion for reaching people that I didn’t realize I had. I was and still am completely flattered that someone would compare me to Shauna Niequist.

Buy this book now, read it and then sit down with a cup of tea and write the first 5 memories that come to mind. When you’re done with that, write your life list then tell me about it, because I promise it will change your life.

I have a couple more books on my want list right now that have to do with food prep, the food industry and health …

Diabetes: Fight It with the Blood Type Diet (Eat Right 4 Your Type)

Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Skinny Bitch

Eat Where You Live: How to Find and Enjoy Fantastic Local and Sustainable Food No Matter Where You Live

Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education

Got any good recommendations or books on your “to read” list for this year?? I’d love to add a couple more to my list and hear what keeps you guys interested in turning pages.

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