“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – Harry S. Truman

Those that know me, know that I’m an avid reader. When I’m not working or working out, you can find me in my “reading chair” nestled up with a book. While I do love a good crime novel, I mostly read non-fiction. I guess you could say I love learning as much as I love reading. Those of you who subscribe to my bi-monthly newsletter know that I also love giving book recommendations. That’s why I’m pretty excited about this week’s blog – I’m sharing my 2017 book recommendations!

Before I get into my top book recommendations for 2017, I want to challenge you to read a new book every month this year! It’s already February, so that means reading 10 books before January.  To make things a little more fun, consider starting a monthly book club with a friend or two. Arrange to meet for a couple of hours at the end of every month to discuss what you’ve learned and how you are going to apply it to your life. While reading, don’t be afraid to highlight good quotes or take notes. It’s a bit nerdy, but I try to type up my “Top 5 Takeaways” from every book I read, so that I can refer back to it whenever I need a little refresher.

Ready to read?

The 10 Health and Wellness Books You Should Read in 2017

  1. Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore and Dr. Eric C. Westman
    Interested in trying a ketogenic diet? Then this is the book for you! Keto Clairy by Jimmy Moore and Dr. Eric Westman explain the powerful therapeutic effects of the popular diet—-that combines a customized carbohydrate restriction, moderation of protein intake, and real food-based fats. Overall, it’s an easy read and I love the Clarity summaries at the end of each chapter.
  1. Eat Fat Get Thin by Dr. Mark Hyman 
    Still having trouble wrapping your mind around eating high fat? Eat Fat, Get Thin by Dr. Mark Hyman debunks the myth that eating fat makes us fat, once and for all! It also debunks that fact that fat contributes to heart disease and erodes our health. This is a great book for those skeptical of the Ketogenic diet. It’s also good for people who want to start adding more fat to their diet as it provides practical tools, meal plans, recipes and more.
  1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k by Mark Manson
    To be honest, I mostly bought this book because of the cheeky title but it actually has a good message. If you don’t mind a bit of profanity and some crude humor, I urge you to give it a read. Author, Mark Manson, teaches us that we only have a limited amount of f**ks to give in life so, we need to focus on the few things that matter most. According to Manson, once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.
  1. A Mind of Your Own by Dr. Kelly Brogan
    According to Dr. Kelly Brogan, depression is not a disease, it’s a symptom. In this day and age, it’s rare you see a medical doctor take such a holistic approach to health. If you or someone you know struggles with depression, give this book a read. Dr. Brogan shatters the mythology conventional medicine has built around the causes and treatment of depression. Based on her expert interpretation of published medical findings, combined with years of experience from her clinical practice, Dr. Brogan illuminates the true cause of depression: it is not simply a chemical imbalance, but a lifestyle crisis that demands a reset.
  1. Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe
    This book is like a ‘Leaky Gut 101’ class. Dr. Josh Axe shares an indispensable guide for understanding, diagnosing, and treating one of the most discussed yet little-understood health conditions: leaky gut syndrome. The premise is that what we regard as modern “improvements” to our food supply—including refrigeration, sanitation, and modified grains—have damaged our intestinal health. In fact, the same organisms in soil that allow plants and animals to flourish are the ones we need for gut health. If tummy troubles are your issues, definitely pick up this book!
  1. The AntiAnxiety Food Solution by Trudy Scott 
    I heard Trudy Scott being interviewed one day and was incredibly impressed by what she had to say. According to Scott, it’s remarkable how much the foods we eat can impact our brain chemistry and emotions. What and when we eat can make the difference between feeling anxious and staying calm and in control. But most of us don’t realize how much our diets influence our moods, thoughts, and feelings until we make a change. The book provides four unique antianxiety diets designed to help you address nutritional deficiencies that may be at the root of your anxiety and enjoy the many foods that foster increased emotional balance.
  1. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
    Emotional Intelligence 2.0 may be a little more on the business side of things, but its message can transcend many situations. What is the message? According to Bradberry, EQ is critical to your success. Unfortunately, knowing what EQ is and knowing how to use it to improve your life are two very different things. Luckily, the book delivers a step-by-step program for increasing your EQ via four, core EQ skills that enable you to achieve your fullest potential. If you are looking to improve your relationships, or leadership skills- this is the book for you!
  1. Tools of Titan by Tim Ferriss
    You may recognize the authors name. Tim Ferriss is the brains behind the #1 New York Times best-selling book, The 4-Hour Workweek . In this book, Ferriss takes what he has learned from 200-world class performers (actors, athletes, Special Operations commanders, Biochemists and other multi-millionaires) and shares their tips and tricks. According to Ferriss, “This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met…Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion…The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.”
  2. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
    I’m a huge advocate of writing a “Not to Do List” every month—basically, a list of things that no longer bring me joy or tasks that I’d like to minimize my time on. I think that’s why this book resonated so much. The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.
  3. Breaking the Habits of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza
    When I first saw the title I was a little iffy on picking up the book. I remember thinking, “But…I like myself? Why would I want to change?” I’m glad I did though. Albeit a bit of a difficult read, Dr. Joe Dispenza shows that we are not doomed by our genes or hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of our lives. We have the power to change through science and spirituality – and a breakthrough field called epigenetics. A bonus: I particularly liked the Meditation CDs that accompanied his book.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Which books are on your “To Read List” right now? Share your comments below!