My Top 5 Books for Health & Wellbeing

I’m a big reader, and as such am a huge fan of Audible as it really helps me get through more books. Books on health should be treated with a bit of caution as there is not always much, if any, science behind the ideas within them. The thoughts in them are often taken as scientific fact simply because they’re in a book. It’s for this reason that most of the books I’m recommending relate to habit change rather than nutritional science. That and the fact that there really isn’t one diet that works for everyone; what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another.

And now thanks to apps like Audible, you don’t even need to find the time to sit and read the books. I often listen to books whilst driving, running, walking the dog, cooking or doing household chores. Here are my top five books for inspiring a healthier body and mind…

#1 The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

This doesn’t relate specifically to nutrition or training but it was a huge game-changer for me. As someone who suffers with depression this book (and Rubin’s brilliant podcast which I’ve listened to ever since reading this book) has taught me so much about how I can improve my happiness in both small and big ways. This most definitely translates into nutrition and training on a daily and weekly level, so is a “must read” for anyone working to ensure they get the most out of life.

#2 Atomic Habits by James Clear

This well thought out book offers tonnes of advice about how to improve your daily habits, the prevailing thought being that small changes over time add up to big results. It helps you understand why you might have failed to maintain healthy habits in the past, and how you can make tweaks to your routine to ensure that you are able to keep them going in the future.

#3 The Hungry Brain by Dr Stephen Guyenet

This books is a must-read for anyone who finds dieting hard work. It explains why trying to lose weight can be such a struggle, and offers practical guidelines to help make the process easier in the future.

#4 Well Designed Life by Kyra Bobinet
This book offers practical advice on how we can make simple but effective changes to our environment, in order to make it easier to live a healthier life.

#5 Gut by Giulia Enders

It seems that the diet industry is really into gut health at the moment. Some of the claims being made are well-founded, whilst others have very limited science behind them. This book though offers an easy-to-read explanation of the function of our gut, and offers helpful advice about how we can be kind to it in order to feel healthier.

What are you favourite wellness and health books? I’d love to know!

Laura Hilton