While many of us don’t feel we have time to sit down and read, audiobooks are a great alternative that allows you to absorb new information on the go. They can make the dullest of car commutes into a stimulating little brain snack. That being said, here are 10 audiobooks that any healthy living crusader might enjoy to help start 2017 off on the right foot:
The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes
You are probably familiar with the justified demonization of sugar. From the rapid rise of diabetes and obesity to sugar’s ubiquitous overuse in so many of our foods, The Case Against Sugar tells a tale of an America that is being poisoned by the sugar industry. It will make you rethink buying items from at least 60 percent of the supermarket.
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
Who better to author The Book of Joy than the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, two renown leaders who exude joy and spiritual wellbeing in spite of the oppressions and wrongs they have faced? In sitting together and sharing their own stories and practices, the two men seek to answer the question: “How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?” It is a special book that encourages us to celebrate pinpricks of light when all else is dark.
Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Catherine Shanahan, M.D. Luke Shanahan
Dr. Cate Shanahan discusses the role of traditional foods in preventing disease in our ancestors. With modern preventable disease rates rapidly rising, Dr. Cate breaks down how what we eat can alter our DNA, which affects not only ourselves, but also the health of future offspring. Having studied longevity and traditional food preparation around the world, Deep Nutrition centers around four traditional food habits that can make incredible impacts on the human body.
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
Looking to make love a habit? Bernstein’s latest book delves into how we can reconnect with the energy of the universe and cut off the fear that blares from screens around us. She implores the listener to relax into love and faith instead of slogging in fear, trusting that the universe (or whatever spiritual force you most align with) will guide the way towards happiness, clarity and fulfilling synchronicity.
The Brain That Changes Itself: Personal Triumphs on the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge, M.D.
Your thoughts can actually change your brain, for better or worse. Exploring this phenomenon, known as neuroplasticity, the book explores specific case studies and delves into the science behind using your thoughts to improve and transform your brain. The incredible case studies include the curing of stroke a patient, IQ improvement and counteracting the effects of aging by revitalizing the brain.
The Human Superorganism by Rodney Dietert, PhD
The human microbiome is now known to be responsible for so many maladies; from asthma to Alzheimer’s, obesity to depression. While we once considered microbial organisms to be primarily detrimental to our collective health, it has become clear that microbes are a major shareholder in keeping us fit and healthy. The book delves into the thousands of microorganisms that make up 90 percent of our bodies and guides the listener in using this knowledge as a way to alter and empower their own health.
Woman Code by Alisa Vitti
If you’re a woman and you’ve experienced issues related to irregular menstruation, hormonal imbalance, acne, depression, low libido or fertility issues, Woman Code could be the key to finally understanding and addressing what your body is going through. Whether you are struggling to come back into balance after taking birth control pills for years, are entering menopause or have been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid issues, endometriosis or another woman’s disorder, this book is an essential read for balancing your lifestyle, diet, exercise habits and mindset.
Do you struggle with negative self-talk? Do you hate self-help books? This might be the book that speaks to you. Jen Sincero is honest, encouraging, engaging and empowering, with a little side of punk edginess. Throughout the blunt, sometimes snarky text, she encourages you to ditch the mental junk and to finally start loving yourself as you are. According to You Are a Badass, that’s the first step to leading the awesome life that you’ve always dreamt of.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life Business by Charles Duhigg
Sometimes the only thing that is standing in the way of your success and happiness is yourself—namely your habits. While it can seem daunting and “too hard” to change an undesirable habit—like smoking, drinking, staying up late, negative self-talk, eating Twinkees—it’s all in your head. The Power of Habit explores the neuroscience behind habit formation in the brain, emphasizing that once you understand how a habit works, it’s a lot easier to change it.
Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning Well to Minimal Footwear by Katy Bowman
Barefoot and minimalist shoes are making a comeback, but there are a lot of misconceptions about their benefits. In her book, biomechanics expert Bowman breaks down fact from myth, offering guidance to help the listener reap the benefits of walking in less shoe without increasing your risk of injury. Check out my recent piece on barefoot shoes as well as this companion PDF to the audiobook for further reading.
Make 2017 a year of devouring books! Have you listened to any of the audiobooks on this list? Are there any healthy living-themed audiobooks you would recommend? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!