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6 Health and wellness books you should read

6 Health and wellness books you should read

Reading time!

Text: Zoe Yang


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It doesn’t hurt to be mindful of one’s own health. This is definitely the perfect time to learn more about yourself and what you can do to improve your quality of life. Here are our recommendations—

 

"Antoni in the Kitchen," by Antoni Porowski (2019)

Genres: Non-fiction | Cookbook

 

Netflix's Queer Eye reality star Antoni Porowski never ceases to wow fans with what he can do! Prominently known as the 'food and wine guy' on Queer Eye, this book has a good balance of healthy and not too healthy recipes. Deliciously healthy as well as delightfully sinful; from salad and veggie-based recipes to mac and cheese and caramel chocolate filling meringue pie, you're definitely not missing out much here. The book has seven parts: App and Snacks; Greens, Veg, and Other Sides; Soups and Stews; Pasta and Rice; Weeknight Healthyish; Animal; and Bakes. What's more, each recipe has its own storyPorowski shares his personal story and memorable events about his recipes!

You can get the book from:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Kinokuniya Malaysia

 

"Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone," by Jamie Oliver (2019)

Genres: Non-fiction | Cookbook

If you haven't noticed, Jamie Oliver has been on the move to promote healthy eating whilst also encouraging people to be more knowledgeable about what they eat. Hence, it comes as no surprise when Oliver released a vegetarian recipe book that also includes nutrition info placed below each recipe, allowing you to make informed choices about what you eat. Not only that, this book is perfect for those who are interested to get into a vegetarian lifestyle, occasional meat-free meals, or just an adventurous foodie who loves all food types. The innovative, delicious recipes are wide-ranging with recipes such as crispy cauliflower katsu, brilliant Bhaji burger (inspired by Oliver's trip to India), stuffed curried aubergines, greens mac 'n' cheese, super spinach pancakes, and roasted tomato risotto. Who says that vegetarian meals have to be boring?

You can get the book from:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Kinokuniya Malaysia

For more information, visit here.


"The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose," by Oprah Winfrey (2019)

Genres: Non-fiction | Self-help | Spirituality

 

If you know who Oprah Winfrey is, you should know that everything she says is quotable—well, to an extent, of course. A quote book from this book reads, "Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible." Winfrey shares the signs one should be mindful of in order to achieve self-discovery and personal contentment in life. In addition, the book is filled with thought-provoking content; she introduces renowned experts from wide arrays of fields to share their life lessons, encouraging readers to think deeply about what they are meant to do in their livesin simple words, an individual's life purpose. This is a good read for those in search of their own true calling and purposes in life.

You can get the book from:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Kinokuniya Malaysia

 

"Maybe You Should Talk to Someone," by Lori Gottlieb (2019)

Genres: Non-fiction | Autobiography | Mental Health | Self-help | Psychology

 

Best-selling author and psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb shares the stories of her clients' therapy sessions (characters have been changed to protect confidentiality), and of her own personal story, getting help from another therapist, as a therapist herself. The book is not only packed with compassionate and humorous stories, but it is also easy to understand the content for its conversational style, hence making readers feel effortlessly attached and invested to the stories about her clients. Readers who have read the book also expressed that they have cried with it as well as laughed with it. Gottlieb shows that we're only human and everyone has their own struggles in life. Ultimately, this book helps reduce the stigma of getting help through therapy, and it inspires people to have an open discussion about it instead. Moreover, it's high time to end the "shame" and stereotypes on mental health.

Watch Gottlieb gives some insights about her book here.

You can get the book from:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Kinokuniya Malaysia

 

"Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams," by Matthew Walker (2017)

Genres: Non-fiction | Health | Science | Psychology

 

It's a known fact that sleep is extremely crucial to us all; at the same time, we are also aware that insufficient sleep can affect and deteriorate our health greatly. However, most of us still don't get enough sleep on a daily basis. This book is highly-recommended to people who want to understand more about the relationship between one's brain and sleepthe effects on learning, memorisation, and the ability to make logical decisions. On a side note, Walker also talks about how our dreams can affect our creativity in life too. Don't sleep on this book; you might just find yourself flabbergasted with facts and information you've never heard of! Author Matthew Walker is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at UC Berkeley; he is also the Director of Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab.

For more information about the author, visit here.

You can get the book at:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Kinokuniya Malaysia

MPH Malaysia

 

"When Breath Becomes Air," by Paul Kalanithi (2016)

Genres: Non-fiction | Autobiography | Medicine

 

A quote from the book reads, "There is a moment, a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of living. We are never so wise as when we live in this moment." The posthumous memoir chronicles 36-year-old neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi faced with a terminal cancer diagnosismetastatic lung cancer. From a doctor who treats patients to becoming a patient himself, Kalanithi shares his personal journey on dealing with the challenges of facing death. Essentially, his personal story inspires readers to lead a meaningful life before it is too late. Be prepared for an emotional read!

You can get the book from:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Kinokuniya Malaysia

MPH Malaysia

POPULAR Malaysia

 

 

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