My Favorite Summer Reads this Year

by Heather Ferber on August 4, 2015

WOWZA!

Summer is flying by. It has been a whirlwind of baseball and birthdays, weddings and waterparks, pool time and parties, tennis and time with family and friends.

This is my favorite time of year as I LOVE the hot, humid, steamy, sunny weather. Hoping we still have a few more weeks of it.

With three young boys to parent and “entertain,” summer life can get a bit crazy and I know many of you can relate! One activity we enjoy, when we need some down time, is family reading. We all find our current books, grab a seat on the couch either inside or out, and take 20-30 minutes to unwind and escape into our fantasy worlds.

Boys are all about Harry Potter and Magic Treehouse this summer with a few bits of presidential and war history, treasure hunting, and frog armies thrown into the mix.

A few of you have asked me to share what I’m reading this summer – thanks for that great idea!

So, here’s a list of health and wellness related reading I’ve enjoyed over the past couple months with a brief synopsis of each. Perhaps you will still find a few moments this summer to enjoy a good book by the pool, on the beach, or in the backyard.

52 New Foods Challenge by Jennifer Tyler Lee

This is a collection of 150 recipes worked into a family adventure and cooking challenge for each week of the year. A fun book to encourage kids to eat healthier foods without creating power struggles. Some of our favorite recipes so far include the savory and spiced pumpkin seeds, pumpkin bread, whole wheat pizza dough, mini pear-apple crisps, kale chips, and edamame salad.  There are so many good ones! Definitely a fun way to introduce new foods into your family.

 

The Hormone Cure by Sara Gottfried, MD

Many of my busy mom clients are looking to lose weight, increase energy, balance their moods, decrease cravings, increase sex drive, reduce stress and sleep better. Ladies, our hormones complicate everything! But you don’t need to let your hormones rule your life. This book is a deep dive into the science behind balancing hormones and how, in doing so, you can improve many underlying health issues.

 

The Plant Powered Way by Rich Roll & Julie Piatt

Rich Roll is a well known vegan, ultra-distance athlete and his wife Julie Piatt is a chef. This book is a collection of fantastic recipes that even meat-loving families will enjoy. I’m always looking for ways to get more veggies in my kiddos. This book has inspired new recipe testing in our kitchen. It’s filled with beautiful pictures and great family stories.

 

Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Collin Campbell, PhD

“Nutritional science, long stuck in a reductionist mindset, is at the cusp of a revolution. The traditional “gold standard” of nutrition research has been to study one chemical at a time in an attempt to determine its particular impact on the human body. These sorts of studies are helpful to food companies trying to prove there is a chemical in milk or pre-packaged dinners that is “good” for us, but they provide little insight into the complexity of what actually happens in our bodies or how those chemicals contribute to our health. Nutritional science, long stuck in a reductionist mindset, is at the cusp of a revolution. The traditional “gold standard” of nutrition research has been to study one chemical at a time in an attempt to determine its particular impact on the human body. These sorts of studies are helpful to food companies trying to prove there is a chemical in milk or pre-packaged dinners that is “good” for us, but they provide little insight into the complexity of what actually happens in our bodies or how those chemicals contribute to our health.” – Amazon

Whole is for those who enjoy a more scientific read that will make you think about the hundred of supplement emails that flood your inbox on a daily basis.

 

Clean Eats by Alejandro Junger, MD

A New York cardiologist’s collection of 200 delicious, relatively easy to prepare recipes to help restore internal balance.   Yes, I like a lot of the recipes, but I also like the comprehensive introduction where he shares a variety of different essays (and definitions) of clean eating, a short list of “must-haves” for cooking recipes from his book, and his story of how he has turned his kitchen into his culinary pharmacy.  Forward thinking for an MD!

 

The New Health Rules by Frank Lipman, MD

As a leading expert in functional medicine, Dr. Lipman focuses on the root cause of illness. This book is a quick read that contains more than 100 actionable tips that you can use to improve many aspects of your life including body, mind and spirit. This book would make the prefect gift for a friend you’d like to inspire on their journey to better health.

 

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Micahel Pollan

One of my all time favorites that I re-read at least once a year. Simple, concise and you can get through it in an hour or two. He teaches that eating does not need to be complicated, especially in today’s mix of paleo, primal, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, atkins, raw, dairy-free, low calorie, low carbohydrate and the list goes on and on. A refreshing read that also makes a nice gift idea.

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And of course I have one or two NON-health related reads that I’ve started this summer…but haven’t finished them yet. Will have to save that for another blog post. Hope this helps on your next trip to the library – not too late to get some quality summer reading in!

 

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