This Super Page contains a growing list of our favorite Healthy Living and Healthy Thinking books!
Healthy living means healthy bodies, healthy babies, healthy thinking and healthy food. We have found the books on this page to be valuable resources to build a healthy life. If you eat healthily, but your thinking is unhealthy, you’ll never be happy. We’ve reviewed the best books we’ve found to help us live a healthy and happy life.
Prescription for Nutritional Healing
By James Balch and Phyllis Balch
Prescription for Nutritional Healing is an absolute necessity if you’re interested in learning about natural approaches to healing for many common ailments. It is one of the first reference books we consult whenever a health issue comes up. Of course, we must use common sense when dealing with medical issues – this book should be only one of the many you consult. Used in conjunction with the care of an MD or Naturopath it can be extremely valuable.
We have referred to its various chapters numerous times over the years while improving our family’s health. We’ve used it to research alternative remedies for issues like Asthma, digestive problems, Lyme’s disease, styes in the eye, joint pain and others. It is very practical in explaining the benefits of vitamins and minerals in our bodies. It also discusses different cleanses we can utilize and various herbal therapies that help to remedy common ailments. This book is revised every few years, so you can be sure that the information it contains us up to date and accurate.
Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs
By James J. Rybacki Pharm.D. and James W. Long, MD
The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs is an incredibly valuable research source that has been used for more than twenty-five years by readers interested in obtaining as much information as possible about the medicines they take. This book is revised each year and provides a wealth of information that can help you control or lower your prescription and medical costs.
It also provides specific information regarding The benefits versus the risks of each medication, all the different names of each drug, principal uses of the drug, how the drug works, and precautions for those over the age of 60. If you or a loved on regularly takes prescription drugs (and more than 50% of us do) you’ll want to see the research that is in this book. Knowledge is power and you’ll find yourself asking your doctor probing questions about alternative drugs and ways to save money.
Another great resource is the annually updated guide from Consumer Reports, “The Complete Guide to Prescription and Non-Prescription Drugs.”
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
La Leche League
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is published by Ballentine Books and promotes La Leche League International. The organization is a lifesaver for those women who want to breastfeed their babies, but don’t have anyone who can mentor them through the process. Some philosophies in this book and through La Leche League can be a little radical, so do your research and follow your convictions. This book is a great resource for mom’s who are committed to breastfeeding their infants.
The First Three Years of Life
By Burton L. White
The First Three Years of Life is an excellent resource for new parents or parents of young children. White discusses every developmental phase that a child experiences during the first three years. The author has spent over 30 years observing and doing scientific research with children and parents. Topics covered include motor and sensory motor skills, socialization, language, visual development, emotions, and toys. As young parents, we were amazed at the accuracy of his recommendations — several of which seemed to be counter culture or at least counter to the commonly accepted parenting methods.
For instance, White advocates allowing one-year-olds to play with ping pong balls. Safety experts may gasp, but White explains that young children will spend hours playing with the balls, they fit easily in their hands and while some kids may try to put the ball into their mouths they usually won’t be able to accomplish it. If you have a child with a larger head, you may need to test this idea for safety.
We would “read ahead” of our children’s development to be prepared for their next phase.
It’s All Your Fault — 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything
It’s All Your Fault — 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything is an eye-opening and empowering resource for dealing with difficult people.
Chances are at some point in your life you’ll encounter a high conflict person (HCP). An HCP will take things you say and misinterpret them, blame you for everything and can easily convince others that you are off your rocker. Oh, you’ve experienced this too?
Bill Eddy is the president and co-founder of the High Conflict Institute. He is an attorney, therapist, mediator and public speaker. He provides seminars on mental health issues for judges, attorneys, and mediators.
This book is incredibly powerful for three reasons. First, Bill takes all of the psychological terms and makes them understandable to the common man. Then he describes high conflict behavior in a way that makes it easy to identify. Lastly, he tells lots of true stories — making the concepts easy to grasp.
Bill Eddy doesn’t tell you how to “beat” the other person in an argument. His whole focus is to help you understand what drives the high conflict person and how to protect yourself and live without lowering yourself to destructive behavior.
Here are a few of the key points Bill covers in the “Understanding HCP” section:
- Don’t take their personal attacks personally — it’s more about them revealing their hurt and weaknesses than it is about you.
- Don’t get involved in retaliating and giving them negative feedback, it just feeds the fire of anger and escalates the situation.
- Don’t become a negative advocate. High conflict people have a way of sucking you into their problems and way of thinking. We need to set firm, yet loving boundaries.
In the second half of the book, he gives plenty of practical, actionable advice.
Whether you’re dealing with an angry teen, spouse or ex-spouse, sibling, neighbor, co-worker or boss, the illustrations and real-life stories Bill Eddy shares will equip you to deal more effectively with these situations. This is not a quick fix book — we’re talking about changing our natural inclination to defend and attack when hurt — but it is a real eye opener and will lead to long-term changes in thinking and behaving.
This book is pricey (between $19 and $26) but it is a very valuable tool as our society becomes more dysfunctional – it’s also available in Spanish. It is available at Amazon and at HighConflictInstitute.com. Bill’s website has lots of other resources for family and professionals dealing with HCP.
The Sociopath Next Door
Martha Stout, PhD
The Sociopath Next Door is an eye-opening and empowering book. Have you ever been betrayed by a friend or church member; ever struggle with a particular person at work; ever wonder why relating to a certain family member always brings conflict? If so, this book is for you. The first part of this book is so insightful. Due to our faith-based beliefs, we disagree with the last four chapters, but there is still good information for helping you deal with the difficult people in your life.
30 Days to a Simpler Life
30 Days to a Simpler Life is an excellent resource for step-by-step ideas on getting organized and eliminating “stuff” from our lives. 30 Days to a Simpler Life is a pretty radical book that will challenge ones thinking and help to break the bonds of attachment for accumulating more things. The authors walk through all areas of household living including bathrooms, clothes, bedrooms, kitchens, offices, garden sheds, and garages. They present very practical and achievable ideas. For example, one of their suggestions is to avoid the use of table lamps which clutter flat surfaces. They prefer ceiling fan lights or floor lamps — so do we. They also recommend minimizing what we purchase, “if you don’t need it, don’t buy it.” This is a good idea. We disagree with a few of their philosophies. One is, “If you don’t use it, throw it out.” We prefer to sell it or donate it. The other is their implication that children complicate life and you should consider not having them. 30 Days to a Simpler Life is a good reminder of what is truly important. This book makes many references to various New Age concepts including Feng Shui, yoga and meditation.
Square Foot Gardening
The book, Square Foot Gardening got us questioning the concept of long rows of plants, over planting and thinning. Mel looks at gardening from the perspective of a small family rather than a mass-production farm. Who wants to have to thin out seedlings? Mel suggests planting individual seeds in pre-defined, one-square-foot sections. He gives specific instructions for different kinds of plants and even has diagrams to help in your planning. Your seeds will go much further than ever before. He also talks about soil, location, the sun, what and when to plant, vertical growing, tools and much more. Using his methods will save time and increase your enjoyment of gardening. This book is a must for anyone who loves to garden or is just considering starting out. His website contains informative videos and a wealth of information about his gardening method. Visit SquareFootGardening.com
Complete Book of Edible Landscaping
Complete Book of Edible Landscaping is an enjoyable book that not only gives detailed information about what to grow and where to grow it, but it also lets you know which varieties will grow well in each climate. If you want your landscaping to be more than rows of garden vegetables, this book is for you. Instructions are given on planting, pruning, and regular maintenance. This is a must for anyone who likes to grow edible fruits and vegetables. Growing fruit and nut trees, as well as fruit bearing bushes, can take less time than tending a vegetable garden and still provide a massive amount of food for your family.
The Edible Flower Garden
By Rosalind Creasy
The Edible Flower Garden focuses on plants that perk up recipes and turn a plate into a painting – a dining and visual joy.
If you think these things are only for gourmets or House Beautiful magazine readers, think again. Anyone who picks up this book will be tempted to try to grow and sample at least a few of the over forty varieties of edible flowers she presents. Our first introduction to edible flowers was at friends home where they served a salad made of lettuce, spinach, mandarin oranges, nuts and nasturtium flowers. It looked colorful and tasted delicious. The photographs in this book are so beautiful you’ll want to start planting right away. Her section on salads presents recipes that look like wildflower meadows.
As with her other books, she has a reference section where she catalogs each variety of flower and how to best grow it. She also gives a myriad of ideas and recipes on how to use each flower in your culinary adventures.
If you have a favorite Healthy Living book that isn’t listed, please mention it in the comment section and we’ll consider it for this page.