Book Recommendations: June 2019

Book Recommendations: June 2019

I love a good book. Ever since I was old enough to read, I’ve pretty much been juggling at least three books all at once, rotating between fiction to non-fiction and everything in between.

Since deciding to go back to school to become a registered dietitian, and since getting more active in my own mental health, the types of books I read have diversified. I wanted to list my go-to’s here for you so you could add any that sounded good to your to-be-read pile.

  • Intuitive Eating—A no-brainer to list, but this book is truly one that will sweep you off your feet if you need a good hard look at your eating habits. It’s not a diet, and it’s not a harsh set of rules/guidelines; it walks you through forgiving yourself and your former food habits, and it introduces you to a new way of thinking. (Not recommended for anyone currently in treatment for eating disorders.)

  • Body Respect—This book challenged my preconceived notions about food, weight, health and diet culture in ways that I didn’t even know to be challenged. A fascinating way to un-program some thoughts you’ve held onto for maybe your whole life.

  • Body Kindness—A very kind and welcoming book with actionable steps to work toward creating healthier habits around food and your inner thoughts.

  • You Are A Badass—I always appreciate someone who goes into the trenches so I don’t have to; the author tried out all kinds of retreats, courses and conferences to deliver a motivating (and a good hard look) point-of-view for people who need a kick in the seat to get going. I found it relatable and heartwarming (at times), and I walked away with some good lessons.

  • Being Boss—Aimed at female entrepreneurs, this book breaks down what it takes to become the master of your business and your life. I appreciated many of the suggested activities and “worksheets” throughout the book, as they helped me solidify my values and my reason behind investing in myself. Worth it for people who need help seeing that their ideas are worth pursuing and for nailing down the routines/boundaries that will build you up for success.

  • Rising Strong—This is the first book by Brene Brown that I’ve read, and I find it just so incredibly empowering AND difficult to face, all at the same time.

I hope any of these books help you in your journey to creating personal boundaries, a strong sense of self and a more peaceful relationship with food. Let me know what books I should be reading in the comments below!

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