Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Summer Reading List: My Favorite Books

Summer is a great time to sit and relax with a good book (on the beach?? Yes!) While I'm away and not blogging, I thought I'd give you some *other* great reading material to consider. These are all books that I own and have read myself and I really enjoy them. They're grouped by topic. I linked the titles to Amazon, but if you like the summary and reviews on that site you can always check for these books at your local library. Happy reading!

Weight Loss and Nutrition:

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite I highly recommend this book. If you want to really understand the physical reasons why you can't seem to stop eating, read this book!

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto Another good one, makes you really look at what you're putting in your mouth.

The CalorieKing Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter 2010 A simple calorie and nutrition guide... just a handbook for when you want to look up the calories in a certain food.

SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life This really did change my life. I am so thankful I found this book and read it early on in my journey. By focusing on what I *should* be eating rather than all the *don'ts*, I was able to shed a lot of weight and transform my eating habits from junk to super healthy foods. Excellent book!

Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats I am a geek who likes to read all about what is actually IN what I am eating. This is fascinating and you'll never look at those processed little cakes the same way again.


Greens Glorious Greens: More than 140 Ways to Prepare All Those Great-Tasting, Super-Healthy, Beautiful Leafy Greens I like this because greens such as kale, collards, and mustard greens are SO nutritious and low calorie, yet there are so many other greens to try. Lists facts about each vegetable and recipes/preparation tips.

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone This is a thick book... almost an encyclopedia of vegetarian cooking. I am learning a lot from this one and look forward to trying lots of the yummy-looking recipes.

Strength Training:

Anatomy for Strength and Fitness Training: An Illustrated Guide to Your Muscles in Action Another geek book... I like seeing how muscles work together and where they actually are on my body.

Strength Training for Women This is a great book with exercises you can put together into a routine to do at home.
Weight Training For Dummies A good book for beginners. I liked the simplicity of this guide and I still refer to it when changing up my routine.

Mindful Living:

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life My favorite author! He is so wise. Living mindfully, we cannot use food as a painkiller anymore.

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness Another really good one. This book taught me a new way of thinking. I need to go back and read it again.

Other Random Stuff:

The Snowflake The most awesome photographs of snowflakes EVER!!! My kids also love this. Fascinating!

The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss My sons and I had a great time looking at all the photos of "sea monsters" that exist in the depths of the seas. Great photography!

Kids' Books:
These are favorites that I read to my daughter ALL the time. They are fantastic books! Several are by the same authors. The Paper Princess series has the most INCREDIBLE artwork. You and your child will never tire of looking at the pictures.

The Lion and the Little Red Bird
Sun Bread
The Puddle Pail
The Paper Princess
The Paper Princess Flies Again: With Her Dog!
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Fancy Nancy

And if you still need some good reading, check out the blogs on my blogroll to the left, or spend some time at the Bethany McDonald Memorial Blogroll making new friends and giving and getting support.

Enjoy your day!


carla said...

I could go on and on and on as Ive been reading like a wildwoman lately.


Leslie said...

Thanks for the list Lyn. I'm in a huge struggle again with eating, and it's making me very upset and sad. I feel thicker and just yucky. I know what to do and more - what not to do, but at a certain time each day I just cave and start with some junk. I need to read Kessler's book as I know it would make me think.

I have several of the books you've listed including Thich Nhat Hanh's - it's just excellent. Maybe instead of trashy beach novels I need to redirect to this stuff!

Cupcake Quandry said...

Thanks for the reading list! I was looking for some new stuff to read as I quest on the elliptical.

Crys said...

I've read the first two. With a title like "SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life", that'll be my next read. Thanks for posting!

Julie said...

I'm just nearly finished "The end of overeating". It's a fantastic book! And relevant to Australia too.

Lala said...

wow, what an amazing list! I've read several of these books, but there are so many I haven't. Thank you, thank you! You've really picked out some winners!

Diva Taunia said...

Thanks so much for the book recommendations - will definitely check those out. And congrats on your 90 lbs lost - FANTASTIC!

Lanie Painie said...

I'll be coming back to this post again and again for referrals!

Since you enjoy reading, Shelfari.com might be a site that you enjoy where you can list, rate, and recommend all your books that you've read, are reading, or would like to read. You can even put the code for it on your blog so your followers can see what you're reading now. Your post reminded me today that I needed to update mine. Yesterday I started reading a great book about weight loss! SO FUNNY and true to life!

oh_mg said...

Hi! I found your site via a search for weightloss bloggers. I am a new blogger hoping to build a small community for myself - people whose journeys I can follow to help keep me on track. So, just wanted to say hi, and keep up the good work!