A little while ago I uploaded a survey asking what you’d like to read more about on the Be Genki blog, and a number of you asked for a list of books that I recommend, so here goes…
(if you’d like to purchase any of the books, I’ve added links to Amazon when you click on the book cover image)
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
This little book is a practical guide to personal freedom . It’s one to keep forever and read once a year to remind yourself of the four agreements so that they become second nature to your every moment. With gems like…
“What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” Don Miguel Ruiz.
The Secret Life of Water by Masaru Emoto
I have always loved the work of Masaru Emoto, particularly his research of water crystals that are simply beautiful. This book is a lovely reminder about how our thoughts and words have a direct consequence on the world around us, and how we can facilitate change via consciousness. In respect to our own body, it’s particularly pertinent considering we are mostly composed of water. If you are someone who has negative thoughts racing around your head, you might like to read this book to help inspire the change.
The Natural Way to Better Babies by Francesca Naish & Janette Roberts (for preconception care)
The Natural Way to a Better Pregnancy by Francesca Naish & Janette Roberts (for pregnancy care)
If you are planning on having a baby or are already pregnant I can’t recommend these books enough! In today’s world where pregnancy is often regarded as a “medical” rather than “natural” event, these books restore the natural order by reaffirming pregnancy as a normal and healthy part of life to be enjoyed, not endured. Francesca Naish is truly amazing and her advice is simple, practical and oh so important. I had the honor of gaining work experience at her Woollahra Clinic whilst I was finishing up my Diploma of Nutrition and was able to sit in on a number of her consultations to observe. If you can’t get an appointment with her due to distance or monetary constraints the book is the next best thing.
The Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holford
Optimum Nutrition for the Mind by Patrick Holford
The Optimum Nutrition Bible is an oldie but a goodie. I often refer back to this book time and time again for the nutrition advice. It’s easy to read, informative and trustworthy. To put it simply, Patrick Holford’s philosophy is all about giving yourself the best possible intake of nutrients to allow your body to be as healthy as possible. This is the basic principle of how I was trained as a nutritionist also, and it makes perfect sense, don’t you think!
Optimum Nutrition for the Mind takes things one step further and focuses on mental health. If you are one who struggles with mental health issues, I sincerely recommend that you read this from cover to cover before succumbing to pharmaceuticals, OR if you are already taking pharmaceuticals then it may help to bring about a change in your health so that you can ease off the meds. Patrick Holford is widely regarded as Britain’s best-selling author and leading spokesman on nutrition and mental health issues.
Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill by Udo Erasmus
Not a day goes by where I am not consuming one of Udo Erasmus’ products. He is THE authority on the subject of fats and oils. Udo pioneered technology for pressing and packaging healthy oils and has a fantastic range of products that I trust, as well as this fab book. If you want to know the truth about how you can prevent and reverse so-called “incurable” degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and Type II Diabetes, as well as prevent arthritis, obesity, PMS, skin conditions and more, then read this book. Although it is not light reading, it is without a doubt the first book to make sense of the role of fats and our health and wellbeing. I am forever grateful for Udo Erasmus’ contribution to my knowledge and health.
Aveda Rituals by Horst Rechelbacher
Another oldie but goodie. A lovely book for inspiring daily rituals to do with cleansing, meditation, yoga, personal beauty, reflexology, nutrition and so much more. Its packed full of hints to help bring about holistic beauty and well-being. By simply reading the pages I feel more at peace as his words are even soothing.
Not Just a Pretty Face – The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry by Stacy Malkan
Every woman should read this book! It is brilliantly researched and written, and easy to understand. When was the last time you read the ingredients list of your personal care products? It will be the first thing you do after reading this book. I can’t stress the importance of Stacy Malkan’s contribution to women’s health via this book and am truly inspired by her dedication to expose the world’s largest cosmetics companies by asking questions such as “why do they market themselves as pink ribbon leaders in the fight against breast cancer, yet use hormone-disrupting chemicals that may contribute to the very same disease?” If you truly, sincerely and wholeheartedly value your health and the health of your unborn babies then you’d be stupid to ignore her research.
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia
I LOVE this book. Of all the books about aromatherapy this is one of the only two that I refer to time and again. It’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for and in my opinion, is the most comprehensive of all the aromatherapy books out there. It is however, more of a text book, so if you’re wanting a book with pretty pictures then choose something else. But if you’re keen on getting a solid understanding of essential oils and the art of aromatherapy then this book is excellent. Salvatore Battaglia also does workshops which are well worth it and so much fun. He also has a great range of skincare products called Perfect Potion, and there is literally a lotion or potion for everything and anything.
The Shack by William Paul Young
Every once in a while, it seems, a book comes along and impacts millions of lives.The Shack is one of them. If you haven’t already read it… then it might be a lovely gift to give yourself. It’s thought provoking to say the least, and from my point-of-view, basically just a brilliant and simple way of looking at some of life’s mysteries. If you’ve ever pondered over oneness, relationships and whether right and wrong really exist, then you may love The Shack.
Be Happy Be Healthy Be Genki by Sam Sample
Naturally I love my own ebook. It is straightforward and easy-to-read. It was specifically designed this way so that the reader is not presented with “information overload”, but more so a simple set of “how-to tips” to help educate and inspire healthy and happy changes for the long-term: improve your nutrition and weight loss, learn basic beauty care rituals that help to keep your skin looking and feeling beautiful, discover tools that help to improve the relationship you have with yourself and others, find out ways to reduce your exposure to harmful toxins, and establish easy rituals that help to reduce stress and encourage a peaceful night’s sleep.
What books inspire you?