This list is by no means exhaustive. It’s just a small list of the books I find myself recommending. If you want more, here’s everything I read in 2017 and 2018.

Female Health + Wellness


How your diet and lifestyle affect your hormones, and how those hormones affect your day-to-day life and body. This books gives you a 4-Day Hormone Detox Cleanse, as well as a protocol called “Cycle Syncing,” where you eat, exercise, and plan your life around your hormone cycles. Fascinating stuff, and my #1 recommended book if you have ANY issues with your period. This book has changed my life. If you are a woman, read this book!

Taking Charge of Your Fertility

Everything menstruation and female health. This is a tomb of information about your period, birth control, hormones, and how to get WAY in tune with your body to predict your cycle/fertility! This book also walks you through the science and practicality of using natural birth control, ie simply listening to your body and looking for specific/measurable signs. Highly recommend for any woman looking to get off The Pill.

Nutrition + Dietary Theory

The China Study

A science-backed knowledge bomb! All about the science of nutrition and how a whole foods, plant-based (WFPB) diet is optimal for long-term health. Learn all about the latest research in the field, and finally understand how other diets stack up against whole foods, plant-based eating. A must-read for anyone curious about nutrition.

The Idiot’s Guide to Vitamins & Minerals

What are all the vitamins and minerals (micronutrients) for? Why do we need them, and how much of each? Where do they come from, anyway? This book has it all, along with much more. I love this reference guide to all things vitamins and minerals. However, I am NOT a fan of supplements. Get that shit from your food, people.

The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet

If you have digestive issues like IBS, Chron’s Disease, or celiac disease, this book can help you get to the bottom of it. This book is all about managing digestive disorders through dietary choices. Includes a wealth of information, along with recipes to help you on your journey. This is my go-to resource for those with possible food intolerances.

Cookbooks (Vegan + Vegetarian)

I’m really picky about recommending cookbooks. There are so many average and just okay books out there, but these are pure gold. I return back to them again and again.

Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen

I love Indian food, and this book is by far the best one I’ve found that eliminates all meat and dairy in the otherwise traditional recipes. Very creative take on some of my favorites.

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking

I can’t give enough praise about this book! Literally, every single recipe is fucking amazing. It is probably my all-time favorite cookbook because the recipes are creative, inspiring, healthy, and super tasty. I love how the author doesn’t use “filler” recipes that are obvious (like who needs another salad recipe? not me!)


An absolute gem of a cookbook! Beautiful photography, and an unusual selection of recipes. All vegetarian, and many use veggies you might otherwise overlook. This book DOES contain recipes with dairy, but even if you are vegan this book is well worth buying, especially because you can buy the next book…

Artisan Vegan Cheese

This is my go-to book to make all my nut cheeses at home! If you are interested in homemade vegan cheeses of any kind, this is your vegan cheese bible! Munch, munch, bitches! This book is the cheezy bomb.

Yoga + Meditation

Journey Into Power

The philosophy of Power Yoga and a practical guide on how to build your home practice. Helpful for those starting out.

Yoga Anatomy-2nd Edition

What is going on in your body in (almost) every yoga pose? This book anatomically breaks down the poses so you know which muscles are working and being stretched when. Excellent reference for yoga teachers!

Autobiography of a Yogi

This book will change how you see the world. This book is not about asana (the physical practice of yoga), but rather about the spiritual, mental and meditative components of yoga. This is the one and only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad. It’s crazy.

Personal Growth

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

This book gives lots of real-life examples as well as the science behind habit change and “keystone” simple habits that have ripple effects into the rest of our life. Excellent read for anyone interested in permanent habit change!

The War of Art

Beat procrastination, get motivated to finally tackle your creative endeavors, stop making excuses for why shit isn’t getting done! This book talks about the difference between a professional and amateur when it comes to your art, whatever that might be. It helps get you in the mindset to take yourself seriously as an artist and professional. Very motivating!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

This book is about more than just tidying up. It’s about how our environments not only affect our mental states and our life but also how they reflect back to us who we are at the core. An incredible book that helps us get rid of the shit we don’t truly LOVE or NEED. If you are into minimalism, organization or personal growth, read this book!

The Willpower Instinct

This book is packed with actionable tips on how to grow your “willpower muscle” and improve your overall drive to get things done. Every page and every chapter is filled with science-backed psychological research on what works and why. Highly recommend for anyone who struggles with habit change, procrastination, or life in general. A must read!


Wellpreneur: The Ultimate Guide for Wellness Entrepreneurs to Nail Your Niche and Find Clients Online

A go-to marketing guide and manual for any online business, blog, or wellness venture. Great book to get your creative business juices flowing!

The ONE Thing

 This book changed the way I look at my to-do list and the way I tackle business objectives. It encourages you to ask yourself: what is the ONE thing you can do such that by doing it everything else becomes easier or unnecessary? Focus on that one thing today.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

This book is all about creating a company culture. Humble, funny at times, and insightful, the CEO of Zappos really hits home about the importance of creating a work environment that people actually enjoy. Even if you’re not in business, this book is a fun read that will make you think about what you value as a person.

What are your favorite books? I’m always on the hunt for a good read. Please share!

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6 thoughts on “Books

  1. Thanks so much for all the info on the course. I am researching courses now and had input my name and number (which I never normally do) within 2 minutes I received a phone call and a text. I politely declined and they said ok but I have now recieved approximately 7 emails.. the last few informing me that time was running out. I was very turned off at the immediate phone call as that seems like a cheesy sales pitch similar to those used for timeshare sales. Reading your description confirmed exactly what I was thinking so thank you so much for saving me a lot of money. The book list is also helpful so thanks for that as well.

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    • Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you found my review of HCI and this book list helpful! Sounds like you made the right decision, especially if their initial sales tactics didn’t resonate with you. Good luck as you continue to research!


  2. Thanks for your honest opinions of the Health Coach and Plant-Based Nutrition. I was skeptical of taking the course. As a nurse, we review these topics in our curriculum, so I could not see the logic in becoming certified. Thanks again and also for the book list.

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  3. Excellent list of books that I will start adding to my library! I would also add “How Not To Die” by Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. Fantastic resource for learning about the benefits of a whole foods plant based lifestyle!

    Many blessings!


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