“If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
I use this quote often when coaching my clients. If we are to see a big change in our nation’s health (which is absolutely necessary, just look around), we have to start thinking this way. As health practitioners, personal trainers, nutrition practitioners, etc.. we have to start coaching our clients with this in mind. At some point, they need to feel confident and empowered that they can take control of their own health and not always feel like they have to rely on us to tell them what to do! Isn’t that the point?
One way we can empower them to do this is to continue to educate themselves.
I believe one of the best ways to do this is to read. While you may not always agree with ALL of the information in every book out there on nutrition and health, and the information provided may not even help every single person, there is something about exposing yourself to knew information that allows you to see something different than what you are familiar with. It challenges you to think about things differently than you may have always thought about them before. It provides options you may have not always known you had!
In fact, my own personal journey towards better health started with reading and then experimenting on myself with the new information I was absorbing. Until I started reading more about nutrition and health, I just went with what I knew. I wasn’t challenged to think any differently about what I knew and believed to be healthy was my whole life. It opened up a whole new world to me and has changed my life forever in regards to how I take care of my body and the foods that I choose to put in it. Reading new books focussed on health and nutrition is what ultimately led me to eventually further my education in this area as I realized how passionate I was about this topic by simply opening up a book, that led to wanting to open up another book and then another.
So, with that being said, I wanted to share with you all a few books that have been extremely helpful and eye-opening to me along my health journey. My hope is they will inspire you to make a complete lifestyle change like they have for me, or at least get you thinking differently than you did before because sometimes, this is the first step.
- It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig
- Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats
- The Metabolic Typing Diet by William L. Wolcott
- Practical Paleo (updated and expanded) by Diane Sanfilippo
- Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof that You Can Heal Yourself by Lissa Rankin
- What are some of your favorite health and nutrition books you would recommend for others looking to make a lifestyle change?