Mamavation loves books. Every year, we read and recommend some of our favorite books. We also review books in consideration of this list, so we get quite a few from publishers. The best books we come across, we keep for this post. That involves books on green topics like nutrition, independent science, natural parenting, healthy food, DIY, natural beauty, natural cleaning, etc. We also support books written by independent scientists and innovators. You’ve trusted Mamavation to bring you topics like why Tess Holiday is a goddess, top 100 best blogs for healthy recipes, & why you should throw away your ceramic pans, now join us as we share our favorite books in wellness.
Let me first introduce you to the book we published!
Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier (All Without Driving Your Family Crazy!) by Leah Segedie of Mamavation.com
Green Enough is the 101 of detoxing your home and laughing while it’s happening. This book was written by Leah Segedie, founder of Mamavation.com and is the only one you’ll need to detox your home from chemicals that could be harming the development of your children and robbing them of opportunity later in life. This book is very simple to use. We’ve called out the brands, good and bad, so there’s no guesswork. And it’s backed by our scientific advisors Dr. Pete Myers & Dr. Tanya Altmann–experts at the top of their fields in hormone disruption and pediatric medicine. But we have to warn you, you need a sense of humor for this book! It’s an eccentric sassy read. So If you can handle an R rating at the movies and you want a safer home, pick up a copy of Green Enough.
Now on with the show!
We love food. And we want to prepare it in ways that are healthy for our family and allows us to explore. But we don’t want to pick sides when it comes to diets. We don’t take a side here in the food wars when it comes to which diet you should be on. So we’ve brought different sides here to compete! Variety. Enjoy some of our favorite cookbooks this year.
100 Days of Real Food on a Budget: Simple Tips and Tasty Recipes to Help You CUT OUT PROCESSED FOOD Without Breaking the Bank by Lisa Leake
The idea of cooking from scratch became a movement who has one queen. The Queen of real food is Lisa Leake. With her famous blog 100 Days of Real Food, she has started a movement helping women cook and prepare unprocessed foods in their home. This latest book by Lisa is great because it focuses on our budget. Are you pinching pennies? This is for you. Lisa’s tips will get you cooking with real food and helping you with lunches for the kids in a flash. To save money and prepare with real food, we highly recommend this find.
Cooking with Scraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, And Stems Into Delicious Meals by Lindsay-Jean Hard
For those of you who are looking to decrease the amount of food waste that comes out of your kitchen, enter Lindsay-Jean Hard. She’s got amazing recipes to help you find a delicious purpose for all the things you had previously composted! Yes, she’s got recipes to make things like orange peels, beet greens, and apple cores useful and delicious again. This book is super fun and bonus points is orange peels can be made in candy!
Five Seasons in the Kitchen: Zen-Inspired Vegan Cooking by Avital Sebbag
Have you ever focused on seasonal cooking? Every piece of produce we select in the market has a season when it’s produced, but when it’s out of season we still see them, but they may be coming from other parts of the world. According to Chinese medicine, there are five seasons to the year and it’s in our best interest to eat the foods of the season. The seasons are spring, summer, late summer, autumn & winter. This latest book by famous Israeli chef Avital Sebbag shows you what the seasons mean, how looking differently at food can bring you zen, and what recipes go with each season, according to Chinese Medicine.
Broth & Stock from The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther
I’ve traveled in England to different organic dairy farms with Jennifer and her family. And in the world of food educating, she’s incredibly talented. Nourished Kitchen boasts millions of visitors every year and they come to her site for the love of food. In her latest book, Brock & Stock from the Nourished Kitchen, you learn everything about bone broth. Jennifer and her family keep a pot on the stove at all times and sip off it throughout the day. And people who start an autoimmune protocol may also be doing the same.
Hearty Cuisine: Vegan Recipes Eastern Mediterranean by Malik Hazima
Last year we were invited to Israel with Vibe Israel and got to explore the mouth-watering cuisine of the country. Malik Hazima welcomed us to his home among the Druze village close to Galilee to teach us about vegan Mediterranean cooking. Israel has recognized the Druze as a separate Arab community since 1957, and Israeli Druze serve in the armed forces. Malik was formerly in charge of security and water for Israel but has since retired. What you eat is very important in Israel regardless of your religion. Because people eat Kosher & Halal, vegan food is the only cuisine that unites the country. Anyone eating Kosher or Hallal can eat vegan cuisine. Malik is proud of that and gifted us his book, which we tried out at home and loved. If you would like to try Druze food, pick up one of these cookbooks. I’ve had lots of these dishes personally in his home and have experimented in the kitchen and they are delicious.
Beautiful Smoothie Bowls: 80 Delicious and Colorful Superfood Recipes to Nourish and Satisfy by Carissa Bonham
Do you see all those perfect smoothie bowls on Instagram? They were inspired by Brazilian Acai bowls, which is a traditional Amazonian dish of mashed acai berries and other toppings. Eventually, in the 2000s, frozen acai pulp made its way to the United States and the rest was history on Instagram. Would you like to start creating simple and easy smoothie bowls that you can show off too? Well, my friend Carissa Bonham can help you. You’ve got to check out her latest book about smoothie bowls. With over 80 recipes from herself and some of our favorite foodies on Instagram, she’s created a masterpiece. There are vegan, paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes you can choose from.
Ready or Not! 150+ Made-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam & Henry Fong, New York Bestselling Authors
Hands down Nom Nom Paleo is my favorite paleo foodie. And in Michelle Tam’s latest book, she’s outdone herself! Tam is dubbed “The Martha Stewart of Paleo” and you’ll understand why as soon as you pick up this cookbook. It’s colorful, reads like a comic and is incredibly exciting. And the recipes inside here are mostly compliant with Whole 30, which means it will help you keep your resolutions in a tasty way. This book, in particular, was created for the novice in mind. If you aren’t ready for all that complication, this will cookbook will help you get comfortable cooking delicious meals in no time. And if you like working with the Instant Pot, even better!
Lifestyle & Special Diet Plans
EcoRenaissance by Marci Zaroff
The eco movement used to be confined to a small, niche community dismissed as crazy hippies and granola lovers but not anymore. Marci Zaroff is one of the people you can thank that brought the eco movement from Birkenstocks to sophisticated sustainability. And in her book, EcoRenaissance, she’s bringing attention to the Illumanaries who have also brought the movement into the modern world.
Glow 15: Science-Based Plan to Lose Weight, Revitalize Your Skin, and Invigorate Your Life by Naomi Whittel and Foreward by Sanjay Gupta, MD
Based on the breakthrough Nobel Prize-winning science of autophagy, which is the process by which cells remove toxins, recycle parts, and repair their own damage, Glow 15 is a great companion if you’ve ever considered intermittent fasting. This 15-day detox and revitalize plan assists you with your diet, energy levels, exercise, sleep, and beauty regime. Do you feel like you need a reboot? Do you want to look younger and revitalized? The science of autophagy can help you!
Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation and Reset Your Body by Amie Valpone and Foreward by Mark Hyman, MD
Do you know anyone with autoimmune disease? My friend Amie Valpone has had autoimmune issues for as long as I’ve known her and her journey to health has been one with food. In her 20s, she was underweight at 98 lbs. practically bedridden with swollen legs, a ballooning belly, and inflammation everywhere. But she turned her life around by detoxing her diet with help from professionals. Today, she’s sharing the recipes she created to get herself back on track. And this cookbook would be fantastic if you wanted to do a good 21-day detox with food to fight inflammation.
Beyond the Pill: A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill by Dr. Jolene Brighten
Approximately 11 million women in the United States are on the pill, but has anyone ever wondered what side effects it’s causing? Dr. Jolene Brighten specializes in treating the hormonal imbalance caused by the pill and can help you reverse symptoms that are starting to become a big bummer. It starts off with a quiz to understand how many hormonal symptoms you have and then launches into a 30-day program that will help reverse the damage done. This step-by-step plan can actually help any woman who struggles with hormones, including if you take the pill for PMS, cramps, etc.
Hashimoto’s Protocol: A 90 Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back by Isabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP
More than 35 million Americans suffer from Hashimoto’s, which makes it the fastest growing autoimmune disease in the United States right now. This disease affects the thyroid gland and causes the body to attack its own cells. It brings symptoms like irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, hair loss, acid reflux, forgetfulness, pain, and chronic coughing. If you are dealing with Hashimotos or other thyroid conditions like PCOS, I’d recommend picking up this book. It’s a lifestyle overhaul for those who are interested in feeling better by using food, supplements, and lifestyle tips to put this disease in remission. Pick up the Hashimoto’s Protocol today!
Feed Your Fertility: Your Guide to Cultivating a Healthy Pregnancy with Chinese Medicine, Real Food, and Holistic Living by Emily Bartlett, L.Ac. & Laura Erlich, L.Ac.
What would a Chinese medicine doctor tell you to help you get pregnant? There are invaluable lessons to learn from Chinese medicine when it comes to conceiving. For instance, certain behaviors can inhibit the ability to conceive. There are also very specific foods to eat and supplements to take. And finally there are some really good tips on how to combine the two with and navigate the medical fertility world.
50 Things to Do Before You Deliver: The First Time Moms Pregnancy Guide by Jill Krause
There are so many things to do when you get pregnant. But I love this little book because it’s got 50 trimester-by-trimester tasks covering the most important things that keep you up at night. Including tips for using certain apps and other technology to track things for yourself. It really gets you organized. There’s also lots of humor in it so it makes all the overwhelming stuff pleasant. Jill Krause of Baby Rabies has recently sold her home and living in an RV with her family. Living in small spaces with children is a skillset and niche of its own.
Science & Medicine
Sicker Fatter Poorer: The Urgent Threat Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals to Our Health & Future…And What We Can Do About It by Leonardo Trasande, M.D.
Are chemicals problematic to children? Dr. Leonardo Trasande is arguably the most qualified person on the planet to help you with this topic. He’s spent decades of his life dedicated to the health of children in his pediatric practice and also digging into why all this is happening. How is it possible that our government can look the other way as toxic products continue to come out on the shelves? You’ll learn not only where the bodies are buried, but a solid plan on what to attack in your own home. Leonardo Trasande, M.D. is a scientific advisor to Mamavation.
Baby & Toddler Basics: Expert Answers to Parent’s Top 150 Questions by Tanya Altmann, M.D.
Do you wish you had a pediatrician on call? Well getting this book is the next best thing. Baby and Toddler Basics focuses on parents’ top 150 questions, based on Dr. Tanya Altmann’s years in pediatric practice. You could, of course, brave the internet and find potential dubious sources telling you hundreds of different things. OR you can just pick up this book and find all the answers to all the questions you never knew to ask. Dr. Tanya Altmann is also a scientific advisor to Mamavation.
Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic by Dr. Sandra Kahn & Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich
Did you know it’s incredibly beneficial to have children under the age of 10 chew gum? If that blows your mind, keep reading and learn how proper jaw development can protect you from sleep apnea and cardiac arrest in adulthood. The development of our jaws in recent modern times has changed the way our jaws develop and is setting us up for health effects in adulthood. Dr. Sandra Kahn, an orthodontist who specializes in jaw development, and Dr. Paul Erlich, an evolutionary biologist, have some very important tips for families on how to grow a proper jaw. Dr. Paul Erlich is a scientific advisor to Mamavation.
Resilient Health: How to Thrive in Our Toxic World by Valencia Porter, M.D. and Forward by Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Despite state-of-the-art medical technology, Americans are as chronically sick as ever dependent on pharmaceutical medication. Many diseases are on the rise such as obesity, autism, autoimmune diseases, asthma, allergies, infertility, cancers, and infectious disease. Chronic diseases are responsible for 70% of deaths each year. So what should we all do? PREVENTION IS KEY. Dr. Porter’s approach has an understanding that our health is the result of our genetic makeup interacting with our environment. It’s a realization that we live in an increasingly polluted world with polluted food and consumer products in our home. Her approach helps you manage the entire spectrum so you know what to do for your family. Valencia Porter is a scientific advisor to Mamavation and works closely with Deepak Chopra at his wellness center in San Diego, California.
The Obesogen Effect: Why We Eat Less and Exercise More but Still Struggle to Lose Weight by Bruce Blumberg, PhD
Have you ever heard of the term “obesogens?” These are chemicals that can make you fat that go beyond how much you eat or exercise. According to leading-edge research, there are silent saboteurs in our daily lives that contribute to the obesity epidemic. This goes back to hormone-disrupting chemicals and their impact on our waistline by altering how fat is stored and processed, and how hungry we are. Because they are mostly unregulated, they are found in our food, furniture, & plastic products, and can be passed down in our genes through generations interfering with our offspring and their weight management. Learn more about obesogens and ways you can avoid them with this book!
Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.
If you’ve ever wondered which vitamin or mineral is right for you, you need to pick up a copy of this book from Dr. Low Dog, M.D. These days people are eating organic, choosing local food and doubling up on fruit and vegetables and they are STILL not getting as many nutrients in their body as their grandparents did. So how do you fix that? This comprehensive book discusses all the vital information you need about the most important vitamins, minerals and all other nutrients that play a role in your health. From Vitamin A to Zinc, she lays out signs of deficiency, recommended dosages, partner nutrients, contraindications, and other key information designed to help you create your own personalized supplement plan.
Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science by Carey Gillam
Have you heard of the company Monsanto and the pesticide Roundup? If you haven’t, get ready for a ride as Carey Gillam, a veteran journalist at Reuters, takes you through one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture. She’s exposed evidence of corporate influence over our governmental agencies while families die of cancer and reputable scientists have had their names dragged through the mud for discovering inconvenient truths. From arm-twisting regulators working closely with Monsanto echoing their talking points to labs shut down for fraud, this is an exciting read. To understand exactly what has been happening to our food supply, you’ll need to pick up a copy of White Wash.
The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox: The Essential DIY Guide to a Healthier, Cleaner, All-Natural Life with 100+ Home Remedies for Health, Beauty & Cleaning by Katie Wells
Wellnessmama.com is one of the most popular wellness sites on the internet and Katie Wells is the Queen. If you haven’t already spent hours of your time over on her website, you can pick up one of her books and learn how to detox your home and your diet with home remedies. This book is a step-by-step guide to clean, natural living. By following her detox plan, you will automatically reduce the amount of hormone-disrupting chemicals in your home, transform your diet, and improve on your lifestyle overall. You’ll find over 100 recipes on how to create your own natural medicine, moisturizers, cleansers, hair products, cleaning products, laundry products, and makeup! This book will be incredibly useful to you especially if you are interested in DIY!
Proven Techniques for Keeping Healthy Chickens: The Backyard Guide to Raising Chicks, Handling Broody Hens, Building Coops, and More by Carissa Bonham
Think about fresh warm eggs with orange yolks that taste like heaven. This is possible every morning when you have chickens. Have you ever thought of getting chickens? Chickens are simple and then not simple at the same time. If you have ever wanted to get chickens, like me, you need to pick up a copy of this book. From raising them from chicks to handling broody hens…yes, chickens can get an attitude with you!..you’ll know everything you need to know before you start. Pick up this book for a clucking good time. 😉
The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring, and Enjoying the Health Benefits of Fermented Tea by Hannah Crum & Alex LaGory of Kombucha Kamp
Have you tried kombucha before? It’s a fermented tea that offers better nutrient absorption, vitamin synthesis, and bacteria that is helpful in gut health. Foods like cheese, cured meats, yogurt, pickles, miso, tempeh, and kimchi are all examples of fermented foods. Now you can make kombucha at home! It’s not hard. No, really, it’s not. But pick up this book and you’ll learn everything about kombucha, how it’s made, the history of kombucha, and what a SCOBY is.
Nature & Wonder Books
The Hidden Life of Trees (The Illustrated Edition of the International Best Seller) by Peter Wohlleben
The Hidden Life of Trees is out with their illustrated version! I love this book that shows you a side of the world inside forests that you’ve never seen before. Like did you know that trees communicate to each other through an internet of fungus in the ground lovingly referred to as the “wood wide web.” This book takes this international bestseller to new heights as you see illustrated photos of seeds, forests, trees, fungus and nature throughout the entire book. It belongs on your coffee table when guests come over to read.
And that’s a wrap! We hope you enjoyed this list! If there is anyone you would like to recommend we check out for another post please link them up below.
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