“Crazy Sexy Kitchen” – Kris Carr
A cookbook based on simple, natural, whole food cooking. Kris Carr is an interesting story as she should be a terminal cancer patient…and well, still is. On the ending stages of an inoperable cancer she changed her lifestyle entirely, with the foundation being based on optimal nutrition. This book is representative of much of what she has done, in a condition that is largely based on what we put into our bodies. Also, the food is delicious!

“Isa Does It” – Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Definitely my personal favorite chef, and one of her best cookbooks. She also has a website: http://www.theppk.com. Isa is based on vegan cooking, though if that isn’t your thing you don’t have to go full vegan. That said, we’ve NEVER had a dud recipe; every single one has been mouth wateringly delicious. Every recipe is also devoutly healthy and can be done without too much expense (some more than others).

“The Obesity Epidemic” – Zoe Hareombe
Probably the most important book on this list. So much of our cultural basic “knowledge,” or rather our cultural position, on nutrition and metabolic health is painfully, shamefully wrong. Due in large part to old, outdated, bad science which has been shown over and over to be wrong (and NEVER shown to be right), and the companies which make money off of this, has been propagated for a hundred years. This is largely the myth that fat loss is simply calories in – calories out (eat less, exercise more), but this is horribly flawed. Fat is also not the devil, sugar is, as far as we’re concerned. This book is pretty accessible, if mildly dry, and will give you the information to understand your metabolism and relationship with food so much better.

“Mastering Leptin” – Byron Richards CCN
This, along with The Obesity Epidemic are the two biggest nutritional texts I can recommend. Leptin is the king of hormones, especially for metabolism; it lets the body know how much stored reserve energy it has, from which it decides mental function, immune function, muscle building, energy, etc. It is the key to the metabolism and the loop of obesity in many ways. It’s a pretty easy read and is about a lot more than obesity.

“Good Calories Bad Calories” – Gary Taubes
Definietly the most dry of the three nutrition books here, and the most dense, but is one of the best out there for someone who really wants to understand nutrition for the sake of a long, healthy life. We have some horribly flawed beliefs about nutrition, and this will help fix many of those.

“Becoming Vegan” and “Becoming Vegetarian” – Davis Melina
If you want to become vegan or vegetarian for any given reason, fantastic, but I recommend these books to anyone interested in nutrition because they are actually some of the best general and basic nutrition guides I have found, going into good explanations of specific macro and micronutrients, and other food info.

“Move Your DNA” – Katy Bowman
Katy Bowman is one of my movement heroes; working hard to educate and change the most damaging movement habits of our culture. This isn’t just about desk ergonomics, but how movement affects everything from back pain to obesity to heart disease and more. Her work is superbly accessible to anyone, and she also has an excellent site filled with good articles, blogs and podcasts that are all gloriously informative and fun. I naturally have some disagreements with her on certain points as she is a biomechanist (human mechanical engineer) while I am a neurokinetic therapist (human electrical engineer, who also works on mechanics), but overall this doesn’t stop any of her material from being seriously helpful for anyone who wants to improve their overall health, mobility, and longevity. https://nutritiousmovement.com/

“Ultimate MMA Conditioning” – Joel Jamieson
If you are looking at sports performance and general conditioning improvement, this is by far the best book I have seen that can be read by the lay-person. I have my own version of the same text if you want to get it for less than the $40-50 price tag this book has. Most people don’t need to employ these techniques because their body simply doesn’t need to be pushed that hard in such specific ways to improve, but for those who really want to pursue competitive performance of any kind, this is a mecca of information.

“The Power of Habit” – Charles Duhigg
Whether you’re trying to fix your sleeping habits, your diet, or trying to get yourself to write every day, habit is a complicated entity and process. It is complex neurosciene at it’s core and our lives really are made up of habit. This book wil help you understand it and change it. Take control of your life and change it for the better.

“The Art Of Happiness” – HH Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.
This may be a book you’d expect to see on this list, but this is really one of my top books that all humans should read (and the occasional anxiety ridden ape!). Someone who is able to approach a wide range of situations and opportunities with happiness before, instead of just after, has such a better chance of living a good life. Both in health, and satisfaction. This is far beyond a worthy read.