MY FAVOURITE PEOPLE
Melissa Ambrosini: An author and coach who helps women overcome their fears and doubts by teaching self-love, trust and acceptance. She’ll very quickly feel like your new best friend. She cuts through the BS without making you feel judged – every article I read of hers makes me feel supported and brimming with possibility, unlike other stuff that often makes you feel crap about yourself because you’re not meditating for an hour or drinking green smoothies every day. She’s awesome.
Gabrielle Bernstein: A motivational speaker and author who focuses on the idea of modern-day miracles – miracles being defined as ‘a shift in thinking from fear to love’. It sounds hippy-dippy but it’s really not – it’s just learning how to make your choices come from a place of love (“I exercise because I want to be healthy and strong”) instead of fear (“I exercise because I don’t want to be fat”). (See how much better that is?!) Her work is amazing and I love her short but punchy videos.
Gretchen Rubin: Author of “The Happiness Project” who also writes about practical strategies to change our habits and shape our environment to build happier, stronger, more productive lives. I love how she doesn’t tell you what to change, but rather how to change – #inspo to the max.
Mark Sisson: One of the (if not the) world’s leading experts on ancestral health who founded the ‘primal’ health movement – a holistic guide to eating (paleo with a few tweaks), being active and modifying your lifestyle to allow our bodies to be in sync with our modern, fast-paced life.
Sarah Wilson: Wellness guru and founder of the I Quit Sugar movement, which encourages the reduction of fructose by “JERFing” (JERF being “Just East Real Food”) by eliminating processed food and cooking more. Her personal blog is about living simply and clutter-free, reducing waste and toxic/chemical exposure, and her auto-immune disease. Her overall approach to health is gentle and refreshing.
Mastering Your Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini. This awesome book (I finished it in two days) teaches you to identify your “Mean Girl” – the voice inside your head telling you that you’re not good enough, smart enough, skinny enough, whatever enough. It helps you realise the excuses you tell yourself are just self-limiting beliefs stopping you from achieving your dreams, and provides a practical plan for overcoming them to create a life you love.
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin, detailing the secret to meaningful change – identifying the strategies that best work for ourselves so we can cultivate good habits. Her previous book The Happiness Project is also great.
The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, AKA health and nutrition bible! Its premise is that while our genes are fixed at birth, they are reprogrammable and we can control their expression (turning them on or off) through diet and lifestyle choices. These choices include diet (eating meat, chicken, fish, eggs, vegetables, nuts, seeds and healthy oils and avoiding grains, legumes, refined sugar and processed vegetable/seed oils), movement (frequent walking, sprinting and strength training, and avoiding ‘chronic cardio’) and lifestyle (getting plenty of sleep, sunshine and play). It’s all backed up by reputable science, explained in simple language and is totally inspiring. Definitely one to add to your collection.
Why We Get Fat (And What to Do About It) by Gary Taubes. Science journalist Taubes suggests that obesity is not caused by too much food and too little exercise but instead the overconsumption of refined carbohydrates, which drives our hormones to incorrectly accumulate, store and regulate body fat. It’s fascinating, compelling and very convincing. (If videos are more your thing, this presentation summarises it all perfectly.)
Rushing Woman’s Syndrome (ebook) by Dr Libby Weaver. If you feel like you’re constantly busy, always tired (but often too wired to sleep), have a huge to do list you can never get on top of, wake up with coffee and wind down with wine, never have time for yourself, and often feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone – and this is the book for you. It describes the biochemical and emotional effects of constantly being in a rush and the health consequences that this stress causes like exhaustion, adrenal fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, infertility and impaired thyroid function. It explains these concepts in detail and describes how you can slow down, stop the busyness and take back control of your life. (This topic is also detailed in two of her talks that I’ve linked to below – highly recommended viewing!)
Community by Hetty McKinnon. A collection of beautiful, simple salads. The recipes are vegetarian (although I am not, but I just love vegetables) and based on recipes from the author’s community kitchen, Arthur Street Kitchen in Sydney, that she single-handedly makes and delivers to local residents (all by bike!) twice a week. What a concept! The photography is stunning too.
Clean Living Cookbook by Luke Hines and Scott Gooding
Healthy Every Day by Pete Evans
Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo
The pace of modern life versus our cavewoman biochemistry and Rushing Woman’s Syndrome by Dr Libby Weaver
Sugar: The Bitter Truth by Dr Robert Lustig
Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross, an Australian businessman who embarks on a 60-day juice fast – drinking only freshly-made fruit and vegetable juice for two months – in an attempt to lose weight and cure himself of a life-long autoimmune disease
Fat Head – a surprising exposé of the documentary Supersize Me
Sweet Misery – A Poisoned World – a look into the dangers of the artificial sweetener aspartame
Eat, Fast and Live Longer – BBC documentary about the benefits of intermittent fasting
May I Be Frank – the story of 54-year-old Frank Ferrante’s life-changing journey once he adopted a vegan diet and a daily dose of self-love
ARTICLES FOR FURTHER READING
Which fats should I be eating? by Sarah Wilson
The soft science of dietary fat by Gary Taubes
Is Sugar Toxic? by Gary Taubes
Is There Any Room For Sweeteners In A Healthy Diet? By Chris Kessler
Sugar Love (a not so sweet story) at National Geographic
The food industry
What if it’s all been a big fat lie? by Gary Taubes
Unhappy Meals by Michael Pollen
Why we got fatter during the fat-free food boom by Allison Aubrey
The Hidden Truths about Calories at Scientific American
Nutrition in the NBA – How the LA Lakers adopted a paleo diet at CBS Sports