Welcome to the 2018 NutritionSheila.com Wellness Reading List. This is the third annual Wellness Reading List that we’ve done and it’s because the first two were such a hit that it continues.
Before we dive into this year’s books let’s talk about the ‘why’ behind the list. Why is it a wellness list on a website with nutrition in the name? Why aren’t all of the books exclusively focused on food and nutrition? Why?
Your weight, health and every component of your life are because of the logistics of your life. A very simple example of this is food on the counter – we eat more of it. If you continually put out a bag of chips on the counter, despite wanting to not eat the bag of chips, you’re going to eat the bag of chips. How’s that working out for you? What can you do differently?
Both are great questions to start crafting a better life moment by moment.
Take said bag of chips and put them in the cabinet and POOF you’ll eat less of those chips. Next level? Don’t buy the chips. You will falter. You will fail. You may even binge on a bag before you make it home from the store to prevent them from coming into your home. Hey, we've all pretended that the food we eat before we get home from the store doesn't count.
Next level? The positivity swap. Switch the focus from what you don’t want to what you do want and keep tinkering with the logistics of your life to get what you want. Put the healthy foods you do want to eat more of on the counter, along with whatever positively reinforces what you want in life.
And then, keep going.
How does this translate to books? To true nourishment is that of the mind, body and soul. As the Buddha is quoted as saying, “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”
Unfortunately it has been shown that the majority of our thoughts are negative. Negative thoughts, negative outcome, negative life. Boo! Also, I believe that negativity sticks to your ass and not in a good way.
Continually feeding your mind with positive messaging reprograms your brain - like flipping moves and transforms neurons yo. Positive thoughts, positive outcomes, positive life. Yeah baby!
The Wellness Reading List is curated every year with content that will continually reinforce positive mindset and push you out of your comfort rut – the logistical constructs of your life that are weighing you down from reaching your full potential.
I choose books that will give the opportunity to look at life from a different angle, to see solutions where you once saw problems, to be inspired, to try new things, to have profound aha moments, to drop the bullsh*t you’ve been carrying and pick up the life you want.
This year in the spirit of ‘what can I do differently’ I chose some books I’ve already read and some new ones. In years past I’ve always done new books and discovered them right along with you. 2017 was real y’all and there are some key books that guided me through with sanity, dignity, grace and even joy. I want to share that with you, beginning with the game changer, “The 5 Second Rule,” by Mel Robbins.
That brings me to the next change. This year we’re reading in order and we’re going to get together to discuss them. Can you say book club! YES!!!!
The last Thursday of every month we’ll be meeting up virtually to discuss that month’s book. Details coming soon. If you want in on this get on my email list :::clicky-click here:::.
But Sheila I don’t have time to read. Hush now. We just got done talking about the current logistics of your life are creating and habituating your current health, weight and everything in life. Also this is a prime example of negative thinking. No worries. We can choose again.
For me it’s reminding myself, “there is enough time,” every time I have the thought there isn’t enough time. Suddenly the barriers dissipate and I’m rocking the same number of hours in a day as Beyonce. What what. For me it was dropping the weird belief that audiobooks were somehow cheating. Sounds silly, but I’ve asked around and many hold this belief, especially those who teach in any aspect. Because of Audible I finished a book I bought 8 years ago and only made it to page 30 after many tries.
I highly recommend Audible, especially since the first 2 books you get with it are free. No strings. Like you can sign up for it, download your free books and cancel it. You still get to keep the books and the world keeps turning.
Also, you can get audiobooks in digital and CD form at your local library. Libraries are so dope. In fact, you can make it through this entire reading list for free thanks to your local library. I go through 50+ books a year. Libraries hold a special place in my heart and wallet.
Without further ado, here’s THE 2018 Wellness Reading List.
January Read: The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
February Read: Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat
March Read: Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
April Read: Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe
May Read: Judgement Detox by Gabby Bernstein
June Read: How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Gregor
July Read: Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte
August Read: The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollen
September Read: The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
October Read: Soda Politics by Marion Nestle
November Read: The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey
December Read: You Are a Badass by Jen Sencero
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