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My 100+ pound weight loss is what grabs people's attention. However, my weight loss was merely a side effect of finally taking my health and happiness into my own hands and finding that perfect balance. Body, mind, spirit. It all matters.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Audio Book Suggestions



After documentaries, the possibly easiest way to educate and/or change yourself is with audiobooks. Especially if you drive a lot! I am going to add more detail (and I'm sure more books) to this list as time allows but here's some great audiobook suggestions. I use audible.com for most of my audios and, when you first sign up, you even get some free credits I believe.

I have split them up by general category:

Weight Loss/Nutrition/Exercise

The Body Fat Solution: Five Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight by Tom Venuto

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
This isn't so much an educational book as it is a collection of stories about different types of runners. More than anything, it reminded me of the strength of the human spirit, the body and how much potential we have. Very inspirational!

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
What foods we should and shouldn't eat and why.

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey
If you experience trouble with having enough motivation to exercise, this book could seriously change your life. He teaches you WHY exercise is so important and the science behind it's effects. I've listened to it several times and it really helped me internalize the importance of exercise. I have ZERO trouble with motivation now (aside from the occasional under the weather day) and I sincerely believe that this book has played a HUGE part in it!

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis

The Mars and Venus Diet and Exercise Solution by John Gray, Ph.D.
Don't let the name fool you. This is not a chick book. This offers sound information about how men and women's bodies respond to certain types of food and exercise. This book has been one of the most helpful I've ever "read"!

Change Your Brain, Change Your Body by Daniel G. Amen




Relationships

Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
If you find yourself always attracted to people who need help and you're always the one who thinks you can change them. This is a GREAT book!

Mars and Venus on a Date by John Gray, Ph.D.
Gives insight into the dating world for both sexes. VERY HELPFUL!

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
This book can benefit men as much as it can women. It helps is "break the code" and finally gain a little insight into what's going on in the opposite sex's brain!

He's Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt. Maybe you're just not his cup of tea. And, if not, you deserve better.

It's Called a Break-Up Because It's Broken by Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt. This book honestly helped me break a horrible break-up/get back together loop I was stuck in. When I would get lonely at night, this audiobook would be that friend that made me laugh and talked me out of calling him.
The Tao of Dating by Ali Binazir. Learn how to be the goddess you are and attract the right man.


Parenting

Positive Discipline Birth to Five by Dr. Jane Nelsen
Super short and extremely Helpful!!

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy child from Zero to Five by John Medina

ScreamFree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool by Hal Edward Runkel
BY FAR the best parenting book I've read so far!! It's not just about not screaming, almost any parent could benefit from this book. It has been truly priceless in my own life, I just can't recommend it enough!
Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive by The Courses. This is an amazing (and LONG) series of lectures, all backed up by sound science, about various topics of child rearing.


Mental Health/Inspirational/General Self-Help 

Excuses BeGone! How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits by Wayne Dyer
Learn how to overcome the roadblocks in your head that tell you that you can't do something.

The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine, M.D.
Why women think the way they do.

The Law of Success From the Master Mind to the Golden Rule (in Sixteen Lessons) by Napoleon Hill
This book is really good and reeeeallllly long. I can only take it in small doses because it's a little dry but definitely chock full of information and worth the listen!

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
I just can't recommend this book enough! Every single person should listen to this. Everyone can greatly benefit from it!!!
The Toltec Way by Susan Gregg. The three Toltec Masteries (Awareness, Transformation and Intent) are explained as the key to transcending your limitations and experiencing yourself as the creator of your life.

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