My 7 Favorite Health and Wellness Books of 2013

Grain Brain:

The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers
By David Perlmutter M.D.

In Grain Brain, Functional Medicine Practitioner and Neurologist, David Perlmutter, has tackled a topic that’s been buried in medical literature: carbs are destroying your brain. His claim is that it’s not just unhealthy carbs like cake and cookies that cause problems, but even “healthy” ones like whole grains that can cause inflammation, which then leads to dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches and depression. Dr. Perlmutter explains why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. In fact, according to him, fat avoidance and carbohydrate overconsumption are at the heart of the Alzheimer’s epidemic.  He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our “smart genes” through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs.



Mind Over Medicine

Mind Over Medicine:

Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself
By Lissa Rankin, M.D.

Clinical trials show that up to 80 percent of patients given a placebo heal themselves with the power of the mind alone. But how?

There is documented evidence that beliefs, thoughts, and feelings can cure the body. And this book not only reveals the data from mainstream medical journals; it tells you step-by-step how you can implement this knowledge to make your body ripe for spontaneous remission or disease prevention.

For years, pioneers in the medical community have been extolling the virtues of the mind’s power to heal the body. Yet their insights into the connection between our physiological states and our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions have long been dismissed by modern medicine as New-Age quackery and pseudoscience. Until now, few have made a definitive, scientifically-documented case that the mind indeed has the power to prevent illness and even cure the body.

Intrigued but skeptical that the mind could heal the body, Western-trained physician Lissa Rankin, M.D. pored over hundreds of objectively evaluated, peer-reviewed studies from medical journals to find proof not just that thoughts and feelings originating in the mind can heal the body, but also that there are clear physiological mechanisms explaining how this happens. In short, the body is equipped with natural self-repair mechanisms that the mind has the power to flip on or off. In Mind Over Medicine, she explains how this process works, proves with extraordinary case studies from the medical literature that it does, and teaches practical techniques you can use to activate the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms, while shutting off the processes that predispose to illness.



Love Your Enemies 

Love Your Enemies:

How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier
By Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman

Life has a way of thwarting our plans, leaving even the most sainted of us frustrated and fearful at times. But losing our cool causes more problems than it solves. So when people and circumstances conspire against us, how can we douse the white-hot fires of rage? How can we break the cycle of hurt, anger, and revenge to find inner peace and coexist peacefully with the world?

In Love Your Enemies, Sharon Salzberg and Tenzin Robert Thurman draw on ancient spiritual wisdom, modern psychology, and the latest neuroscience to guide us in dealing with troublesome people and situations, and overcoming the real source of our distress, our deep-seated self-centeredness and self-hatred. Based on the popular workshop they teach together, the authors offer practical methods for transforming our relationship to our outer, inner, secret, and super-secret enemies.

Thurman brings to life traditional wisdom teachings such as Shantideva’s advice on replacing anger with patience, and the practice of exchanging self-preoccupation for compassion set out by Dharmarakshita. Salzberg mines her experiences as a leading teacher of insight and loving kindness meditation to relate real-life examples of putting the teachings into practice. Together, the two perspectives give us a well-rounded course in conquering our outer and inner enemies. The material is presented in a warm, accessible manner that welcomes spiritual seekers of all levels, from newcomer to dedicated practitioner.



Paleo Cooking From Elana's Pantry

Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry:

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes
By Elana Amsterdam

Our favorite gluten-free chef Elana Amsterdam has a new cookbook, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry. All 100 recipes in here are free of gluten, dairy, grains and processed foods.  We use Elana’s recipes and recommend them to patients at the Eleven Eleven Wellness center all the time because they’re easy to make, delicious and they’re all grain free. Her recipes feature lean proteins, simple vegetable dishes, and some healthy sweet treats. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or discouraged about giving up gluten, this cookbook is an amazing resource.



The Tapping Solution

The Tapping Solution:

A Revolutionary System for StressFree Living
By Nick Ortner

Do you have things in your life that you wish were different . . . but you don’t know how to change?

The Tapping Solution offers a new technique to deal with seemingly impossible situations.

Tapping, also known as EFT, is a powerful tool for improving your life on multiple levels: mental, emotional, and physical. It has been proven to effectively address a range of issues—from anxiety, chronic pain, addiction, and fear, to weight control, financial abundance, stress relief, and so much more. It’s also one of the easiest and fastest practices to learn. You can learn it in minutes, do it anywhere and on virtually any issue, and oftentimes experience immediate results.

How does it work? Based on the principles of both ancient acupressure and modern psychology, tapping concentrates on specific meridian endpoints while focusing on negative emotions or physical sensations. Combined with spoken word, tapping helps calm the nervous system to restore the balance of energy in the body and rewire the brain to respond in healthy ways.

In this book, you’ll not only learn how to start tapping, you’ll also get the history and cutting‐edge science behind it. Featuring step‐by‐step instructions, exercises, and diagrams, The Tapping Solution shows you how to tap on a variety of issues and identify practical applications. Plus, throughout the book, you’ll find unbelievable, real‐life stories of healing, ranging from easing the pain of fibromyalgia to overcoming a fear of flying.





A Practical Guide to Awakening
By Joseph Goldstein

If you are looking for a comprehensive book on meditation, whether you are a beginner or long time meditator, this is an essential book! Goldstein, who co-founded the Insight Meditation Society, weaves his own personal experiences in with the classic Buddhist teachings. He shares the wisdom of his four decades of teaching and practice in a book that will serve as a lifelong companion for anyone committed to mindful living and the realization of inner freedom. Whether you want to feel better, learn to relax or find your “true self”, this book contains all that is needed and more.


Best Green Drinks Ever

Best Green Drinks Ever

Boost Your Juice With Antioxidants, Protein and More
By Katrine van Wyk

Here at Be Well we love ourselves some greens and now our very own Be Well health coach Katrine van Wyk has written a gem of a book all about green drinks! If you’re intimidated by juicing and green drinks and wondering where to start, or simply need some new inspiring recipes – this is the perfect book for you. Katrine shows you how to take your veggie smoothie to the next level, by enhancing its benefits with added protein, fiber, and superfoods. She has also included a whole chapter of detox recipes – perfect to kick-start the New Year after the festive season. This book is coming out in mid-December but is available for pre-orders on Amazon now.


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