Books worth reading

When it comes to healthy lifestyle books, there's no shortage of options. Every other website will give you the recomendations for the "best" diet book. At Wellpowered, we focus on small changes for lasting, sustainable success. Start here-these are our favorite books for people who want to make changes the right way.

1. The End of Overeating

By: David Kessler (2009)

Uncovers the influences that have conditioned people to overeat, explaining how combinations of fat, sugar, and salt; food cues; and the cultural norms that are difficult to ignore have hijacked our brain circuitry, and demonstrates how to regain control.

2. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

By: Michael Pollan (2008)

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." US-based journalist Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) distills a career’s worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to people’s health by today’s industrially driven Western diet. In Defense of Food debunks the daily media barrage of conflicting claims about nutrition. Traveling the globe and exploring the supermarket aisles to illustrate the principles of his bestselling “eater’s manifesto,” Pollan offers a clear answer to one of the most confounding and urgent questions of our time: What should I eat to be healthy?

3. The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

By: Nina Teicholz (2014)


Discusses the history of how fat may have been wrongfully blamed for many health conditions and why fat should be included as part of a healthy diet.​

4. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement

By: Katy Bowman, MS (2017)

Move Your DNA explains the science behind our need for natural movement – right down to the cellular level. It examines the differences between the movements in a typical hunter-gatherer’s life and the movements in our own. It shows the many problems with using exercise like movement vitamins instead of addressing the deeper issue of a poor movement diet.

5. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

By: John J. Ratey, MD (2013)

Explores the link between exercise and mental health and highlights the impact of the mind-body connection

6. Always Hungry: Always Hungry?: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently

By: David Ludwig (2016)

Leading Harvard Medical School expert and “Obesity Warrior” Dr. David Ludwig rewrites the rules on weight loss, diet, and health with his co-author and wife, Chef Dawn Ludwig.

Podcasts worth listening to

1. Home Cooking

Hosts: Samin Nosrat & Hrishikesh Hirway

Home Cooking is a mini-series to help you figure out what to cook—and keep you company—during the quarantine. If you need help or just want some creative inspiration for your kitchen, we’ve got you covered.

2. Gastropod

Hosts: Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley

Food with a side of science and history. Every other week, co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley serve up a brand new episode exploring the hidden history and surprising science behind a different food- or farming-related topic, from aquaculture to ancient feasts, from cutlery to chile peppers, and from microbes to Malbec. They interview experts, visit labs, fields, and archaeological digs, and generally have lots of fun while discovering new ways to think about and understand the world through food.

3. The Growth Equation

Hosts: Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

The art, science, and practice of performance and well-being. The Growth Equation represents an ongoing and holistic path of performance and well-being. It starts with a strong base of physical health, mental health, and community. The next step is cultivating your core values and practicing skills such as drive, toughness, resilience, self-awareness, stress, rest, and recovery. With those in place, it is possible to unlock and sustain peak performance.

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