January 29, 2019 at 12:16PM by CWC
With decluttering and organizing having a major moment right now, thanks to the nationwide obsession with Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, you may well have a little extra space in your Zen den for things that spark joy. Like, say, buzzy new wellness books you’ll want to get your hands on this year.
Jonesing for fresh inspo to eat well? What about learning more about the science of aging? Whether you’re interested in one of those topics or would prefer to dive deep into the power of energy healing, or get tips on meditation, or another worthy wellness topic, the hot-off-the-presses tomes on the list below are the healthiest additions to add to your TBR pile in 2019.
Check out 10 of the buzziest healthy books your wellness-obsessed friends will be talking about this year.
1. Do What Feels Good, by Hannah Bronfman (January 8)
Wellness influencer, celebrity DJ, and HBFIT founder Hannah Bronfman wasn’t always into wellness (hard to believe, right?). In her book, she opens up all about her journey from party girl to well-living maven. Leaf through her go-to recipes for “healthy hedonism,” her favorite self-care rituals, and her fitness philosophy in this book that’s worthy of a spot on your coffee table.
2. Beyond the Pill, by Jolene Brighten, ND (January 29)
Tons of women are fed up with detrimental side effects of synthetic birth control, like decreased sex drive, depression, anxiety, and weight gain (just to name a few). For those who decide to ditch the pill and seek other forms of contraception, women’s hormone expert Jolene Brighten, ND, is here to help navigate what’s next. There are lots of things women can do to make the post-pill time (which can bring about hormone imbalances and irregular periods) less daunting, and Dr. Brighten outlines them in the book via a 30-day plan.
3. Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance, by Emily Fletcher (February 19)
Haven’t you heard? Meditation is the new coffee—at least according to Ziva Meditation founder, Emily Fletcher, who happily notes that neuroscientists are finally catching up with the meditation benefits that gurus have sworn by forever. Learn about Fletcher’s method—a combo of mindfulness, meditation, and manifestation—which busy celebs, like Jenna Dewan, swear by. The book also includes research about the negative effects stress can have on the brain and body.
4. Perfectly Imperfect, by Kimberly Snyder (February 19)
Hold onto your Glowing Green Smoothie: celebrity nutritionist and Well+Good Council member Kimberly Snyder has a new book, and it’s all about making healthy eating more practical and accessible. Snyder breaks down how she stopped chasing perfection when it comes to food—and life in general—and how you can approach wellness and health in the same way. Expect more than 100 new plant-based recipes from Snyder, plus tips on beauty, healing, and happiness.
5. Outer Order, Inner Calm, by Gretchen Rubin (March 5)
Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin knows the power a clean space can have on your overall health and happiness. The latest book from the best-selling author of The Happiness Project, though, isn’t so much a “how-to” organizational guide as it is a roadmap of how to identify a decluttering method to help you feel more in control of your space (and therefore, your life). Her approach? There’s no single way to do anything. Rather, the right way is the one you actually do. If the KonMari Method doesn’t exactly spark joy for you, give Rubin’s approachable, flexible route a shot.
6. The Longevity Paradox, by Stephen Gundry, MD (March 19)
Cardiologist Stephen Gundry, MD, (AKA the doc responsible for making you think twice about what’s in your salad) takes a deep dive into the science of aging well in his latest book. And if you’re a gut-health geek, listen up: Turns out the gut microbiome is crucial for avoiding chronic disease and age-related ailments (at least, according to Dr. Gundry). Expect a detailed nutrition and lifestyle plan (not unlike in The Plant Paradox), except with a focus on the connection between the gut microbiome and how we age.
7. Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing by Jill Blakeway (April 2)
Interested in energy healing, but not actually sure what it is or how it works? Look no further. Renowned acupuncturist, herbalist, energy healer, and Well+Good Council member Jill Blakeway, DACM, LAc, takes a comprehensive dive into the science and mystery of energy healing in her latest book. Plus, learn how she began her practice and became one of the most sought-after healers in wellness.
8. Eat Clean, Play Dirty, by Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise (April 9)
The two women behind healthy meal delivery service Sakara Life are expanding their (plant-based) empire with the launch of their first book, which lets you DIY their famous vegan bites in your own kitchen. Eat Clean, Play Dirty includes recipes, advice, and lifestyle tips and tricks straight from Sakara founders Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle. Expect a crash course on the art of using food to heal, with recipes like the eat-the-rainbow wrap, orgasmic coconut yogurt, and red beet burger.
9.Well+Good: 100 Healthy Recipes + Expert Advice for Better Living, by Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula (April 16)
Ever wished for a little piece of Well+Good you can actually touch, dog-ear, and keep on your kitchen shelf? Wish, granted. The Well+Good cookbook is officially a real thing, coming to your kitchen this April. Wellness experts and healthy foodies contributed recipes they actually make at home. A few standouts you can expect? Dr. Mark Hyman’s breakfast cookies, Venus Williams’ jalapeño vegan burrito, Kelly LeVeque’s chia + flax chicken tenders, and Gabrielle Bernstein’s tahini fudge.
10. The Power Source, by Lauren Roxburgh (May 14)
Newsflash: Your pelvic floor is connected to so many things, and Lauren Roxburgh (AKA the “body whisperer”) wants you to know it. According to Emmy Rossum and Gwyneth Paltrow’s body-alignment expert, accessing and strengthening the pelvic floor is key to lowering stress and building a stronger core, among other benefits.
Love books, but want to keep your space clutter-free? Thousands of reads are now available to download for free. And don’t let self-care feel like a chore—here’s how to keep your routine realistic.