Here is the archive of all of the books I have read in 2016. Last year I set a goal of reading 80 books and fell a little short. I will try again to hit that number so there should be 80 entries on this page at the end of the year.

74. Bone Broth Diet – Kellyann Petrucci

73. Magicians of the Gods – Graham Hancock

72. Salt, Sugar, Fat – Michael Mosley

71. Movement Matters – Katy Bowman

I am a huge fan of Katy’s writing and this new book did not disappoint. It introduced the concept of movement in terms of movement ecology. While most of us have gotten the memo that we need to move more, this book highlights just how much of our movement has been “outsourced” out of our lives and why that should matter to us. It got me really thinking about my daily activities and not just the hour a day I put in at the gym.

70. The Third Plate – Dan Barber

For starters, I loved this book. It basically examined everything that is wrong with our current food system and explored the author’s quest of true, sustainable farm to table dining. It tackled topics of farming, ecology, and fine dining and how to integrate all three to create the “third plate.” Some of the conclusions seem plausible for most if they are willing to put in the effort, yet I couldn’t help but think of the shortcomings when it comes to feeding the entire planet. Definitely an eye opener and gave me much to think about, which was the reason for picking it up.

69. The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness lately and whether or not I am truly happy. While I’m not unhappy, I think I could stand to be a little happier, and that’s exactly what the author explored in this book. Digging into research on the topic, she devised 12 different things to focus on and practiced them for the course of a month. Not unsurprisingly they had a very positive impact on her life, and I’ll be cherry picking from these experiments to play around in my own life.

68. Living Life Forward – Micheal Hyatt

I picked this book up because I am feeling a little adrift in life right now, especially concerning what I want to do career wise. The author presented a step by step action plan to create a life plan, and help those adrift to find out what they want out of life and a way to get. Full of thought exercises this guide will be very helpful, provided I put aside the time to truly put the advice into action.

67. Case Against Fluoride – Paul Connett

This book tackled another lie that government interests have been feeding us: that fluorinated water is necessary for dental health. It reality it is a known neurotoxin that is anything but necessary, and why I use an RO filter that removes fluoride and other dangerous chemicals. The book presented many of the studies done, and a historical overview of the history of fluoridation, but it was presented in a very dry matter of fact manner. Due to that it was very hard to get through.

66. Always Hungry? – Dale Ludwig

There is a revolutionary concept out there that we are do not get fat because we overeat, but rather that we overeat because we get fat. Dr. Ludwig dives deep into the biochemistry and examines the evidence behind this claim. The solution he claims, is a real food, high fat low carb diet that reduces our “hungry fat cells” and reprograms our hunger. Lots of science packed in there, but over half the book was recipes too.

65. The Perfect Day Formula – Craig Ballantyne

A nice concise plan to set up your day for success. The author was heavily influenced by Stoicism, Epictetus in particular, a draws upon the concempt of only worrying about what lies in our control. Turns out there is a lot that you can control throughout your day that allows you to deal with the unexpected and still be very productive. Many of the tips I was already following, but I also picked up some new stuff to incorporate into the daily routine.

64. Start With Why – Simon Sinek

A great, yet simple message with this one. More geared toward business, the premise is that truly knowing why you are doing something, and ensuring your actions are congruent with that why will lead to success as a business or an individual. The book was full of business examples that demonstrated the differences in success between companies that had a strong why and those that did not. Very interesting, but a little redundant by the end.

63. The Great Cholesterol Myth – Johnny Bowden

Well this book just didn’t debunk one myth, but rather the myriad of myths surrounding the diet-heart hypothesis. Chock full of great science and references packed into a readable manner, this book should be read by anyone who has been told that they have high cholesterol and should be put on a statin. Yes we can fight heart disease with diet, just not with the one we’ve been told. Follow the advice in this book. Your heart will thank you.

62. Foodist – Darya Pinot

I read a lot of diet books and this one simply was not a very good one. The tagline was “using real food and real science” yet there was a lack of detailed science throughout. There was much of the focus on simply eating real food, which we all know is good advice. Yet she did not detail how difficult this can be for many, and basically operated on the assumption that once you start eating real food you won’t want to eat any other way.

61. Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willink

Admittedly a book more geared to business, however it’s basic message and themes can be applied to many areas of life. Extreme ownership at its core is accepting responsibility for everything that happens to you. You and you alone are in control and it’s up to you to act and react accordingly. Ditch the excuses and the blame. Take ownership.

60. Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday

I love Ryan Holiday’s work and his newest book is no exception. Based on the concept that we are our own worst enemy, this book discusses various ways in which our ego gets in our own way and how we can recognize that and devise strategies around. Full of useful tips and historical stories, this was a very interesting read that will serve as a reminder to identify those times when my ego is the true source of whatever problems I am facing.

59. Waking Up – Sam Harris

I was looking forward to this book because it professed itself as a guide to spirituality without religion. Not satisfied with organized religion I’ve been looking at ways to expand my spirituality. This book discussed many interesting points and concepts to consider, but I didn’t really find it to be a guide per se. Still, thought provoking and interesting nonetheless.

58. The Primal Prescription – Doug McGuff

I think we can all agree that the health care system in country needs some work. This book was part expose that examined the history of our health care system all of the steps that led to the affordable care act as we know it, and part advice on how reduce your reliance on such a flawed system by controlling as many factors as possible. Very interesting narrative and sound action steps.

57. The Vegetarian Myth – Lierre Kieth

For starters, I just loved this book. Simply stopping eating animals and animal products will not save the planet and fix factory farms. Not many people realize just how destructive modern agriculture really is, and this book details just that. Monocropping is as much to blame for environmental issues as anything, and only by reintroducing sustainable measures, where animals exist and assist on ecologically sound farms will we begin to fix the problems of industrial agriculture and feedlot farms.

56. Power of Now – Eckart Tolle

Basically a guide to “living in the present” and how this can deliver happiness and even enlightenment. Some profound concepts within these pages that show us how to handle our thoughts and emotions and break through the “barrier of the mind” that prevents us from living happy and fulfilled lives. I agree with the concepts, but achieving this sense of presence and acceptance in practice is not as easy as he lays out, and practical advice on how to actually get there is only vaguely presented. Kind of a “you’ll get it when you get it” sort of approach.

55. Fruit Belly – Romy Dolle

The premise of this one seemed okay: that a diet high in fruit (or even raw veggies) can lead to bloating. The execution, however, failed. There was some decent information contained within, but the writing style was cringe worthy at times, and there seemed to be no coherent structure to the narrative. Just a bunch of disconnected facts strung together. I expected much more from Mark Sisson’s publishing company. It was around the third or fourth time I saw the word roll used instead of role I decided I couldn’t go any further with this one.

54. The Paleo Approach – Sarah Ballantyne

You know you are a nerd when you grab a book like this, notice its resemblance to a textbook, and get excited to read it. Everything you need to know about autoimmune disease and the dietary interventions that can help treat it. I’ve read about the autoimmune protocol (AIP) before, but never had the science explained in such a well thought out fashion. This will serve as an excellent reference book for years to come.

53. Food Junkies – Vera Tarman

I thought I was going to get some insight on the biochemistry of food addiction when I picked this up, but instead the book was basically an argument that food addiction is like any other addiction (drugs, alcohol, etc.) and should be treated in a similar manner. While we can’t completely abstain from food it does make the case that addicts need to abstain from trigger foods. None of this “everything in moderation” BS that gets pandered around. Ultimately there were far too many anecdotes and an awful lot of references to other books on the topic. I didn’t get a whole lot out of this one. Perhaps try out some of her references for more information.

52. What to Say When You Talk to Yourself – Shad Helmstetter

We all have a voice in our head that processes our thoughts all day long. If you’ve ever stopped to really listen to it you may be surprised at the tone in which you talk to yourself. We live in a society of pervasive negativity, and that can easily bleed into our thoughts if we are not careful. This book helps you identify that negative self talk and how to turn it around to fill your life with positivity. Seems simple, but doing is often harder in reality and the strategies to do so are very beneficial. I’ve already noticed a difference.

51. Death By Food Pyramid – Denise Minger

Easily one of the best books I’ve read in awhile. An expose on the “science” that led to the creation of the food pyramid from the 90’s and the unforeseen consequences of it’s recommendations. That story is an interesting one, but one of the best parts of this book was the analysis she did of the most popular (and effective) diets that showed the similarities between them in sort of a Venn diagram fashion.  Most diets share A LOT in common and where people get lost and argue is in the 10% of differences.

50. Kale and Coffee – Kevin Gianni

Part memoir, part health book. This one follows the author’s story of coming to the reality that his raw food, vegan diet was not all it was cracked up to be, and his quest to figure what really does work through trial and error. Not just another vegan-turned-meat-eater story, but rather a roadmap for what we should all be doing: not religiously following dietary dogma and instead rigorously investigating and experimenting to find what works for our own, individual self.

49. The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

Elegantly simple, yet quite profound. The author gives four commitments that you can make in your life to give it more freedom and happiness. A quick assessment revealed I was not following any of these, but the revelations gained within this text gives me something to strive for. The conscious decision to implement these commitments has already had a positive impacts. For reference the four agreements are: be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best.

48. The Primal Blueprint – Mark Sisson

Mark Sisson is one of the preeminent leaders of the ancestral health movement (or his version, primal), whereas the focus is to recreate the dietary and lifestyle habits of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Full of actionable advice and what and what not to do from a dietary perspective, I view this book as one the few diet books I can whole heartedly recommend. It was interesting to see how many of my own principles and practices aligned with the concepts within this book.

47. Wheat Belly – William Davis

Although a few years old, this book still stands out as the first one to tackle the issue and impact of grains in our diet. I love how recent research has pretty much confirmed a lot of the information (some of it speculative) contained within. Since removing wheat (and other grains) from my own diet my health has only improved, and I’m a firm believer that most everyone can benefit from following the advice in this book.

46. The Untethered Soul – Michael Singer

A remarkable text that takes you on a journey within yourself. The progressive chapters introduce you to different ways to see what is going on within your mind, and offers new perspective on dealing with the thoughts, emotions, and habits you experience on a daily basis. This book definitely helped with some of my thought processes and I’m sure subsequent rereads (which will be worth it) will continue to draw insights.

45. Warrior: A Memoir – Theresa Larson

Reading a good memoir reminds me that I need to read more memoirs. This one was a very inspirational story about overcoming all of the challenges that life has to offer, including the ones in your own head. The author was an athlete, fitness competitor, and one of the first female marine platoon leaders…all while struggling with an eating disorder. The book chronicles her journey and struggles and highlighted a fact that so few of us are able to do: that it is okay to ask for help when you need it.

44. The Good Gut – Justin and Erica Sonnenburg

This pair of Standford researchers explore the relationship between the gut microbiota and our health, and offer some simple solutions for improving that relationship. Much of this field of research has been emerging in just the last few years, and much remains an unknown territory. For that reason there is no clear cut answer/path for improving gut health beyond trial and error with probiotics, fermented foods, and prebiotic fiber. Still, this was good resource for digging into some of the history and what recent studies have uncovered. I believe we will have a much clearer picture on the gut microbiome with concrete actionable advice in 5 to 10 years

43. Resilience – Eric Grietens

How we face adversity and come through it: that’s what this book is about. Written as a series of letters to fellow Seal, the book contains a blend of ancient and modern wisdom for coping with life’s issues, and becoming a stronger better person because of them. Each letter focuses on a different topic, and almost provides a step by step set of instructions to dig yourself out of any hole. So much relevant and applicable goodness in this one.

42. Switch on Your Brain – Caroline Leaf

Knowing how big of an impact your mental approach makes on your life I’ve taken a lot of interest in how the brain works lately. This book describes the process of how our thoughts work and how we can take toxic negative thoughts and form them into positive ones that allow us to live happier and healthier lives. Lots of good science, but there was too much spirituality in it for my liking.  I knew from reviews going in that she references the bible heavily, but I wasn’t expecting multiple scripture quotes per page.

41. A Simple Guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol – Eileen Laird

Well, the title doesn’t lie. This no fluff guide is a very informative introduction to paleo AIP diet. It includes everything you need to know to get started, including what to eat and what not to eat, how the two phases work, and detailed troubleshooting tips. Highly recommended if you need to try and AIP protocol for your autoimmune issues or allergies.

40. The Urban Monk – Pedram Shojai

An interesting East meets West mashup detailing how to use Eastern practices and wisdom in our everyday western modern lives. We know we should be meditating and de-stressing, but how do you actually do it? Well, this book has the answer in the form of several detailed practices that we can start incorporating in our everyday endeavors. Loved the writing style and breadth of practical, and immediately implementable information.

39. Fiber MenaceKonstantin Monastyrsky

Is fiber really as beneficial as we told? That’s the question that this book addresses and the author claims that over-consumption of fiber is responsible for many digestive issues that we collectively face.  While I love a good book that goes against current prevailing thought, the tone of  this one was very off putting, as the author conveyed a sense of superiority to his theories. With some of the science questionably presented, I am considering the concepts theoretical until more is known, and really wished the message contained could have been done in half the printed pages, as it got VERY redundant.

38. The Cortisol Connection – Shawn Talbot

Cortisol is the primary hormone produced in response to stress. Recently links between chronically elevated levels of cortisol (chronic stress) and a whole bevy of health related issues, such as obesity and suppressed immune response, and this book explores those connections and the science behind it. I have a vested interest in learning more about this as I tend to keep my fat stores around my belly, which has been linked to elevated cortisol response. This book could use another update, especially in regards to nutrition (he seriously used the phrase “fat burns in the flames of carbohydrate). The supplementation section was useful though.

37. As a Man Thinketh – James Allen

Short, simple, and to the point. This small “book” delivers a powerful message about how our thoughts make us who we are, and how the simple act of positive thinking can have a tremendous impact on our lives. That it was written over a hundred years ago is irrelevant; the message contained within is timeless.

36. The Obesity Code – Jason Fung

Another look at how weight gain is mainly caused by hormonal disregulation. The author’s stance is that insuslin resistance is at the heart of the issues and provides step by step directions for improving one’s insulin resistance to achieve weight loss and regain good health. He doesn’t just stop there, and the book is one of the most methodical breakdowns of the multiple causes of the obesity epidemic that I’ve read. There are so many different factors and he provides clear examples and sound science addressing all of them. This may be my new favorite diet book to recommend.

35. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl

The highly influential reflection of one man’s time spent in multiple Nazi labor camps during WWII, and how he found meaning despite the suffering and the dire situation he was is. There are many lessons contained within that can help us choose how to deal with the obstacles and low points of our own lives.

34. The Swing! – Tracy Reifkind

There’s no denying that the kettlebell swing is one of the best exercises you can be doing and this book focuses on how to build a fat loss program based around this single exercise. The author used the swing exclusively (along with sensible eating) to achieve her own profound weight loss. Lots of solid info, but this book suffered from the “this is what worked for me” approach that doesn’t always necessarily translate into results for everyone.

33. Keto Clarity – Jimmy Moore

A comprehensive look at ketogenic diets, what they are and are not, and the health benefits of prescribing to one. There is a lot of good information, but I found it almost too conversational. That’s good for the lay person wanting to learn more about the subject, but not so much for a nerd like me. The author interviewed over twenty experts to fill the book with information so it was nice to get multiple viewpoints and clinical examples to drive the points home.

32. Extra Virginity – Tom Mueller

Holy Crap! I am now afraid to buy olive oil. This book takes a deep look at the corruption of the olive oil industry and how manufacturers are passing off adulterated oils as extra virgin grade olive oil. As much as 60% of supermarkets oils have been cut with low grade oil or cheap vegetable oils. Using a refreshing storytelling approach, the author examines the history of olive oil production, and the struggles small batch, high quality oil producers face getting their product to the hands of consumers in such a shady market. Definitely read this if you are a consumer of olive oil.

31. The Dorito Effect – Mark Schatzker

This might be one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a long time. A combination of history and science, the author pursues the story of how we have been effectively removing the taste from real food as we breed faster growing crops and animals and how that missing taste has been engineered back in using flavor chemicals. The author asserts that this has rewired our brains and is contributing to the obesity epidemic. The connections made were new and novel, and I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to get a better grasp of the issues plaguing modern food productions and the correlations to the current state of our health as a nation.

30. The Epigenetics Revolution – Nessa Carey

I am really digging the concept of epigenetics lately. Yes, we all have a set genome, but what genes get switched on and expressed is highly dependent the outside factors, such as environment, that act upon them. This book is a highly accessible introduction to this emerging  field of study, and is filled with plenty of examples and science. My only gripe is that it focused more heavily on mechanisms of epigentic changes rather than examples of environmental inputs that cause those changes.

29. Fat Chance – Robert Lustig

Finally! An MD that gets it. This book goes deep on the science behind the obesity epidemic and how hormone regulation is at the center of it. The toxicty of sugar and it’s effects on the hormones that regulate hunger, fat storage, energy usage, and satiety are all laid out in the pages within. The impacts of modern industrial food manufacturing is examined in a succinct and clear manner, while strategies for overcoming this dietary sabotage are laid out to give us a chance at winning this fight on an individual level. I rank this book right up there with Gary Taubes’s Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It as far as clearly articulating the science behind weight gain goes.

28. Kettlebell Simple and Sinister – Pavel Tsatsouline

Take it from the man responsible for popularizing kettlebell training in the last two decades, kettlebell training doesn’t have to be incredibly complex to get results. This book provides a simple outline to use just swings and get ups to achieve tremendous results, proving that most times, simple is truly better

27. Relentless – Tim Grover

Over the last two decades the author has spent time training some of the most successful athletes on the planet. This book is the culmination of the insights gained from those years of work. It examines what makes these athletes great, and strategies he used to make the greatest even greater. It comes down to being relentless in the pursuit of any goal you set out to achieve, and he outlines ten different psychological necessities to become relentless yourself.

26. Barefoot Strong – Emily Splichal

Essentially this book was a look at how proper barefoot training can have a multitude of benefits for your health and fitness. The information within reinforced why I train almost exclusively barefoot. Plenty of exercises and routines were included to get you started, but I found the descriptions a little lacking. The author referenced her website for basically every one described, which kind of defeats the purpose of buying a book. Pictures and better articulated descriptions would have made these a worthwhile resource.

25. The Wild Diet – Abel James

Host of one of my favorite podcasts, The Fat Burning Man Show and trainer on ABC’s My Diet is Better than Yours, Abel provides a common sense template for diet and weight loss. Once upon a time (in the not so distant past) we were all eating wild, real foods. This book demonstrates how we can recreate that time of relative health and well being in today’s modern world. Full of sound advice and deliecious recipes, this is one of the the few diet books that I wholeheartedly recommend.

24. Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox – Katie Rheaume-Bleue

After reading the Calcium Lie I felt there was still a piece missing to the puzzle. This book describes the mechanism in which excess calcium in the body is not utilized by our bones (where it is needed) and instead can be used in the calcification of arteries (where we don’t want it). All due to a vitamin deficiency that we’ve “manufactured” by grain feeding our animals. Time to reevaluate my diet to see where (if any) my K2 is coming from.

23. The Golden Sayings of Epictetus – Epictetus

Another fantastic stoic text. There was a little more theology in this collection, but nonetheless there were quite a few gems to highlight and reread

22. Rewild – Jeff Leach

A collection of essays on the microbiome by the founder of the Human Food Project, which is a massive microbiome project. The essays were easy to read and covered some interesting topics, yet there was no underlying thesis to the book. Nevertheless, the micorbiome is a fascinating topic for me and I am amazed at just how much damage we’ve done to ourselves (and our microbes) by eating the standard American diet.

21. Perfect Human Diet – CJ Hunt

This is not your normal diet book. Paleo is popular right now, but one of my biggest beefs with it is that the claims of what our ancestors ate aren’t necessarily accurate and the use of certain foods with impunity just because it’s something they may have eaten. This book dives into the actual evolutionary anthropology to tease out just what diet we evolved to eat. The only issue I had with this approach is that there was no exploration of how the different diets around the globe evolved based on food availability in a particular region.

20. Nonzero – Robert Wright

Another departure from my normal fitness and mindset fare. This book takes a look at social evolution, particularly how we have continuously progressed from hunter gatherers to the society as we know it today. The author argues that our levels of organization and progress arise from cooperative (nonzero) cultural interactions and it is this interaction that will continue developing a more complex society well into the future as we adapt to emerging technologies.

19. Telomere Timebombs – Ed Park

Telomeres, which are basically the end caps on our DNA, may hold the key to aging. This book presents the fact that over time these telomeres shorten, which eventually results in corrupt copies of our DNA being made. This process is believed to be at the heart of aging. Fortunately the enzyme telomerase is able preserve the lengths of our teleomeres and the author divulges the details of a new all natural therapy to keep this enzyme working in the body.  The author puts the science in an easy to read format, with plenty of real world analogies to get the points across, however, I found it to be overkill and some of the scientific specifics were almost too dumbed down or glossed over for me. To that end I will be investigating this subject further to understand more.

18. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

Every since reading The Obstacle is the Way I have looking forward to digging into the stoic texts. The reflections of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius has been a solid place to start. The highlight function on my kindle has been getting a workout with all of the tidbits and wisdom he provides on what it means to life a good life. If everyone read this book there would be far less assholes in the world and far more good people doing good things.

17. Beyond Civilization – Daniel Quinn

An interesting criticism of “civilized” society. Presented as a collection of essays, Quinn argues that our current way of living is not working. At the same time there is no right way to live, which allows us the freedom to figure out how to move beyond civilization instead of being confined by the thoughts of what we’ve always done.

16. The Calcium Lie II – Robert Thompson and Kathleen Barnes

A quite contrarian viewpoint is presented in this book about a misunderstood mineral. The dairy pushers have been telling us for years that we need calcium to build strong bones, but the author argues that a severe mineral imbalance is actually leading to an abundance of calcium in body that leads to a whole host of issues and disease states in the body. Not just about calcium they book highlights several other nutritional fallacies and the role they play in disease. Highly informative, yet I have some fact checking to do.

15. Play – Stuart Brown

A fascinating look at the benefits of play in everyday life. Play is important in kids and adults alike, and cultivating a healthy attitude toward play can improve success and happiness. Not only doesn’t it provide a creative outlet, it helps develop proper social skills and can be extremely fulfilling for those that feel a certain something is lacking in their lives. The author does a good job of combining science and case studies to present a sound argument for the necessity of play in our lives.

14. The Fat Loss Prescription – Dr. Spencer Nadolsky

I am always interested in reading doctors’ viewpoints on weight loss because the nutritional training they get in medical school is extremely insufficient. The author’s approach was mainly habit based, which is an important foundation of any diet. I didn’t agree with all of his viewpoints, especially his dismissal of the importance of manipulating insulin to aid in repairing metabolism and accelerating fat loss, but his plan as presented would be effective for most of the population. The last section on medications that can cause weight gain or hinder weight loss will serve as a good reference.

13. The Rise of Superman – Steven Kotler

A fantastic look at extreme sports athletes that have tapped into the state of consciousness known as “flow” and how they are using this optimal state to perform before thought impossible feats of athleticism in their sports of choice. Full of stories and science, it’s an exploration of what humans are truly capable of.

12. Fitness Confidential – Vinnie Tortorich

The author is the host of my favorite fitness podcast. Much like the podcast, this book is a hilarious mix rants, stories, fitness advice, and foul mouthed humor. Vinnie is a breath of fresh air in the fitness space. He tells it like it is, hates fads and gimmicks, doesn’t try to sell you anything, and gives truly practical advice. It doesn’t get much simpler (or effective) than “No Sugars, No Grains.” I wish more fitness books were written in this style.

11. We’re Working Out: A Zen Approach to Everyday Fitness – Al Kavadlo

The author is well known for his contributions to the calisthenics movement, but I found this book on his philosophical viewpoint of fitness quite invigorating. Tons of takeaway nuggets here that’s be sure to spawn a few articles from me. It made me rethink goal setting a bit and the dark side that comes with obsessing over where you want to be. I enjoyed this so much I will likely read some of his follow up work.

10. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on it – Kamal Ravikant

A short, but powerful read. More self help books need to be like this. Succint, yet packing practical advice to drive the point home. I’ve taken his “practice” and incorporated it into my life. The results in just a few days have been profound. Do yourself a favor and read this book. The three bucks is worth it!

9. Deep Nutrition: Catherine Shanahan

My biggest beef with Paleo Diets is the assertion that if our ancestors ate it, we should too, without providing the “why” behind that claim. This book changes that, showing how our nutritional choices can greatly influence our genetic expression, and why different diets around the world can provide exceptional pictures of health despite being vastly different. From this collected information she gives generic rules to live by to improve our health, what she calls the “Four Pillars of World Cuisine.” My favorite quote from the book, one everyone should take to heart: “When we allow real food to connect our bodies to nature, nature speaks through that sustenance directly to our DNA, to the living, intelligent engines that drive our physiologies.”

8. 30 Ways to Reboot Your Body – Ben Greenfield

A nice, concise, step-by-step action plan to reclaim your health and well-being. This is pretty much a condensed version of his book, Beyond Training, with a few tidbits of new information. It could have been a little more in depth on certain topics instead of linking to several articles on his website

7. Tripping Over the Truth: Travis Christofferson

I Loved this book! Cancer has hit close to home for me and part of helping my mom through it was identifying nutritional strategies to help her combat the disease. Those strategies arise from viewing the disease as one of cellular metabolism. This book reviews the history of the disease, how it was originally thought of as a metabolic one, how we shifted away to a genetic view, and how we are finally revisiting the metabolic theory in lieu of the relatively ineffective treatments and drugs that came out of the last 60 years of genetic research. It offers hope that we can finally determine the mechanisms of this disease and effective treatment options that don’t involve completely tearing down the patient’s body in the process.

6. The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney

Two doctors take a science based approached to prove once and for all that low carbohydrate diets are perfectly safe and more than likely what the entire population needs to adopt to combat various disease states. Heavy on the science, I found this well laid out treatise very educational. I loved the fact that they didn’t necessarily lay out absolutes in terms of carb levels, but rather reconciled the science with the fact each individual metabolism is, well, individual, and how to determine appropriate macro, and micro, intake. I will be reading their follow up, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance.

5. Choose Yourself – James Altucher

I really enjoyed this self help book, mainly because of the author’s conversational writing style. He gave some practical advice to help get yourself unstuck in life by getting your physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental houses in order. My biggest takeaway from the book was his viewpoint of the emotion of anger. To him, getting angry at someone is really dishonesty. Why should you get angry when someone didn’t act the way you wanted them to? It’s a selfish and dishonest reaction and I’ve been trying to keep that in mind lately when I feel that emotion coming on.

4. Jailhouse Strong – Josh Bryant

I found the concept of the book interesting and some of the anectdotal stories were quite interesting. The workout programs prescribed were nothing new and I thought the convict conditioning series did a much better job in this department. The takeaway that resonated the most with me is that convicts don’t get strong because they can workout all day, they get strong because they can adequately recover from their workouts.

3. Original Wisdom – Robert Wolff

What one man learned about life, living, and Man’s place in the world by spending time with an indigenous culture untouched by modern civilization. This was an interesting account of how well in tune these cultures are with the world around them and how that cultivates a different perspective on their lives that serves as a stark contrast to our “advanced” civilizations. The author’s assertion that their deep connection with the Earth, not trial and error, is what has made them able to identify the most nourishing foods and effective herbs and medicines is a fascinating insight I had never considered.

2. Beyond Training – Ben Greenfield

Holy fount of information. Ben’s book, much like his website and podcast, is chock full of useful and applicable information. He takes an approach to training that is not only effective, albeit contrary to established dogma, but also puts health and longevity front and center. This includes plenty of lifestyle and diet tips that extend outside the brief time we spend training, hence the title of the book. This will be an invaluable resource that I will be sure to reference for years to come.

1. Don’t Just Sit There – Katy Bowman

By now we all now that prolonged periods of sitting are bad for you. Katy offers the contrary, but extremely sound, theory that substituting prolonged periods of standing can be just as bad and what we should do instead. The solution is to introduce as much dynamic movement into our day as possible and she outlines a program to do just that.