Make the most of your holiday downtime with top of the line health and fitness books of 2015. Here are our favorites for fueling your physique and nourishing your mind and spirit in 2016.
1. Bulletproof: The Cookbook by Dave Asprey
While we wait for Bulletproof’s global takeover, we’ll be busy incorporating Dave Asprey’s unique approach to healthy eating (like, oh, steaming your smoothie kale) into all of our foods—yes, that means beyond the coffee mug—thanks to this book of recipes.
2. How Bad Do you Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald
At the highest level of sport, it’s often not physiology but psychology that separates the best from the rest. Matt goes well beyond just telling stories of great athletes (though he’s really good at doing that, too) and delves deep into cutting-edge brain science to show us all how we can strengthen our own mental muscle. Here’s a sneak peak.
3. Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci
The blogger who officially entered “zoodle” into the healthy girl’s lexicon compiled some of her most delicious, inventive recipes into one cookbook. You’ll learn how to make edible ribbons out of everything from apples to zucchinis, plus creative ways to dress them up. If only a spiralizer came with it as a gift-with-purchase…
4. Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore
The holistic skin-care counselor-turned-founder of cult favorite beauty brand S.W. Basics of Brooklyn serves up myth-busting insight in her first book. All of your burning questions (like, Is my skin naturally acne-prone, or is there something else at the root of the problem?) are answered, plus she provides a road map for making an about-face with your, well, face.
5. The Beauty Detox Power by Kimberly Snyder
Having already tackled beauty, weight, wellness, and detox, the Los Angeles nutritionist-to-the-stars takes a surprising stance in her latest tome: that food is just the beginning. From self-talk to gut health, Snyder presents a persuasive argument on behalf of taking care of not just the body, but the mind-body connection as well.
6. The New Health Rules by Dr. Frank Lipman
New York City’s most well-known functional medicine physician (and celeb go-to doctor) created this modern manifesto for living a healthy, cool life. Think nearly 100 simple ideas and tips that will change how you eat, drink, workout, and even sleep.
7. The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal
While we are on the topic of stress… Kelly absolutely nails this book. Instead of seeing stress as something toxic and to be avoided at all costs, Kelly says we should embrace it, and she presents a compelling case. Stress, it turns out, is a wonderful vehicle for personal growth and development. I had the privilege of discussing this with Kelly in the context of endurance sports here.
8. The World Beyond Your Head by Matthew Crawford
A powerful meditation on “becoming an individual in an age of distraction.” It seems that we are more empowered than ever thanks to technology, but is this really the case? Matt makes a compelling argument that our modern, “always-on” surroundings make it harder to discover our selves. This book is filled with rich philosophy that is every bit as accessible as it is thoughtful. Reading left me more aware of my autonomy and the constant threats to it.
9. Unprocessed by Megan Kimble
In 2012, Megan Kimble did something many twenty-something, city-dwellers would find unthinkable: She went a full year without eating processed food. The end result is a page-turner that not only tells her personal story, but also explores what products really go through before arriving on supermarket shelves.
10. Yoga for Life by Colleen Saidman Yee
The part-memoir, part-guide from the yoga legend covers everything from her battle with epilepsy and kicking a serious heroin habit, to the realities of the modeling world and the widely-reported-on affair that led to her finding her soulmate, Rodney Yee.