The best new health and wellness books to read this September.
Lux Nomade’s Book Club rounds up the best health and wellness books to add to your reading list this month.
If you’re looking for some inspiration to help you reach your goals this year, whether they’re to eat healthier, cook more or practise kindness, these books have you covered.
A groundbreaking approach to wellness that will help you cut through the clutter and find the small shifts that create huge changes in your life, from the host of the podcast The Feel Good Effect. Radically simple and ridiculously doable, The Feel Good Effect helps you redefine wellness, on your own terms. Drawing from cutting-edge science on mindfulness, habit, and behaviour change, podcast host Robyn Conley Downs offers a collection of small mindset shifts that allow for calmer, clarity, and joy in everyday life, embracing the idea that “gentle is the new perfect” when it comes to sustainable wellness.
Pottering: A Cure for Modern Life
This little book is both a discussion and a practical guide to the pastime of pottering. Author Anna McGovern writes with charm about the joy and practicality of living in the meandering moment, not asking too much of yourself and yet still getting things done in the gentlest of ways. This is the book for people who want to discover productivity at an easier pace, and above all the contentment you achieve when accepting that you can only do what you can do.
Potteringis a true ode to slow living and an antidote to the stresses of modern life.
Price: $16.99 /£9.45
Goodbye Phone, Hello World: 65 Ways to Disconnect from Tech and Reconnect to Joy
By Paul Greenberg
For anyone who needs a break from their phone, this book is a rousing call to reclaim the precious hours lost to screen time (1,400 hours per year for the average person) and reconnect to life’s enduring pleasures: friendship, family, romance, laughter, food, books, music, sleep, nature, art, and so much more. With wit, wisdom, and warmth, bestselling author Paul Greenberg presents 65 bite-size, device-free activities scientifically proven to promote true happiness, including practices for connection, mindfulness, conversation, creativity, and well-being. Presented in a petite, phone-like case and brimming with colourful, meditative artwork, this collection of life-affirming exercises is an uplifting gift or self-purchase to reach for in place of a phone.
Price: $23.65 /£10.65
A Year of Living Simply: My journey from complexity to contentment
By Kate Humble
Why is it, when we have so much, that many of us still feel we are missing something and the rush of pleasure when we buy something new turns so quickly into a feeling of emptiness, or purposelessness, or guilt? So what is the route to real, deep, long-lasting happiness? Could it be that our lives have just become overly crowded, that we’ve lost sight of the things – the simple things – that give a sense of achievement, a feeling of joy or excitement? That makes us happy. Do we need to take a step back, reprioritise? Do we need to make our lives more simple? Kate Humble’s fresh and frank exploration of a stripped-back approach to life is uplifting, engaging and inspiring – and will help us all find balance and happiness every day. Kate Humble is a farmer, writer, activist, entrepreneur and one of the UK’s best-known TV presenters. Her books have been shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize and The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award.
Price: $42.50 /£20.00
By Juliet Diaz
Awaken your inner healer by connecting with the wise and magickal energies of plants. Drawn from traditional ancestral practices passed down by generations of indigenous teachers, plant whisperer and herbalist Juliet Diaz guides readers along a journey far beyond the basic medicinal and magical properties of plants in this deep dive into Mother Earth’s drumming heart. Become a powerful healer and a child of nature, learning to hear, see, and understand the sacred vibrations of plant language to heal not only yourself but our earth as well with this illustrated guide. In Plant Witchery you will discover how to: Work with the magical and medicinal properties of over 200 species of plants, dry and store herbs, plants, and flowers for medicinal and magickal workings and choose the best times astrologically to work with different plants.
Price: $19.99 /£17.59
Deep Kindness: Practicing Kindness in a World that Oversimplifies It
by Houston Kraft
Spread meaningful kindness every day with these anecdotes and actions that can help bring change to our lives, our relationships, and the world. Practising kindness is an essential step in helping to repair a world that has grown to be more divisive, lonely, and anxious than ever. But with quotes like, “Just be kind” or, “Throw kindness around like confetti,” we’ve oversimplified what it takes to actually demonstrate kindness in a world crying out for it. Deep Kindness pairs anecdotes with actions that can make real change in our own lives, the lives of others, and throughout the world and is perfect for anyone who believes in a kinder world and recognizes that there is a lot of work to do before we achieve it.
Evolving Vegan: Deliciously Diverse Recipes from North America’s Best Plant-Based Eateries—for Anyone Who Loves Food
by Mena Massoud
From actor and avid traveller, Mena Massoud comes a collection of diverse, delicious, and accessible vegan recipes inspired from dishes all over the world, perfect for everyone at the table! It’s safe to say that veganism is no longer just a trend. Lifelong vegans, part-timers, and aspiring vegans are a diverse and eclectic group of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, and yet, there’s very little out there in mainstream media that reflects this new reality. The Evolving Vegan cookbook celebrates both flavours and stories from a wide array of plant-based eateries all across North America, proving that a plant-friendly diet is truly accessible to all! In this book, you will meet Cyrus Ichiza from Ichiza Kitchen in Portland, whose Taiwanese mother inspired him to share his Southeast Asian roots through authentically flavorful vegan dishes.
Price: $22.18 /£20.58