Where do I find inspiration and info? Look no further friends, I’ve put all my favourite resources and recommendations in one place. Dive in!
I'm mad for books. MAD for them. My wishlist is forever growing. But in the interest of simplicity I'm going to share my top 7. They just so happen to have wide scope: nutrition, holistic wellness, neuroscience, personal growth, entrepreneurship, and food.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed - If there’s an explorer in you or a craving for fresh air and new horizons then you’ll love this book. Cheryl Strayed recounts her adventures in the wilderness and learnings as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail solo. Brutally honest, funny and full of hope, Wild is a real heart warmer and one to revisit.
Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton - This book had me completely captivated from the start and flipped my understanding of the mind, spirituality and biology on its head. I'm a bit of a science nerd so this is right up my street but this book is very accessible. It brings to light all the science that back up the power of the subconscious mind and beliefs.
The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman - There are heaps of health books on the shelves but if you pick up just one, make it this book. Although it provides an in-depth look at obesity and diabetes (which is probably more relevant to you than you think) it provides a brilliant protocol for healing everything from adrenal fatigue and hormone imbalance to weight-loss. Mark Hyman is one of my health hero’s and I love his integrative approach to health, medicine and healing.
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown - This book was an eye-opener for me. Brene is a 'storyteller-researcher' and delivers a honest, funny and very relatable shift in perspective on vulnerability, strength and shame. There were so many insights on relationships, leadership, showing up in life, authenticity and even parenting. (Check out her must-watch TedTalks below for a taster).
Mind over Medicine by Lissa Rankin - Another one of my favourites, this book points towards the future of medicine. It basically highlights how powerful the mind is for health and healing from disease, spotlighting why the placebo effect and spontaneous remissions are seen as so problematic for medicine and why they shouldn't be ignored. I really recommend this one for anyone that is struggling with illness.
The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte - This book will start a fire in your belly. If you are looking for inspiration, motivation and guidance on following your dreams, especially if they have a business bent then this is a must read. Plus, this woman can really write.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan - Pollan is one of my favourite food writers and famous for the spot-on quote: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants". This book is such a great examination of the food industry, food ethics and provides a really simple approach to food. I really enjoyed reading this and love that it demonstrates such a balanced and informed attitude to food. No prior knowledge of science required.
Looking for more recommendations? Read this, Vital Nonsense: Recent Reads and then hold tight ‘cause there’s a heap more coming!
My favourite blogs (for wellness + lifestyle inspo):
PRODUCTS AND PEOPLE I SUPPORT:
Naked: The Ultimate Guide To Living A Life Uncensored by Meg O'Sullivan - My friend Meg’s creation is simply beautiful and a much-needed strip down. From the aesthetics to the words and action-packed prompts, this book with have you diving deep, getting bare and coming back up for air with a whole new sense of purpose and passion for life.
Spirited: Soulful Lessons on Clarity, Connection and Coming Home (to You) by Rachel MacDonald and Tara Bliss - Rach and Tara have collaborated to create this visionary guide to discovering your true self and celebrating the heck out of her. "147 pages. Out-of-this-world aesthetics. 12 soulful lessons. Musings on dreams and visions, fear, self-sabotage, comparison, the Ego, the inner critic, stillness, balance, joy, creativity and self-expression – and more. This much-celebrated eBook is part memoir-style storytelling, part workbook and part ultimate guide to YOU.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
She is Radiant and She is Radiant Toolkit by Claire Baker - Claire is lighthouse in the wellness world for exquisite self-care and radical self-expression. These eBooks are simply gorgeous and chock-full of useful info to improve your energy, clear your skin and kickstart your creative dreams. This is a woman to watch.
Reveal Your Inner Radiance Mini Meditations by Claire Obeid - My go-to collection of guided meditations. Invaluable.
Guided Chakra Cleanse for Busy People by Belinda Davidson - Change your energy, change your life. That’s Belinda’s motto and it hits the nail on the head, but don’t just trust me - this mediation has to be experienced first hand. This media gets a regular workout from me.
Bright-Eyed & Blog-Hearted - This is my all-time favourite course and the ultimate blogging resource, created by one of the most inspiring people I know, Rachel MacDonald. If you've ever considered starting a blog but are still twiddling your thumbs or feeling a little lacklustre about your current blog this is the course for you. BE&BH is a blogging phenomenon, packed to the rafters with insanely useful information and templates. The Facebook group is truly something to behold, filled with so much generosity and support that it is priceless. Rach is a facilitator and pipeline for so much joy, it just blows my socks off. Blogging how-to with a side serve of life coaching is her killer combo and it's setting the inter-webs alight. I wrote a full review here.
Cleansed - Cleansed is a 6-week online wellness program designed by Cassie Mendoza-Jones to address all the different parts of your wellbeing: your body, mind, spirit, space and life. It’s a potent mix of PDFs, worksheets, videos, audios, interviews, and more, combined with the power of community in the exclusive Facebook group. This eCourse is perfect for anyone that wants to take their wellbeing to new levels.
Heartfelt Harmony Society - another genius brainchild of Cassie’s, this time covering everything from Bloating, PMS, How To Become Unbusy, Emotional Harmony and Body Freedom to a Business Guide for Wellness Entrepreneurs. Cass is a wealth of knowledge, and better yet, she is so willing to share it to help women feel freedom and harmony in their bodies. The resources in the HHS are designed to spark insights, ideas and concepts that will guide you to a place where you can love your body with ease, where you wake up energised, put yourself first, and make feeling guilty, overwhelmed, imperfect or pressured a thing of the past.
Documentaries: Food Inc., Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Forks Over Knives, Hungry For Change, Sugar The Bitter Truth
The Orchestra in My Mouth - Tom Thum (just for kicks)
APPS AND TECH TOOLS:
Handle app - To-do's, emails and calendar all wrapped into one, finally.
Headspace app - Brilliant meditation resource and intro to mindfulness for newbies.
In the spirit of honesty and full disclosure, I am an affiliate for some of the products above, meaning I receive a commission for each purchase that is made using one of my affiliate links. All kickbacks aside, I’m sharing these resources with you because I’d recommend them in a heartbeat to anyone looking to live life with energy and purpose.