Let’s start with a confession: I can’t remember the last time I finished a fiction book. I’ve started plenty over the last few years but even the likes of Girl on the Train didn’t keep me gripped till the end. I’d much rather find out the ending in film format…sorry! On the plus side, non-fiction books are the answer to my short attention span. For the same reason that my ‘recently watched’ list on Netflix is filled with documentaries; I love it when a past-time has the additional benefit of teaching me something new. When a book opens my eyes to a new way of thinking or introduces me to facts that I never knew I needed to know, I’m always desperate to share. So here are three book that I’ve picked up recently, which have done just that.
The benefit: get some no-nonsense, scientific facts that cut through industry jargon and supermarket trends.
‘Gut health’ is a bit of a buzzword in the health/ food industry at the moment and the likes of Kombucha and Kefir are slowly migrating from Whole Foods to our regular supermarket shelves for that reason. This book is for those that want to get an insight into why you might consider parting your pennies for one of those costly drinks, or perhaps to just understand what’s happening inside your own body on a daily basis- it’s very relatable! This book was loaned to me by my dietitian mother, to whom the idea of discussing bodily functions wouldn’t raise an eyebrow but for some, the no-nonsense approach might be a bit too in-your-face. The book certainly breaks a few toilet related taboo’s but for those with a vague interest in human biology and optimising diet/ health, this book will certainly teach you a fact or two.
The benefit: build a positive mindset for body image, food and wellbeing.
In short, this is one big book of motivational quotes and positive affirmations. Whilst there’s not so much in the way of tangible advice, the concepts and ideas are there to trigger something inside you. The central theme is about one’s relationship with food and body image therefore it will touch people in different ways. The book has been quoted as ‘revolutionary’ and ‘life changing’ by many but I enjoyed it simply as a light and uplifting read.
The benefit: realise a new way of thinking and find some inspiration to start achieving your goals.
The basis of Ericson’s book is the idea that talent is made, not born. The few times that I have brought this concept up in conversation, I have been met with a unanimous response of disagreement- “but some people are just born with it”. Whilst I too, take comfort in the idea that I was never destined to master the piano or sing on-stage because I simply was not born with any form of musicality, Ericson will tell you that there is no ‘genius’ gene and that elite performance can come about through practice. Albeit, years and years of practice…with professionals… from a young age… hmm. That hurdle aside, I still enjoy the basic concept that gaining expertise is simply a matter or changing one’s state of mind and pushing beyond your comfort zone. In other words, stop making excuses and figure out a way reach your own peak!