25 of the best books that are essential reading for your holistic journey
What is Holistic Living?
The stark reality of life is that everything is interconnected. What we put into our bodies at mealtime impacts how our brains function; how our brains function impacts our ability to make smart financial choices; making smart financial choices helps relieve stress and leads to a healthier, happier life. It all goes on in this beautiful cycle, so it’s important to think holistically about our lives. Thinking holistically means considering all the intertwined factors that impact our lives such as money, wellness, nutrition, movement, intellectual stimulation, environment, and more.
A Book Guide to Holistic Living
As we all navigate different avenues of our lives, different challenges are presented. We may need advice in the realm of health and wellness, finance, nutrition, and more. There are so many experts out there that it can be difficult to narrow the search for information. If you’re looking to take a step back and view the bigger picture of your life, here are some amazing books that can help you on that journey:
Health and Wellness Books
The Mindful Kitchen: Author Heather Thomas sees the interconnectedness of what we put in our bodies and how it translates to other aspects of our lives. “The Mindful Kitchen” is a well-packaged combination of nutritional vegetarian recipes, beautiful quotes, and helpful practices to add to your routine.
Why Vegan is the New Black: To address the increasing number of women of color wanting to try out a vegan lifestyle, Deborrah Cooper made a well-rounded vegan cookbook that will spark creativity for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Black Girl Baking: Growing up, she understood the power of food to heal, connect, and understand. Now, Jerrelle Guy’s baking recipes are injected with healthy options like whole flours, less sugars, and vegan substitutes.
One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: Considerably one of the most powerful spiritual healers in the world, and teacher on the planet, Iyanla Vanzant shares the best tools on how to cope with life’s challenges, empower your dreams, and fulfill your potential.
The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love: Join Sonya Renee Taylor on her travels as she finds her favorite destination yet, self-love. Feel inspired and empowered on your journey to the same destination.
Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body: Discover a love for yoga and learn about the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits it can have on your life, regardless of your skill level.
Train Happy: Every body type is worthy of health and a positive relationship with fitness and that’s exactly what Tally Rye preaches in this body-positive exercise guide.
Financial Wellness Books
Clever Girl Finance: Financial health, including your relationship with finance, has major implications on your physical and mental health. In this book, you’ll develop your financial acumen and get some self-help tips from an industry great, Bola Sukunbi.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Making an impact in an industry can be dangerous, but Tim Ferriss was willing to bet on the 4-hour workweek, and it paid off. This book will teach you the value of your time and money.
Mindful Money: Buddhism and financial planning don’t usually go hand-in-hand, but in this book, Jonathan DeYoe shows that mindful practices with your money can benefit your long-term financial goals.
Skincare and Beauty Books
Palette: The Beauty Bible for Women of Color: Boldly highlighting the racial disparities in the beauty industry while guiding women of color to the best beauty products in the industry, Funmi Fetto’s “Palette,” is the must-read beauty book of today.
Botanical Skincare Recipe Book: Follow the skincare recipes in this book to harness the benefits of plants and herbs for the biggest organ in your body – your skin!
Slow Beauty: For those looking for a lifestyle change over quick-fix gimmicks, this book will bring thoughtful practices to your home and thoughtful recipes to your kitchen.
Sustainable Living Books
Plantfulness: Understanding plants can be a superpower; plants can provide you with a more mindful lifestyle by connecting you to nature, cleaning the air you breathe, heightening creativity, and more. “Plantfulness” is your all-knowing guide to find the perfect plant for you.
Soulful Simplicity: Learn how to declutter your home and your soul through this eye-opening take on how to take back your life. This is a great beginner read if you’re feeling overwhelmed with information.
What Now?: Reaching your twenties can feel heavy; suddenly your questions are so big and your decisions have long-lasting effects. This book on meditation for adults helps you reconnect with yourself, find solace in your own heart, and feel sure of your lifestyle.
101 Ways to go Zero Waste: With a looming climate crisis, it can be difficult to break down such a big problem into tangible actions. Kathryn Kellog makes a zero-waste lifestyle seem attainable and helps you carve out what you can do now to get started.
Family Health Books
Parent Like it Matters: How to Raise Joyful, Change-Making Girls: Women can change the world, so it’s critical we teach our girls just that. Here’s a look at how to parent a vibrant change-maker.
The Whole-Brain Child: Parenting can be hard! It can be even harder if you don’t understand the science behind your child’s behavior. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Daniel Siegel, explains the outbursts and helps parents find their gentle parenting routine.
Raising Good Humans: This book examines the ways in which parents can be mindful of how they react to different situations they will encounter. Mindful parents can help shape kind, gentle children who become lights in the world.
Simplicity Parenting: Kim John Payne convincingly breaks down the power of simplicity in your child’s life. She discusses the negative impact of “overwhelm” and provides insightful tips on how to simplify your life today.
Eco-Conscious Traveling Books
Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet: There are a series of investments, tools, and skills required to protect the earth’s resources from the drain of tourism. Find out more about how you can help in this eye-opening take.
The Healthy Conscious Traveler: In this captivating read, Robyn Benson takes readers through holistic practices they can weave into their routine, no matter where they are in the world.
Mindful Traveling: Journeying the World, Discovering Yourself: Practicing mindfulness during the hectic and beautiful experience of traveling can seem impossible, but with the information in this read, you’ll begin to see your experiences through a different lens.
Beyond Guilt Trips: This book will challenge the way you think about travel, encourage you to absorb the privilege that comes from travel, and provide insight on how to make your travel meaningful for more than just yourself.
I hope this booklist inspires you to explore the endless array of choices you have on your holistic journey. Feel free to let me know your thoughts, recommendations, and more in the comments.