We just finished our Wellness class at Bethel. I’m always sad when our classes end because I enjoy meeting people who are interested in living healthy lifestyles. I especially like to meet people who haven’t got a clue about this “health thing,” those to whom the subject is overwhelming, because it can be daunting. I believe this is the reason why many people simply don’t try. But, it’s time to overcome that mentality and move toward a lifestyle of adventure, taking it all in towards a positive first step.
At the end of our Wellness class (Body, Soul and Spirit) we hand out a questionnaire in order to get an idea of the class’s effectiveness.
The overarching request from attendees was for book recommendations, recipes, supplements, and for informational handouts to take home. With that in mind, here are some helpful resources to get you started.
The Gerson Miracle, Food Inc., Killer at Large, Forks over Knives, Food Matters (one of my favorites), Farmageddon, and Vegucated.
Always purchase organic fruits, vegetables (wild based), and always read labels. There are so many good brands to purchase. I’ve found Standard Process and Pure to be great brands. One supplement to look into is Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 helps the body assimilate nutrients from foods. This is helpful if you feel that you are not getting enough of what you need from the good food you are eating. You can get tested for Vitamin D deficiency, as many people find they are deficient and in need of this amazing vitamin. I think it is a good idea for everyone to take a good organic multivitamin. This is a major topic that could take multiple pages to discuss.
I have found that on the topic of supplements there are many good books and references.
The very first book I read from cover to cover was The Makers Diet by Jordan Rubin. Rubin’s story about his journey to health and healing is remarkable.
The Juice Lady, Cherie Calbom, has written many books containing a wealth of information. Some of my favorites are Jumpstart and Natural to Super Natural Health by David Herzog. Seven Pillars of Healthby Dr. Don Colbert, MD, You’re not sick,You’re Thirsty by F. Batmanghelidj, MD, are all great reads. Also, both Who Switched Off My Brain? by Dr. Caroline Leaf, and The Gabriel Method by Jon Gabriel are great books that deal with emotions and toxic thoughts. The latter book is a secular book. I don’t agree with the part on meditating, but I do believe in the soaking method, which is resting and thinking upon our Great Creator while listening to His voice.
These are just a few books to get you started. Many of the authors have written a number of excellent books that are full of information to help you become more knowledgeable.
I recommend Raw Food, Real World by Sarma Melngailis, Against All Grain by Danielle Walker, Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam and Heney Fong, and The Paleo Chocolate Lover’s Cookbook by Kelly V. Brozyna and Elana Amterdam.
Flax seed in any form (ground, whole, or oil), hemp seeds, chia seeds (I put these in porridge, smoothies, and over foods such as salads), dark green vegetables and dark colored fruits, maca powder, ginger, nuts, dark chocolate, moringa, and many more.
I believe so much in educating people about living a healthy lifestyle because with the right knowledge they are empowered to make proper decisions according to their personal needs.
And always – to your health!