Cooler weather means it’s time to cozy up with a good book and a warm beverage — healthy pumpkin spice latte, anyone? If you ask us, fall is the perfect season to get introspective, learn something new, and rethink your health from a different angle. Consider it research time before setting your 2020 resolutions. From feel-good self-care memoirs to in-depth scientific exposés, here are eight new wellness books on our fall reading list.
Sure, we’d probably all benefit by permanently logging off our social media forever and embracing a full-blown analog lifestyle. However, as romantic as it sounds, most of us aren’t about to run off to Walden Pond anytime soon. This book provides a manageable alternative. Could you live without your devices for twenty-four whole hours, one day per week? Author Tiffany Shlain has done just this with her family for almost a decade. She explains the many benefits she and her family have experienced practicing this “Technology Shabbat” and also looks into the science advocating it.
We’ve long admired Queer Eye‘s Jonathan Van Ness as an outspoken advocate for self-care. Now, with the publication of his new memoir, he’s become a hero in the art of owning your vulnerability. In it, he shares his past experience with sexual abuse and drug addiction and comes out as a proud member of the HIV positive community. We’re ready to feel all the feels with this honest and open memoir all about embracing yourself.
Is aging optional? Or even more enticing, can we actually reverse aging? Harvard Medical School scientist David Sinclair, PhD, suggests just that in this new book. He shares the research from his lab in how we can activate our body’s vitality genes to actually reverse aging using accessible lifestyle changes such as intermittent fasting, exercise, and consuming less meat. We’re ready to take serious notes on this one.
Dr. Will Cole’s first book, Ketotarian, was an international best-seller. In it, he proposed a plant-based keto diet as a way to burn fat, boost energy, and calm inflammation. Now, he’s back with a new book entirely devoted to the subject of inflammation and its many expressions. Weight gain, fatigue, and hormone imbalances are all part of the inflammation spectrum, he proposes. More importantly, every meal we eat can either help or hurt ourselves on that spectrum.
This one is for you, skeptics. Turns out, manifesting isn’t just a feel-good cliché. Au contraire, neuroscientist and psychiatrist Tara Swart, MD, PhD, says visualization really does work! And yes, she has the science to back it up. Read this to quiet self-limiting beliefs and fears, and give yourself permission to step into your best self.
Find botanical bliss with this self-care read from vitruvi co-founder Sara Panton. She’s previously appeared on our blog to talk us through all the essential oil basics. Her new book will take your knowledge of essential oils and self-care rituals to the next level. It’s full of recipe blends for everything from face oils to lymphatic massage to non-toxic cleaning.
Bestselling author and IG yoga phenom Rachel Brathen (aka @yoga_girl) is talking love and loss in her new memoir. Although many of us came to know Rachel through her viral handstand photos and forays into goat yoga, her story is rich with challenges, heartbreak, and teachable moments. In To Love and Let Go she’s opening up about losing loved ones and how that grief has shaped her life. Where her first book taught us to breathe and feel through uncomfortable poses on our yoga mats, this book shares how she’s lived that philosophy in much bigger ways.
We sense a real aha moment coming with this one. Wendy Wood, PhD, MS, reveals the science behind forming good habits. As a social psychologist, her research at the University of Southern California looks at every aspect of habit performance. This book reveals insights from thirty years of research into how we form habits.