1. Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
If you wan to have a deep understanding of food and its relation to your body, this is the book for you. It's full of information on how to change your food habits.
It is deep and full of information. Some parts can be heavy reading but if you are as passionate as I am about foods and its power of healing this book is definitely a must have.
2. Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar
The layout of this book is very easy to follow, it's colourful, contains plenty of pictures and easy to read. It explains which herbs can help you to improve your health.
It couldn't be simpler than that. A very enjoyable book to have, especially in understanding the natural benefits that herbs can serve by including them into your daily diet.
3. Freedom From The Diet Trap by Jason Vale
This book cuts through all the nonsense and goes directly to the point about sugar and junk food. It is like a wake up call to get rid of bad habits and to focus on a healthy lifestyle, rather than fad diets.
4. The New Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holdford
This book is literally the bible of nutrition. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is like a resume of the previous books I have already recommended. From healing, to nutrition, to everything you need to know about food. This is your number one must have.
5. The Encyclopaedia Of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger
This book is literally an encyclopaedia on weight training. If you want to focus on certain muscle groups, and learn how to improve muscle tone and strength, this book is certainly a must have. It is not only for guys, it is for women as well. Arnold explains throughout the book that women can do weight-training without ever fearing that they will become as muscly as men. It will help you understand everything about lifting.
Thanks to this book is how I got into lifting weights, and I take most of my exercises from this book.
- And finally not a reading material but a handy book to fleck through:
Carbs and Cals
This is a very handy book to have to flick through for general understanding of calories, and to know the amount of calories of most foods. Although if you are not in Ireland or the UK, it might not be helpful, as many of the foods referenced are from Irish and UK producers, which are not available elsewhere.