We're very lucky that we live in a time and a society with so many amazing resources. However bad your nutritional education was growing up, you have the opportunity to correct it now. There's so many tools. And half of them are free. All you need is the curiosity to investigate. A want to improve how you feel, how you look and how often you go to the doctor.
10 Best Resources To Improve Your Health:
Yes, they still print books.
You can start with the best sellers on Amazon. However, I find that those lists are often saturated with cult dieting trends. My recommendation? Dig into some Michael Pollan.
In Defense of Food was the first book I read on nutrition and it had an impact.
If a normal size book sounds like too much effort then just read Pollan's summary piece. Food Rules: An Eater's Manual. 64 quick rules for how to eat. It couldn't be simpler.
Other books to get your teeth into:
- Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink
- Food Matters by Mark Bittman
- Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
- The Third Plate by Dan Barber
- What To Eat by Marion Nestle
And I'm saving a special paragraph for Dr Norman Walker. The father of juicing was a "raw vegan" before it was a hashtag. As a doctor, he used to prescribe unique combinations of fruits and vegetables to cure any disease imaginable. Including cancer. Don't shake your head until you've read Fresh Vegetable & Fruit Juices.
Thanks to Netflix you no longer need a paperback and a two week vacation to learn something new. The Netflix health documentary range is one of their deepest collections. Go through our Top 10 list and knock them out one by one.
Don't have Netflix?
a) What are you doing?
b) Stream our Top 10 list off Amazon, watch them on YouTube or pirate them. Blockbuster doesn't exist any more, does it?
3. TED Talks
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks are brilliant. They are typically 17 minute presentations by experts in all sorts of fields. Specific to health, you'll find talks on obesity, meditation, plant-based living and happiness. All elements of a healthy life. We list our Top 10 Ted Talks here.
To watch the videos, either jump on the TED website or go for a spin on YouTube.
The world's second biggest search engine is great for hands on learning. I love my How To's. I prefer to search adhoc rather than follow any specific channels but here's a couple popular ones to check out:
- Gordon Ramsay (not health specific but you gotta love Gordon)
- Raw Vegan Not Gross
- Fit Men Cook
- Deliciously Ella
- The Domestic Geek
- Bondi Harvest
- Rawfully Organic (Fully Raw Kristina)
We've gone back in time. Radio is killing the video star.
Podcasts are blowing up because you can listen to highly specialised content at any time you like. Thanks smartphone.
I'm absolutely obsessed with podcasts. I fire up multiple episodes every day. However, it's rarely health related. I prefer online marketing podcasts, Tim Ferriss and WTF. I pump them on my Audio 66 headphones (best purchase I've made in the last three years) while I'm at the gym, driving or walking the dog. You learn while doing monotonous tasks. Hopefully a karma car crash doesn't come my way after putting driving in the monotonous basket.
Whilst I don't use podcasts to develop my healthy knowledge, some highly recommended casts are:
- The Rich Roll Podcast
- TEDTalks Health
- The Wellness Guys
- Headspace Radio
- Food For Thought
- Nutrition Diva
- Fat-Burning Man
- David Wolfe's Official Podcast
The combination of items 1 and 5 on this list. I LOVE audiobooks.
Sadly or brilliantly, I haven't found time to finish a printed book in about six months. However, I've 'listen-read' to about 40 books in that time.
The comprehension isn't compromised and you can chew threw a 400 page book in four or five hours.
Not every book is available on audio but more and more will be. It's a huge growth industry. And Audible will be the market leader for the foreseeable future. So get involved!
Weblogs are a great place to access information for free. Whether it's written by one person or owned by a big brand, blogs are there to educate you and offer transparent solutions to particular problems.
Some of my favourite healthy food / lifestyle blogs with rich information and recipes are:
- The Chalkboard Mag
- Green Kitchen Stories
- Nutrition Stripped
- My New Roots
- Food Heaven Made Easy
- Naturally Ella
- Minimalist Baker
- The Whole Daily
- Jessica Sepel
8. Social Media
Firstly, social media isn't gospel. You need to take the preachings with a grain of salt. However, it's a great place to find similarly minded people. Or role models living a (projected) lifestyle that you want to lead. Having someone show you the way, or a community supporting you, is a great way to reach your health goals.
My favourite platform is Pinterest. I don't use it to learn about nutrition but it's a brilliant resource for cooking. I use specific search terms and am overwhelmed by the good ideas.
We all live on Google. And it's only becoming more sophisticated. The featured snippets information that pops up now is so intuitive that you can get a recipe without leaving Google. Devious!
Beyond the evolving tricks, and lucrative advertising, Google pilots you anywhere. I use it for:
- nutritional properties: "chia seeds data"
- finding videos
- buying ingredients
- discovering new blogs
- buying equipment (after I read reviews)
This is a very specific resource. PubMed is something I use for researching our articles. It covers any scientific literature you can imagine, including studies related to health.
Great for scientific nerds and an excellent place to come for unbiased research. Want to know if milk is good for you or not? Come here. Or just read our take.
Did I forget any fantastic tools that help you with your health? Let me know.