I remember when I graduated college, I was most excited to finally be able to read books that I was actually interested in and enjoyed. I wasn’t much of a fiction reader at the time, and I’m not embarrassed to give the Twilight series credit for enlightening me to the joy of reading fiction. However, I still love reading non-fiction, and still do it most often.
In the airport on my honeymoon, I picked up a copy of The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan, which quickly led me down the rabbit trail of reading and researching holistic health and nutrition. Fast track ten years later, and here I am tending to a large garden, raising chickens for eggs, making my own sourdough bread, eating fermented foods, with two young children born in my bedroom. Needless to say, I’ve read a few more books and blogs along the way!
Now having said that, just because I’ve read a few books doesn’t make me an expert in anything. At all. Honestly, if you ask me why I do a certain thing, chances are I don’t remember the details of why. I read the well-researched information, apply it to my life where and when necessary, and move onward. It simply helps govern the decisions I make for the health and well-being of my family, but reading comprehension and memorization was never my strengths in school!
Since I have been asked more than once for resources that have asssisted me along the way, I figured it is easiest to share my favorite books and blogs here for anyone interested to have. I have learned that most people are only able to learn and apply new ways of living if they are open and searching for it. So if that is you, this post may be for you! I will link to where you can find the books for sale online, and also update this post if I come across any new resources.
Fertility, Pregnancy, & Birth:
Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
The Healthy Pregnancy Book by William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Garten
The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Childcare by Sally Fallon Morell and Thomas S. Cowan, ND
Caring For Infants With Respect by Magda Gerber
Your Self-Confident Baby by Magda Gerber
Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Farber and Elaine Mazlish
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth
Health and Nutrition:
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
The Vaccine Book by Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP
Updated 1/31/18 to add (how could I forget?!): Wellness Mama
Free To Learn by Peter Gray
Teach Your Own by John Holt
Wild + Free Online Homeschool Community
May God bless you on your personal journey to better health and wellness!