The best books for reclaiming wellness

Who am I?

As a wellness educator, executive coach, and herbalist, I help people reclaim wellness and nutritional practices that can help them reclaim their natural state of wellness. They helped me in my own wellness journey and now I shared them with clients, students, and in my speaking engagements. These books have been in my library and recommendation list for more than 10 years.


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Reclaiming Wellness: Ancient Wisdom for Your Healthy, Happy, and Beautiful Life

By Jovanka Ciares,

Book cover of Reclaiming Wellness: Ancient Wisdom for Your Healthy, Happy, and Beautiful Life

Jovanka Ciares

Many of the most popular approaches to mind, body, and spirit wellness are rooted in age-old practices from around the world and come from communities of color. But today they are typically promoted and used only by dominant culture elites. No more. In Reclaiming Wellness, Jovanka Ciares reclaims these time- and science-proven modalities to make them affordable and easy to implement for anyone.

After years of suffering from IBS, ulcers, and fibroids, Ciares embraced alternative therapies like Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and herbalism. Her fifteen-year journey toward self-healing, peace, and happiness became her motivation to inspire and support thousands of others to do the same, especially those like herself — educated women of color who are rarely represented in the billion-dollar industry of health and wellness.

The books I picked & why

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By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat

By Tracye Lynn McQuirter,

Book cover of By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat

Why this book?

This is one of those books that will inspire you to do more for your own health and longevity. I was a semi-plant-based vegan back in 2010 and losing motivation to stick to my new diet. With this book, I was able to embrace veganism in a healthy, tasty, and cost-saving way.

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

By Michael Pollan,

Book cover of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

Why this book?

This is a follow-up with Michael Pollan’s best-selling, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. It helps answers the ever-pressing questions of what and how to eat, one meal at a time. This is one of the books that answers Mr. Pollan’s now-famous quote: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Manifest Your Destiny: Nine Spiritual Principles for Getting Everything You Want

By Wayne W. Dyer,

Book cover of Manifest Your Destiny: Nine Spiritual Principles for Getting Everything You Want

Why this book?

This was the very first self-help/wellness book I ever wrote. I was new to New York City and trying to find answers like any other 20-something looking to find her place in the world. To this date, it is one of the most powerful reads I’ve had on the subject of attracting one’s needs and desires into one’s life.

Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself

By Alejandro Junger,

Book cover of Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself

Why this book?

I am a passionate advocate for the process of using foods and supplements, especially natural herbal ones to aid the body in the cleansing and detoxification process. This is one of the best books describing this process to help support and rejuvenate from the inside out.

Yesterday I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving

By Iyanla Vanzant,

Book cover of Yesterday I Cried: Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving

Why this book?

A powerful book where the author describes her journey from extreme hardship through hope and into renewal, wisdom and healing. This book will teach you that the pain of your past doesn’t have to be your reality today and how to rise above.

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