The health book that most changed our attitudes to wellbeing:
Cassie Mendoza Jones, naturopath, kinesiologist, dietician and herbalist
The book: The Untethered Soul, by Michael A Singer
I read it several years ago… before I’d made my career move into naturopathy and kinesiology, and while I was feeling quite lost and overwhelmed, without knowing my true purpose.
I loved it so much because… it helped me let go of a lot of fear I didn’t even realise I’d been carrying around, and with less fear I was able to do more with my life. It was also such an easy-to-understand book. A lot of books that talk about the ‘ego’ can sound waffly, but this spoke right to my soul. I still regularly refer it to my clients and they love it too.
Kate Kendall, yoga expert
The book: Seven Spiritual Laws to Success by Deepak Chopra’s
I first read this… Around ten years ago when I really started to get into yogic philosophy. It’s a short read (could literally read it in an hour in the park) and a friend recommended it. Initially I used to think Deepak Chopra was some ‘cheesy’ self help guru but it was such a gentle, practical read and really spoke to a lifestyle that I aspire to live.
What I loved most about it is… That it’s so simple. I need books to be easy to understand. If it feels too ‘intellectual and I can’t ‘feel’ the essence of what’s being communicated because it’s all too mental. Deepak writes in a clear, to the point but beautifully explained way that everyone can understand. The 7 laws are essentially just intuitive and gentle ways of living. I read it whenever I need a reminder.
I know it sounds funny, but… I still really love children’s book The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyghton, because it reminds me to believe in magic, which I think is essential for healthy living!
Greg Stark, personal training expert
The book: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
I first read it… after one of my mentors gave it to me when I first entered the personal training industry at age 18 and I was struggling with the concept of having to ‘sell’ training to potential clients. But I took far more than that from it. It’s a timeless classic, and for good reason. It reaffirms how I live my life personally and professionally.
Personally it has taught me… how to be good leader, team player and to act with integrity and compassion. If anyone is wanting to improve the relationships in their life, be a better leader at work or to be a better person, this is the book for you. It will be the first book I will have my child read.
It’s really impacted my work too because… being in the coaching industry, my clients are going to have the greatest gains not from what I am able to get them to do in the one hour they spend with me a day, but what they do with the remaining 23 hours. By coaching them in a way that they become conscious of their health and take responsibility for it, I have truly influenced them.
My favourite message is… “Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”
Lola Berry, nutritionist and yoga teacher
The book: The Farmaists Desk Refference (FDR) by Don Tolman
I first read it… when I first started studying health and instantly loved the very holistic nature of the entire book.
I love it because… it looks not just to food but our relationships and breaks the body down into simple systems, making everything very easy to understand. It looks at food in a way I’d not seen before and talks about a health food movement called ‘doctrine of signatures’. This is when you eat certain foods that depict particular body parts. It’s so fascinating and kind of looks at things from a ‘whole food’ medicine persecutive.