Books that changed my life
In recent years I've read dozens of books, mostly about humans - How we evolved, how our bodies function, what really is a proper diet for us, how to sleep right, how to exercise right, how to focus on the right things and how to live better. Following are those few books that completely changed the way I live my life.
How Not to Die, by Michael Greger, MD
Probably the best book I've read. I think this is the closer I've found for "a human body manual". If you breathe and belong to the type of animal called "Human being", you have to read this book if you want to survive and live better. What you eat is what you are, but apparently, we need some basic guidance on what we shouldn't eat, and more importantly - what we should eat, how and when. I highly recommend listening to in audible because it's being narrated by Michael Greger, the author itself.
Sleep Smarter, by Shawn Stevenson
We spend third of our life sleeping, and yet, we have no clue on how we should do it right. Many things you do during the day, and the way you design your sleeping environment have huge influence over your sleep quality. The fact that you are asleep, doesn't mean that you sleep well. In audible the book is being narrated by Shawn Stevenson, the author itself, that will give you all the information and "super tips" you'll need in order to improve your sleep - and as a result, also improve your day. This one is a must read!
Spark, By: John J. Ratey
We all know that exercise is important, but most of us associate exercise with body weight, external look and endurance , but few of us understand the connection between exercise and the brain. Apparently, the effect of physical activity on the brain is the most important one! This book will change the way you exercise, when and how much. This book is not easy to read or listen to, but this is one of the few books I can categorize as "mind blowing".
The 80/10/10 Diet, By: Douglas N. Graham
If you read "How Not to Die" by Michael Greger and you are now convinced that you need eat smarter, this is the next book you should read. It goes one level deeper in understanding what is happening in our body when we eat different types of food and shatters old beliefs most of us have about carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Even if you are vegan, that does not mean that you are eating right, and it is important to understand what types of food our body should consume and how much of each.
Atomic Habits, by James Clear
I never stopped thinking that most of the things I'm doing are actually... habits. Most of my life are not more than bunch of habits that I do over and over again. Obviously, some of my habits are good, like brushing my teeth every morning, but many of them were bad - things I wish I would do differently or not at all. This book, as crazy as it sounds, gave me the tools to change my most rotted habits. In audible the book is being narrated by James Clear, the author itself, and it is even fun and funny. If you read the previous books, this one will give you the ability to implement some changes in your life.
Essentialism, by Greg McKeown
I don't know what about you, but my schedule is crazy. Trying to divide my time between family, work, sport, sleep and achieving my goals in life is almost impossible. But this has changed after I've listened to this book. It's not another book that will teach you how to better manage your tasks, get things done, or build your to-do lists. This book will simply help you to distinguish between what is essential in your life and what is not. I saw results after listening to the first chapter, and I am now more focused on what is really important to me. In audible the book is being narrated by Greg McKeown, the author itself, which makes it even better to listen to.
Three books by Yuval Noah Harari
1. Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind
2. Homo Deus - A Brief History of Tomorrow
3. Lessons for the 21st Century
One very basic understanding I adopted after reading those 3 great books, is that our current way of living is very different that what humans experienced in the past 200,000 years since our specie started to evolve. Combining with insights from the 4 booked I recommended above, that made it easier for me when to implement many small changes in my life, like return to basic nutrition habits. Regardless to any of that, those 3 booked are simply great piece of reading, although I only listened to them on audible, which I think is even better!