Dr. Sara Gottfried is a Harvard-educated doctor, self-proclaimed bio-hacker, and one of the most important voices in women’s health today. Gottfried is a proponent of balanced living and the pursuit of vibrant emotional health. Her list of must-read books for women reflects exactly that. From Amy Poehler’s hilarious biography to her own most recent The Hormone Reset Diet, we agree that these books should make the short-list for your bookshelf! Our only addition? Her first book, The Hormone Cure, that teaches you everything you need to know about a topic too few of us know about!
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
So funny and so fresh, even if you’re way past your twenties. I highly recommend Dunham’s humor to get your hormones back in balance, so One-Click that book right now.
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup
It might be too hippie dippy for some of you, but this matriarch of natural women’s health is my mentor of 25 years, y’all! Skip over the astrology but pay attention to her pioneering insights on female subtle energetic anatomy.
The Hormone Reset Diet by Sara Gottfried
True, this is shameless self-promotion, but isn’t it time to reset your hormones with your fork? Or at least go to p. 92 for quick coherence.
Maxed Out by Katrina Acorn
If you’re a mom, this book is a must read. It could be called The Year I Maxed Out, or Ways to Avoid the Loony Bin When You’re a Mom. It may sound too much like your life to be worth a read, but Katrina’s story is strangely hopeful and inspiring. It’s not the usual drivel of get great childcare, supportive partner, and flexible employer. Dive deeper and lean out, my friends.
YES PLEASE BY AMY POEHLER
Her two apology letters, one from the brain (p. 80) and from the heart (p. 82) are required reading for anyone in a relationship, because relationships will take down your adrenals if you let them.
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) by Carol Tavers and Elliot Aronson
You may think that your wiggly bits or sugar cravings or hysterectomy are your biggest problems, but I’m here to tell you that your self-sabotaging beliefs, half-truths, and rationalizations are way more important to deconstruct. This book is about cognitive dissonance, and it’s a blind spot we all have.
The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle Laporte
Danielle Laporte is like a sister, goddess, rockstar and preacher — all wrapped up into one, and with good tattoos. You know how a good friend makes you feel more like yourself? Danielle does that. She will light your fire whether you want to escape the corporate cubicles, start an online fashion site or write a book. I’ve been following her advice since 2008 when I first heard she offered fire starter sessions and booked one. Get lit up!