I don’t like to read nonfiction books. My reasoning is that I live in a nonfiction world, I don’t really need to read about it. Sure, it may be flawed reasoning, but it’s mine. That being said, my future reading list has been expanded to a few nonfiction books due to recent events in my life. Oh, joy.
I know practically nothing about rheumatoid arthritis. I don’t know how to live with an autoimmune disease, really, in spite of the fact that I have family members and friends who have autoimmune diseases. But I am my mother’s daughter and I like to find out as much as I can about something that affects my life, so as soon as I was diagnosed, I hit up Amazon.
The first book I came across was The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. I’ve only barely started reading it, but what I appreciate about it is that 1) it’s written by two women who not only have the professional credentials to know what they are talking about, but also deal with autoimmune diseases themselves, and 2) it’s written so that I can understand it. I will let you know how it is, though I can tell you that one friend I have has personally recommended it to me when she saw it on my table.
The next two books are about celiac, my other diagnosis. One of them, Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic, is basically a guide to help you go through the steps to get the right diagnosis and to explain what it all means in depth. The other book, Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, is exactly what the title says. I have yet to crack open either of these books, but again, I’ll let you know.
This next one was actually recommended to me by my mother, who also has an autoimmune disease as well as colitis. Recently, my doctor told me she wanted me to change my diet to not only gluten-free, but a bit more restrictive in order to lose weight. Mom recommended this book, Eat Fat, Lose Fat, as a resource on good fats that will not only help me lose weight, but also help manage my symptoms. It just came today, so I haven’t had a chance to even look at it yet.
So there’s my reading list for the next few weeks. And they’re all nonfiction books. Even worse, they fall into the “self-help” category. But I don’t intend to be ignorant about what my body is doing to me, so here goes…
(Disclaimer: I have not been approached by any of these authors to advertise or endorse their books, this is strictly of my own doing)
- The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook: A DIY Guide to Living Well with Chronic Illness by Mickey Trescott, NTP & Angie Alt, NTC, CHC
- Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Jules E. Dowler Shepard
- Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic by Peter H.R. Green, MD & Rory Jones, MS
- Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Dr. Mary Enig & Sally Fallon