Get a Library Card to Get Inspired

I love books. I have since I was a small kid. Buying books from Indigo and Amazon has put quite a dent in my wallet over the years, but last year, I rediscovered the library.

If you don’t have a library card, I highly recommend you get one. I’ve been able to indulge my love of reading (and take out lots of DVDs) and give my wallet a bit of a break as well.

Yes, other people have handled the books, and I know some people are turned off because of that, but I’ve seen many people reading books at Indigo as well. If that’s what keeps you away, give them a chance.

There are lots of books that are in good condition and it can be a great way to explore new subjects and get inspiration. You can search for books, renew them, and put them on hold online. I like to hold actual books and turn the pages, but if you prefer e-books or audiobooks, you can check those out too.

Sometimes you might want to own books that you know you will keep coming back to, but the library could be a way to see if the book is one you want to buy.

Here are five books that I love that can help improve your health. I own the following books, which you can click on to learn more about or even buy. You can also see if you can check them out at your local library:

Meals That Heal Inflammation by Julie Daniluk, R.H.N.

Find out the causes of inflammation and how you can combat it with food. The book contains information including how to heal your gut, the symptoms of food allergies, an allergy substitution chart, a colourful anti-inflammatory food pyramid, and recipes.

Joyous Health: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting by Joy McCarthy

Topics McCarthy covers include superfoods, ways to detox, making over your kitchen, and lots of recipes. All the recipes I’ve made are delicious.

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay

This helpful book includes a chart with problems such as insomnia, arthritis, indigestion, and headaches, along with the probable cause and affirmations you can say to help heal them. Through exercises, you can look at your thoughts and turn negative affirmations into positive ones.

The Green Smoothie Miracle: Your Way to Increased Energy, Weight Loss, and Happiness by Erica Palmcrantz Aziz

When I first looked through this book, the beautiful photography drew me in. There are all sorts of green smoothies to try as well as green soups, breakfasts, and juices.

UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health by Meghan Telpner

Telpner’s humour comes through in her informative book which covers so many areas, such as how to store produce, how to read a label, sugar alternatives, and DIY home cleaning products. She also provides tons of recipes.

I still buy books, as there are books I want to keep, and not all books are available through my library. I read so many books that it really does add up, so I’m grateful to have a library card.

Another option if you want to buy books is to buy them used or get them for your Kobo or Kindle. It’s fast and can sometimes be cheaper than the hard copy.

Whether you buy your books online, at a store, or borrow them from a library, I hope books are part of your life.


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