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Good Reads

Please note: For the exercise focused books, I am recommending them based on programming, as meal plans rarely work for more than the short term.
Why We Sleep: Unlocking The Power of Sleep and Dreams

by Matthew Walker, PhD

This is an easy to read book with the latest science on the important role of sleep.  It lays out how to get better sleep and what's most important for a good night's rest.

How to Cook Everything Fast

by Mark Bittman

This book is great for inexperienced and seasoned cooks alike.   Lots of great tips, and each recipe gives detailed instructions so that you can minimize your time in the kitchen and/or easily share the prep with a partner.


by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove 

This is a great book if you've got some lifting experience and are looking for a program to follow.  

Strong Curves

by Bret Contreras and Kellie Davis

Strong glutes reduced risk for low back and knee pain.  Though it highlights the booty, the workouts incorporate all parts of the body.  This book has great programming for training for beginner and advanced lifters.

The New Rules of Lifting for Women

by Lou Schuler with Cassandra Forsythe M.S, and Alwyn Cosgrove

This book is aimed at all levels of lifters, so there's something for everyone.  

The New Rules of Lifting Supercharged

by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove 

How to up your game a bit in the weight room, written with men and women in mind.

The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises 

by Adam Campbell

This is a great book to start with if you're new to strength training.

Girls Gone Strong
Solid articles on fitness, nutrition, and self-care
Precision Nutrition
Great resource for nutrition and healthy habits backed by research
Smitten Kitchen 
Deb Perelman has many great recipes on her site that are in regular rotation at our house.
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