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My Top 5 Reads of 2014

With 2014 coming to a close, I thought I would do a quick review of my top 5 reads over the past 12 months. The books cover a mix of topics ranging from business development right through to, mindset and of course health, nutrition and training.
I’ve provided a short description of each book along with a direct link to purchase your own copy whether your after the kindle or paperback version. 

1) Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

If your like me and lead a very busy life its sometimes easy to procrastinate and become overwhelmed by your to do list. I found this book a very helpful read when it came to being more productive with my time and focusing on tasks that really mattered.

If you want to get more out of your day and avoid the dreaded burnout, this is a must read!

2) Decisive: How To Make Better Decisions by Chip Heath

Decisions, decisions… We are ultimately the result of the decisions we make in our lives, whether good or bad. The truth of the matter is we all struggle to make decisions from time to time whether it be in our personal lives or in our business fields.

I found this book incredibly helpful in narrowing down my decision making process. The book delves into the importance of first acquiring distance from a decision and many other factors you would tend to over look.

A key highlight (one of many) for me was the 10/10/10 rule – how would I feel 10 seconds, 10 days and 10 years after making a decision? This simple rule alone has helped me tremendously as of recent.

If you’re pondering over a big decision in your life right now I highly recommend this book!

3) How to be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do by Graham Allcott

Lets face it, time is your most precious asset. Once its gone it cant be bought back!

Written by one of the UK’s foremost productivity experts, How to be a Productivity Ninja is an easy read guide packed full of highly effective time hacks that have allowed me to free up more time for myself to get other important shit done! It truly has brought a sense of calm to my work load.

4) Nutrition and Physical Degeneration: A Comparison of Primitive and Modern Diets and Their Effects by Weston Price 

Considered one of the best nutrition reads of all time – I couldn’t agree more! Having managed to read it back to front earlier this year I have to say this is an absolute must for any nutritionist, personal trainer or anyone involved in promoting health! Although this book deserves its own 1000 + word review Ill try to keep it short and sweet.

The book outlines an epic study conducted by Dr Weston Price detailing his global observations surrounding the diets and nutrition of various different cultures. Having visited hundreds of cities in over 14 countries his studies contrast populations from the most remote parts of the world living of indigenous food right through to those consuming the modern Western Diet of Sugar, Flour and Vegetable Oil.

The book concludes and explains why aspects of the modern Western Diet (Sugar, Flour, Vegetable Oils etc) are a key contributing factor in most of todays modern health problems. The observations and photographs throughout the book  (of which they’re are hundreds) are incredibly interesting between the different populations assessed.

Price’s work has received mixed reviews, and continues to be cited today by proponents of many different theories, including controversial dentistry and nutritional theories and the degeneration and destruction of human health that comes as a result of increased consumption of processed food.

5) Your Blood Never Lies: How to Read a Blood Test for a Longer, Healthier Life  by James B. LaValle

Your blood profile gives you a direct physiological snapshot of whats going on inside of you! However, most of us don’t understand how to interpret the results or trust our doctors attention to detail.

if you want to know what your blood tests mean – This is an incredibly useful reference book, especially for hard training athletes or personal trainers wanting to go the extra mile in optimising their (or their clients) health, body composition and performance.

The book outlines all the blood work values you need to know, what they mean, target ranges and what to do when they’re out of whack!