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In a recent IG post, we talked about discovering some new titles for Black History Month. Well, we’re going to get you started. Here is a list of 12 wellness books by Black female authors that are designed to uplift and restore you. In this listing, you’ll find titles related to overall health, spirituality, wellness, healthy eating, fitness, and self-care. You’ll also find journals that will help guide you along the way.
*Book descriptions are via Amazon
Vibrating higher daily is about making intentional day-to-day choices that lift us out of mindsets, habits, and lifestyles that don’t serve us and into ones that do. This book is an invitation to engage with everything that feeds our soul and raises our vibration and to simultaneously let go of the things bringing our energy down. Through poetry, mantras, and affirmations, Lalah Delia empowers us to live with higher potential and quality of being.BUY
Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within – By Latham Thomas
Own Your Glow is an inspirational, actionable, and wildly enriching companion for change. Celebrity wellness and lifestyle guru, Latham Thomas provides soulful principles that offer an illuminated path for examining life’s challenges, helping you curate your path to greatness while embracing your uniquely feminine attributes. Packed with rituals, meditations, and snackable lifestyle tips, Thomas provides a clear framework for harnessing your passion, developing spiritual fitness, and embracing true vulnerability. This guide is for anyone who wants to witness her own life transform and contribute to the positive change of the world around her.BUY
Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability Paperback – By Stephanie Y. Evans
This book offers a unique, interdisciplinary, and thoughtful look at the challenges and potency of Black women’s struggle for inner peace and mental stability. It brings together contributors from psychology, sociology, law, and medicine, as well as the humanities, to discuss issues ranging from stress, sexual assault, healing, self-care, and contemplative practice to health-policy considerations and parenting. Merging theory and practice with personal narratives and public policy, the book develops a new framework for approaching Black women’s wellness in order to provide tangible solutions.” The collection reflects feminist praxis and defines womanist peace in terms that reject both “superwoman” stereotypes and “victim” caricatures. Also included for health professionals are concrete recommendations for understanding and treating Black women.BUY
Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit – By Queen Afua
Queen Afua practices a uniquely Afrocentric spirituality. Her classic bestseller, Heal Thyself for Health and Longevity, forever changed the way African Americans practice holistic health. Now, with Sacred Woman, she restores the magnificence of our spirits through sacred initiation. Through extraordinary meditations, affirmations, and rituals rooted in Ancient Egyptian temple teachings, Queen Afua teaches us how to love and rejoice in our bodies by spiritualizing the words we speak; the foods we eat; the spaces we live and work in; the beauty we create in our lives; the healing energy we transmit to self and others; the relationships we nurture; the service we offer; and the transcendent woman spirit we manifest.BUY
Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats: Tasty Plant-Based Recipes for Every Day – By Rachel Ama
Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats offers brilliant plant-based dishes that make cooking and enjoying delicious vegan food every day genuinely easy—and fun. No bland or boring dishes, and forget all-day cooking. Rachel takes inspiration from naturally vegan dishes and cuisines as well as her Caribbean and West African roots to create great full-flavor recipes that are easy to make and will inspire you to make vegan food part of your daily life. Rachel’s recipes are quick and often one-pot; ingredients lists are short and supermarket friendly; dishes can be prepped ahead and, most importantly, she has included a song with each recipe so that you have a banging playlist to go alongside every plate of delicious food.BUY
Blessed Health: The African-American Woman’s Guide to Physical and Spiritual Well-Being – By Melody T. McCloud M.D.
Written by a prominent African-American OB/GYN and a highly respected journalist Melody T. McCloud M.D., Blessed Health is a personal health and spirituality guide for every stage of a black woman’s life. Included here is important information on: How your body works, and what can be done to prevent or help solve common health problems, including pelvic infections and fibroid tumors. How to successfully cope with illness, from a faith perspective. How best to take care of your breasts and reproductive organs, and decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer and much, much more.BUY
The Unconscious Workout – By Dr. Tiffany Lester
In Unconscious Workout, you will learn: Why sleeping pills are ultimately bad for you. What your gut health has to do with your sleep quality. Why melatonin doesn’t work for everyone. Why fatigue can literally kill you. How to calm your monkey mind. Why lack of sleep is making your belly grow and much, much more.BUY
A Wellness Journey: The Guided Quest for Remarkable Wellbeing – By Tonya Kinlow
In this journal you will chart your path, releasing your creativity and capturing the epiphanies and moments of resonance every day. They are simple intentions to follow that will elevate your decision-making with divine guidance and day by day you improve. With a deeper and changed mindset, your health, your clarity, and peace of mind become the normal for your life. This is your divine guidance.BUY
Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body. – By Jessamyn Stanley
Jessamyn Stanley, a yogi who breaks all the stereotypes, has built a life as an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star by combining a deep understanding for yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles in a way that touches everyone who comes to know her. Now she brings her body-positive, emotionally uplifting approach to yoga in a book that will help every reader discover the power of yoga and how to weave it seamlessly into his or her life.BUY
Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice – By Michelle Obama
Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice includes thought-provoking prompts designed to help you reflect on your personal and family history; your goals, challenges, and dreams; what moves you and brings you hope; and what future you imagine for yourself and your community. These pages will help you capture your own voice and journey so you can nurture your sense of belonging. Inside, you’ll find an opportunity not only to take heart in the experiences that brought you to where you are today but also to feel empowered to take those next steps, wherever they might lead.BUY
Fit, Tight and Toned: A Black Woman’s Fitness Road Map To Tight, Toned and Firmed Curves Paperback – By
Have you bought into the myth that African American women shouldn’t lift weights? If you answered yes, I have good news for you! African American women do lift weights and in this fitness training book, you will learn how to get into the best shape of your life without the threat of looking or feeling bulky or manly! In this book you’ll learn: How to identify your unique body type and how it responds to exercise, how to set realistic fitness goals for your body type and how to transform your body and look amazing. You’ll also learn how to tone your most stubborn body parts without gaining excess muscle mass and how to evenly burn body fat including stubborn abdominal fat. Challenging yet easy to follow exercises based on your fitness level for your entire body that can be done at home or the gym!BUY
Reclaiming Our Health: A Guide to African American Wellness – By Michelle A. Gourdine M.D.
Reclaiming Our Health: A Guide to African American Wellness begins with an overview of the primary health concerns facing African Americans and explains who is at greatest risk of illness. This interactive guide with illustrations is a vital resource for every African American on how to live a healthier and more empowered life, and an indispensable handbook for health-care providers, policymakers, and others working to close the health gap among people of color.BUY
The Queen V: Everything You Need to Know About Sex, Intimacy, and Down There Health Care By Dr. Jackie Walters
After twenty years of private obstetrics and gynecological practice, there’s nothing Dr. Jackie Walters hasn’t seen. And now, in her new book, the widely-adored OB-GYN invites you to put your feet in the stirrups and investigate. Whether she’s covering libido, contraceptives, labiaplasty, or fertility, Dr. Jackie educates readers with her characteristic grace and pragmatism. Both funny and informative, she brings you on a quest through the female reproductive system―answering all the burning (and itching, and smelling…) questions you’ve always been afraid to ask.BUY
BONUS COMING SOON!
The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help you Deserve – By Rheeda Walker PhD
In The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health, psychologist and African American mental health expert Rheeda Walker offers important information on the mental health crisis in the Black community, how to combat stigma, spot potential mental illness, how to practice emotional wellness, and how to get the best care possible in system steeped in racial bias.Preorder (Release date: 5/1/20)