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The Root to Health Book Club is here! I’ll be sharing a new book each month, on topics like nutrition, personal growth, mindset, creating healthy habits, and any other books that have had a significant, positive impact on my health and my life.

It’s my hope that you’ll also enjoy and benefit from reading them (or listening to them, if you’re an audiobook fan like me). Make sure you’re following me @roottohealth on Instagram, where can find each month’s book selection under the hashtag #RTHBOOKCLUB

 

So let’s kick it off, shall we?

 

My first book choice may surprise you. You might not think it’s health related, but it is (and I’ll explain why). I’m a big believer that to understand how we got to where we are today, we first need to know where we came from.

 

So with that, I’m excited to announce my first official Root to Health book club book… *drumroll*

 

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari

 

Harari has done a brilliant job of spanning our entire human history in one book—and he does it in an interesting and entertaining way, too. Starting with the first Homo sapiens to walk the earth, Harari explores how biology, anthropology, and economics shaped our modern world as we know it today. He challenges everything that we think we know about being human—from our thoughts, to our actions, to what we believe is to come in the future. I truly think it’s a must read for every, well, human.

Sapiens - Root to Health Book Club

How it relates to your health

Part 1 of the book, The Cognitive Revolution, outlines the development of our extraordinarily large brains, and how learning to use tools and fire not only transformed the types of food we ate, but also our position in the food chain, and our physiology. Part 2 of the book, The Agricultural Revolution, discusses how humans transitioned from hunting and gathering to agriculture—and how this had a significant negative impact on our lives and our health.

Some food for thought:

“Foragers knew the secrets of nature long before the Agricultural Revolution, since their survival depended on an intimate knowledge of the animals they hunted and the plants they gathered…Hunter-gatherers spent their time in more stimulating and varied ways, and were less in danger of starvation and disease. The Agricultural Revolution certainly enlarged the sum total of food at the disposal of humankind, but the extra food did not translate into a better diet or more leisure…The average farmer worked harder than the average forager, and got a worse diet in return. The Agricultural Revolution was history’s greatest fraud.”

I found this topic to be absolutely fascinating, and I think it’s worth grabbing a copy of the book just to read these two parts alone, as they help us to understand how we got to the current state of our food system, and the consequences it has on our health. And while it’s not likely we’ll return to our ancestral hunting and gathering ways, perhaps we can apply the knowledge about the types of communities, food, and movement we’re naturally built for, and apply it to better our modern day-lives.

I hope you give Sapiens a read, and that you find it as interesting and thought provoking as I did!

To happiness and good books,

Fiona
xo

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