August Suggested Reading List

  1. mama glowMama Glow by Latham Thomas


Synopsis from Publisher: In Mama Glow, maternity lifestyle maven Latham Thomas shares the tips and techniques to support a blissful journey to motherhood. She shows you how to make room for your pregnancy, assess your current diet, banish toxic habits, and incorporate yoga to keep your mind, body, and spirit in balance. Throughout, you’ll get tips to help reduce stress; alleviate common discomforts; demystify birth plans, labor coaches, and midwives; whip up pampering treats like homemade shea butter and coffee sugar scrub; and indulge in over 50 delicious, nutrient-rich recipes to nourish both you and your “bun.” Mama Glow also features a postpartum wellness plan to guide you back to your prebaby body, troubleshoot breastfeeding problems, and embrace your abundant new life.


Mama Glow includes:


  • Illustrated exercises for a fit, fabulous, and comfortable pregnancy


  • Fleshed-out cleansing programs to boost fertility


  • A simple formula for deconstructing those crazy cravings


  • Yoga sequences designed for prepregnancy, each trimester, and postpartum


  • Checklists for your prenatal pantry, finding a birth coach, and packing your birth     bag


  • Glow foods to help you snap back to your fab prebaby body


As your certified glow pilot, Latham will guide you through every stage of your pregnancy, giving you practical advice to make your journey a joyful and vibrant one.


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2.  by any greensBy Any Greens Necessary by Tracye Lynn McQuirter, MPH


Synopsis from Publisher:

* The first vegan guide geared to African American women


* More than forty delicious and nutritious recipes highlighted with color photographs


* Menus and advice on transitioning from omnivore to vegan


* Resource information and a comprehensive shopping list for restocking the fridge and pantry




African American women are facing a health crisis: Heart disease, stroke, and diabetes occur more frequently among them than among women of other races. Black women comprise the heftiest group in the nation—80 percent are overweight, and 50 percent obese. Decades of studies show that these chronic diseases can be prevented and even reversed with a plant-based diet. But how can you control your weight and health without sacrificing great food and gorgeous curves?


Just ask Tracye Lynn McQuirter. With attitude, inspiration, and expertise, in By Any Greens Necessary McQuirter shows women how to stay healthy, hippy, and happy by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes as part of an active lifestyle. The book is a call to action that all women should heed.



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inspired vegan3. The Inspired Vegan by Bryant Terry


Synopsis from Publisher:


From the author of Vegan Soul Kitchen: ingredients that inspire unique recipes, and menus for everyday feasts.


Marking his 10-year anniversary working to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system, Bryant Terry offers more than just a collection of recipes. In the spirit of jazz jam sessions and hip hop ciphers, The Inspired Vegan presents a collage of food, storytelling, music, and art. Bryant shares his favorite preparation / cooking techniques and simple recipes—basics to help strengthen your foundation for home cooking and equip you with tools for culinary improvisation and kitchen creativity. He also invites you to his table to enjoy seasonal menus inspired by family memories, social movements, unsung radical heroes, and visions for the future. Ultimately, The Inspired Vegan will help you become proficient in creating satisfying meals that use whole, fresh, seasonal ingredients and are nutritionally balanced—and full of surprising, mouthwatering flavor combinations


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