5 Books to Help You Heal from the Inside Out

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Now that summer is just about here, I’m all about getting outside and enjoying the warm weather. And, for me, this means one of two things: 1) listening to my favorite podcasts and books on my early-morning runs (before it gets too hot outside) and 2) relaxing on the beach with a good book.

As we all know, a book can inspires new ideas and ways of thinking that have the power to transform our lives (i.e. my obsession with 10% Happier), but with our busy lives, it’s sometimes difficult to set aside time to read, which is why I enjoy listening to books on Audible (another new obsession). Since being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis nearly 5 years ago, I’ve been on a forever quest to make sense of the disease and figure out how to “fix” myself, so I’m always searching for information. I’m currently listening to The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out on Audible every chance I get, and it actually inspired this blog post.

My constant quest for information and new ideas related to UC and autoimmunity is so important to both my physical and mental well-being, especially with how I navigate this disease on a daily basis. I wanted to share some of the books that are currently in my Audible library for those of you looking for ideas to help you heal yourself too. Hopefully, they’ll help you start your summer off with an inspired state of mind to take control and improve your health.


The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out

The microbiome totally fascinates me, so this book immediately caught my attention and hasn’t let me down for a half dozen hours of listening so far. In it, Dr. Robynne Chutkan, the author and a gastroenterologist, explains how the standard Western diet and our super-sanitized lifestyles are starving our microbiomes and depleting the “good bugs” that are crucial for keeping us healthy. Instead, we’re encouraging the overgrowth of the wrong types of bacteria, which can leave us vulnerable to a whole bunch of autoimmune and chronic health conditions. Dr. Chutkan shares her recommendations for simple lifestyle and diet changes (including a guide to chose the right probiotics and supplements) to help those of us dealing with health issues (i.e. IBD, IBS, eczema, chronic fatigue syndrome) recover. The book also came with a free download of “Microbiome Solution Recipes” that includes a bunch of delicious and nutritious recipes, including No-Bake Energy Balls, Chickpea Herbed Crackers, and Guac-Kale-Mole.

The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long Term Health

Another book about our gut bacteria! Yeehaw! Changes in gut microbiota can lead to obesity, autoimmune diseases, and other predominantly Western illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, allergies, asthma, autism, and inflammatory bowel diseases. We can influence our gut bacteria to help improve our health and well-being, which, when it comes to a disease like UC that I often feel no control over, gives me hope for potentially healing myself. The Good Gut offers a plan that focuses on how to nourish your microbiota, including recipes and a menu plan. I am definitely looking forward to diving into this one!

The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases

The author of The Autoummune Solution, Amy Myers, is doctor and leader in functional medicine that a CNC reader told me about awhile back. I immediately checked out her website, signed up for her email list, and I have followed her ever since. She’s one smart lady, and she offers her medically proven approach to prevent a wide range of inflammatory-related symptoms and diseases, including allergies, obesity, asthma, cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, lupus, IBD, chronic headaches, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Dr. Myers is all about addressing the root cause of disease instead of throwing drugs at it.

The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine

Another female physician that I’ve followed for awhile now is Dr. Terry Wahls. (I’ve heard her speak on a number of my favorite podcasts overs the years.) Her story is pretty amazing: She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000 and, within three years, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a wheelchair. Conventional medical treatments had failed her, and she worried that she would be bedridden for the rest of her life, so she started looking for answers. She studied all of the latest research on autoimmune disease and brain biology, and decided to get her vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids from the food she ate rather than pills and supplements. She ultimately adopted a nutrient-rich Paleo diet and now she is walking and even biking up to 18 miles in a single day. (FYI: Dr. Wahls shared her story in an incredible TEDx talk.) In her book, she shares the details of the protocol that allowed her to reverse many of her symptoms and return to living a healthy life. 

Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It

I added this book to my library because it received such high ratings from readers (4.7 out of 5), so I figured it was a good one to read. Dr. Axe, the author, explains that it’s important to get a little “dirty” in our daily lives to support our gut bacteria and prevent leaky gut syndrome.  He then offers easy ways to support these much-needed microbes– from consuming local honey and bee pollen to nixing hand sanitizers and even ingesting a little probiotic-rich soil. Sounds interesting, right?

So, there are 5 books that I hope to make my way through this summer. Audible actually has over 180,000 titles available for download with new titles being added all the time, so there’s really something for everyone and you can even try it for 30 days totally free. It’s super easy to sign up, especially if you’re already an Amazon customer, and you can listen to your book via the Audible app on just about any device. I would love to hear what title(s) you choose because I’m always looking for book recommendations, especially in the health and fitness genre!

Question of the Day

What book(s) helped you change your health/life for the better? 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.



  1. Thank you for these book recommendations. It’s very timely for me as my son is being evaluated for IBD. Awaiting biopsy results. I haven’t tried audio books but love podcasts. I will check these out. Thanks!!

  2. In Defense of Food was a game changer for me, but also studying to be a holistic health coach. I learned so much about healing from the inside out and gut health.

  3. If you like Robynne Chutkan, check out Rich Roll’s podcast, episode #192 “Live Dirty, Eat Clean.” I think you’ll enjoy it.

  4. I subscribe to mindbodygreen and love the emails and wonderful information and and sharing of ideas I get through them. Dr. Ann Meyers, whom you just mentioned, contributes often. Before she was a functional medicine doctor, she was in agony from so much pain and debilitating symptoms that she couldn’t function well and doctors kept giving her more medicine which nearly killed her (and depleted her liver); so she uprooted her diet at the suggestion of another functional doctor (Mark Hyman I believe it was) – and by doing this she felt others should benefit from such results and went back to school for functional medicine. So, she truly is an inspiration. She does feel gluten, dairy and sugar are the 3 evils, so while I have a clean diet like you, Tina, I do enjoy bits of these from time to time. I haven’t done the abstinence from all of those yet. Obviously I feel the best when I don’t have them in my diet, but a slice of my favorite pizza once in awhile or a cookie here and there is hard to nix. I think people with autoimmune issues (me, included) have more trouble with food intolerances so adhere to such a diet as “well” as they can. Others who can tolerate them are probably fine to eat in moderation. But, what has helped me the most through these authors (I love Dr. Axe and Dr. Sara Gottfried, author of Reset Diet) is that FOOD IS HEALING. What we put in is what we get out. AND, yes, all roads start in the gut. I have to take 2 strong probiotics a day just to keep the good bacteria ahead of the bad bacteria with all of the damage from my Lyme disease. My doctor has no idea what probiotics do or how they help — she doesn’t even use the term “gut.” So, what is frustrating to me is that these awesome functional doctors often don’t take our insurance and most PCP don’t have this nutritional knowledge. So, I learn on my own and through informational blogs like yours and these awesome books that I have piles on my nightstand. p.s. through these doctors, I just discovered bone broth and feel very well sipping a mug each day.

  5. My husband has IBS that is more or less managed, but I’m pretty sure his normal is different from my normal. I’ve heard a little bit about how important food is to preventing disease, not just in the “you need to take care of yourself” way, but in such a bigger way. Like the comment above, food is healing…makes me think more about what I eat too, even though I think I eat pretty well. It could always be better!

  6. Nothing related to diet, exercise or food but a book I have given to many people and am rereading now, “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. The most inspiring, thought provoking book I’ve ever read. Everyone can overcome anything to move forward in life. Not an easy read but worth your time.

  7. Thank you for this post! I was diagnosed with lupus about 5 years ago and, like you, I’m always interested in educating myself about autoimmune issues. Ill be checking some of these out for sure! I also just discovered Audible and love it! ( I have a 21 month old little guy at home) so I also get the convenience of audible books! Thanks again!

  8. Great suggestions! Will definitely check these out. I really liked “The Loving Diet” by Jessica Flannigan. It’s a great read if you have an autoimmune condition.

  9. I, too, have found Eat Dirt and The AI Solution to be so incredibly helpful, and after reading this post, am really looking forward to getting my hands on Dr Wahl’s book! Thanks and happy reading!

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  11. I love Dr. Chutkan’s interview on The Rich Roll Podcast! She takes a really smart, balanced approach.

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