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7 Health Books Written by Black Female Authors You Need to Read

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Black History Month is dedicated to black men and women who have made tremendous impacts to benefit the futures of colored people. From Rosa Parks to Martin Luther King to Frederick Douglass, we continue to learn more and more about black history. However, history isn’t the only thing that we need to recognize.

Black History Month also acknowledges the present and the future, making lasting impressions throughout the whole year. As the years go by, African-Americans continue to shock the world with new movements, cultures, and ideas. Those new impacts on America guarantee achievements, which is also what Black History Month celebrates. While recognizing the past, Black History Month also encourages the future by appreciating those who dramatically change America’s diverse population.  

It's a time to celebrate the culture of African-American people, which is often neglected and unheard of. Oftentimes, we don't find many books on overcoming the health burdens (physical, mental, spiritual, etc.) that black women face every day. From personal narratives to health guides, the following seven books are provided for the benefit of exposing a new perspective and a new solution to black women's health challenges. 

1. Fit for God: The 8 Week Plan that Kicks the Devil Out and Invites Health and Healing In by La Vita M. Weaver


Journey with La Vita M. Weaver through an 8-week plan full of healthy meal routines, exercises, mental practices, and spiritual habits that will help transform, encourage, and inspire. A minister and fitness instructor, Weaver experienced some weight challenges after giving birth to her first son. To regain the confidence she lost, Weaver followed a plan similar to the one she introduces in her book. Fit for God is an influential book that focuses on being “fit for God” in all aspects of a woman’s life. 
 

2. Blessed Health: The African-American Woman's Guide to Physical and Spiritual Well-being by Angela Ebron and Dr. Melody T. McCloud


Written by not one, but two prominent black women, Blessed Health guides readers to a balanced life. Focused on the physical, mental, and spiritual, Blessed Health offers advice beneficial to women of all ages. For instance, the book covers areas like spiritual wisdom and prayer as it relates to stress, handling an illness regardless of its significance, menopause, and the breakdown of how the female body works. “Blessed Health offers African-American women the medical information and inspirational motivation they need to achieve total health -- a healthy mind, body, and spirit,” says a reviewer on Amazon
 

3. Why Vegan is the New Black by Deborrah Cooper


Looking to go vegan and give up some unhealthy treats in your diet? Why Vegan is the New Black introduces over 100 recipes that can fulfill a crowd. Comprised of easy-to-follow recipes and appealing visuals, this cookbook can quickly change your eating habits. Even if you aren’t looking to alter your dietary routine, this is the book to browse through if you're looking for more food options!
 

4. Soothe Your Nerves: The Black Woman's Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety, Panic, and Fear by Angela M. Neal-Barnett


Written by an award-winning psychologist and professor, Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett's Sooth Your Nerves was brought to life to benefit the often stressed black woman. An expert, Dr. Neal-Barnett uncovers the hidden truths of anxiety: what causes it, what contributes to it, and how can women overcome it. On Amazon Soothe Your Nerves is touted as a “blueprint for understanding and overcoming anxiety from a psychological, spiritual, and Black perspective.” 
 

5. Becoming by Michelle Obama


Michelle Obama’s Becoming is a powerful memoir comprised of experiences that have severely influenced the woman she is today. From her early years as a young woman growing up in Chicago to her time in the White House, Obama tells her inspiring story, revealing both her successes and her failures. According to Amazon, "Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same."
 

6. Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society by A. Breeze Harper

A collection of critical essays, personal narratives, and reflections, Sistah Vegan focuses on African-American women who make healthy lifestyle choices. These choices are not just limited to food. The book is about how a group of black-identified female vegans perceives nutrition, food, ecological sustainability, health and healing, animal rights, parenting, social justice, spirituality, hair care, race, gender-identification, womanism, and liberation that all go against the (refined and bleached) grain of our dysfunctional society (Amazon). This collection will help you learn beneficial practices that not only affect you physically but also spiritually and mentally. 
 

7. The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life by Sophia A. Nelson


Penned by Sophia A. Nelson, The Woman Code establishes a new way for women to live their lives. Nelson uncovers how women can pursue their dreams by following this new way of life. The Woman Code reveals a universal and timeless set of principles of the mind, body, and spirit that help women balance the demands of work, home, family, and friendship (Amazon). Through experience, Nelson influences all women to follow her book’s code, for it will lead to personal fulfillment in all aspects of life.

Do you have any health or fitness books written by Black female authors on your reading list? Share them with us in the comments below!
SOUL REPORTER | Shelby Wingate is a rising senior at Whitefield Academy in Mableton, Georgia. The extremely competitive athlete plays basketball and runs track for her school. While she does love sports, Shelby uses her competitive nature to excel in academics and will apply that same drive when she attends college to major in Journalism or Communications and minor in French.