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Lifestyle & Health

Looking to change your life? Whether it’s physical, emotional or spiritual change you seek, these books may have some answers. If you’re seeking to enlighten, enlarge or explore your mind, check out our Mind & Body section for a more comprehensive range of books.

The Good Gut Guide Delicious Recipes & a Simple 6-Week Plan for Inner Health & Outer Beauty

The Good Gut Guide Delicious Recipes & a Simple 6-Week Plan for Inner Health & Outer Beauty

Author: Liz Earle Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Delicious recipes and the ultimate wellbeing plan for a healthy gut in 6 weeks. Following on from SKIN, bestselling lifestyle and wellbeing writer Liz Earle presents her brand new plan, The Good Gut Guide. The book takes a close look at the link between the gut and our physical and mental health and provides a practical, easy-to-follow 6-week programme to improve your wellbeing from within. Beautifully illustrated throughout, each week focuses on a different aspect of transforming your digestive system. From detox and cleansing, healing and repopulating, to nourishing the good guys, balancing your whole body and, finally, maintenance and radiance from the inside out.

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We Need to Talk A Straight-Talking Guide to Raising Resilient Teens

We Need to Talk A Straight-Talking Guide to Raising Resilient Teens

Author: Ian Williamson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Because healthy relationships are key to good mental health, and at a time when mental health issues amongst adolescents are increasing at an unforeseen rate, helping them to build and sustain these relationships has never been more important.

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The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer 10 Easy Tips to Live a Healthier, Happier Life

The Nordic Guide to Living 10 Years Longer 10 Easy Tips to Live a Healthier, Happier Life

Author: Dr. Bertil Marklund Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/04/2017

This compact guide provides wisdom from the Nordics, a region long known for its healthy and progressive lifestyle. It debunks myths on things we have been told are not good for us but actually can be: did you know drinking coffee will promote your health? Or that more people die of lack of Vitamin D than they do of skin cancer? By providing pragmatic and realistic advice, Dr Marklund gives you the power to make a difference in your own life today and for the future.

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The Modern Baker: A New Way to Bake Cakes, Biscuits and Breads

The Modern Baker: A New Way to Bake Cakes, Biscuits and Breads

Author: Melissa Sharp, Lindsay Stark Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Featuring 120 recipes including loaves, buns, cakes, biscuits and bites, the bakes are all designed to promote gut health using easy baking methods and natural ingredients, with some using simple sourdough starters made from just flour, water and air. Modern Baker is the ultimate healthy baking bible and will give you the tools to be confident, experiment and create delicious artisan bakes in your own kitchen. Modern Baker, which opened in Oxford in 2014, passionately supports three key principles: good health, good provenance and most importantly, great taste.

Floating A Life Regained

Floating A Life Regained

Author: Joe Minihane Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Water has always had the magical power to cure... writes Roger Deakin in his bestseller Waterlog. This reasoning served as the inspiration for Minihane to take his new obsession with wild swimming to greater heights, with the goal of swimming in every river, lake, lido and bay which Deakin visited on his own trip in the mid-1990s. But beyond his plans to use the journey as a means to see and experience the UK's most scenic locations, it was also a way of soothing his troubled mind and finding a path back to happiness after finally admitting he had a problem with anxiety. A very different book from Deakin's Waterlog, this is a journey of overcoming emotional and psychological problems with swimming as the medium for recovery. But when Minihane's endeavour is brought to an unexpected halt and he is unable to escape his anxieties in the water, he must discover the means to face them head-on. Turning to professional help and relying on the support of a growing band of swimming fanatics, he learns why his persistent worrying has developed into crippling anxiety and develops the tools to overcome it. While Floating may bring readers back years later to Deakin's spectacular swimming spots, Minihane's wonderful book is about more: coming to the understanding that in life, as in swimming, we sometimes need to let the current lead us and learn how to float in choppy waters.

Nourish and Glow: The 10 Day Plan

Nourish and Glow: The 10 Day Plan

Author: Amelia Freer Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/03/2017

'Amelia Freer has taught me so much about food...[you] have to fuel your body correctly' Victoria Beckham In her most comprehensive book yet, the UK's leading nutritional therapist and bestselling author, Amelia Freer, shares the secrets of her exclusive practice that includes Victoria Beckham and Sam Smith as clients. With her engaging and encouraging commentary, including client case studies and scientifically researched guidance, Nourish & Glow: The 10 Day Plan showcases Amelia's unrivalled easy-to-follow 10 day meal plan and promises to fundamentally transform the way you shop for food, cook and eat: now and forever. Amelia recognises that we are all unique and there is no 'one-size-fits all' approach to food. She will empower you to challenge any negative stories or attitudes you might have towards food and transform them into a positive lifelong love affair with eating well. The exclusive 10 day plan included in this book is a version of the plan Amelia gives to her clients, which has been developed and refined over her decade of work as a nutritional therapist. It is NOT about deprivation. It is a liberating, energising plan that will equip you with the building blocks needed to develop and implement a lifetime of balanced eating that is unique to you.

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The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down How to be Calm in a Busy World

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down How to be Calm in a Busy World

Author: Haemin Sunim Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/02/2017

The Times Top 10 Bestseller THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER, WITH OVER THREE MILLION COPIES SOLD AROUND THE WORLD 'Is it the world that's busy, or my mind?' The world moves fast, but that doesn't mean we have to. In this timely guide to mindfulness, Haemin Sunim, a Buddhist monk born in Korea and educated in the United States, offers advice on everything from handling setbacks to dealing with rest and relationships, in a beautiful book combining his teachings with calming full-colour illustrations. Haemin Sunim's simple messages - which he first wrote when he responded to requests for advice on social media - speak directly to the anxieties that have become part of modern life and remind us of the strength and joy that come from slowing down. Hugely popular in Korea, Haemin Sunim is a Zen meditation teacher whose teachings transcend religions and borders and resonate with people of all ages. With insight and compassion drawn from a life full of change, the 'mega-monk' succeeds at encouraging all of us to notice that when you slow down, the world slows down with you.

Happy Finding Joy in Every Day and Letting Go of Perfect

Happy Finding Joy in Every Day and Letting Go of Perfect

Author: Fearne Cotton Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2017

This book is a way to release what's going on inside your head and to keep heading towards the good stuff. The simple stuff. The stuff that's going to really hit up that happiness on a deep and nourishing level. Whether you dip into these pages every now and then when you feel you need it, or use it daily as a positive exercise, I hope it brings you much relief, joy and calm. Amen to the pen. - Fearne Cotton For many of us, life can feel like it's moving too fast with pressure bearing down on us from all sides - whether that's from school or work, family or social media. As a result, we find ourselves frazzled, lost and - too often - feeling blue. It's a subject close to Fearne's heart. Drawing on her own experiences and including expert advice, HAPPY offers practical ways of finding joy each and every day. Happiness isn't a mountain to climb, it's just one foot in front of the other on the path of life, and here you'll find little steps that will help make the differences that count. With workbook elements to help you start and end the day well; get in touch with your creative side; and find peace through written exercises, simple practical ideas and visualisations, these are daily tricks and reminders to help you unlock that inner happiness.

We all need a little direction sometimes and this section is crammed full of great ideas for ways of improving your outlook, in all aspects of your wellbeing. Help from the shelf. From tips for good nutrition and taking care of your body (Optimism: Reflections on a Life of Action by Bob Brown) to coping with all the emotional situations in life, relationships, bereavements, stress, depression (Mind Whispering: A New Map to Freedom from Self-defeating Emotional Habits by Tara Bennett-Goleman). Discover the potential you have for being the ‘you’ you’ve always wanted to be or the ‘you’ you had no idea was in there.

Take a look at our monthly recommendations to find exactly what you’re looking for. Bear in mind though (and even ‘body and spirit’ too …), that just ‘reading’ them may not be enough. There’ll be homework!