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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.
You are Positively Awesome is a book that’s designed to be noticed, from the bright colourful illustrations that cheered me up instantly, the short snappy wording that made me think about my own needs and the self-empowering messages that left me glowing inside. This book could have been written just for me as, like many, I struggle with self-confidence and self-belief at times. It’s important to remember that so many other people – often people we least expect – do feel the same way too. Stacie Swift has written a clear, concise guide to taking care of the number one person in our life – ourselves. Because if we don’t do that properly, we may find it harder to take care of anyone else. It’s easy to forget the positives in our lives if we focus on the negatives, and easy to ignore the giant leaps forward when we dwell on each little step back. This is a perfect book to dip into when you need a boost of self-care; a book that you may want to add to over time, reminding yourself of what you’ve achieved and what you’ve overcome to achieve it. It’s also a lovely gift if you know someone is struggling to cope with life’s ups and downs. You are Positively Awesome made me reflect on the past, think about the present and dream of the future – that it’s okay to feel overwhelmed at times and focus on my own needs for a while. It made me smile, reminded me of my own strengths and achievements, gave me some valuable ‘me’ time and made me realise just how ‘positively awesome’ I really am!
A thoughtful, sometimes emotionally painful, yet unforgettable medical memoir I feel everyone should read. Our expectations of our medical and emergency teams are high, we trust, we rely, we hope. When a best-selling novelist, with the most beautiful way with words, tells the story of her time as a junior doctor, you just have to sit up and listen. Each chapter begins with thoughts from different people and roles within the medical profession. Joanna Cannon opens her arms wide and lets you in to her story, her way with words ensures you can see a full and vivid picture. Heartbreakingly honest, we see how she is overstretched, twanging like elastic that is on the point of completely fraying. A number of times her words resonated so strongly, they gave me goose-bumps. She not only made me look with different eyes at our medical practitioners, she also made me think about my own thoughts and words. I don’t think I will ever forget her “we each measure words with different scales”. Breaking and Mending is a LoveReading Star Book... I smiled, I cried, afterwards I sat and hugged it!
The Queen of Skin Care Caroline Hirons delivers a beautifully put-together stroke-able book which covers everything you ever need to know about a great skincare routine. Her usual straight-talking non-nonsense advice shines out of the book, and I know this will follow through to my skin as I start to embed these routines into my life. This holds your hand and takes you through how skin works, top tips for great skin, routines, as well as dispelling decades of skincare myths. This is the most comprehensive guide for the perfect complexion, choosing the right products, understanding your skin’s unique needs and feeling gorge. Caroline, I’m hooked, and I promise I will never not double cleanse again.
How Can I Stop Worrying? contains a concise 5-step process to help the reader worry less. Using their own experiences of finding and applying stress management techniques over the years, the steps depicted in the book are ones that they use to overcome the stress associated with everyday life. At the end of each chapter, there’s a summary of the key points discussed that I think would be really useful, especially if you take a break between chapters. Not only is each chapter simply, concisely named, but there are also headings throughout to break up the information and everything is written in a clear, conversational style. The five-step process demonstrates what the author does when worry strikes. The techniques try to help the reader form the habit of thinking more positively about a situation, thereby reducing the levels of stress and worry in their everyday life. Later in the book, the technique is also applied to letting go of the past and building self-confidence which I thought were useful applications. This is a very insightful book, and the author shares personal insight and examples of how the techniques she adopts worked for her. I think that How Can I Stop Worrying? is a nice example of someone pulling all of their years of research together in order to help other people. As is clearly stated in the book, I wouldn’t mistake it for medical advice. I would describe this book as a single experience shared, that can be related to and perhaps learnt from.
This is a fascinating collection of inspiring stories and ideas from a varied selection of individuals. Entrepreneurs to peace campaigners, environmentalist to civil rights lawyer, these stories are encouraging and motivating. The title of the book is from a quote by Gandhi “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” and hopefully these accounts will inspire and challenge you.
The Wainwrights Pocket Log and Tick List is a handsome little book, small enough to pop in your pocket and take up into the Lakeland fells. Conveniently grouped in accordance with the famous Wainwright Pictorial Guides, the pocket log has a dedicated page for each of the 214 Wainwright Fells to record details of your walks and keep a tally of your achievements. With a velvet-like cover and gilded pages it has a quality feel and would be a welcome addition to any walker's Christmas stocking.
Maintaining a healthy diet is a desirable and achievable aim. Yet, many people with dietary issues or chronic conditions often are confused by the plethora of advice available and unsure of what path to take to help improve their health. This title includes comprehensive nutritional guidelines from experts in the field. This series aims to motivate and inform, through sound, up-to-date nutritional advice presented in a clear, accessible way. In addition, each book features more than 100 appealing, easy recipes which demonstrate that a health condition need not condemn the sufferer to a dull and limited menu. And, they show that their dietary needs can easily be accommodated when cooking for the family. Key points: each title includes comprehensive nutritional guidelines from experts in the field; more than 100 recipes bring variety and healthful options within easy reach; and checklists and tables provide at-a-glance information.
Cooking to improve your health and wellbeing but stuck for ideas? Good Food: 14-day Healthy Eating Diet is your simple guide to a healthier, happier and more energetic lifestyle. Within two weeks you can detox your body and provide it with all the nutrients and vitamins it needs for a happier you. Divided into breakfast, lunches, dinners and desserts and including daily recipe plans, Good Food: 14-day Healthy Eating Diet will provide you with delicious recipe ideas for a sustained healthy lifestyle. All recipes have been carefully selected and triple-tested by the trusted team at Good Food, and with full nutritional breakdown and colour photograph to accompany each dish, this is your foolproof guide to the ultimate healthy you.
Reducing your calorie intake for a few days of a week has proven a simple and effective means of losing weight and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Good Food: Fasting Day Recipes is packed full of easy and delicious recipes to make your fasting days fuss-free and flavourful. Divided into calorie content, from 100 calories to 350 calories, you can mix and match the incredible variety of dishes to create your perfect fasting day. From hot broths to sensational salads and hearty hotpots, Good Food: Fasting Day Recipes is guaranteed to have your taste buds watering. All recipes have been carefully selected and triple-tested by the trusted team at Good Food, and with full nutritional breakdown and colour photograph to accompany each dish, this is your perfect companion to a healthy, simple and satisfied fasting day.
If you like good food, but want to stay healthy or lose weight, try Good Food: Low-fat Feasts. Divided into Starters and Light Meals; Pasta, Rice and Noodles; Meat; Fish and Seafood; Veggie-friendly and Desserts, you're guaranteed to find a delicious, low-fat recipe for every occasion. Whether you choose Chicken with Coriander Tomato Sauce, Nutty Stuffed Peppers or Tequila Sunrise Sorbet, every recipe has been tried and tested by the Good Food team to ensure fantastic results, every time you cook. The recipes are all short and simple with easy-to-follow steps, using readily available ingredients and are accompanied by a full-colour photograph of the finished dish. This edition is revised and updated with delicious new recipes and a fresh, contemporary design.
Sugar can have a very harmful affect on our health and well being and Good Food: Low Sugar Recipes is your perfect companion to cutting harmful levels out of your diet whilst still eating delicious meals. With breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks as well as tempting desserts and baking ideas, Good Food: Low Sugar Recipes is packed full of easy recipes, full of flavour. From Bacon and parsley hotcakes to Portabello burgers and lemon drizzle cake, every recipe for every occasion can now be low in sugar. All recipes have been carefully selected and triple-tested by the trusted team at Good Food, and with full nutritional breakdown and colour photograph to accompany each dish, this is your comprehensive guide to a healthier and happier, low-sugar lifestyle.
Phil Vickery believes that he can revolutionise the notoriously restrictive gluten-free diet. Using his Michelin-starred cooking talents and his nurturing of simple, honest ingredients, Phil has created over 150 recipes that coeliacs have until now only dreamed of. Food to enjoy, food that is nutritious, food that will make you feel good. There are recipes for breakfasts, healthy snacks, light lunches, easy suppers and sophisticated dinners, including Crispy Pork Salad with Lemon Dressing and a Lemon and Leek Risotto. Phil also brings his skills to cakes, puddings and pastries - recipes that are the hardest of all to find if you are following a gluten-free diet. The 30 sweet ideas include a Fudgy Almond Cake with Mint Syrup & Frosting, Millionaire's Shortbread with Bramley Apple Dip and a great kids' Birthday Cake Sponge. There are also a number of delicious bread ideas, including Chestnut & Roasted Onion Bread.
The Men's Health Little Book of Exercises is a handy instruction manual to more than 250 of the best exercises and workouts for torching fat and losing weight, shredding abs, and sculpting massive biceps, pecs, delts, glutes and more! With detailed step-by-step photos, the book will instruct you how to execute each move with perfect form to challenge every muscle fibre for better, faster results. Special advice includes 'how to add 50 pounds to your bench press', '10 ways to add inches to your arms', 'the best abs exercises you're not doing but should' and '4 surprising foods that burn fat and build muscle'. Based on the best-selling Men's Health Big Book of Exercises, the Little Book is even more useful because it's compact and rugged enough for you to take right into the gym with you - so you'll never wonder if you're doing an exercise wrong again. Workout log included.
The Women's Health Little Book of Exercises is a handy instruction manual to more than 250 of the best exercises and workouts for banishing fat and losing weight, shaping abs, and sculpting a better body! With detailed step-by-step photos, the book will instruct readers how to execute each move with perfect form to challenge every muscle fibre for better, faster results. Special advice includes 'how to tone your arms faster than ever before', 'the best abs exercises for bikini season' and '4 surprising foods that burn fat and build lean muscle'. Based on the Women's Health Big Book of Exercises, the Little Book is even more useful because it's compact enough for you to take right into the gym with you - so you'll never question whether you're doing an exercise wrong again. Workout log included.
Welcome to the official Sirt Food Diet - the revolutionary way to lose 7lb in 7 days. Add healthy Sirt foods to your diet for effective and sustained weight loss, incredible energy and glowing health. Switch on your body's fat-burning powers, supercharge weight loss and help stave off disease with this easy-to-follow diet developed by the experts in nutritional medicine who proved the impact of Sirtfoods. Dark chocolate, coffee, kale - these are all foods that activate sirtuins and switch on the so-called 'skinny gene' pathways in the body. These are the same pathways more commonly activated by fasting and exercise - meaning they help the body to burn fat, increase muscle and improve health. Based on trials that showed an increase in lean muscle, as well as consistent weight loss of 7lbs over the course of just one week, The Sirtfood Diet is revolutionizing sports nutrition and healthy eating. Written by the nutritional experts behind those trials, and the only book rooted in their scientific research, The Sirtfood Diet gives you: - a simple, healthy way of eating for weight loss - inspirational case studies - delicious, easy-to-make recipes - a maintenance plan for prolonged success TV chef Lorraine Pascale, heavyweight champion boxer David Haye, model Jodie Kidd and The America's Cup team team GB leader Sir Ben Ainslie have all discovered the secret power of Sirtfoods. The Sirtfood Diet is a diet of inclusion not exclusion, and Sirtfoods are widely available and affordable for all. This is a diet that encourages you to pick up your knife and fork, and enjoy eating delicious healthy food while seeing the health and weight-loss benefits. Pioneers of the 'modern day medicine movement', advocating the need to complement medical intervention with nutrition and lifestyle changes, Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten both hold Master's Degrees in Nutritional Medicine and are recognized authorities on nutrition and health. www.aidangoggins.com @Aidan_Goggins www.glenmatten.com @glenmatten
Like the spectacular islands it’s inspired by – from the wildly majestic nature island of Dominica, to the spice island of Grenada and beyond - this inspirational, easy-to-follow Caribbean cookbook exudes zesty vitality. This tantalising cookbook features all eighty recipes from Ainsley Harriott’s recent small screen culinary quest around Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica and Antigua, each of them accompanied by mouth-watering food photography, and inspiring images of the islands’ stunning landscapes. With sections covering light bites, veggie and vegan dishes, fish, meat, and desserts, the recipes include Caribbean classics like Jamaican patties, jerk chicken, Johnny cakes, ackee and saltfish, curried goat, and rice and peas, alongside lesser-known island specialties, among them Dominica’s calypso chicken and Tobago’s curried crab. There are plenty of luscious drink recipes too, from how to concoct the perfect rum punch, to my personal favourite - a spicy sorrel cocktail. The fresh flavours make most of the recipes perfect for summer, but I know I’ll also reach for this book on dark winter days when rays of revitalising culinary sunshine are much needed, plus the heartier recipes are ideal for colder climes (e.g. the one-pot peanut butter chicken stew and pork medallions with rum, cream and nutmeg sauce). In a matter of days I’ve discovered lots of recipes I’ll use over and over again, and I’m looking forward to feasting through the whole book.
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!