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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.

The Diet Myth The Real Science Behind What We Eat

The Diet Myth The Real Science Behind What We Eat

Author: Tim Spector Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2016

'The Diet Myth is fascinating, and now I'm obsessed with microbes!' Nigella Lawson Why do most diets fail? Why does one person eat a certain meal and gain weight, while another eating the same meal loses pounds? Why, despite all the advice about what to eat, are we all still getting fatter? The answers are much more surprising - and fascinating - than we've been led to believe. The key to health and weight loss lies not in the latest fad diet, nor even in the simple mantra of 'eat less, exercise more', but in the microbes already inside us.

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Weightloss Warrior

Weightloss Warrior

Author: Tiffiny Hall Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2011

Weightloss Warrior is a fun, fresh take on losing weight - it's a 'no-diet' book detailing the importance of healthy eating, building a positive self-image and becoming your own expertly trained warrior within (to protect you from bad choices, help you kick bad habits and give you powerful self-defences). An easy-to-follow guide to long-lasting transformation from the ground up, Weightloss Warrior comes complete with tasty illustrated recipes as well as expert motivational advice and tried-and-tested weightloss strategies. Based around five chapters inspired by the coloured belts of Taekwondo, the book leads readers from white belt to black belt through a process that's not simply turning over a new leaf but preparing the ground for a new self, planting the seeds of change, nurturing your new focus and glorying in growing a whole new you. This full-colour book will entice even reluctant readers to take up the challenge and win the battle within.

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The Hidden Pleasures of Life

The Hidden Pleasures of Life

Author: Theodore Zeldin Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/05/2015

What is the point of working so hard? What can replace the shortage of soulmates? What else can one do in a hotel? Through these questions, and many others, Zeldin demonstrates that both the greatest problem and the greatest opportunity of the twenty-first century lie in our relationships with others. With endless examples from his unparalleled research and his experiences with the giants of modern business and politics, this book reveals how our society is full of untapped potential for human interactions. Zeldin illuminates how our lives can be enriched by the realisation that it is only by truly relating to others that we get a taste, even just a nibble, of what it is possible to experience as a human being.

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I am Here Now A Creative Mindfulness Guide and Journal

I am Here Now A Creative Mindfulness Guide and Journal

Author: The Mindfulness Project Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2015

An essential guide to mindfulness, filled with tools and practices that can enhance our well-being. (Arianna Huffington). Be here now with exercises to challenge your powers of observation, investigation and cultivation and bring new awareness to your senses, thoughts and emotions. Practise meditation with the I am here now audio track, guided by internationally renowned mindfulness teacher Tara Brach. Use the field notes pages to record your findings and capture your insights. Mindfulness is a simple and very powerful practice of training our attention. It's simple in that it's really just about paying attention to what's happening here and now (i.e. sensations, thoughts, and emotions) in a non-judgemental way. It's powerful because it can interrupt the habit of getting lost in thoughts, mostly about the future or past, which often generates more stress on top of the real pressures of everyday life. (The Mindfulness Project).

Mind Whispering A New Map to Freedom from Self-defeating Emotional Habits

Mind Whispering A New Map to Freedom from Self-defeating Emotional Habits

Author: Tara Bennett-Goleman Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

The aim of Mind Whispering is to transform us into more fully integrated human beings - mentally, emotionally and interpersonally. By using the practical techniques within it, our minds can be more free, our perceptions more true, our responses more artful, our connections more genuine - and our hearts happier. Tara Bennett-Goleman's first book, Emotional Alchemy, was a New York Times bestseller and translated into 25 languages. It looked at deep patterns that can rule the most troubling times in our lives. In her new work, Mind Whispering, the author ranges more widely, drawing on the very latest ideas in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and Eastern traditions to offer a fresh vision of how we can free ourselves from our most negative frames of mind. Through 'mind whispering' practices, she shows how we can become more positive, and cultivate states of being that are ultimately healing and beneficial.

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Love, Tanya

Love, Tanya

Author: Tanya Burr Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/2015

Love, Tanya is the first book from YouTube sensation Tanya Burr. Hi everyone and welcome to Love, Tanya! This book is really close to my heart, because it's inspired by my journey to becoming confident and feeling happy about who I am. I wanted to write a book to share the things I've learnt with you - to reveal my top tips on fashion, beauty, love, friendship, YouTube...and loads more! Plus, there is room for you to list your own hopes and dreams alongside mine - so get creative and get involved! I'd love it if this book became a keepsake you can turn to whenever you need some guidance or a little pick me up. I hope you enjoy it! Love, Tanya.

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Fat is A Feminist Issue

Fat is A Feminist Issue

Author: Susie Orbach Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/2016

When it was first published, Fat Is A Feminist Issue became an instant classic and it is as relevant today as it was then. Updated throughout, it includes a frank new introduction by Susie Orbach that brings this book to a new generation of readers whilst offering a current perspective for its original fans.

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Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway The Phenomenal Classic That Has Changed the Lives of Millions

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway The Phenomenal Classic That Has Changed the Lives of Millions

Author: Susan Jeffers Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2007

What is stopping you from being the person you want to be and living your life the way you want to live it? Fear of tackling an issue with your boss, fear of getting to grips with a problem in your home. Fear of change. Fear of taking control...Everyone has these fears, and they run throughout our lives. Susan Jeffers' inspiring and mould-breaking book shows how to break this Catch 22 cycle and work through fear to a resolution. Feel the fear, she argues, but do it anyway.

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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!