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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.

I Quit Sugar Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook

I Quit Sugar Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook

Author: Sarah Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

'I lost weight and my skin changed, it cleared. But when I quit the white stuff, I also started to heal. I found wellness and the kind of energy and sparkle I had as a kid. I don't believe in diets or in making eating miserable.This plan and the recipes are desgned for lasting wellness.' Sarah Wilson was a self-confessed sugar addict, eating the equivalent of 25 teaspoons of sugar every day, before making the link between her sugar consumption and a lifetime of mood disorders, fluctuating weight issues, sleep problems and thyroid disease. She knew she had to make a change. What started as an experiment soon became a way of life, then a campaign to alert others to the health dangers of sugar. I Quit Sugar uses Sarah's personal experience to help you: * beat the sugar habit with a tested 8-week plan * overcome cravings via proven and easy tricks * find healthy sugar substitutes * cook sugar-free: 108 desserts, cakes, chocolate, kids' treats, snacks and easy detox meals.

The Gentle Parenting Book How to Raise Calmer, Happier Children from Birth to Seven

The Gentle Parenting Book How to Raise Calmer, Happier Children from Birth to Seven

Author: Sarah Ockwell-Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2016

Parenting trends come and go. Gentle parenting is different - it isn't a label for a precise set of rules but a method of parenting that embraces the needs of parent and child, while being mindful of current science and child psychology. It means parenting with empathy, respect, understanding - and boundaries. In The Gentle Parenting Book, Sarah Ockwell-Smith provides a trustworthy combination of what-to-expect information and gentle-parenting solutions to the most common challenges faced by parents with young children. Sarah addresses a wide variety of topics, including coping with a crying baby, introducing solid foods and creating healthy eating habits, potty training, starting nursery and school, sibling rivalry, tantrums, whining and sulking, aggressive behaviour and much more. And for those parents who have previously used a more authoritarian style of parenting, there's plenty of advice - and reassurance - on making the transition to a gentler approach. For many, gentle parenting comes as a relief because it chimes with their deepest instincts about the best way to raise their children.

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Fat is our Friend

Fat is our Friend

Author: Sammy Pepys Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2016

'Fat is our Friend' will change the way you think about what you eat.Confused by the nutrition messages coming from governments and health bodies? Confused by the ever-changing advice from our daily newspapers? Join Sammy Pepys in his quest to discover what's really going on and what you can do to eat more healthily ... and lose weight. In that order.Back in 2012, Sammy Pepys just wanted to help his overweight sister-in-law, Katy, avoid a tummy tuck (bariatric surgery), knowing that all previous attempts at dieting had failed. So he developed a plan showing how best to go about things, which she then put into practice. It worked. And it was the first successful diet Katy had ever completed, achieving a 20 kilo weight loss and much-improved blood sugar levels along the way.Having an inquisitive mind, Sammy spent much of the next three years finding out just why Katy's dietary approach had been so successful and why more people are not eating this way. He learned that: We've effectively been brainwashed into thinking fats and oils are bad for us. Healthy fats such as butter, lard, coconut and olive oil facilitate the essential metabolic functions our bodies perform subconsciously day and night. An excess of sugar, refined flour, synthetic additives and those less-desirable vegetable seed oils - aka junk food - is progressively damaging our bodies.Katy's summary? 'Eat more real food, drop starches and sugar, and learn to love full-fat dairy products like cheeses and butter again to lose weight without feeling hungry. I feel energized.'

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Run Fat Bitch Run

Run Fat Bitch Run

Author: Ruth Field Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

IT'S TIME TO GIVE THOSE SKINNY B!TCHES A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY. Is there a large arse-shaped dent in your sofa? An eye-wateringly expensive (and rarely used) gym membership burning a hole in your bank account? Does the sight of your wobbly thighs leave you cowering under the duvet? Then it's time you face the truth: the only option is to lace up your trainers and hit the ground running. Funny and brutally honest, Ruth Field and her straight-talking alter-ego The Grit Doctor will give you - yes, you - the push you need to start pounding the pavements and shedding pounds in no time. *Locate your inner grit and long-lost energy with a completely foolproof beginners' programme *Enjoy carbs without guilt with The Grit Doctor's tasty and nutritious recipes *Now includes marathon training plan to transform you from casual jogger to elite(ish) athlete If you want to lose weight, get fit and become and ass-kicking, gets-things-done superwoman, there's only one thing left to do ...RUN!

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Cut the Crap The No-Nonsense Plan for a Health Body and Mind ... Forever

Cut the Crap The No-Nonsense Plan for a Health Body and Mind ... Forever

Author: Ruth Field Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

The Grit Doctor is one tough task-mistress ...First she instructed us to lace up our trainers in RUN FAT B!TCH RUN Then she told us to clear the clutter in GET YOUR SH!T TOGETHER Now she is ordering us to CUT THE CRAP and get real with our eating habits Should you go gluten free? Does detoxing work? What exactly is a superfood? Does healthy eating have to involve obscure ingredients and complex recipes? If you're confused by increasingly complicated - and contradictory - nutritional advice, it's time to call in Ruth Field and her formidable alter-ago, The Grit Doctor. With her familiar tough-love style and wicked sense of humour, The Grit Doctor will demystify and simplify healthy eating, enabling readers to see past the bullsh!t and make practical and tasty choices for themselves and their families. Cutting the crap is just as much about eliminating unhelpful and unhealthy pseudo-science as it is about reducing your waistline.

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Practising Happiness How Mindfulness Can Free You From Psychological Traps and Help You Build the Life You Want

Practising Happiness How Mindfulness Can Free You From Psychological Traps and Help You Build the Life You Want

Author: Ruth A. Baer Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention that originates in Eastern meditation traditions but is increasingly discussed and practiced in Western culture. It is usually defined as focusing one's complete attention on present-moment experiences in a nonjudgmental and accepting way. Buddhist traditions suggest that the cultivation of mindfulness through the practice of meditation reduces suffering and cultivates positive qualities, such as insight, wisdom, compassion, and equanimity. In recent years, the Western mental health community has adapted mindfulness meditation practices for use in medical and mental health settings, and several interventions based on mindfulness training are now widely available. Those with the best scientific support include mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). These treatments can be applied to a wide range of problems, disorders, and populations and the evidence increasingly supports their efficacy. Mindfulness Skills to Overcome Stress, Anxiety and Unhappiness is the first self-help book to integrate the wisdom, skills, and practices available from the four leading evidence-based mindfulness treatments (MBSR, MBCT, DBT, and ACT).

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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!