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.
With so little time given to us on this earth it’s a tragedy that so many people miss out on ordinary everyday happiness and that exquisite feeling of well-being. Here’s where Robert Holden’s new book may help, using stories, exercises, meditations, poetry and prayer he shows how to concentrate on the now and stop living in the past or yearning for a fantasy future, letting go the negatives that can cloud our lives. There is a lot of good sense and wisdom in this book and shouldn’t happiness be at the top of any New Year’s Resolution list?
A diet that aims to restore the body’s equilibrium and restore the user to a healthy, sustainable weight. Aimed at women who’ve tried every diet going and counted calories to no avail, Marcelle Pick offers a nutritional plan, a two-week programme to start, recipes using wholefoods and plenty of help and advice showing just how easy it can be to get your body into balance. Please note that an extract from this title will not be available until early February as the Mail on Sunday's You Magazine is running a serialisation of the book at the end of January.
As someone who overcame a lot to become a top Olympic athlete, Kelly Holmes has the right credentials for this straightforward guide to motivating yourself. And that can be motivation for changing your life, become fitter, losing weight, giving up the booze and fags – any life changing decision can be tackled in her 6 easy step programme. Her watchword is “Anything is Possible” and the sky’s the limit if you follow her guidelines.
Even with the best diet intentions it is still possible to have a bloated, distended or flabby tummy. As James Duigan explains, the toxins in many low-fat and so-called 'diet' foods actually make your stomach fatter, plus allergies, stress and lack of sleep can also lead to an unattractive bulge. In Clean & Lean Flat Tummy Fast! James shows you how to eat your way to a flat stomach, with flexible meal plans, recipes and tips on avoiding the cravings that can lead you off track, then how to Work Off that Wobble, with a step-by-step illustrated guide to the best exercises for a totally toned tummy. And for those special occasions when you need results fast, there's James' 6-day Tummy Transformer, the tried and tested technique he uses when his model clients have last-minute photo shoots. Click here to see the Clean & Lean Cookbook by the same author.
Weight Loss - The Essential Guide is the ultimate guide to losing and mainating weight effectively and healthily. Written by a practising nutritional therapist, this book offers practical tips on how to set and achieve weight loss goals, how to eat a healthy, nutritious diet, and how to support weight loss with an exercise programme.
In 2012, as the new era of austerity kicks in and it feels like post-war Britain all over again, this book provides a survival guide and a perennial source of solutions for lean times, thanks to our cash-strapped forebears in Austerity Britain. Everything from advice on cooking, gardening, leisure time and fashion will be found between the covers.
What better way to start the new year than to get fighting fit? Few of us have the willpower to get fit and lose weight on our own. What's needed is a military instructor watching over our exercise programme helping us out along the way, encouraging us and making our fitness work as diverse and enjoyable as possible. This is exactly what this book does. Major Sam McGrath of the legendary Parachute Regiment has collected together this easy to use and inspirational exercise guide that is perfect for everyone - from the couch potato civilian to the aspiring Para recruit.Major McGrath previously ran the selection course for the Parachute Regiment - the brutal 'P' Company and he draws on his vast experience to create a step-by-step guide to improving fitness through easy to follow exercise programmes.
Marianne Williamson has attempted to get to the core of over eating and in 21 lessons undo the damage and get the reader to lose weight in their mind as well as their body. And really, this approach would work with any addictive behaviour so it could easily be used by anyone attempting to deal with problems such as smoking or excessive drinking. This is no diet plan, the aim is to change your behaviour and your relationship with your inner self, follow the book says the author and you don’t need a diet plan, you need only the will to tackle the problem of weight-loss in a new spiritual way.
Fair Trade has come a long way in the last 20 years. The Fair Trade Revolution celebrates the movement's achievement and takes up the challenge of improving more lives through fair dealing with producers. Fair Trade is now mainstream, with large companies like Cadbury's and supermarkets such as Sainsbury's producing and stocking many Fair Trade products. The authors of this collection, many of whom were responsible for the initial success of Fair Trade, emphasise the importance of ensuring that farmers and other producers remain the main beneficiaries. Punchy chapters, illustrated with many real-world examples, cover all the important issues including the tensions between large and small operators, the impact of recession, environmental policy and the danger of large operators embracing Fair Trade more in word than in practice. Written by the leading lights of the Fair Trade movement, including Harriet Lamb (Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation) and Bruce Crowther (Establisher of the world's first Fair Trade Town) this book will inspire activists and consumers to keep making the right choices.
From Angela Patmore who’s been labelled as a “heartless bitch” by at least one commentator, a very DIY approach to coping with depression and despair. No drugs, no therapy, no days off sick, this is heal-thyself time and very sane it all sounds. A particularly useful feature is having a panel of ten sufferers who, throughout the self-help section of the book, comment on the tasks they’ve been set; their progress sets a great example to the reader. A well structured manual, full of good sense; firstly giving you insights into depression and then setting out a programme to get out of that pit of despair – as the title says “it will change your life”.
Who’d be a doctor – step outside the surgery and someone is sure to buttonhole you, asking the most intimate questions. For the sake of doctors everywhere, Christian Jessen has written a book in Q & A format giving the answers to those most commonly asked questions. He asks why people don’t ask their own doctor, and many of the problems he encounters here are general worries, overall questions, hard to ask in a rushed consultation with the doctor. More intimate questions perhaps also hard to ask and his book does a great service in informing and putting minds at rest.
A 2014 World Book Night selection. Most people would like to be more creative, more persuasive and more attractive. For years, gurus and 'life coaches' have urged people to improve their lives by changing the way they think and behave, but scientific research has revealed that many of their techniques, from group brainstorming to visualization, are ineffective. Fortunately, psychologist Richard Wiseman is on hand to provide fast-acting, myth-busting scientific answers to a huge range of everyday problems. From job-hunting to relationships, and from parenting to self-esteem, personal and professional success may be less than a minute away ...Find out why putting a pencil between your teeth instantly makes you feel happier. Discover why even thinking about going to the gym can help you keep in shape. Learn how putting just one thing in your wallet will improve the chance of it being returned if lost.
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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!