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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 tie-in to the TV diet show Fat Families with the unique diet plan getting the whole family on a health and weight loss programme. The recipes and health advice is accompanied by tips and tricks for staying on track and inspirational stories from the TV series showing how Steve Miller has transformed the lives of some of Britain’s fattest families.
A guide to nutrition and eating intended for the nurturing woman who has to feed the family. Dealing with all stages of life this is how to provide healthy and nutritious food without going kitchen crazy. The nutrition notes are excellent, not overwhelming but comprehensive and easy to follow. And to finish, a good basic collection of Jane Clarke’s favourite healthy recipes sensitive to family needs - this is nutrition that won’t cause a family mutiny - hardly a soya bean in sight.
One way up this book is an A-Z of all the problems that beset us – jealousy, negativity and stress, turn it over and there is a different A-Z, the Zen of life where hope, optimism and wisdom hold sway. I’m not normally a great fan of such inspirational books, but its short statements under each of the headings give pause for thought and the illustrations, reminiscent of Belloc, add greatly to the charm of it all.
Many a problem in life be it over-eating, relationship problems, shopping till you drop or indeed a drop too much can be traced back to low self-esteem issues. Melanie Fennell shows you how to get to the root of the problem and has plenty of advice and help on rebuilding confidence and accepting who you are. A British author, a wise counsel and guide, she has none of the over-the-top brashness you sometimes find in American self-help manuals.
An immensely doable healthy eating book, the recipes are short on preparation but high on nutrition - quick and easy family meals. Unlike many healthy eating books this is low on “weird” ingredients, Sally Bee is well aware that eating seaweed is just not going to cut the mustard when you’re trying to tempt a child into eating well. Losing weight isn’t the aim of the book but following Sally Bee will definitely trim the waistline without leaving you feeling deprived.
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.
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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!