So? How are your New Year’s healthy resolutions holding up? Are you still going strong or has your will-power petered out?
There’s no doubt about it: change is hard. We all need extra inspiration and motivation to keep us moving in the right direction.
But if you find the right tool to help you with your specific goals, your success rate could skyrocket! There are all kinds of diet and fitness books out there, it may be hard to decide which one is right for you.
Here are a few suggestions that might be right for your goals.
If you want to cook healthy meals:
Everyday Food Light by Martha Stewart Living Magazine can help you get dinner on the table in a snap, and keep it under 500 calories. Try the Lighter Eggplant Parmesan!
Meals That Heal Inflammation by Julie Daniluk, R.H.N. features a nutrition guide, menu plan, and 130 easy recipes that will help change your immune response through diet. If you suffer from allergies, skin disorders, asthma, heart disease, arthritis or any other condition ending in “itis,” you’ll want to have a look at this tool.
Good Food to Go by Brenda Bradshaw and Cheryl Mutch is the tool for you if you resolved to prepare healthier lunches (and snacks!) for your family. Think outside the lunch box and try a few of these for starters.
The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen by Denise Jardine proves that you no longer have to abandon the foods you love, even when you do have to give up the dairy and gluten that doesn’t love you. Test it out with the Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake.
Deliciously G-Free by Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a must-have for anyone needing delicious gluten-free meals. This Daytime Emmy Award winner is no stranger to the kitchen! Try her recipe for Veggie Pad Thai.
The Sexy Forever Recipe Bible by Suzanne Somers is a stunning compilation of more than 400 delicious classics, updated and coded for those with preferences for gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegetarian, or vegan options. The Crab Bisque with Sweet Corn and Crab Relish sounds amazing!
If you want to lose weight:
The Supercharged Hormone Diet by Natasha Turner, N.D. is a quick-start diet plan with a thirty-day time frame. Did you know that our hormones play the biggest part in our weight-loss woes? Read about the eight most common fat-packing hormones to get started.
The Dukan Diet by Dr. Pierre Dukan uses the power of protein to achieve dramatic weight loss and then maintain the results forever. This plan has helped millions around the world achieve the success they were looking for. Try these three healthy recipes for free.
The G.I. Diet, 10th Anniversary by Rick Gallop is the right tool for people who no longer want to count calories, points, or carbs. It’s the green-light way to permanent weight loss. Read the introduction for more details.
The Amen Solution by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. is for those of you who already know how to eat right and exercise, but just can’t seem to stick with it. You’ve tried diet after diet, and nothing seems to work. Here’s the key: weight loss success has more to do with changing your brain than your body! In this excerpt, learn four of the nine secrets to conquering your cravings.
Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels, best known as a strength trainer and life coach for NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser, shares her simple, 3-phase plan that engages all the weight-loss hormones (including the friendly HGH, testosterone, DHEA; and the not-so-friendly: insulin, cortisol, and excess estrogen).
Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes is a straightforward essential guide to nutrition and weight management. Getting to the science of it all, Taubes answers the questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid?
If you want to get fit:
The Body Sculpting Bible for Women (and Men) by James Villepigue and Hugo Rivera is a comprehensive guide that includes not only exercises but also nutritional tips, psychological tricks, meal charts, workout graphs, different fitness plans, the inside scoop on supplements and vitamins, advice on keeping fit while traveling, and weightlifting information for teens, seniors, and expectant mothers.
Barefoot Running by Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee offers the only step-by-step direction runners need at any age to overcome injuries, run faster than ever, and rediscover the pure joy of running. Once you tear off your shoes and learn to dance with nature, you’ll tread lightly and freely, hearing only the earth’s symphony and feeling only the dirt beneath your feet.
You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren and Joshua Clark offer motivation techniques, expert training, and nutrition advice. You’ll see rapid results by working out just thirty minutes a day, four times a week—whether in your living room, yard, garage, hotel room, or office.
If you want to boost self-confidence and live life to the fullest:
Unlimited by Jillian Michaels will give you the attitude and action to do everything you want. (It will be available in paperback in March, too!)
Enjoy Every Sandwich by Lee Lipsenthal distills everything Lee learned about how we find meaning, purpose, and peace in our lives. As Lee and his wife, Kathy, navigated his diagnosis, illness, and treatment, he discovered that he did not fear death, and that even as he was facing his own mortality, he felt more fully alive than ever before.
Stop Saying You’re Fine by Mel Robbins will help you discover what’s missing from your life, and how to win it back. The key, she explains, is understanding how your own brain works against you. Because evolution has biased your mental gears against taking action, what you need are techniques to outsmart yourself. Here’s the first step in finding a more powerful you.