If you believe that 2018 should reflect the best you have to offer, we’re here to provide our support with this curated list of some of the most inspirational health and wellness books available this year. We’ve made it easy for you to navigate to the areas that align with your goals by breaking down the list into categories: Mind, Body, Spirit, Diet and Change. So take a deep breath, get comfortable, grab some herbal tea and get ready to start living the life you were meant to live.
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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics
by Dan Harris
From the bestselling author of 10% Happier comes a down-to-earth guide to meditation. Dan Harris traveled the country talking to people from all walks of life who wanted to meditate but were stuck getting started. Get the life hacks you need to stop fidgeting and start meditating.
Awakening Your Ikigai
by Ken Mogi
Author Ken Mogi introduces the five pillars of ikigai (a Japanese phenomenon understood as “your reason to get up in the morning”). Start small: focus on the details. Release yourself: accept who you are. Harmony and sustainability: rely on others. The joy of little things: appreciate sensory pleasure. And being in the here and now: find your flow.
by Nataly Kogan
This isn’t a book about positive thinking, silver linings, or always being happy. It’s about living fully in good times and bad, and enjoying life more because of it. Nationally recognized happiness expert Nataly Kogan shares simple practices to help you tap into greater resilience when times get tough. Learn how to boost your “emotional immune system” and get happier.
by Harriet Griffey
Chances are, you’re reading this article sitting at your desk. Our bodies are meant for movement but so many of us are sedentary all day. You can help your body counter the health risks caused by excessive sitting. Learn a series of gentle, movement-based exercises for head and neck; shoulders and upper back; arms; lower back and bottom; and legs.
How Healing Works
by Dr. Wayne Jonas
80 percent of healing can be attributed to the mind-body connection and other naturally occurring processes. Drawing on 40 years of research and patient care, Dr. Jonas lays out a revolutionary new way to be more in control of your recovery and lasting wellness.
We Flow Hard
by Sarah Levey and Mason Levey
If you love yoga but you have no plans to become a pious vegan, this book is for you. The co-founders of Y7 Studios bring a beat-bumping energy to yoga fitness for today’s tribe of hip, provocative yogis. Vogue says of Y7 yoga: “For people who put on gangsta rap and handle it.”
by Gabrielle Bernstein
In her newest book, Gabrielle Bernstein shares an interactive six-step process that calls on spiritual principles from A Course in Miracles, Kundalini yoga, the Emotional Freedom Technique, meditation, prayer and metaphysical teachings. Gabby demystifies these principles to make them easy to commit to and apply in your daily life.
Advice Not Given
by Mark Epstein, M.D.
Our ego is at once our biggest obstacle and our greatest hope. Breaking down the wall between East and West, Mark Epstein brings a Buddhist sensibility to therapy and a therapist’s practicality to Buddhism. He offers a rethinking of mindfulness that encourages people to be more watchful of their ego. If you haven’t yet explored mindfulness, this audiobook is an inviting yet deep introduction.
If I Could Tell You Just One Thing
by Richard Reed
For anyone who needs a little boost of inspiration (and honestly, who doesn’t?). This pretty illustrated book gathers invaluable life lessons from 50 of today’s most remarkable, diverse, and influential voices. Each essay offers sparks of wisdom.
by Steffi Knowles-Dellner
You’ve probably heard about lagom – the Swedish idea of being devoted to “just the right amount — living a balanced, harmonious life.” Now there’s a way to incorporate the coziness of lagom into your kitchen. You’ll learn that there is a time and place for every kind of food, and when everything is in equilibrium, you will be content and satisfied.
by Chloe Coscarelli
Remember when being vegan meant you had to eat flavorless frozen veggie burgers? Those days are gone. Now you can go vegan without going bland. Breaking onto the culinary scene as the only vegan chef to capture the top prize on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” Chloe Coscarelli has revolutionized vegan diets with flavorful, exciting, easy-to-make recipes.
by Gena Hamshaw
Another great book for newbie vegans from blogger, nutritionist, and Food52 author Gena Hamshaw. These 100 recipes will help you make delicious vegan meals that deliver balanced and sustained energy. Every recipe contains the key macronutrients of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and proteins, which together make for a complete meal – on the go!
Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind
by Kate O’Donnell
Ayurvedic cooking can seem overwhelming. This book simplifies things by organizing recipes around the three main energies that affect our mind: sattva, the state of contentment and calm; rajas, the state of reactivity and excitability; and tamas, the dull, slow, and stagnant state of mind.
The Candida Cure
by Ann Boroch, CNC
What do fatigue, IBS, eczema, depression, anxiety, migraines, weight gain, MS, cancer and Alzheimer’s have in common? They’re all related to candidiasis – when the good bacteria in your digestive tract dies off and yeast begins to overgrow. Balance your gut and change your life.
The 10-Day Belly Slimdown
by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
Mini-fasting is the #1 biggest secret to rapid belly-blasting. You shift your meal times to within a seven-hour window and satisfy your hunger with bone broth, collagen shakes, and “slim-gestion” herbs and spices. It’s the fast that will help you drop the weight you want without getting hangry.
Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life
by Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar and Michelle D. Seaton
Chronobiology is an emerging area of study that combines Ayurvedic principles with cutting-edge science. It turns out you can lose weight, sleep better, get stronger, reduce stress, and optimize your routine . . . all by aligning your schedule with your body’s natural cycles.
The Year of Less
by Cait Flanders
Cait Flanders goes through the tough stuff, so you don’t have to. The subtitle says it all: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store. Part memoir, part inspiration, part practical advice. Learn to live with less.
How to Be Single and Happy
by Dr. Jennifer L. Taitz
Swiping through dating apps gets old, especially if you’re always searching for “the one.” If you’re single, it’s time to claim your happiness in the present moment. Learn to date mindfully but more importantly, learn to live a fulfilled life whether you’re single or coupled up.
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