January is the month for new beginnings—fitness classes are packed and many folks are looking to lose weight and make healthier choices in the New Year. Here are a few inspiring books for a fit and healthy new year that will help you on your quest to look leaner, feel better, and make at least some of those life style and diet changes you’ve been putting off!
Even if you are "busy, busy, busy" attorney turned nutrition expert Museles will help you choose and prepare nutritious foods without spending hours in the kitchen. Her focus here is on snacks and smaller meals for readers on the go. No more unhealthy fast foods—this book will help you stick to nutritious whole foods all day long.
Maybe you have a serious gluten problem like celiac disease (which is the case for the author), or maybe you just find that your system works better without gluten in it. Whatever the case, if gluten is not your friend, you'll be entertained and informed by this funny, gluten-bashing, memoir/cookbook.
This 55-year-old, happily married yogini is an inspiration, and her book provides a wealth of information about yoga, as well as a number of yoga sequences that can turn your life around. Whether you're new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, this "journey to inner peace and freedom" is one for your bookshelf (and your life)!
If you think yoga is for some ancient guy who sleeps on a bed of nails you might want to delve into this wonderful book about how yoga works in contemporary life. Pacheco takes readers through the philosophy and the poses, and reveals the many ways that yoga can bring your happiness and health to a deeper level in our contemporary world.
"Healthy is the new skinny," says Nardini, and she has the body to show for it. With humor and determination, Nardini uses her vigorous Core-Strength Vinyasa Yoga style to get you in impressive shape. Best of all, you'll feel great: get ready for 2016, no holds barred.
Host of the popular Dr. Phil show, the author zeros in on the reasons why diets don't work: hunger, cravings, feelings of restriction, impracticality and expense, boredom, temptations, and disappointing results and plateaus. He then outlines 20 foods to get you out of your own way, get on the right track—and make sure this time the diet works!
Harvard-trained integrative physician/author Palanisamy serves up something different in this fascinating program. It's paleo-diet based, but he also includes the tenets of the ancient Indian medical system of Ayurveda to help readers follow a plan that works with their particular dosha (body type and constitution).
Another winner from fitness and nutrition expert JJ Virgin, who has a way with words and with weight loss. This time, she expounds upon the perils of sugar. She'll help you overcome that sugar addiction, slim down, ward off troublesome diseases and improve overall health. 2016 can be sweet indeed, even without all that sugar!
If you haven't checked this one out yet, it may be time. Lyn-Genet Recitas' detailed guide helps readers identify the "trigger" foods that are messing with their systems and making them put on pounds. Some may even be "healthy" foods like tofu or oatmeal. A three-day cleanse jumpstarts the program. Sounds like a plan!
Prague-born popular Youtube "video star" Light offers a 30-day plan to get readers in great shape for 2016. Her high-intensity interval training fitness program can be done at home, without fancy equipment. At 15 minutes a day—why not? No excuses! Ring in and bring on the New Year!
Kathryn E. Livingston has been writing about parenting issues for more than 25 years. Recently, she’s turned her pen to the topic of yoga. In her intimate memoir Yin, Yang, Yogini: A Woman’s Quest for Balance, Strength, and Inner Peace, Livingston describes her transformation through yoga, exploring how yoga helps her find the courage and strength to face breast cancer and overcome anxiety issues. The book is also a poignant and humorous exploration of motherhood, letting go, and learning to live with grace and gratitude in the now. A Kundalini yoga teacher, mother of three grown sons, and vegetarian who also practices Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga, she plans to ramp up her practice and eat more kale in 2016. There’s no time like the present for fitness, happiness, and health!