Okay, take a deep breath. It’s January, which means big plans and lofty goals are top of mind. When it comes to your wellness, at least, these top health books can help.
None are about quick fixes or major overhauls. We chose the books that give realistic advice you can fit into your daily routine no matter the month. (Come March, for example, you may need to amp up the motivation again, right?)
Make yourself a turmeric latte and curl up with one of these seven new books soon, to get set for your healthiest year ever.
7 Top Health Books for 2018
Gena Hamshaw, January 23
Hamshaw is a genius when it comes to plant-based cooking, and this new book boasts “100 nutritionally-balanced, one-dish vegan meals.” What we love about that is two-fold: 1. All of the meals deliver energy-boosting nutrients and fill you up despite the lack of meat. 2. The “one-dish” approach means easy prep and even easier clean-up. These are the kind of meals you need to eat better day after day, not just during the first week of January.
Steven Masley, MD, January 2
A top physician explains how elevated blood sugar is not just damaging to your heart health but also majorly affects your brain. And he offers a prescription for a diet and lifestyle that not only prevents diabetes but also addresses memory loss and cognitive decline. It’s a case for taking care of your brain long before it’s too late.
Haylie Pomroy, February 27
If you’re looking to lose weight, Pomroy’s strategies for kick-starting a stalled metabolism may be what you need. While the focus on losing pounds in just 14 initial days feels way too fast to work, the customized plan—including meal maps, shopping lists, and recipes—offers a long-term solution to keep your metabolism humming along and get to and remain at your ideal weight.
Gabrielle Bernstein, January 2
We don’t believe in juice cleanses, but judgment cleanses? Sign us up! Top spiritual teacher Gabby Bernstein is back with a new book that’s all about banishing “the beliefs that hold you back from living a better life,” namely the fear that leads you to be judgy instead of your natural loving (happy!) self.
Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, January 9
When an MD and a PhD team up, powerful things tend to happen. Here, they look at the latest science to explain “how to cultivate courage, curiosity, and resilience in your child.” If you’re a parent, it’ll help you learn to nurture your kiddos’ positive potential and give them tools to make meaningful connections in life.
Sarah and Mason Levey, January 2
The creators of the cool kids’ yoga studio are putting their hip hop-meets-spirituality approach into print with this book, which includes sections on the history and benefits of yoga, workout playlists, tips on incorporating yogic practices and meditation into modern life, and of course, lots of yoga sequences you can do at home (with Drake blasting, naturally).
Cait Flanders, January 16
Flanders is a 20-something who realized that “nothing she was buying or doing was making her happy.” The book tells the story of how she checked out from living a materialistic life and in figuring out how to consume less also gradually figured out how to feel more fulfilled.