When the new year rolls around, no, you should not expect a “new you” to magically emerge. (The old you is pretty awesome—maybe take him or her along for the ride?) A “new perspective,” however, is always helpful.
Thankfully, January is prime time for book debuts, and there are plenty of smart authors sharing their wisdom about how to live a healthier life this year.
Below, you’ll find five of our favorite new releases, all of which tackle wellness from a whole-person perspective. Yes, these books will help you reach your healthiest weight, but instead of quick fixes or diets that are impossible to maintain, they tap into deeper, long-lasting changes that affect your entire self—like banishing stress and self-doubt or balancing hormones. They also give realistic advice you can actually act on.
Hopefully, you unwrapped a Kindle last month.
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6 Smart New Books for a Healthy Year (and Life)
Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked): 11 Science-Based Ways to Eat More, Stress Less, and Feel Great about Your Body
Good Housekeeping nutrition director (and recent Masterclass speaker) Jaclyn London is a super smart registered dietitian. In this book, she tackles diet myths and mental blocks that keep you from reaching goals, using science paired with accessible strategies (our favorite combo!). Think topics like identifying “fake” nutrition news and eating to feel satisfied, not just “full.”
The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
This title by one of our favorite spiritual teachers Gabrielle Bernstein came out a couple of years ago, but it was just re-released as a paperback for the first time. That means it’ll be easier to throw in your tote for long subway rides and weekend ski trips…that will suddenly turn into opportunities for absorbing lessons on how to relax into a sense of certainty and freedom that allows for more happiness and a clear direction (no matter what you’re moving towards).
Healthy Gut, Flat Stomach Drinks: 75 Low-FODMAP Tonics, Smoothies, Infusions, and More
The low-FODMAP diet has helped many people deal with digestion issues (that disrupt other aspects of your life, like weight loss and sleep). In her new book, Danielle Capalino, a Nutritious Life Certified RD, applies the diet to drinking up. Think ginger-infused sipping broths and golden milk lattes—all for good gut health.
I Think, Therefore I Eat: The World’s Greatest Minds Tackle the Food Question
Here’s a really novel approach to figuring out the best way to eat: consult a philosopher. In I Think, Therefore I Eat, Martin Cohen does just that. By exploring questions about how and what to eat via the perspectives of some of the greatest philosophers throughout history, he gets at things like why doctors and nutritionists often disagree and why it seems like the facts about healthy eating are constantly shifting.
Hangry: 5 Simple Steps to Balance Your Hormones and Restore Your Joy
Hormonal imbalances are the current talk of the wellness town, whether it’s thyroid issues, PCOS, or something else. In Hangry, you’ll get a diet, exercise, and lifestyle program designed by a New York City hormone expert to transition from a stressed, cranky, always-hungry existence to a day-to-day routine that’s filled with energy and happiness.
One-Pot Gluten-Free Cooking: Delicious Recipes with Easy Cleanup―in 30 Minutes or Less!
Nutritious Life Certified food blogger Amy Rains is known for sharing her amazing recipes on her site, Wholesomelicious. Now, she’s put a collection of them into a book. And seriously, what could make living a Nutritious Life easier than healthy, delicious meals that take under a half hour to make and involve minimal clean up? Many of them are meant for the Instant Pot, so if you’re a convert, this one’s definitely for you.