There’s something quite exciting about the idea of ‘starting afresh’ at New Year and after 2020, turning over a new leaf is more than welcomed. But when it actually comes to sticking to our resolutions? Well, that’s the less exciting part. Luckily, there are plenty of books to keep you encouraged and committed to your goals. From getting fit to improving our cooking to working on our mental health, we’ve rounded up our top books to help your New Year’s resolutions stick.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO GET FIT…
I CAN RUN is not a running book for ‘runners’ – it’s the must-have running book for anyone who has ever experienced a moment of defeatism and had the little voice in their head make the excuse, ‘I can’t run’. In 12 chapters, you will discover that you can. You will dig deep to find your inner athlete. You’ll learn how to train smart, recover well, sync your runs to your menstrual cycle and fuel right. I CAN RUN will ensure you never again wait until you’re thin enough, fast enough, athletic enough, whatever-next enough to call yourself a runner, because if you put one foot in front of the other, repeatedly, you are a runner.
Getting outside, surrounding yourself in nature and moving your body is more important than ever in these anxiety-inducing times, and Amy’s debut will give you the encouragement and know-how that you need to do this.
I CAN RUN recognises that this is hard and that committing to consistent training is often more of an accomplishment than the 10K, half marathon or marathon race itself. You will find comfort and encouragement in Amy’s experience of cramps, chafing and the occasional little sick, while learning from leading experts about how to set yourself up for success and get the very best from your runs both physically and mentally.
In The Midlife Method, food and lifestyle writer Sam Rice explores why it is so much harder to lose weight as we get older and what we can do about it.
Rather than focusing exclusively on restricted eating, as so many diets do, Sam guides us through her ‘method’ for midlife weight loss based on extensive research into the specific physiological changes that occur in our middle years.
Including more than 80 delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch and family-friendly dinners, along with an easy 4-week meal plan, The Midlife Method shows how combining Light Days (active calorie restriction via calorie-controlled recipes) and Regular Days (focused on eating well-balanced, nutrient-dense food) can bring about healthy and sustainable weight loss.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO CHANGE YOUR COOKING…
Miguel Barclay is back with his sixth book in the ‘One Pound Meals’ series and he’s on a mission to save you even more money and time with this collection of storecupboard recipes.
Miguel has already revolutionised the way that many of you cook at home – with his budget recipes, healthy ingredients and his ingenious time-saving tips. In STORECUPBOARD ONE POUND MEALS Miguel takes his stress-free, maximum flavour philosophy and teaches you how to get the most out of your every day cupboard essentials. Tins, cans, dried herbs and spices become the main ‘hero ingredients’, helping you plan affordable dinners each week.
With over 80 of Miguel’s favourite storecupboard dishes, you’ll have plenty of recipes for the whole family to enjoy, or tasty leftovers to eat the next day or freeze for another time.
Miguel’s budget-friendly cooking will once again bring great taste to your kitchen.
Minimum fuss, maximum flavour and all for £1 per person.
How to lose weight fast, maintain that weightloss, balance your hormones, and feel great, the Keto Green way!
This strict high-fat/low-carb diet denies the body glucose as a main source of energy and instead promotes the production and use of ketone bodies as fuel. It’s a great way to move you off a weight plateau, gain willpower, and get results fast. But going keto also often results in gastrointestinal discomfort, low energy, and moodiness-known as the “keto flu”-which makes the diet and its proven results hard to sustain.
The solution? Add alkaline foods-leafy greens, other vegetables, broths, healthy oils, nuts, and seeds-to your plate for a lifestyle that’s more sustainable and easier on your body. In other words: Go Keto-Green and thrive!
A triple-board-certified physician, Dr. Anna Cabeca developed her method through years of careful patient and test-panel research. With 16 days of what-to-eat instructions (including a version for vegetarians and vegans); more than 50 delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack recipes; information about the 16 best alkaline foods; a 16-hour intermittent-fasting strategy; and 16-minute HIIT exercise routines; Keto-Green 16 will ensure that you skip the flu and get on with rapid and amazing weight loss.
This easy to follow guide-book shows you how to eat and cook vegan in 28 days – not by making extensive changes, but by simply doing one thing slightly differently every day, from dusting off the beans and long-forgotten tinned tomatoes at the back of your kitchen cupboard, to figuring out how to cook celeriac, to learning how to invigorate week-old vegetables, and to navigating dinner invitations when you’re trying to eat more plant-based but still want to have a good time.
Enjoy 40 simple and practical recipes for healthy, wholesome vegan food, as well as uncovering the vegan secret weapons – dressing, dips, purées and vinaigrettes – that lift every meal to another level. This book contains the perfect number of recipes to get you through your meatless month, making it easy to navigate and to find new everyday favourites.
How to Be Vegan in 28 Days is part-cookbook, part-veggie-guide book that will help you achieve a vegan lifestyle, and get into the best shape of your life.
100 all-new quick and easy plant-based recipes by bestselling author Ella Mills, founder of Deliciously Ella.
Ella’s new collection shows us that vegan cooking doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. It’s easy to embrace a plant-based lifestyle with her fuss-free, simple recipes that cater for our busy lives. Divided into 7 sections, the new book offers – for the first time – recipes with an approximate cooking time, showing you how to make simple meals that will satisfy your taste buds and inspire you every day.
Section 1 features delicious breakfasts – from quick pancakes to fruity smoothies and easy toast-toppers. Section 2, Lunches, Dips & Dressings, offers an array of healthy plant-based options. The next two Sections comprise 10-Minute- and 20-Minute Meals, where Ella will prove that plant-based eating doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Choose from quick pasta dishes, simple noodles, hearty veg-laden bowls and Asian-inspired plates. Section 5 is Big Batch Cooking, to help you get ahead and plan your week. The Sweet section includes lots of portable bars, flapjacks and slices to satisfy your sweet tooth. The last section, Weekend, features recipes that require a bit time to make, but will impress and delight your friends and family!
The ethos of Deliciously Ella is to share abundant recipes that put vegetables at the heart of our plates, that taste good and are easy to make. Alongside this, Ella is keen to embrace all aspects of wellbeing, prioritising self-care. In the book she will share the important insights learned from her chart-topping podcast, bringing a wider holistic dimension and personal angle to this gorgeous, inspiring, healthy cookbook.
As rates of chronic disease continue to rise, ‘What should we eat?’ has become one of the most important questions of the 21st century. Dr Alan Desmond cuts through the diet confusion to explain how we can all unlock the power of a healthy gut and optimise our overall well-being by simply putting more plants on our plate.
Alongside clear explanations of the science and 80 beautifully illustrated and completely plant-based recipes, you’ll find ‘the 28-day revolution’, the essential step-by-step guide to discovering the true power of a plant-based diet for yourself.
Join The Plant-Based Diet Revolution today and unleash the true power of the food on your plate!
IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH…
From depression and anxiety to personality disorders, one in four of us experience mental health issues every year and, in these strange and unsettling times, more of us than ever are struggling to cope.
In No Such Thing As Normal, Bryony offers sensible, practical advice, covering subjects such as sleep, addiction, worry, medication, self-image, boundary setting, therapy, learned behaviour, mindfulness and, of course – as the founder of Mental Health Mates – the power of walking and talking.
She also strives to equip those in need of help with tools and information to get the best out of a poorly funded system that can be both frightening and overwhelming. The result is a lively, honest and direct guide to mental health that cuts through the Instagram-wellness bubble to talk about how each of us can feel stronger, better and just a little bit less alone.
‘Emma has a unique way of cutting through to the heart of the issues we all face day-in-day-out. There isn’t another book out there like this and it should be a mandatory read for anyone with a brain.’ – Anna Whitehouse, founder of Mother Pukka
In this warm, wise book, clinical psychologist Dr Emma Hepburn (Instagram’s @thepsychologymum) introduces her proven and practical tools for taking care of your mental and emotional wellbeing every day.
Using her trademark illustrations, Dr Hepburn (aka @thepsychologymum) shines a welcome ray of light into the neglected corners of your brain. From identifying what triggers unhappy thoughts to overcoming the fear of making mistakes, A Toolkit for Modern Life will help you to cultivate positive habits and feel more confident, happier and in tune with yourself.
Have you ever felt average? That you’re not special or extraordinary, just . . . normal?
And that chances are society’s obsession with always being the best and smashing life is setting us up for failure?
Years of striving and pushing to be better than everyone else are breaking us. Fear of disappointment and our pursuit of someone else’s definition of success tell us we’re not enough. They tell us to work late, then work hard in the gym, overcommit, then post about #selfcare on our painstakingly curated social media feeds. They tell us to push ourselves until we break, all to prove our worth, to show we deserve our place.
But are we tolerating the lows to reach the fleeting highs, and are we missing all the good stuff along the way? Why are we programmed to live like this, and is it society that needs to change, not us?
One thing’s for sure – it’s better to be average and happy than exceptional and miserable. We’re all good enough, just as we are.
For books to help you with finances, organisation, expanding your mind or just some needed escapism, you can find our Part One book recommendations here!