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Mind and Body Fitness June 2014
"One person's comfort food is another person's enemy. One person's
lifesaver is another's poison."
~ from Sandra Beasley's Don't Kill the Birthday Girl
New and Recently Released!
The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance -- What Women Should Know - by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
Publisher: HarperCollins
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/15/2014
Share The Confidence Code%3a The Science and Art of Self-Assurance -- What Women Should Know ISBN-13: 9780062230621
ISBN-10: 006223062X
Broadcast journalists Katty Kay of BBC World News and Claire Shipman of ABC's Good Morning America have noticed that women often fall behind their male counterparts in the workplace. Women with equivalent skills and experience receive promotions more slowly and stop advancing earlier in their careers. Looking for the reasons behind this disparity, Kay and Shipman interviewed professional women from basketball players to world-class bankers. They also spoke with scientists who study behavioral differences between the sexes. To find out what's behind women's tendency to be less assertive than their male peers, read The Confidence Code, an engaging and thoroughly researched discussion of the topic.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less - by Greg McKeown
Publisher: Random House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/15/2014
Share Essentialism%3a The Disciplined Pursuit of Less ISBN-13: 9780804137386
ISBN-10: 0804137382
In Essentialism, business writer Greg McKeown engagingly presents anecdotes about people whose lives were too busy and complicated, showing how they successfully cut back on unnecessary commitments in order to focus on more satisfying goals and relationships. He explains what it means to have an "essentialist" approach to work, family, and life in general, giving examples of how to decide what's essential, cut out the non-essential, and become both more productive and more relaxed. Essentialism is essential reading for the frustrated and overcommitted who desire a happier, more meaningful lifestyle.
The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life - by Judith Orloff
Publisher: Random House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/01/2014
Share The Ecstasy of Surrender%3a 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life ISBN-13: 9780307338204
ISBN-10: 0307338207
Dr. Judith Orloff, a board-certified psychotherapist and professor of psychiatry, writes in The Ecstasy of Surrender about the positive effects of surrendering to life -- as opposed to struggling with it. She offers advice, accompanied by self-assessment questions, about unlearning counterproductive behaviors and taking advantage of opportunities for positive change. She develops a range of areas where readers can learn about surrender, from communication skills to aging, concluding with "Celebrating the Blessing of Joy." This "hope-filled" book (Publishers Weekly) provides a comprehensive approach to psychological fitness.
Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+ - by Andrea Q. Robinson
Publisher: PGW
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/09/2014
Share Toss the Gloss%3a Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+ ISBN-13: 9781580054904
ISBN-10: 1580054900
Beauty expert Andrea Robinson, a former director at beauty product companies and editor at Vogue and Mademoiselle magazines, shares her insider knowledge in this guide to skin care and makeup. Robinson offers tips on where to find inexpensive products that are identical to luxury items, which products to use and how to use them, and when to discard items such as mascara and lip gloss. Color illustrations and chatty stories about the beauty industry add verve to her presentation as she debunks myths and explains ingredients. Though this guide primarily addresses the needs of baby boomers, under-50 readers will also find useful information in Toss the Gloss.
Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance - by Wendy Sue Swanson
Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/04/2014
Share Mama Doc Medicine%3a Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance ISBN-13: 9781581108378
ISBN-10: 1581108370
Moms-to-be and new moms (and dads) will find everything they need to know in this comprehensive volume by pediatrician and blogger Wendy Sue Swanson. She not only provides technical information and solutions but also shares her self-doubt and personal experiences. Organized into 94 brief chapters under four headings -- Prevention, Social-Emotional Support, Immunizations, and Work-Life Balance/Mothering -- Mama Doc Medicine provides clear, user-friendly advice about what children and their parents need in order to thrive. There are chapters on "Children with Gay Parents," on eating ("No More 'Clean Plate Club'"), and on "Competitive Parenting," as well as a list of online resources. A useful guide for 21st-century parents.
Focus on: Food and Fitness
Here are some books that offer advice about food choices and good health.
Obsessed: America's Food Addiction -- And My Own - by Mika Brzezinski and Diane Smith
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/07/2013
Share Obsessed%3a America ISBN-13: 9781602861763
ISBN-10: 1602861765
Best-selling author and television personality Mika Brzezinski, who advocates for strict fitness regimes on MSNBC's Morning Joe, admits in Obsessed that her addiction to junk food and staying thin may be problematic. After her co-author, award-winning journalist Diane Smith, pointed out that Brzezinski's insistence on dieting and exercise could be as harmful as the eating patterns that led to Smith's obesity, they embarked on a study of diet, exercise, and health. Summing up their learnings in Obsessed, they offer anecdotal and scientific evidence to support advice about fitness and smarter food choices. Anyone interested in diet and health will find this accessible and thorough presentation useful.
Designated Fat Girl: A Memoir - by Jennifer Joyner
Publisher: Skirt!
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/01/2010
Share Designated Fat Girl%3a A Memoir ISBN-13: 9780762759620
ISBN-10: 0762759623
Food addiction and obesity cost broadcast journalist Jennifer Joyner dearly. Over a period of 16 years, Joyner struggled with obesity and diabetes, tried cures -- including bariatric surgery -- that caused debilitating side-effects, and endured a difficult process of recovery that ultimately led to better health. With engaging good humor and without flinching from the truth, Designated Fat Girl offers inspiration for anyone facing similar serious health issues. For another candid and uplifting memoir about obesity, weight-loss surgery, and self-understanding, read Jen Larsen's Stranger Here.
The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat Well, Enjoy Life, Lose Weight - by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Publisher: Good Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/01/2010
Share The Mayo Clinic Diet%3a Eat Well, Enjoy Life, Lose Weight ISBN-13: 9781561486762
ISBN-10: 1561486760
There are enough books on weight loss diets to make one's head spin, but The Mayo Clinic Diet offers a one-stop resource, addressing a range of issues and detailing a specific strategy based on the clinical experience of medical professionals. In a conveniently organized book with helpful sidebars that provide ideas and motivational suggestions, the diet experts avoid both fads and short-term solutions while providing specific plans for losing weight initially and keeping it off over the long haul. There's realistic advice about behavior modification, eating out while on a diet, and other common challenges, in addition to meal planning resources.
Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies - by Sloane Miller
Publisher: Wiley
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/15/2011
Share Allergic Girl%3a Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies ISBN-13: 9780470630006
ISBN-10: 0470630000
In this "positive and practical" book (Library Journal) on living with dangerous food allergies, social worker and blogger Sloane Miller provides a wealth of information on coping with allergies while living a full and satisfying life. Miller herself has severe food allergies, so her discussion in Allergic Girl is personal and realistic. This accessible book provides an introduction to allergies, gives advice on restaurant eating and food-centered events, and suggests ways to negotiate about food choices with grace and good humor. For another informative, engaging book by someone with life-threatening allergies, read Sandra Beasley's memoir, Don't Kill the Birthday Girl.
Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It - by Gary Taubes
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/28/2010
Share Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It ISBN-13: 9780307272706
ISBN-10: 0307272702
Having analyzed nutrition research and human metabolism, award-winning science writer Gary Taubes believes that it's not overeating and a sedentary lifestyle that cause weight gain -- rather, it's the role of certain carbohydrates in our diet. Eschewing calorie-based diet plans, he recommends eliminating or at least greatly reducing refined carbohydrates and sugars. His report, which also addresses cardiac health issues, covers such topics as genetics, the politics behind nutritional guidelines, and foods to eat and avoid. This easy-to-follow book clearly explains Taubes' science-based views on the why and how of healthy eating.
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