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Diet? Live It!

January 7th, 2013 · Carole M. · Staff Recommendations

It’s a new year and as usual the most common resolution is “Lose Weight”.

If you are considering making a change to your eating habits, the library has the books to help you navigate the ever popular and always growing genre encompassing diet, weight loss and health. What exactly is a vegan diet? Is vegetarianism more your speed? Would you really feel cleaner after a 3 day cleanse? Did cavemen really know better?

Below are books that highlight various alternative dietary life styles that may just be your answer to a healthier YOU. Remember that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Modifying your diet even just a few days a week can work wonders.

30 Day Vegan ChallengeWhether you want to improve your overall health, shed a few pounds, demonstrate your compassion for animals, or help the environment, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau holds your hand every step of the way, giving you the tools you need to make the vegan transition—healthfully, joyfully, and deliciously.

Vegan Cooking for CarnivoresRoberto Martin shares over 125 delicious vegan recipes he’s created that he hopes will make healthy vegan cooking accessible and easy for everyone. You can enjoy all your favorite foods and never feel deprived.

Your Primal BodyA personal trainer and former competitive body builder offers the paleo life-plan, with diet and fitness programs, for a lean, muscular, vibrantly healthy body. “Your Primal Body” is a book that will transform how you think about your body. Not just another fitness/weight-loss book, “Your Primal Body” shifts the paradigm for how to achieve a lean, muscular, vibrantly healthy body according to your genetic inheritance.

Practical PaleoAchieving optimal health without calorie-counting, diet foods, or feelings of deprivation has never been easier.Practical Paleo explains why avoiding both processed foods and foods marketed as “healthy”—like grains, legumes, and pasteurized dairy—will improve how you look and feel and lead to lasting weight loss. Even better—you may reduce or completely eliminate symptoms associated with common health disorders!

Raw PotluckRaw lifestyle expert Lisa Montgomery has gathered recipes from her fellow potluckers, along with several of her own recipes, to create a collection that offers something for everyone and is sure to please even the pickiest eaters!

Totally VegetarianThe health benefits of vegetarianism are well known, but, to many, the art of easily preparing great vegetarian food remains a mystery. In Totally Vegetarian, Fiore presents 200 recipes that emphasize familiar and readily available ingredients.

Eat to LiveHailed a “medical breakthrough” by Dr. Mehmet Oz, EAT TO LIVE offers a highly effective, scientifically proven way to lose weight quickly. The key to Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s revolutionary six-week plan is simple: health = nutrients / calories. When the ratio of nutrients to calories in the food you eat is high, you lose weight. The more nutrient-dense food you eat, the less you crave fat, sweets, and high-caloric foods.

Cleanse Your Body, Cleanse Your MindOutlining both a thirty-day intensive and a ten-day seasonal tune-up, integrative medicine expert Dr. Jeffrey A. Morrison offers a simple and nutritious eating plan that efficiently detoxifies the body, allowing it to heal itself. Readers will not only cleanse their body of toxins, but also shed pounds of toxic weight as they uncover and remove the underlying causes of illness.

Juicing, Fasting and Detoxing for LifeDid you know the secret to vibrant health is in your blender? It’s true–juicing vegetables provides concentrated nutrition that is found in virtually no other source: vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. By juicing, you’ll feel better, more energized, and improve your immune system.

If you are looking for a diet to jump start your weight loss, below are some promising new entries.

The 17 Day DietIf you need to shed pounds fast and in a safe, effective, and lasting way, this is the book for you! Unlike many diet programs that starve you down to size, Dr. Mike Moreno’s 17 Day Diet relies on proven methods to help you take weight off and keep it off for good—whether you’ve got 10 pounds to lose or 100. His revolutionary program adjusts your body metabolically so that you burn fat day in and day out. The program is structured around four 17 day cycles.

Dash Diet Weight Loss SolutionThe most effective diet for healthy weight loss just got better! THE DASH DIET WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTION uses the key elements of the diet ranked as the “Best Overall Diet” by US News & World Reports in 2011 and 2012, and proven NIH research on DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) to create a program guaranteed to speed weight loss and boost metabolism.

The Belly Melt DietThe Belly Melt Diet teaches women to tune into their own rhythms—not just their sleep/wake cycles, but also the cycles of their hunger hormones. They will also learn the optimal time to exercise, and how to tame the ups and downs of the menstrual cycle to maximize belly fat–burning and overall metabolism boosting.

The Dukan DietDevised by Dr. Pierre Dukan, a French medical doctor who has spent his career helping people to lose weight, the Dukan Diet rejects counting calories and promises permanent weight loss while allowing adherents to eat as much as they like.

The Fast Track One Day DetoxIn The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet renowned health pioneer and bestselling author Ann Louise Gittleman takes the age-old method of fasting and incorporates it into a safe and healthy one-day plan that helps you lose weight fast, gets rid of toxins, and gives your body a cleansing boost to prepare it for even more weight loss down the road.

We all know that what we eat is only half of the equation in the quest for a healthy body. Physical activity is the vital, not to be ignored other half. If you are looking for new workout ideas, new ways to exercise, browse ourfitness DVD collection. There you’ll find instructional and motivational DVD’s such as The Biggest Loser 30 Day Jump Start, Belly, Butt & Thighs Boot Camp, Dance Fitness for Beginners: 10 Minute Workouts,Fabulous@50 Body Basics, Practical Power of Yoga and Pilates Powerhouse Workout to name but a few.

Of course, when it comes to physical activity there’s always the low tech, tried and true method and my personal favorite of getting up off the couch, putting on some good walking shoes, going out the door and moving, one foot in front of the other.

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