Non-Fic Picks: New Year, New You!

Posted Jan 2, 2015

2015 is here, and New Year’s resolutions are abundant.  But, just because it’s a new year, doesn’t necessarily mean you need to transform yourself completely- a little change or improvement can go a long way!  Maybe you want to eat healthier or lose a little weight, especially after all those delicious holiday treats.  Maybe you feel it’s time to change your outlook on life or want to update your style.  Well, the Shorewood Library is here to help!  Here are four non-fic picks to help you ring in your new year resolutions…    

Eat to Lose, Eat to Win: Your Grab-N-Go Action Plan for a Slimmer, Healthier You by Rachel Beller

Stop obsessing over calories, carbs, and trendy diet fads because nutritionist Rachel Beller will help you lose weight through science-based nutrition.  Eat to Lose, Eat to Win takes you grocery shopping with Beller’s MVPs- Most Valued Products- and then gives you plenty of fun, healthy, and delicious recipes to help shed the pounds.  How about trying a heart lentil soup?  Doesn’t easy chicken stir-fry sound delicious?  Best of all, Beller puts food in perspective to illustrate the either the positive or negative consequences of our food choices.  Chalk-full of salivating photographs, this easy to digest book will inspire you develop an action plan to make better diet choices.    

Core: An Instant Visual Guide to Developing a Strong Core by Hollis Lance Liebman

Core puts exercise into motion with over 75 great moves to strengthen your abdomen, oblique muscles, back, and behind.  For example, there’s medicine ball exercises including the “Walk-Over” and “Power Squat;” there’s body weight exercises like “Scissors” and “Plank-Ups;” and of course there’s free weight exercises such as “Wheel Rollout” and “Dumbbell Sit-Ups.”  Utilizing detailed graphics, each exercise starts off by illustrating targeted muscles and then provides step-by-step directions to completing each action.  Best of all, there are photos depicting the body as it moves through the motions.  Core will help you maximize the benefits to your workout, leading you smoothly and safely to better fitness.           

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works by Dan Harris

We all have that voice in our head that talks to us throughout the day, but how do we keep that voice in check when things start to feel out of control?  In 10% Happier, Nightline news anchor, Dan Harris, discusses the voice in his head that lead him through successful business ventures, but also some detrimental mistakes.  Most importantly, Harris stresses that we are not stuck with the voice we have, and that we can change the tone to a more positive, uplifting mantra leading to more happiness simply through meditation.  Let Harris help you rewire your brain for a more personal positive outlook that will bring more happiness to your new year.         

Recycled Chic: 30 Simple Ways to Recycle, Renew, and Reinvent Your Pre-Loved Fashions by Amanda McKittrick

For the fashionista in all of us, Recycled Chic: 30 Simple Ways to Recycle, Renew, and Reinvent Your Pre-Loved Fashions illustrates how to breathe new life into old styles.  Before you reinvent your wardrobe, McKittrick provides basic sewing, refitting, and finishing techniques while demonstrating projects step-by-step via full color photographs.  Make over a man’s shirt into a breezy summer dress; take a t-shirt and turn it into a ruched shirt; or design an iPad jacket using one of your old plaid blazers.  If you’re looking for a new style for the new year, Recycled Chic will inspire you to take a look at your closet with a fresh point of view.      

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