5 Books to End the Year on a High Note

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If the idea that 2019 is basically over in a matter of days is getting you down, it’s never too late to invest in yourself. And no, you don’t have to wait until January 1st for that.

Whether you’re interested in nutrition, looking to be inspired, or want to get to know your body better, here are five of the best titles to add to your bedside table right now.

 

1

Is Butter a Carb?

Rosie Saunt and Helen West

Ever since the “clean eating” movement caused millions to fear a vast array of foods, a new genre of literature has emerged to counteract some of the most damaging myths that still prevail. One of the latest is this evidence-based nutrition tome from Rooted Project founders Rosie Staunt and Helen West, two dietitians on a mission to fight against the sheer volume of unsubstantiated food “facts” floating around on the internet.

Covering everything from fad diets to the modern panic around gluten, the pair deep-dive into the pseudoscience that surrounds food and counteract it with the latest clear and easy-to-digest scientific research on various points of contention. It’s perfect bedtime read for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the diet industry and its many conflicting “rules”.

Click here to buy the book.

2

Lift Yourself: A Training Guide to Getting Fit and Feeling Strong for Life

Laura Hoggins

More women than ever are discovering the physical and mental benefits of weight training, but if you’ve never so much as picked up a dumbbell before, heading into the weights room at your local gym can be pretty daunting.

That’s where Laura Hoggins comes in. After teaching hundreds of women how to deadlift, overhead press, and upright row at some of London’s top gyms, the strength and conditioning trainer has condensed her years of knowledge and experience into one handy book. From perfecting your form to building a stronger physique, this micro-manual is a great introduction to the benefits and joys of pumping iron.

Click here to buy the book.

3

A Monk’s Guide to Happiness: Meditation in the 21st Century

Gelong Thubten

Before he became a Buddhist monk, Gelong Thubten was – perhaps rather surprisingly – a hard-partying actor in New York, who found his fast-living lifestyle was making him very unhappy. Desperate to find a solution, Thubten did a 360 on his life plan and travelled to Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist centre in Scotland, to learn how meditation could help heal his mind.

Since then, he’s taught everyone from Ruby Wax to Benedict Cumberbatch the ancient practice and has spent years pondering the secrets to living a happy life. In this optimistic book, he sets out some practical methods for meditating (even if you’re a total sceptic), as well as how you can incorporate the Eastern practice into a busy, working lifestyle.

Click here to buy the book.

4

In Praise of Walking: The New Science of How We Walk and Why It’s Good for Us

Shane O’Mara

Many of us walk every day, but how often do you take a moment to appreciate the small miracle that is putting one foot in front of the other? In this love letter to walking, neuroscientist Shane O’Mara takes a close look at its benefits for our bodies and minds, as well as the unique advantage it has given humans as a species. Enabling us to spread out from Africa, walking, O’Mara says, has not just helped us to survive – it has allowed us to thrive.

Whether you’re an avid hiker or simply like to get out and do the school run on foot, this book will make you appreciate the physical, mental, and societal benefits of getting outdoors for a walk.

Click here to buy the book.

5

The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and Vagina – Separating the Myth from the Medicine

Dr. Jen Gunter

Does eating sugar cause yeast infections? Does pubic hair have a function? What’s the truth about the HPV vaccine? These are some of the pertinent questions obstetrician Jen Gunter sets out to answer in this no-nonsense guide to women’s health.

Covering everything from your reproductive system to the vaginal microbiome, Dr Gunter has created a genuinely compelling resource on the female anatomy that’s a refreshing read. She even takes a look at some of the many vaginal wellness trends floating around at the moment, like vaginal steaming and jade eggs (yep, she’s Gwyneth Paltrow’s number one critic), and explores whether they actually have any plausible benefits.

This is an empowering read for any woman who needs to get to know their body a little bit better.

Click here to buy the book.