Follow the tips in these books for a better lifestyle
The 4 Pillar Plan: How To Relax, Eat, Move, Sleep Your Way To A Longer, Healthier Life ***** by Dr Rangan Chatterjee (Penguin Life, £16.99)
THE BBC Breakfast and Doctor In The House medic and GP presents a simple framework to encourage us all to take better care of our health by following his plan which is divided into four areas consisting of diet, rest, movement and sleep. Doctor Chatterjee recommends making small, easily achievable daily changes in each area, including exposure to early morning sun, a weekly electronic “sabbath” and 12 hours without food every day.
This nicely presented lifestyle book offers sound, sensible and achievable advice based on NHS guidelines.
The 28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge: Sleep Better, Lose Weight, Boost Energy, Beat Anxiety **** by Andy Ramage and Ruari Fairbairns (Bluebird, £12.99)
Just a few years ago self-confessed “party boys” Andy and Ruari set themselves the challenge of quitting booze for a year.
After reaping the life-changing benefits of staying off the sauce, the pair set up website OneYearNoBeer.com to help others gain control of their drinking habits.
This book shows you how to successfully navigate the challenges and pitfalls of that tricky first month.
Organised day by day, it includes fitness challenges, progress trackers and motivational messages as well as recipes for celebratory mocktails.
The Healthy Gut Handbook **** by Justine Pattison (Orion Books, £14.99)
“Microbiome” describes the 10 trillion or so bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in your gut and it is set to be one of the big health buzzwords of the year as we learn more about how it works. A healthy gut is vital to our digestion, energy levels, immune system, weight and wellbeing.
This practical guide draws on the latest research into gut health and provides a 28-day eating plan that will boost it. It also features more than 80 recipes which include real cheeses, wine and chocolate. What’s not to like?
Recharge: A Year Of Self-Care To Focus On You **** by Julie Montagu (Little, Brown, £12.99)
Julie Montagu knows a thing or two about the importance of taking care of yourself.
As the sole carer of four small children and a husband who was unwell for seven years, she consciously chose to learn how best to look after herself in order to take better care of her family.
She has encapsulated all of the key lessons she learned during those years into 12 chapters, broken down into a month-by-month plan which helps to make self-care goals more realistic for people struggling to make time for themselves and their own needs.
Each month covers a different aspect of self-care from mindful eating to managing stress, rebuilding self-esteem to alleviating anxiety. As Montagu points out, self-care is far from being selfish or self-absorbed, it is a practical choice for anyone with responsibilities to care for others.
The Doctor’s Kitchen *** by Dr Rupy Aujla (Harper Collins, £14.99)
Having dramatically overhauled his lifestyle as a result of developing a heart condition several years ago, London-based GP Dr Rupy Aujla is living proof that what you put on your plate is more powerful than many of the pills we are routinely prescribed.
He explains the principles of healthy eating in a relatable, easy-to-understand way, explores some misconceptions about weight-loss diets and recommends which “superfoods” he thinks are worth spending extra money on. Most of the recipes in this book are plant-based and savoury, although there is a short chapter on desserts.
According to Dr Aujla, we need to challenge the concept that our first meal of the day should be a sweet or refined carbohydrate meal.
Some of his breakfast recipes are very creative but involve too much effort to be practical. Breakfast nut roast anyone? Chestnut and thyme peas with broccoli?