What's on Our Reading List

Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: 4 Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want (Da Capo Press, 2012) by Tamar Chansky, PhD

Clinical psychologist Tamar Chansky outlines how to liberate yourself from anxiety. Not just for those struggling with anxiety disorders or depression, her book provides solutions for anyone who wishes to learn how to react to moments of anxiety in a more effective manner. Beginning with a thorough explanation of anxiety in the brain as well as insight into our ability to change negative thoughts, Chansky then takes the reader through four steps to see problems in a more rational light. Instead of automatically giving in to anxiety’s harmful detours, readers will learn how to take control of their “internal GPS” and consciously choose not to go down the road of worry. // $16, dacapopress.com

 

Seated Taiji and Qigong: Guided Therapeutic Exercises to Manage Stress and Balance Mind, Body and Spirit (Singing Dragon, 2012) by Cynthia W. Quarta

Taiji and Qigong can be practiced while seated and is thus an ideal form of exercise and meditation for those who are in a wheelchair, bed bound, or older adults. This illustrated guide provides an introduction to these forms of exercise and shows how to build up a program from simple to challenging. These exercises stimulate every part of the body with variations to suit the individual’s needs and preferences. All movements are adapted from the same ancient principles guiding classic Taiji and Qigong, and will help strengthen the body as well as provide contemplative relaxation. // $24.95, singingdragon.com

 

Belli Beautiful: The Essential Guide to the Safest Health and Beauty Products for Pregnancy, Mom, and Baby (Da Capo Press, 2012) by Annette Rubin and Melissa Schweiger. Forward by Jason Rubin, MD

You don’t have to give up make-up or other beauty products during pregnancy. This informative book aims to educate smart moms and mothers-to-be on choosing safe beauty products during and after pregnancy. Each of the eight chapters focuses on one specific topic, from hair, skin, make-up, and salon safety, and covers which products to pick, which to avoid, and simple strategies to cut down on absorption and exposure to harmful chemicals. // $16.99, dacapopress.com

 

Prescriptions from Paradise: Introduction to Biocompatible Medicine, An A-to-Z Compendium (Healing Spirit Press, 2012) by Carlos M. Viana, OMD, CCN

Many alternative medical practitioners prescribe a one-size-fits-all regimen for health maintenance, yet Dr. Carlos Viana advocates for biocompatible medicine—a medical protocol compatible with one’s own biology—as the most effective way to achieve optimum health. The book’s alphabetical format lists everyday medical conditions and their biocompatible treatment and prevention recommendations. // $25, healingspiritpress.com

 

Let Them Eat Vegan (Da Capo Press, 2012) by Dreena Burton

Not just another vegan cookbook, Dreena Burton has been working with fresh, whole ingredients for nearly twenty years. You won’t find any processed vegan substitutes, white flour, or artificial sweeteners in this delectable cookbook—just hearty, healthy, delicious vegan food. From the simplest comfort foods to sophisticated main dishes, even non-vegans will enjoy cooking these flavorful and satisfying foods. // $20, dacapopress.com

 

Chia: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Superfood (Sterling, 2012) by Wayne Coates, PhD, with Stephanie Pedersen

Chia is an amazing food high in omega-3s, antioxidants, calcium, protein, and fiber that few people know how to use to its full potential. This chia cookbook includes more than 75 energy-boosting recipes. From breakfast to dinner, and even cat food, Chia contains just about every imaginable chia concoction under the sun, as well as recipes for specific dietary needs. // $14.95, sterlingpublishing.com