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Jumpstart your January with our top books to help you eat well

Written by · Published Dec 19, 2019

The Doctor's Kitchen, Happy Food, Eat Yourself Healthy

Jumpstart January is our month-long celebration of everything we do to improve your wellbeing. To mark the occasion, we’ve picked out some of our most trusted books to help you eat well.

Happy Food: how eating well can lift your mood and bring you joy, by Niklas Ekstedt, Henrik Ennart, David Loftus & Katy Kimball

“The conversation around gut health and the food we eat has been ongoing for a while, but in this book Niklas Ekstedt and Henrik Ennart go one step further to look at how the food we eat affects our brains and mental health, too. You won’t find a more interesting and hands-on book about this subject that delves deep enough into the science without being dry. The unbeatable combination of Ekstedt’s recipes and kitchen know-how with Ennart’s research and flowing narrative, along with beautiful pictures and impeccable Nordic cooking, makes this book a must-have.”

Feel Better in 5: your daily plan to supercharge your health, by Rangan Chatterjee

“Trying to be healthy can be overwhelming - what if all it took to make a real difference was 5 minutes of your day? Ditch the pills, beat the sleepless nights, and banish the yo-yo diets. In just a few minutes, this book will kick-start your health and happiness by showing you how to incorporate Dr Chatterjee’s simple daily plan into your current routine.”

Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet: my low carb, stay-happy way to lose weight, by Tom Kerridge

“Over the past three years, Tom Kerridge has positively transformed his life, shedding 12 stone and getting his weight firmly under control. This cookbook reveals the secret of his success - achieved by weaning himself off empty carbs and booze, and focusing on foods that are especially rich in flavour.”

BOSH! How to Live Vegan, Save the Planet and Feel Amazing, by Henry Firth & Ian Theasby

“This title will help you make a few positive changes that will have a huge impact on the world around you. It covers all aspects of vegan living, everything from food to toiletries to travel. Should you be eating avocados? Is it still ok to wear an old leather belt? What do you tell your friends when they offer you a glass of non-vegan wine? Henry and Ian answer all these questions and more, with easy tips and simple hacks to help you live a more sustainable life. Whether you’re already vegan or just about to start on your vegan journey, this is all the inspiration you need.”

Pinch of Nom: 100 slimming, home-style recipes, by Kay Featherstone & Catherine Allinson

“Pinch of Nom is a slimming blog with an active and engaged online community of over 1.5 million. Sharing delicious home-style recipes with a hugely engaged online community, Pinch of Nom has helped millions of people to cook well and lose weight. This cookbook shows both novice and experienced home cooks alike how to slim down while enjoying exciting, flavourful and satisfying meals.”

Lean in 15: 15 minute meals and workouts to keep you lean and healthy, by Joe Wicks

“The opposite of the unenjoyable low calorie crash diets, Lean in 15 showcases delicious recipes and a plan for sustainable fat loss that will inspire busy people to keep their body healthy and lean forever.”

Cooking for Hormone Balance: a proven, practical program with over 140 easy, delicious recipes to boost energy and mood, lower inflammation, gain strength, and restore a healthy weight, by Magdalena Wszelaki

“From the founder of the popular Hormones Balance online community comes this life-saving program and cookbook filled with more than 125 tempting, nutrient-dense recipes to restore hormonal balance and achieve optimal health-resulting in improved energy, weight loss, lower stress levels, and enhanced emotional wellbeing for a wide-range of hormonal-related conditions.”

The Doctor’s Kitchen: supercharge your health with 100 delicious everyday recipes, by Rupy Aujla

“Imperial college trained, practising GP, Dr Rupy Aujla has established The Doctor’s Kitchen, the go-to food bible to become the leader in the lifestyle medicine movement globally.”

Eat Yourself Healthy: an easy-to-digest guide to health and happiness from the inside out, by Megan Rossi & Emma Croman

“Drawing from the latest scientific research, Dr Rossi shows us how understanding your gut can help with successful weight management, improved mood and fitness levels, healthier skin and boosted immunity. Busting myths around good gut health and even offering advice on how to check your poo, Dr Rossi shows how sleeping, relaxing and exercising will have a surprising impact on your gut health, offering easy hacks to super-charge your digestive health and beat the bloat.

“Packed with delicious gut-boosting meal ideas, tips for how to assess your own gut health and advice on how to diagnose food intolerances and deal with common gut complaints, take home this easy-to-digest bible of gut health that promises to make you happier and healthier from the inside out.”

Eat Well For Less Every Day, by Jo Scarratt-Jones

“Discover how to make healthy and affordable food for everyday life, without falling back into the ready meal rut. This book features 80 effortlessly delicious recipes from the TV series that don’t pull at your purse strings. Whether it’s lunch on the go or dinner for the whole family, you can cut down your food bill and kitchen time without sacrificing flavour and, more importantly, your health.”

Mindful Chef: 30-minute meals to get lean, reduce stress, increase energy levels and enjoy better sleep, by Myles Hopper & Gyles Humphries

“Myles Hopper and Giles Humphries are the Devon duo behind the UK’s favourite health food box service, Mindful Chef. Here, in their first book, they share 70 delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes that offer nutritionally-proven health and wellness benefits.”

Brandon King

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