A Fresh Start

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    Michele Garber

Many of us are ecstatic to leave this year in the rearview mirror and start fresh, and there is no better time for a reboot. Should your aspirations for the coming year include improving your health, there is an array of new books out to inspire and guide you in reaching your wellness goals. From improving your sleeping and eating habits to finally developing a fitness routine you can stick with (and that actually works), here are a few of our favorites to help you make and keep those ephemeral resolutions.


Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

By Matthew Walker, PhD

In his first book, professor Matthew Walker, director of the UC Berkeley Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab, shares his groundbreaking findings on the enigmatic subject of sleep. After more than two decades of research dedicated to unraveling the function, purpose and mysteries of sleep, Professor Walker seems to have cracked the code—providing an approachable and fascinating roadmap into understanding this complex scientific field. Separating the book into logical sections, Professor Walker discusses the topic of sleep in a straightforward, informative yet not-at-all wonky manner.

From understanding the purpose of sleep, how it occurs and its innumerable benefits to discussing the effects of caffeine, jet lag, sleep-deprivation and even iPads, Walker offers comprehensive insight into our most critical and misunderstood biological drive and how we can harness sleep to increase our brain-power, enhance longevity and improve our quality of life and overall health.


Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious: More than 200 (Mostly) Plant-Based Recipes for Everyday Life

By Rocco DiSpirito

For nearly 10 years, James Beard Award- winning celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito has been an advocate for the fresh, local, organic and whole food movement. After facing his own dietary health issues, he stepped away from traditional restaurant food preparations that were often high in fat, salt, sugar and all sorts of other dietary landmines and began creating meals that promote a nutritious, real food lifestyle. Rocco is a firm believer that healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive. Complemented by beautiful photography, Rocco’s latest cookbook serves up a collection of more than 250 primarily plant-based recipes that are affordable, easy to prepare, wholesome and most importantly, delicious.



The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong…and You Can Too!

By Bryant Johnson, illustrated by Patrick Welsh

For many of us, simply finding the time and energy to incorporate a workout into everyday life is a challenge—let alone a workout crafted for a professional athlete. That’s why The RBG Workout caught our eye. At age 84, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t seem to be slowing down … thus her nickname, The Notorious RBG. Following two bouts with cancer, she began exercising regularly with her trainer Bryant Johnson, whom she affectionately calls “the most important person” in her life. In Johnson’s new, fun and fully-illustrated book he shares the simple yet vigorous workout program that RBG does twice per week. From planks and pushups to squats and lunges, RBG’s routine is challenging, effective and most inspiring. If this energetic octogenarian with no plans of retiring anytime soon can get and stay fit, then we certainly can too.