MEDIA MUSCLE

Three familiar faces share their wit, passion and personal experiences on how to live a healthier and happier life.

  • Category
    Health
  • Edited by
    Michele Garber

For the Mind:

10% HAPPIER: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, & Found Self-Help That Actually Works –A True Story

Written by Dan Harris

ABC News correspondent Dan Harris’ star was on the rise. He had landed his dream job working beside industry titans Peter Jennings, Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer, and his coveted assignments covered international conflicts including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then on the morning of June 7, 2004, Harris had a panic attack on-air in front of more than 5 million viewers. 

Something needed to change, so the self-professed non-believer embarked on an adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru and several brain scientists. Ultimately he discovered that his best asset, the voice in his head, was also the source of his problems. In 10% Happier, Harris shares his poignant journey from disbelief and skepticism to self-discovery, all the while imbuing the provocative narrative of his odyssey with endearing candor and his signature hilarious wit.

 

For the Body:

THE BODY BOOK: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, & Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body

Written by Cameron Diaz

Known almost as much for her natural beauty and fit, athletic physique as her acting chops and comic timing, Cameron Diaz surprisingly yet candidly admits she hasn’t always been health-conscious. When her body and skin began showing the negative effects of her less-healthy lifestyle, she consulted health professionals and explored ways to better care for her body through health and nutrition. The results were life-changing. 

Impassioned by her own experience, Diaz shares her personal insights and the sage advice of health experts in a comprehensive yet approachable overview of the healthy mind and body. Perhaps what makes Diaz’s book most compelling is her ability to simplify complex subjects as her innate humor and charm bounds off the pages. It’s as though the reader is having a cozy conversation with a best friend.

 

For the Soul (and Bowl):

IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME: Transform Your Health the Mediterranean Way with My Family’s Century-Old Recipes

Written by Debbie Matenopoulos with Peter Capozzi

For years the benefits of a traditional Mediterranean diet have been touted by reputable institutions like Good Housekeeping and leaders in medicine like the Cleveland and Mayo clinics. From preventing strokes and heart disease to lowering blood pressure and promoting longevity, the wonders of Spanish, Greek and Italian diets seem unending. Yet with our busy lives, practical application of the Mediterranean diet isn’t always easy
or delicious. 

Queue Debbie Matenopoulos. In her new book, the effervescent talk-show host shares 120 of her family’s traditional Greek recipes—from souvlaki to spanakopita—while adding her own touch to make them healthier and simpler to prepare. As they say in Greece, “Kali Orexi!”