|book review | May/June 2016
A healthy dose of reading
by Christine Kujawa
100 Days of Real Food:
How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love
By Lisa Leake
William Morrow Cookbooks (2014)
In 2010, the Leake family pledged to eat only healthy, natural food void of preservatives for 100 days. Mother Lisa Leake chronicled their journey on her blog "100 Days of Food," and compiled the information, and much more, in this book. There are several family friendly recipes with step-by-step instructions and illustrations. She also covers reading ingredient labels, navigating the supermarket, meal planning, and the environmental benefits to eating natural food. If taking a 100 day challenge seems daunting to you, Leake also includes instructions to complete a ten day "mini-starter" program. You can visit her blog and website at www.100daysofrealfood.com.
101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience:
Cultivate Calm, Clarity, Optimism & Happiness Each Day
By Donald Altman
PESI Publishing & Media (2016)
In 101 Mindful Ways, teacher and former Buddhist monk Donald Altman offers simple and concise ways to attain a sense of peace in our lives. Altman says that in order to do this, we must harness the power of mindfulness. The book is divided into four sections: Calm, Clarity, Optimism, and Happiness. Within each section, Altman provides "daily resilience practices", which teaches readers how to appreciate the present moment and overcome life's obstacles. Altman has authored several other books relating to mindfulness including the popular books One-Minute Mindfulness: 50 Simple Ways to Find Peace, Clarity, and New Possibilities in a Stressed-Out World, and Living Kindness.
Body of Truth:
How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight - and What We Can Do About It
By Harriet Brown
Da Capo Lifelong Books (2015)
While striving to become healthier and improving our sense of well-being is important, Brown says that losing weight is often cited as the primary, sometimes only, way to do it. Brown purports that our cultural definition of "beauty" has been constructed over time via misleading information from the media and scientific community. She writes about obsession with fad diets, negative encounters with health professionals, and the psychological damage caused by striving for unattainable body ideals. She also includes stories from several individuals about their personal struggles with weight and body image. Brown is also known for her book Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia, based on her daughter's struggle with anorexia.
If the titles above pique your interest, you may also like these: Clean Eating for Busy Families by Michelle Dudash includes several quick recipes that are healthy, natural, and for the entire family. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington reminds us about the negative effects stress and lack of sleep can have on our bodies, and how important is it to recharge ourselves; and in Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being author Beth Cabrera writes about the significance of connecting with others and aligning our values with the work we do, as ways to lead more meaningful lives.
All of these titles, and thousands of others for readers of all ages and genders, are available for checkout at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library.
Christine Kujawa is the library director at Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library. Follow the library on Facebook at facebook.com/bismarcklibrary.