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If you’ve started the new year with good intentions but lost them with the difficulties and turbulence of 2021, we feel you - it's not been an easy time. 

But with the country easing itself out of lockdown, and longer days inspiring more time outside, it's a little easier to focus on our health. Here are some books to offer inspiration when it comes to diet, wellbeing and self-care. 

The Meal Prep King Plan by John Clarke

Even for the most enthusiastic home chef has been tested by the relentlessness of cooking at home, all day, every day, for more than a year. If you're keen to shake up your eating habits and save time as life becomes more busy, The meal Prep King Plan could be the answer. John Clarke, aka The Meal Prep King, has earned a massive social media following after his organised, healthy cooking strategy helped him and his partner to lose 15 stone in less than a year. Now, he's sharing his wisdom in a book.

The Happy Health Plan by David Flynn and Stephen Flynn

If you’ve ever considered Veganuary but struggled to take a plant-based diet into February and beyond, twin brothers David and Stephen Flynn – otherwise known as the duo behind The Happy Pear – are back with 90 recipes to inspire. As well as being delicious, the brothers have worked with medical experts to make sure their meals help with glowing skin, heart health and gut happiness; and if you’re interested in losing weight, they can contribute to that too.

Breath by James Nestor

Are you breathing comfortably? Turns out, few of us are, having learned bad habits over a lifetime of inhaling and exhaling. James Nestor’s bestselling Breath tells the fascinating history of breathing exercise and ritual in a way that will change the way you think about breathing – and how to do it – forever.

Power Hour by Adrienne Herbert

Want to make some healthy changes to your lifestyle but just can’t find the time? Try the Power Hour on for size. Herbert won a loyal audience through her hit podcast, Power Hour, and this book builds on that wisdom to offer helpful ways to achieve your goals, addressing sleep, exercise and maintaining a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. If you’re looking for more focus this year, this is the book for you.

The Sober Girl Society Handbook by Millie Gooch

Millennial Millie Gooch commands an audience of 117,000 followers for her Instagram account, The Sober Girl Society, and now her revolutionary take on ditching the booze is available in a handbook. Whether you’re fed up of feeling uncomfortable in your relationship with alcohol, bored of being hungover or simply curious about what sobriety might bring, Gooch’s handbook offers a friendly and accessible way to put down the bottle.

Some Body to Love by Alexandra Heminsley

There’s not a practical tip in sight in Heminsley’s moving memoir, but her honest examination of what it is to inhabit a body as a woman takes the reader through a hypermobile adolescence, the benefits of running and swimming and the toil and trauma of IVF treatments and a post-natal marriage breakdown. The result is something poignant and personal – with plenty to relate to.

Five Minute Therapy by Sarah Crosby

Perfect for offering solace and understanding in a snapshot, Five Minute Therapy blends Sarah Crosby’s illustration skills with her psychotherapist training to offer a caring hand in trying times. Five Minute Therapy may work in “mental note” form, but that doesn’t mean big issues haven’t been tackled here: chapters on attachment, boundaries, self talk, triggers and reparenting offer psychological explorations, exercises and guidance to apply to your own life, one step at a time.

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