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Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series: Healthy Living

Welcome to Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series! In this series, we’ll introduce you to some of the best books on topics that are important to our customers and our environment. From green living to budgeting to home improvement, our Monthly Book Series will feature a range of books from intro-level to in-depth studies to ensure there is something for everyone! While our recommendations aren’t specific endorsement of these books or authors, they do reflect what we feel are educational and analytical books on the given topic.

Healthy Living

One of the ways to fully embrace adulthood (aside from properly maintaining your finances and purchasing a house) is adopting a healthy lifestyle. Now we don’t mean counting your calories or having a salad every now and then – instead, we want to encourage you to fully embrace a healthy lifestyle in every aspect of your life: food, sleep, activities, and even your thought process.

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Don’t worry, you don’t have to look THIS happy when you’re eating a salad to maintain a healthy lifestyle!

In 2015, 30% of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions were health-related, so it’s no secret that most people focus on their health when it comes to making New Year’s resolutions. With 2016 coming to an end soon, we find ourselves reflecting on our goals and accomplishments.

In this segment of our Monthly Book Series, we will focus on helping you achieve a healthy lifestyle and accomplish your New Year’s resolutions for 2017!

1) The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal

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No matter what your New Year’s health resolutions are for 2017, McGonigal’s book will help you accomplish them by giving you a better understanding of your willpower.

The great thing about The Willpower is that it can be applied to any of your New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’re trying to eat right, workout more, stick to a routine sleep schedule, or quit a bad habit, McGonigal’s book teaches readers what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters when it comes to accomplishing goals. This book will teach readers everything they need to know about willpower with prescriptive advice and exercises that can be applied to everything from getting in shape to balancing work life to quitting smoking.

Recommended for: Readers who have a hard time sticking to a goal.

2) SuperLife: The 5 Forces That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome by Darin Olien

Healthy living has many benefits, including helping you better fight off illnesses and leave you feeling refreshed and energized every day. If your goals for healthy eating go beyond mere weight loss, then SuperLife is the book for you. Olien urges readers to think about their health and well-being in an entirely new way by focusing on five “life forces” – Quality Nutrition, Hydration, Detoxification, Oxygenation, and Alkalization.

The book also provides readers with a “How-to-eat” user’s guide that includes a shopping list, a diet plan, advice on how to use supplements, and what to throw away to maintain the healthy lifestyle he advocates.

Recommended for: Readers looking an all-inclusive guide to eating right and improving their overall health.

3) Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan and Maira Kalman

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Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of dieting and healthy living advice available? Pollan and Kalman’s book is for you!

With the rise of technology, learning about dieting has become easier, but a bit overwhelming as well. With the hundreds of different diets and weight management options out there, how do you know which one is right for you? That’s where Food Rules comes handy! Pollan and Kalman’s book delivers clear, concise, and stress-free advice for eating right. With easy-to-use guides and one rule per page, Food Rules simplifies healthy living in practical ways.

Recommended for: Folks looking to eat right without having to always stress about what to eat.

4) The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All by Hugh Byrne

Breaking a bad habit can take a huge toll on your health, as it can leave you impatient, defeated, and dejected. If you’re finding yourself writing “break bad habit” on your New Year’s resolution for 2017 again, then Byrne’s book, The Here-and-Now Habit is the book for you. No matter what ails you, Byrne’s book gives its readers effective techniques to adopt a positive outlook and thought process to once and for all break those bad habits.

Recommended for: Anyone looking to break any bad habit.

5) Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath

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Sleep is one of the principal practices for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Written by someone who was diagnosed with a rare disease at 16, Eat Move Sleep focuses on the three basic ingredients needed for a good day. Rath believes that every bite of food, every minute of activity, and every hour of sleep contributes to better health and a happier lifestyle. Eat Move Sleep advocates for simplicity by stripping everything down to the bare essentials, thus showing readers how decisions about even the most mundane of things can have a huge impact on your life.

Recommended for: Folks looking for a different outlook on their health.

What are some of your New Year’s resolutions for healthy living in 2017? Share with us in the comments section below!

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