What We're Reading: The Latest in Healthy Living

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Ravenous: A Food Lover's Journey from Obsession to Freedom by Dayna Macy. How can a food lover and lifelong overeater learn to be satisfied? A beautifully written memoir that will appeal to anyone who has an emotional attachment to food. (Look for an excerpt on the dailySpark on March 1!)

Cook This, Not That! 350-Calorie Meals: Hundreds of New Quick and Healthy Meals to Save You 10, 20, 30 Pounds--or More, by David Zinczenko, Maurice Goudeket, and Matt Goulding. A cookbook from the team behind "Eat This, Not That," this book shows you how to lose weight and makeover your favorite restaurant meals.

Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive, by Joan Z. Borysenko, Ph.D. Learn to revive your life energy when the power dims, from one of the leading experts on stress, spirituality, and the mind/body connection. She has a doctorate in medical sciences from Harvard Medical School and is a licensed clinical psychologist.

The Carb Lovers Diet: Eat What You Love, Get Slim For Life, from the editors of Health magazine

Just 10 LBS: Easy Steps to Weighing What You Want (Finally), by Brad Lamm. "10 easy steps to help you heal your relationship with yourself and thus change your relationship with food, breaking destructive cycles of emotional and binge eating." From the Founder and CEO of Change Institute and Intervention Specialists, a crisis intervention group helping family and friends enable a resistant loved one to make change using his “invitational” intervention method whereby the loved one is invited to his or her own intervention.

Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chodron, who helps us see how certain habits of mind tend to “hook” us and get us stuck in states of anger, blame, self-hatred, and addiction. The good news is that once we start to recognize these patterns, they instantly begin to lose their hold on us and we can begin to change our lives for the better.

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin, who had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

What are you reading right now?

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I'm reading The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollen. His mantra? "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." I'm really enjoying it. Report
I try to be a grown up and not blame a parent for what ails me...but yesterday I downloaded ravenous on my iPad and I adore it. I can so relate to this woman, having lived in Boston, San Fran and now the south. It is so easy to emotionalize food when you have spent your entire life surrounded by extraordinary food. Traveling is not much better, what with places like Chicago, Dallas, atlanta, las Vegas, new Orleans and Nashville on the trip list. I love her flashes to the past and putting together how what happens with her family translates directly to her mouth! My birthday was always around Easter and it was never about me...I still have a problem with jelly beans, peeps and dark chocolate bunnies. A fabulous read for any of us that feel through our food. Thanks for the recommendation. Report
I'm reading Cat Cora's Classics. I borrowed it from the library. Just finished The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood and am about to start, MockingJay (Hunger Games series) Report
Sounds like a great motivator! Report
Update: Ravenous in no longer free for the Kindle or Nook. The price went up to $1.99 for the e-book versions - still much cheaper than the hard cover and paperback versions. Report
I downloaded the kindle version of Ravenous yesterday, but have not had a chance to read it yet. Bet I read it soon. Report
I just finished reading "Ravenous" on my Nook. Great read! It was very inspiring...and I can't wait to try some of the recipes she includes. Report
The March by E.L. Doctorow

the stone diaries by carol shields

The BECK Diet Solution by Judith Beck, PhD. (How to THINK like a THIN person) We have a Team here.

Shrink Yourself by ROGER GOULD, M.D. Stopping emotional eating. We have a team here.

empire falls by richard russo

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz Report
"Fried Green Tomatoes", old book, never have had time to read it, and probably won't finish more than the first 3 chapters this time around. Don't know where you guys find time to sit and read and read and read?? Report
Thanks Scout1222! I just checked out Barnes & Noble and found "Ravenous" free for the Nook too! I am reading something right now but will start it next--thanks again for the idea to check for it! Report
I am reading the Diana Gabaldon series, "The Outlander". I'm on the 7th book now, An Echo in the Bone, an excellent read. I still love the physical book, in comparison to the I pad. My husband prefers the I pad. Report
Thanks!I love Kindle freebies. I just downloaded the Ravenous book. Right now I'm reading The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. Not health related at all (it's about Merlin) but I really like it. I'll do a chapter here and there of both-switching back and forth. Report
I just downloaded Ravenous on my kindle this morning FOR FREE. What a coincidence! Report
I would like to read the Ravenous bk. I'm going to look for the books at my local library. Report
Thank you for this list!!! I'm reading Jung's 4 Archetypes and Eugenides The Virgin Suicides, but healthy lifestyle related i LOOOOOOOVE geneen roths books! Report
I'm going to buy that cookbook "Cook This Not That". It's on my list. Report
I'm currently reading "The Slow Fat Triathlete" by Jayne Williams. INCREDIBLY inspiring (and fun) book! Report
I am so excited. I didn't know you could download Kindle on your PC! I just downloaded the book, "Ravenous" and read some of it. So far I'm enjoying it. Thank you so much for teaching me something new on the computer! This is awesome! Report
I have read the Happiness Project! I hadn't heard of Ravenous before, but it sounds really interesting. I'm also reading (well rereading) the Operation Beautiful book --a great read! Report
Jules, you type fast, I was just typing in the same comment. I keep trying to let everybody know that you don't need a Kindle to download the Kindle freebies into your PC. Report
Great tip @JULESMCGEE...thanks! Report
I just downloaded Ravenous for my Kindle for PC - the Kindle version is free, and you don't need a Kindle, just the PC application. Woohoo! Report
Ravenous is free right now on Kindle. Report
What a coincidence! I just posted a blog yesterday about how I was rereading The Happiness Project, and my "personal commandments" Gretchen Rubin inspired me to think about! The Happiness Project is one of my favourite books; I read it last summer! Report
Motivation!!! I need it. Report
I'm reading Intuitive Eating, 2nd Edition: a Revolutionary Program that Works by Elyse Resch & Evelyn Tribole Report
Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zone Way by Dan Buettner - where the author, using happiness databases and studies, goes to some of the self-reported happiest places in the world and talks to people there to see if there are lessons we can all take away. Report
Thanks for the recommendations - going to check out Ravenous, for sure. I've been busy editing a book for my boss, due out in May 2011 - Fair Food: Growing a Healthy Sustainable Food System for All. Can't wait to get back to my own reading soon! Report
FYI - I don't know if this has been posted yet (lots of comments here, haven't read them all) but Ravenous is currently free on the Kindle! Report
thank you Xtmont! Just downloaded it for free : ) Report
Shrink Yourself: Break free from emotional eating forever! by Roger Gould MD. If I just keep reading about how to eat when I'm physically hungry - not emotionally troubled - maybe some day it will happen! Report
I'm reading The 5000 Year Leap. Next are a line of history books on George Washington and others & political books. Educating myself on our great country! Report
Right now...This blog. :-) Report
This is my second day. I didn't do my exercises 'cuz I just couldn't get motivated. I need to get myself 'fired up' to get going.... Report
For those of you on iPad/iPhones: iBooks has Ravenous right now for free! I was quite delighted, as I had planned to pay for it! Report
I'm also reading Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst. I'm on chapter 5 and my eyes were opened wide from the beginning. An excellent book, and she's quite funny as well. Report
Ive started reading the vice busting diet even though it seems like its more written for the ladies its still good. Report
Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst Report
Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst - interesting perspective. Report
One that tops my list is "From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction" by Carole Carson. After losing about 60 pounds (going from a size 18 to a 6) and becoming a hometown celebrity by chronicling her weight loss in a local paper, Carson went on to inspire her community to get involved in a giant weight loss program, and 1,000 of her fellow townspeople lost almost 8,000 pounds in 8 weeks. The author has helped initiate similar programs around the country, and is now leader of the AARP community group, Fat2Fit. Report
Who me? I'm reading The Spark! Report
I'm re-reading "Eat for Health" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I'm taking a 12-week healthy weight loss class. Last night was the first class and I'm looking forward to being a healthier me! Our entire county is being asked to get in the act ... http://www.healthyyuma2011.com Report
Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal: A Revolutionary Breakthrough In Understanding Hashimoto's Disease and Hypothyroidism by Datis Kharrazian.

A fantastic read and is making a lot of my weird symptoms make a LOT of sense! Report
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