Game Changers

Compelling books that offer advice for living a healthier, longer, more productive life.

Eat Fat, Get Thin

By Mark Hyman, MD

Eat more fat? Yep—so says the director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine. Dr. Mark Hyman upped his fat intake, and the regimen enabled him to lose weight and have more energy. The physician recommended more fat for his patients, and they too experienced positive results. Hyman argues that Americans have been misled about the benefits of fat because of a disconnect between nutritional science and food policy.

The New Health Rules

By Frank Lipman, MD & DANIELLE CLARO

New York City-based integrative physician Frank Lipman is known for giving patients prescriptions that don’t necessarily come from a bottle. Instead he encourages analyzing food and sleep habits. In this book he offers a handbag-sized manifesto for living a healthy life. Filled with rules (and pretty photos), it offers suggestions on everything from why you should “break up with bread” to the most important yoga pose. 

The Adrenal Reset Diet

By Alan Christianson

Stressed out? Try a new diet aimed at balancing your adrenal glands, which regulate adrenaline and cortisol levels—aka “the stress hormones.” When the glands are taxed, we experience depleted energy and dark under-eye circles. Diet, sleep and menstrual cycles can also be thrown off. To feel more Zen, Alan Christianson espouses eating a “clean” whole food diet, balancing the intake of carbs and proteins and reducing sugar and insulin. 

Is Your Job Making You Fat? 

By Ken Lloyd, PHD, & Stacey Laura Lloyd

Encino-based Ken Lloyd, a management consultant and his daughter, Stacey, a health writer, team up on what they describe as a weight loss book with a new approach. Instead of just looking at what you eat, the duo suggests analyzing your job. The pair indentify key workplace factors that contribute to weight gain and provide weight loss tools, tips and strategies (walking meetings, stand-up desk and exercising during the commute).

Mind Over Medicine

BY Lissa Rankin, MD

When Lissa Rankin got sick, like most of us, she turned to Western medicine. But it didn’t help. Through research, the physician discovered that health care was missing something crucial: a recognition of the body’s innate ability to repair itself and an appreciation for how we can control these self-healing mechanisms with the power of the mind. In her best-selling book, Rankin shows that feelings like pessimism and anxiety damage the body, while intimate relationships and gratitude can trigger self-healing. 

The Happy Vegan

By Russell Simmons

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons claims going vegan changed his life, and he details how and why in The Happy Vegan. Simmons recommends avoiding barbecued beef due to the carcinogens, growth hormones and antibiotics given to farm animals. The musician and avid yogi denies that he is an “angry” vegan. He says he simply wants to change people and “save the planet.” Simmons believes by going vegan you can save money, look healthier and have more energy. 

 

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