Get Inspired with Earth Day Reads

In honour of Earth Day approaching, we’re bringing you reads, both for kids and adults, that celebrate nature and inspire to make the world a cleaner, brighter, better place.

FOR ADULTS

The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century

Beginning with a discussion with his aunt Julia Child (yes, that Julia Child), author Alex Prud’homme begins to think about how France’s reliance on bottled water has spread to America. Bringing to life a narrative with a variety of vivid characters, Prud’homme explores the future of water, threats to its quality, water as a right versus commodity and more.

The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, a Devastating Oil Spill, and the Inspiring Story of the World’s Largest Animal Rescue

How can you not love penguins? Better yet, how can you not love a story about rescuing penguins? In 2000, there was an oil spill off the coast of South Africa, devastating the habitat of 75,000 penguins. With 41% of the world’s African penguins at risk, conservation officials and volunteers jumped to the task of saving them. Dyan deNapoli tells the heartwarming story of the heroes behind the world’s largest wildlife rescue.

The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water

Charles Fishman brings another perspective to the water issue, tracing its importance to dinosaurs, Saturn, and dolphins in the desert. He challenges the idea that we might one day run out of water, instead, examining our relationship with water and finding ways we might use it more effectively.

FOR CHILDREN

Don’t Throw That Away!

Don’t Throw That Away! makes recycling and reusing fun, showing children that everyday household items that appear as trash can actually be used for something else. The book features large flaps that kids can lift to discover which throw-away items are actually treasures.

Dora Celebrates Earth Day!

In this book, Dora the Explorer teaches preschoolers things they can do at home every day to help save the environment, from turning off lights, to reusing jars, to recycling. It’s also printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper with soy ink.

Hey, That’s Not Trash!

Hey, That’s Not Trash! is a fun and interactive read for younger kids. Accompanied by rhyming text, each page features press-outs of everyday items that children will enjoy sorting into the right bins: paper, plastic or metal.

SpongeBob Goes Green!

In this book, SpongeBob comes face to face with global warming. After producing too much carbon monoxide and forcing everyone to flee Bikini Bottom because of the hot temperature, SpongeBob must figure out what he can to do to restore it and bring everyone back home. It’s also printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper with soy ink.

Help Your Teen Prep for Prom

It’s that time of year again when high school seniors prepare to face the world of young adulthood, but not without one last hurrah: prom. Here are some books to help you and your teen to look and feel their best for their most glamourous day at school.

Best in Beauty

This is book has everything you need to know about beauty to help you look your best for prom, from tips on hair styles to doing a pedicure. It even includes a chapter on nutrition to help nourish your skin and hair leading up to the big day and make you feel great inside. It’s a book you’ll want to keep even after high school’s over!

The Thoughtful Dresser

This book is your prom dress shopping companion, proving that shopping isn’t just frivolous hobby, it’s an artform. This book explores how clothes make a statement about your personality, how they carry a deeper meaning and why it’s important to enjoy shopping — all great things to keep in mind as you hunt down the perfect dress.

The New Beauty Secrets

This book is all about the face, with tips for a flawless complexion, the right eyebrow shape, long-lasting lip colour and more. Author Laura Mercier has had years of experience painting the faces of some of the greatest celebrities for the red carpet. She brings all her expertise to this step-by-step beauty guide, sprinkled with notes from her very own celebrity clientele.

Freakin’ Fabulous

Most have us have seen him on TLC’s What Not to Wear and wished he would whip our wardrobes into shape. In this book, Clinton Kelly not only teaches you how to look your best, but also teaches you how to feel your best and act your best. With tips on how to speak, behave, eat, entertain, and charm, this book is all about getting you to be your best for the night you’ll want to remember for years to come.

The End of Illness

What if taking multivitamins and supplements significantly increased our risk of cancer over time? Or if sitting down most of the day, despite a strenuous morning workout, was as bad as or worse than smoking?  What about if regular stretching or yoga could prevent osteoarthritis? It’s all true, according to Dr. David B. Agus, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators in his revolutionary new book, The End of Illness.

The End of Illness is a bold call for all of us to become our own personal health advocates, and a dramatic departure from orthodox thinking, focusing on prevention instead of treatment. This is a seminal work that promises to revolutionize how we live. In The End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD, challenges long-held wisdoms and dismantles misperceptions about what “health” means. With a blend of storytelling, landmark research, and provocative ideas on health, Dr. Agus presents an eye-opening picture of the human body and all of the ways it works—and fails—showing us how a new perspective on our individual health will allow each of us to achieve that often elusive but now reachable goal of a long, vigorous life.

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Post-holiday recipes to get you eating healthy again

Looking to recover from a month of overindulging? Feeling a little heavier than usual after the holidays? I certainly am. Luckily, we have a new cookbook that can get help us get our pre-holiday body back!

The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook has over 200 recipes that will help you take the extra pounds off and keep it off. But, of course, you need to stick to the Atkins program in order to see results. Fortunately, sticking to the program is easy, especially when you can indulge in comfort food like cheesecake! The recipes in this cookbook are low in carbs, easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. To start you off, here are two recipes straight from The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook: the savoury Chili-Cheese Crisps and the zingy and fresh-tasting Speedy Spinach Dip. They go great together!

If you want to read more about the Atkins program, you can read an excerpt here. Happy eating everyone!

Check out our January Wellness sweeps on our Facebook page and enter to win a library of wellness books, including The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook!

Overindulged a little (read: a lot) this holiday season?

We can help! And miracle of all miracles it doesn’t mean giving up your favorite snack foods….just, modifying them slightly.

Meet Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks.

Let’s face it. Snacking is a way of life. In a given year 97% of us buy candy and chocolate; 96% buy pop and chips and 89% eat ice cream! That’s why the founders of NaturallySavvy.com, Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer with Lisa Tsakos, have written Unjunk Your Junk Food, a fun, full color reference guide to eating ‘healthier’ snacks–natural foods free from artificial ingredients, preservatives, food colorings, and trans-fats. This book is for readers (like me!) that aren’t willing to give up junk food but don’t want to expose themselves and their families to toxic food additives.

Each chapter focuses on a different type of junk food such as ice cream or cookies, making it easy for you to quickly reference the foods you’re craving. The book offers a side by side comparison of natural/organic recommendations against popular conventional brands, complete with pictures of the products so you know exactly what to look for as you navigate the aisles at the supermarket.

At the beginning of every chapter, you’ll find a list of specific ingredients to be avoided in each junk food category. The book contains the latest research, advice, tips, and trivia about junk food and info on healthy ingredients and dangerous additives. The authors also reveal some of the most crafty and misleading marketing tricks behind certain food products, including confusing serving sizes, advertised health benefits and deceptive wording on ingredient labels.

Unjunk Your Junk Food uses icons to easily identify products that suit different lifestyles. The book identifies foods that match certain dietary restrictions (such as food allergies, including gluten intolerance); medical alerts to specific health conditions (such as heart disease and trans-fats); and production values (such as organic and fair trade).

Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer have a combined 35 years of experience in the natural health arena. Andrea is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Randy has been a natural health and wellness advocate to the public for over ten years, and Lisa is a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and Chief Nutrition Expert for Naturally Savvy.

Check out their website NaturallySavvy.com and follow them on Twitter @NaturallySavvy.

Don’t feel bad about eating junk, just eat informed!

Check out these sample pages from the Chip, Dips & Party Food chapter: