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The life of a librarian is a seasonal affair. Spring means books about gardening, planting, and planning vacations. Summer means lots of books for kids out of school. In fall the cookbooks start flying off the shelves (to say nothing of the knitting titles). And winter? Well, that depends on what time of year you’re talking. If you mean November and December then the books are festive and jolly. But around the time January 1st rears its ugly head, there’s only one book I can count on to fly off of the shelves.

Say hello to fitness, wellness, and healthy eating.

Yes, you’ve downed more pies, cakes, chocolates, nuts, and what have you than a bear preparing for hibernation. But who cares? It’s January, baby. Time to break out those New Year’s resolutions. And, if you’re like me, you’re already downloading fitness apps and reconsidering your daily intake of calories.

In light of your newfound strength, how about some new books to bolster you along the way? Here are some of the latest fitness and healthy eating titles, sure to cure what ails you (that is if “what ails you” is a l’il bit of extra tummy).

“Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body” by Jessamyn Stanley
Jessamyn Stanley, a yogi who breaks all the stereotypes, has built a life as an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star by combining a deep understanding for yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles in a way that touches everyone who comes to know her.

“The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat” by Stephan J. Guyenet
An obesity and neuroscience researcher explores how food choices are often influenced by brain circuits that control survival instincts and draws on cutting-edge neuroscience to offer guidelines for eating well and maintaining a healthy weight.

“Manly Health and Training: To Teach the Science of a Sound and Beautiful Body” by Walt Whitman
Meet your new fitness instructor . . . Walt Whitman! No lie. In the fall of 1858, a thirteen-part essay series appeared in the New York Atlas, under the title Manly Health and Training. This nearly 47,000-word journalistic effort, written by Walt Whitman under his pen name Mose Velsor, was lost for more than 150 years, buried in just a handful of library archives, until its recent unexpected discovery. Now we can consult it and darned if the guy doesn’t have some pretty good advice.

“The Power Bowl Recipe Book: 140 Nutrient-Rich Dishes for Mindful Eating” by Britt Brandon
In this book are 140 delicious power bowl recipes created to deliver specific nutrients that provide 14 different health benefits, including bowls for: pre- and post-workout weight loss cleanses and detox better immunity a healthy heart reduced inflammation better digestion anti-aging and more! With detailed nutrition information and a gorgeous photo for every recipe.

Betsy Bird

Betsy Bird is the Collection Development Manager of Evanston Public Library.