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Books that Inspire

Stories that will help you be your healthiest, naturally, in the new year.

Selections by Denise Friday

Feel Better In 5: Your Daily Plan to Feel Great for Life

By Rangan Chatterjee

Dr. Chatterjee has over 20 years experience as a general practioner and has combined actions you can do for just five minutes every day to feel better, sleep better and become happier at no cost. His plan includes lifestyle changes that incorporate yoga, strength and breathing exercises, gut healthy snacks and gratitude and forgiveness rituals.

The China Study

By T. Colin Campbell Ph.D & Thomas M. Campbell II M.D. 

Hailed as the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, this book is based on years of studies and data that indicate your diet can control your long-term health. Studies were done on typical diets in various countries, and found the U.S. to have alarmingly poor eating habits of processed food, high fat and excessive animal protein, all of which are believed to contribute to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The China Study advocates eating a whole food, plant-based diet not only for good health, but for reversing chronic illnesses.

Thinner in 30: Small Changes That Add up to Big Weight Loss in Just 30 Days

By Jenna Wolfe and Myatt Murphy

Fitness expert Jenna Wolfe gives 30 suggestions almost anyone can do to make permanent changes in your weight and wellness goals. Thirty days is the least amount of time you should take in order for the changes to stick, but when you start with ‘drink 20 sips of water as soon as you wake up’ you’ll see it is not so hard after all. Losing weight isn’t about crash dieting, but making permanent healthy changes that stick with you down the road. Small changes, big results.

Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Self

By Jeff Krasno, Sarah Herrington and Nicole Lindstrom

This book takes readers on a personal path to find their direction in a mindful lifestyle, using music, art, various yoga practices, food and activities. Experienced teachers offer instruction, recipes, playlists and eco-friendly activities to guide the reader to follow their own wanderlust.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies

By C. Norman Shealy M.D., Ph.D.

An alphabetical list of remedies by their Latin names along with a description, illustration and recipes for applications. It also describes the difference in uses between Western and Chinese herbalism, folk medicine and Ayurveda. The second part of the book describes treating common ailments, from allergies to migraines to symptoms of menopause, but in no way discourages medical attention when necessary. The final chapter includes resources, further reading and a helpful glossary.

Local survivor shares ‘perks’ of having cancer

When Diana Bosse, a second-home owner in Sea Pines, was first diagnosed with lymphoma in April, 2019, she promised herself that she would stay positive throughout the difficult journey ahead.

That journey ultimately ended with a full remission of the cancer as well as her new book, The Perks of Having Cancer: An Inspirational, Positive and Humorous View of a Not-So-Inspirational, Positive or Humorous Situation. The 231-page book by the Loveland, Ohio, woman is a poignant, witty and laugh-out-loud funny journal of the day-to day discoveries, surprises and indignities of battling cancer.

“Humor has always been Diana’s default setting, so laughing her way through lymphoma came naturally,” said friend and former Cincinnati Enquirer editor Peter Bronson. His company, Chilidog Press, published Bosse’s book. “By sharing her own experiences, she resolved to lift the spirits of others dealing with cancer or helping a loved one fight the disease.”

As part of coping with the physical, psychological and emotional challenges of her own cancer, along with her husband’s battle with congestive heart failure, the 56-year-old Bosse began a series of posts to her Facebook page. Whether describing her chemotherapy sessions, hair loss or lifestyle changes, she focused on the lighter side of her situation. The overwhelming positive response to her posts from followers prompted the idea for the book, she says.

“Cancer is no laughing matter, but laughter can be the best medicine. I hope this book brightens the day of others faced with a terrifying diagnosis and helps them discover their own perks in daily living.”

A portion of the book sales will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, where she has worked for nearly 11 years as a member of its development team.