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8 Books To Help You Get Your Sh*t Together This Year

by Emmy Griffiths Published on 13 January 2016

Listen up people. We all know the 'new year new you' thing is a load of BS. After two weeks of gruelling workouts and eating nothing but sunflower seeds, most people give up and revert back to their comfy, Doritos-fuelled lives. So how to avoid flaky new years resolutions and ACTUALLY make a change to your life? These books should help...

Thug Kitchen

One foul-mouthed vegan and a whole lot of laughs later, and you'll be well on your way to living la vida vegan while still managing to enjoy your food. The cookbook aims to give "all the info and techniques you need to shop on a budget and eat like you give a f*ck" and that sounds pretty easy to us.

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Deliciously Ella Every Day: Simple recipes and fantastic food for a healthy way of life

Let's face it: everyone's favourite food blogger Deliciously Ella's recipes can be ridiculously, nay, insanely difficult to do. Vinegar made from 20 red apples bought at a farmers market in Narnia's flower district, that sort of thing. But her Every Day cookbook is different. As in, this is stuff you can actually make relatively easily and feel all healthy and smug about afterwards. Top marks.

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Real Yoga - Vimla Lalvani

After coming back from your first ever Yoga class somewhat upset and confused because you couldn't follow the teacher, you forgot to take a hairband and you hurt yourself doing a headstand before you're ready, it might be easy to say a massive EFF it to peace, tranquility etc. That's where Vimla's book comes in. Keeping it to the point and with helpful pictures (in snazzy unitards), Vimla keeps Yoga simple and easy, and you'll end up practising it more times than you realised, guaranteed.

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Spiralize Now: 80 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for your Spiralizer

Alrighty. If you haven't heard about the miracle that are spiralizers, let us clue you in. Spiralizers are relatively cheap devices that create noodles out of vegetables. Yup, you can make spaghetti out of pretty much anything - courgettes, butternut squash, carrots, paper, snow, a ghost...

Since making these noodles is the funnest thing EVER, you won't hesitate from finding an excuse for whipping it out and making loops out of your favourite veg. But what to make with it? That's when this recipe book comes in. Made specifically for all spiralized needs, this book will show you how to trick yourself that you're eating delicious carb-riddled noodles over and over again when ACTUALLY you are being the picture of health. Get in.

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The Miracle Morning

Okay. So this book is all about how to get up and be active at 4:30 in the morning. But before you shut this article down in disgust, hear us out! No one likes it when they have to exercise instead of meeting up with friends, going home and watching 5 hours of Netflix etc (or even worse, dropping exercise to do their preferred activity.)

But first thing in the morning? No one is awake to distract you, you'll feel fantastic and what's better is that THIS book actually teaches you how to do it without wanting to kill someone with your bare hands. It is simple advice and thousands of people swear by it, so why not try it yourself?

Get it here. ​

How to Be Happy (or at Least Less Sad)

It's not just your bod you need to work on, it's all about the brain as well. This is a creative workbook that helps out with stress, anxiety and all that other BS stuff everyone experiences at different levels from time to time, and it helps you see your life from a different angle and make changes to the things you hate to do. The book let's you do things at your own pace and make changes as you see fit, so however you feel about life, chances are this might make things just that little bit better.

Get it here.

The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-diet: 10-minute Fixes to Get the Body You Want and a Life You'll Love

Getting healthy in 10 minutes? Sounds pretty perfect to us. Add a sassy tone and exercising the way YOU want to, and this is pretty much the perfect read as the Fit Bottomed Girls stick with the mantas of: “no matter what activity you want to do, do it with a whole lot of self-love.”

Get it here. ​

NYC Ballet Workout: Fifty Stretches And Exercises Anyone Can Do For A Strong, Graceful, And Sculpted Body

Maybe it's because we feel like graceful swans while we do it, or maybe we've all just seen Billy Elliot one too many times, but ballet is one of the HOTTEST ways to sort your life out right now. From improving your posture to increasing your flexibility, you can whip this book open at any page and try out an exercise in the safety of your room. While watching Black Swan, if you so wish.

Get it here.

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