Build a Healthy Life

By Mary Simon

Plenty of sleep, an organic plant-based diet, meditation, eight glasses of water and 30 minutes of exercise a day (preferably outside, engaging with friends and family, social distancing as much as possible). All of these things, and many more, contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Discover in these books foods and activities that will contribute to your joy and health.

  • Chetna's Healthy Indian: Vegetarian

    2020 by Makan, Chetna

    Chetna offers healthy, easy-to-prepare meals that can be put together when time is limited, all pulled from and reflecting the regions of India. With many Indian grocery stores in the Skokie area, it's a breeze to make these selections from one of the most popular chefs around. She doesn't offer complicated fare--a few ingredients, usually in one pot or container, and you're ready to impress.

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  • Healthy Eats with Six Sisters' Stuff

    2020 by Six Sisters Stuff (SSS)

    If you're not familiar with SSS, they are popular lifestyle bloggers and cookbook authors who know about managing busy families, and they agree that often "quick" translates to "not very healthy." That's not the case with these recipes! Menu selections will please every age group and all recipes are delicious as well as good for you.

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  • Highlights–Healthy Living!


    This "watch and learn" video is perfect for kids to watch in order to develop and appreciate good, healthful habits for life. Part of the "Highlights for Kids" series, this new video is aimed at helping parents and guardians augment their own "teachings" on the subject. Very entertaining and worthwhile viewing.

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  • At Home with Natalie: Simple Recipes for Healthy Living from My Family's Kitchen to Yours

    2018 by Morales, Natalie

    The Today show’s West coast anchor, as well as the mother of two young boys, Natalie Morales knows how challenging it can be to deliver healthy, varied meals to her family. These 125 easy-to-assemble recipes inspired by her family’s Brazilian and Puerto Rican heritage will delight and please even the pickiest family member. A hit with my family!

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  • Ageless Vegan: The Secret to Living a Long and Healthy Plant-Based Life

    2018 by McQuirter, Tracye Lynn

    Tracye and her mom, Mary, present some of the best recipes and advice for maintaining radiant health. If you are wary of vegan cooking because you think it is less than scrumptious, give this book a try! They present the basics of nutrition, how to build a vegan pantry, and how to make sure you're getting the best nutrients to promote longevity and prevent chronic disease.

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  • Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions


    This book was recommended by a physician friend who pointed out that the proven practices for self-management contained in this edition (4th) are based on an ongoing series of studies conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine. The content has been enriched by the feedback of medical and other professionals and thousands of people with chronic conditions all over the world. Mental health issues are addressed as well as physical conditions.

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  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Yes!


    This is such a powerful book about our attitude and the ability to embrace change and shifts in our lives that I had to include it. The stories are educational and inspiring, thought-provoking and compelling. This is one of the life manuals that you go back to time and time again for guidance and reorienting.

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