Health advice to grow on | On the bookshelf

Living the good life? You can. All you need to make a change for a more healthful lifestyle is a path to follow. These books mark that course with plenty of practical health advice, and help you overcome roadblocks in your journey toward a better life for you and your family.

Living the good life? You can. All you need to make a change for a more healthful lifestyle is a path to follow. These books mark that course with plenty of practical health advice, and help you overcome roadblocks in your journey toward a better life for you and your family.

“Just Green It!” by Ron and Lisa Beres (softcover, Running Press, 2010, 320 pages, $17.95). The founders of GreenNest.com offer “Simple Swaps to Save the Planet and Your Health,” their book’s subtitle explains. Living green doesn’t have to be difficult. Green products for almost every purpose are out there and available — some far more familiar than we might think.

“The Natural Navigator: A Watchful Explorer’s Guide to a Nearly Forgotten Skill,” by Tristan Gooley (hardcover, The Experiment,
2011, 296 pages, $16.95). “Find your way anywhere — day or night, on land or sea, in the city or the country — using only the clues in your surroundings,” the publisher challenges. And in the process, you’ll be outside, opening your eyes to “the small wonders of the natural world.”

“The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy,” by Bob Greene, Ann Kearney-Cooke and Janis Jibrin (hardcover, Simon & Schuster, 2010, 293 pages, $25). “When you try to lose weight without tackling the underlying issues that cause you to overeat and choose a sedentary life in the first place, the odds against your success are significant,” Greene writes. “Together, Ann, Janis, and I are going to give you the tools you need to begin the hard work of change.”

“If It Makes You Healthy: More Than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Seasons,” by Sheryl Crow and Chuck White, with Mary
Goodbody (hardcover, St. Martin’s Press, 2011, 261 pages; $29.99). “Sheryl Crow’s latest duet is not in the studio but in the kitchen,” says the publisher, “where she and chef Chuck White serve up seasonal, vitamin-rich dishes that are as memorable as her soulful, heartfelt tunes.”

“Grow the Good Life: Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise,” by Michele Owens (hardcover, Rodale, 2011, 209 pages, $24.99). “I wrote this book to help people see how easy and how rewarding it is to grow beautiful food,” said author Michele Owens in her introduction. “Gardening will expand your horizons in ways that are hard to imagine until you are out in the fresh air and sunshine, digging away.”