OE Wellness: Healthy Reading List


If your library of all things health and wellness is in need of an update then these fantastic books are sure to keep you on the path of clean living.

The Shape plan by Jo Wickes


Social media sensation Jo Wickes, aka the Body Coach, is no stranger to the best sellers list. His first book Lean in 15 was the UK’s fastest selling cookbook of all time thanks in part to his huge instagram following (over 1.2m) and now the Lean in 15 Shape Plan is achieving just as much success.

Personal trainer Jo has helped over 100,000 people tone up with his online 90 Day Shift, Shape, Sustain plan which is based around the ‘lean in 15’ premise of simple, healthy meals you can make in 15 minutes and daily 20 minute HIIT work outs.

The Shape plan has over 100 new recipes and four new workouts for his millions of fans worldwide to try out.

And expect to hear more from Jo. Two more books are on the way and he’s working on a TV series.



Keep it Real by Calgary Avansino


When Vogue contributing editor Calgary Avansino moved to London from the States in 2000 she brought her Californian love of healthy eating, exercise and wellbeing with her. But that was in the days before us Brits cottoned on to the West Coast lifestyle – no one drank smoothies or was that interested in yoga.

Gradually we caught up with her and now care as much about wellness and clean living as she does.

Keep it Real is a terrific guide to healthy, plant based family eating.

Yes, there are recipes in the book but you’ll also learn so much about the benefits of eating more vegetables, fruits and grains, and of avoiding sugar (“the devil in all his disguises”), and about how to shop for and store fresh food effectively.

It’s a well researched and engaging read that reflects Avansino’s busy lifestyle as a working mother who loves to cook.



The Detox Kitchen Bible by Lily Simpson and Rob Hobson


The Detox Kitchen has been serving up healthy, delicious food ever since the A-list approved food delivery service took off in 2012. They now have two delis in London and a range stocked in Selfridges.

The company’s founder Lily Simpson, a self-taught cook, and consultant nutritionist Rob Hobson have created a 200-recipe cookbook, packed with colourful and flavoursome dishes that made the Detox Kitchen such a success.

All wheat-, dairy- and refined sugar-free, you’ll find recipes for invigorating breakfasts, zingy raw salads, delicious snacks and dips, vibrant fish and meat dishes, and scrumptious sweet treats.

But this is not just a recipe book. Hobson explains how to use these dishes to target your health needs, whether that’s losing weight, gaining energy, getting clearer skin – or just having a weekend detox after a few days of indulgence.



Lean for Life by Louise Parker


Louise Parker doesn’t believe in diets. Her hugely successful body transformation programmes are about creating positive habits that will change the way you look and feel forever.

With 20 years experience as a personal trainer, she is the secret weapon of Hollywood stars, international sportsmen and even royalty. And now by following her straightforward advice in Lean for Life, we can all achieve the same results.

Her plans are split into four pillars; Think Successfully (believe that you can change your life for the better), Live Well (such as balancing stress and sleeping well), Eat Beautifully (no processed food, low Gi, calorie controlled and the best ingredients) and Workout Intelligently (a mixture of cardio and 15 minutes of her toning exercises daily).

The book is overflowing with fantastic advice from this witty, funny mother of three. She is wonderfully inspiring but also incredibly practical and realistic in her approach.  One of the best all round wellness books you’ll ever read.



Deliciously Ella Smoothies and Juices


Ella Mills is nothing short of a food-writer phenomenon. With over four million vistors to her blog, deliciouslyella.com each month and Instagram followers tipping the 900k mark, it’s no surprise that her 2015 debut cookbook, Deliciously Ella, was an instant bestseller. Her follow up Deliciously Ella Everyday was just as successful and now her Smoothies and Juices has everyone equally excited.

In the first delicious offering from Ella’s brand new ‘Bitesize Collection’, Ella has come up with 30 all-new easy and fuss-free recipes for nourishing smoothies and mouth-watering juices. Bursting with simple, plant-based ingredients full of flavour and goodness, they are quick, easy and a great start to the day.




Livia’s Kitchen: Naturally Sweet and indulgent treats by Olivia Wallenberg


Healthy eating is all very well but sometimes we all need a sweet fix. This is something Olivia Wallenberg understands. After being diagnosed with host food intolerances she set about find healthy alternatives to the cakes and desserts she loved.

Her first cookbook is a fantastic collection of naturally sweet raw and baked treats. So while we feel like we are indulging, there is nothing nasty in these goodies and certainly no refined sugar, which she swaps for natural alternatives such as dates and maple syrup.

The book is packed with over 100 beautiful, quick, simple and fun desserts, sweets and cakes all made without any gluten, dairy or refined sugar without compromising on taste.

Livia’s Kitchen puts a creative, yet accessible twist on traditional favourites suitable for every occasion. So whether you are – whether you are cooking with children, fancy a little something sweet after dinner or creating a show stopping cake, she has it covered.



Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe


World-renowned beauty and make-up expert Wendy Rowe knows skin inside out. In her book she aims to teach us how to look great from the inside out with over 70 easy and delicious recipes specifically designed to feed your skin with the nutrients it needs to glow. From cucumbers, ‘the internal cleanser’, to limes, ‘the natural astringent’ and carrots, ‘the immunity booster’, there are also breakdowns of the vitamins and nutrients each of these familiar ingredients provide.

There are also be suggestions on how to keep your skin pampered with recipes for homemade masks, scrubs, mists, cleansers and toners, as well as an informative troubleshooting section for confidence-zapping skin problems. Wendy provides specific advice for foods to embrace or avoid depending on your skin. This book really does live up to the title ‘beauty bible.’



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