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Five books that can help make a new person yours in the new year.

Contributed by: Terry Schlichenmeyer

The new calendar is already in your face.

lose 10 pounds, quit smoking, quit sugar, quit that bad habit once and for all; You have great intentions but no motivation. It’s a new year – is it time for a new you? If so, then you need to check out these great books.

You might think you need a prescription of some kind, so here are two of them: Sleep prescription Written by Aric A. Prather, Ph.D. (Penguin Life) will help you get a better night’s rest in just one week without any medications. And “stress recipe” Written by Elisa Eiffel, Ph.D. Penguin Life helps you feel less stressed in one week, naturally, by training your mind and body. These paperbacks are slim and easy to read, but they’re packed with information you can use the day you find them.

Holiday cookies were so tempting, well, you’ve had your fair share of them and now you’re regretting it. This is the year you promised yourself you would lose some weight, but how do you find the time? The World’s Oldest Remedy: Adventures in the Art and Science of Fasting by Steve Hendricks (Abrams Press, $30.00) is a great place to start, because this old way of eating is new again. Here, Hendrix looks at the history of fasting, when it began and why, how religion plays into play, how fasting affects your health, and how it works in the individual body. If you’re serious about fasting for your health, you’ll want to, too The Intermittent Fasting Revolution: The Science of Improving Health and Performance Written by Mark B. Mattson (The MIT Press, $27.95). Together, these books will help you make the lifestyle changes needed for long-term fasts — and pass on those cookies, would you rather?

Finally, if you want to turn back the clock in the new year, go for it “The Great Age Reboot: Breaking the Longevity Code for a Younger Tomorrow” By Michael F. Roizen, MD with Peter Linnemann, PhD and Albert Ratner (National Geographic, $28.00). What would you think if you knew you could have 70 or even 80 more New Year’s Eve celebrations, and be healthy enough to enjoy them? The authors of this book say Life Extension is now available; They give you ideas to look younger today, and start adding years to your life this week. It won’t be cheap and it won’t always be easy but this too is laid out in a way that readers will understand. Good information helps make better choices, so maybe we should say “Happy New Year 2102” upfront?

Of course, consult your physician before starting any kind of health-related program. And if those books aren’t quite enough or you want to go in another direction for this new year, ask your favorite librarian or bookseller for help with the right book.

Then plan for a better year. mark it on your calendar.

“The Sleep Prescription,” by Eric A. Brother, PhD and “Prescription for Stress” by Elisa Eiffel, PhD, both from Penguin Life; “The World’s Oldest Cure: Adventures in the Art and Science of Fasting” by Steve Hendricks of Abrams Press; “The Intermittent Fasting Revolution: The Science of Improving Health and Improving Performance” by Mark B. Mattson via MIT Press; and “The Great Age Reboot: Cracking the Longevity Code for a Young Tomorrow” by Michael F. Roizen, MD with Peter Linneman, PhD & Albert Ratner from National Geographic, all available through online booksellers and at Barnes & Nobles Bookseller in Apache Mall in Rochester.

Teri Schlichenmeyer has been reading since she was three years old, and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on the prairie in Wisconsin with one man, two dogs, and 16,000 books. Find it in

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