Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Though unquestionably trite, old axioms remain true. When it comes to health, you are what you eat (and drink) and laughter really is the best medicine. Here are a few reads to nurture your inner and outer well-being.

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    Michele Garber

Eat Better, Feel Better: My Recipes for Wellness and Healing, Inside and Out
By Giada De Laurentiis

After more than two decades on the go, Giada De Laurentiis’ whirlwind schedule finally caught up with her. The chef, restaurateur, TV personality, best-selling author and devoted single mom was working 24/7, cultivating her brand and constantly traveling the world. Finding time to exercise, eat well and get enough sleep was an afterthought. Like most, the health shortcuts she took with little consequence in her 20s and 30s caught up with her in her 40s. As she approached 50, her waning energy, weight gain and gradually declining health were a wake-up call. She reconfigured her diet and reprioritized exercise, self-care and sleep. In her 10th book, De Laurentiis shares her lifestyle tweaks as well as 100 recipes to help readers heal from the inside, find balance and restore wellness.  


Quench: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight, and Heal Your Body Through the New Science of Optimum Hydration
By Dana Cohen, MD, & Gina Bria

Understanding and embracing the value of hydration is nothing new for a health-conscious person. Yet few realize the true importance fluids play in all of our vital bodily functions, or that simply drinking ample water is not always enough. Armed with groundbreaking new research into the field of hydration, integrative medicine specialist Dana Cohen, MD, and cultural anthropologist Gina Fria debunk the common myths on “getting enough water” while highlighting the myriad benefits of adding moisture to the body. They outline their innovative five-day hydration jump-start, offer nutrient-packed smoothies, elixirs and meal plans, and share their micro-movement approach to circulating water into the fascia—the connective tissue that hydrates our bodies.


How Y’all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived
By Leslie Jordan

Lately we could all use a good laugh, which explains why Emmy-winning character actor Leslie Jordan has suddenly become an overnight sensation after delighting audiences in TV and film for more than three decades. His sidesplitting Instagram videos replete with his signature wry wit and bathed in his trademark Southern charm tickled countless funny bones, attracting more than 5 million followers. Ironically, when the sexagenarian learned that he’d “gone viral,” he didn’t know what “viral” meant—nor did he fully grasp how it would lead to global stardom. Now this self-proclaimed Southern Baptist celebutante brings his joie de vivre and quirky perspective to his fans in a collection of entertaining yet intimate personal essays. A seasoned raconteur, Jordan regales readers with observations and stories of his fascinating life. His prose is charmingly delivered in his quintessentially authentic, amusing and oft-irreverent voice, lifting our spirits and warming our hearts.