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Sample Chapter of A PLANT-BASED LIFE Now Available

We’ve uploaded a sample chapter for the perfect summer health/nutrition read–Micaela Cook Karlsen’s A Plant-Based Life: Your Complete Guide to Great Food, Radiant Health, Boundless Energy, and a Better Body.

A Plant-Based Life: Your Complete Guide to Great Food, Radiant Health, Boundless Energy, and a Better Body by Micaela Cook Karlsen
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In a world in which the main food groups seem to be “microwaveable” and “fast food,” it’s not always easy to choose nutrition that prioritizes whole foods. Yet more and more people eat a nourishing plant-based diet–and even more would, if they had a guide to show them the way. Enter A Plant-Based Life and Micaela Cook Karlsen’s program to make plant-based work for your life. “Rather than concentrate on what not to eat,” she advises, “add more whole plant food than you’ve been eating. By making healthier choices first—without denying yourself anything—the proportion of unhealthy food in your diet is reduced and replaced.” Use the book’s shopping tips, pantry lists, menu plans, and more than 100 mouth watering recipes to begin your journey, continue it, or recommit to wellness. Click here or on the cover image for your free sample chapter.

 

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Author Micaela Cook Karlsen and her new book, A Plant-Based Life

Spring/Summer 2016 Catalog Now Online

Image of AMACOM Books Spring 2014 Catalog CoverSpring may not yet have sprung, but when it does, you’ll know what to read: the AMACOM Spring/Summer 2016 Catalog is now available on our website alongside our past catalogs.

 

 

 

 

Some of the most anticipated books from our spring list:

 

Random Quotes from New Books this January

Thin from Within: The Powerful Self-Coaching Program for Permanent Weight Loss by Joseph J. Luciani, Ph.D.

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“In a sense,  pessimism is an attempt to protect you from you. When this happens, you try to bubble-wrap your life, anticipating negativity, cowering and minimizing your potential for success by defending yourself against anticipated failure. And let’s not forget the price tag for pessimistic worrying: stress. Stress depletes us psychologically and chemically. Stress drains us, depletes our chemistry, contributes to mood disturbances, and fuels our pessimistic, bubble-wrapped lives. And when it comes to weight loss, pessimism strips away confidence by constantly preparing you for your slide toward failure. You’ve probably encountered that seductive voice whispering in your ear, ‘Who cares? I knew I couldn’t handle this. And besides, it’s only a piece of cake. I deserve a treat.’(page 100).

The Confidence Effect: Every Woman’s Guide to the Attitude that Attracts Success by Grace Killelea

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“The big message in all of this is what I call the click, which is when a woman’s confidence and competence connect to each other and serve her well. At Half The Sky as well as in my coaching practice, I work with women who are not newcomers in their careers; they have been working for 10 or 15 years and they don’t suffer from lack of intelligence, know-how, experience, or even opportunity. Leading is not about making them smarter but about recognizing their worth. One of the things I see quite often is that women don’t ten to raise their hands and ask for the chance to step up, lead, and perform. They know they are more than capable, and yet time and time again, when presented with an opportunity, they don’t step up and ask for the assignment. So we see that there is a gap between a woman’s ability (competence) and showing up and raising her hand (confidence)” (pages 91-92).

Beating the Workplace Bully: A Tactical Guide to Taking Charge by Lynne Curry

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“Remain silent and you collude with bullies. If your kowtow, acquiesce, or ‘turn the other cheek,’ hoping to avoid conflict, you may discover that bullies often slap that other cheek. If you want to avoid bully-collusion, you have to speak up in a manner that says, ‘I stand up to you. I stand up for me.’ To do otherwise offers bullies a green light” (page 63).

 

The World’s Your Stage: How Performing Artists Can Make a Living While Still Doing What They Love by William F. Baker, Warren C. Gibson, and Evan Leatherwood

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On fundraising and individual giving: “When I first arrived at [American Ballet Theatre], I came with a strong background in direct mail fundraising. The list brokers (businesses that trade in lists of addresses tailored to meet marketing needs) had snowed the ABT staff into renting the lists of Town & Country or Forbes magazine subscribers or purchasers of expensive cars. The theory was that rich people were more cultivated and more likely to support the ballet. This is not incorrect, but simplistic and costly. These lists consistently returned very little; the poor results were disguised by much better results from lists of ticket buyers that we traded for. At the time, ABT visited nine cities each year, presented by local performing arts venues like the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Opera, and the Met Opera. We wrote it into all contracts with presenters that we were entitled to an electronic file of all single ticket and subscription buyers for our engagement, and we rented lists from them of attendees at other dance presentations. Our results soared” (page 173).

Personal Success (The Brian Tracy Success Library) by Brian Tracy

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“But [Gary Becker] also found that the top 20 percent of income earners increased their income at an average of about 11 percent per year. The reason was simple. They were continuous lifelong learners. The top 20 percent of income earners were those people who read all the business and personal development books. They attended all the seminars and workshops to advance their skills. They bought and listened to all the educational programs they could find. They continually associated with other people of like mind. Their most common form of conversation was ideas, insights, and sources of new information that they could use to become more productive and get better results, faster and easier” (page 50).

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Dr. Joseph J. Luciani on the Big Three Enemies to Lifelong Weight Mastery

Why is it a whopping 80 percent of people who diet and lose weight quickly pack it right back on? Why, according to one British survey, has the average 45-year-old woman been on 61 diets since the age of 16? And why is it that in spite of spending $65 billion each year on weight-loss products and programs, 69.2 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese? Because we’re too focused on what we eat instead of why we eat it!

“In order to not be victimized by impulses, cravings, misperceptions, or mindless patterns, it’s imperative to know your enemies,” declares Joseph J. Luciani, Ph.D., a psychologist renowned for his self-coaching breakthroughs. In his new book, THIN FROM WITHIN: The Powerful Self-Coaching Program for Permanent Weight Loss (AMACOM January 2016), Dr. Luciani exposes the three enemies of healthy eating and lifelong weight mastery. In order not to be victimized by impulses, cravings, misperceptions, or mindless destructive patterns, it’s imperative to know and appreciate your enemies. They are:

  • Enemy #1: Adverse Circumstances. Pressures at work, relationship conflicts, financial strain, illness, the demands of rearing children—everyday life challenges are often out of our control and overwhelming. Yet adverse circumstances alone lack the power to drive us to binge; the driver is our interpretation of them. “While you can’t always prevent bad things from happening, you can control how you react to them,” Dr. Luciani assures. With his Self-Coaching techniques, anyone battling a weight problem can develop the self-discipline muscle necessary to resist destructive eating.
    • Enemy-awareness check: Before you start a meal or reach for a snack, ask yourself: What are the circumstances affecting my life at this moment?
  • Enemy #2: Harmful Emotions. Anxiety, irritability, stress, depression, even boredom can create the emotional chaos that compels us to seek the calming, distracting, anesthetizing qualities found in our go-to comfort foods. Like alcohol, nicotine, and cannabis, food can be used as self-medication. An avalanche of research supports the fact that certain foods—particularly those sweet, salty, and fatty pleasures—can have a potent sedative effect on tense emotions. Fortunately, our minds also possess the power to prevail over the harmful emotions that underlie our compulsions and urges. By using effective cognitive tools – such as his simple, three-step technique called “Self-Talk” – Dr. Luciani asserts you can actually retrain your brain to stop the destructive, self-sabotaging chatter associated with harmful emotions before they overwhelm you.
    • Enemy-awareness check: Before you start a meal or reach for a snack, ask yourself: What am I feeling right now?
  • Enemy #3: Destructive Habits. Human beings are creatures of habit. Although reflexive habits such as touch-typing, driving, and even buttoning a blouse or shirt are helpful, other habits such worrying, lethargy (a.k.a. being a couch potato), excessive rumination, or the habits associated with destructive eating can hold you and your life hostage. Being able to recognize the habitual nature of what you do, when you do it, and why you do it is pivotal to habit reformation and lifelong weight mastery.“It is absolutely essential that you accept the notion that habits—all habits—are learned. Furthermore,” Dr. Luciani stresses, “habits—all habits—can be broken.” Using doable challenges, exercises and drills designed to increase your awareness and self-discipline muscle, the goal, according to Dr. Luciani, is “habit re-formation,” (i.e., changing destructive patterns into positive habits).
    • Enemy-awareness check: Before you start a meal or reach for a snack, ask yourself: What patterns am I aware of at this moment? (For example: “When I’m upset, I tend to binge on anything sweet.” “Whenever I drink wine, I always overeat.”)


JOSEPH J. LUCIANI, PH.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist and author of the internationally bestselling Self-Coaching and The Power of Self-Coaching. An in-demand speaker and expert, Dr. Luciani is featured frequently in major media, including MSNBC, CNBC, Hallmark Channel, Discovery Channel, NPR, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Fitness, Health, Shape, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

THIN FROM WITHIN Now Available on NetGalley

Cover art for Thin from Within by Joseph J. Luciani, Ph.D. If you want to change your body, you have to change your brain. THIN FROM WITHIN: The Powerful Self-Coaching Program for Permanent Weight Loss by Joseph J. Luciani, Ph.D. teaches readers the psychology behind long-term weight loss and satisfaction. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in the psychology of health and weight loss are invited to request Thin from Within for review.

Tired of your weight swinging up and down? Do you find it difficult to stick to a diet? You’re not alone. Every day, millions of people battle temptation as they try to drop unwanted pounds. For those who succeed, a whopping 80 percent quickly pack the weight back on.

Thin from Within delves into the root causes and reveals that diets alone—whether counting calories or controlling carbs—don’t work. Why? Because lasting results have less to do with what you eat, and everything to do with why you eat it. To lose weight and keep it off, you’ve got to retrain your brain.

Renowned psychologist Joseph J. Luciani explores the emotional triggers and ingrained habits driving overindulgence—and shares simple self-coaching techniques proven to control cravings and break the cycle of self-sabotage. Once mastered, these strategies turn healthy eating into an effortless process.

Combining insight and inspiration with powerful cognitive tools, this remarkable guide enables you to:

Embrace change • Strengthen your self-discipline • Resist the lure of comfort foods • Free yourself from destructive thinking • Replace even the most stubborn bad habits with positive ones • Develop resilience and confidence • Learn from setbacks • Fight food addictions • And more

It’s up to you. You can try yet another fad diet and fail—or read Thin from Within and finally find your permanent weight loss solution.

JOSEPH J. LUCIANI, PH.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist and author of the internationally bestselling Self-Coaching and The Power of Self-Coaching. An in-demand speaker and expert, Dr. Luciani is featured frequently in major media, including MSNBC, CNBC, Hallmark Channel, Discovery Channel, NPR, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Fitness, Health, Shape, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

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