An Abundance of New Wellness Books To Better Your Life

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellnessFrom cannabis to collagen, ketogenics to cauliflower, clean eating to happy food, mindfulness to more sleep — one thing is for sure, new wellness books and cookbooks to better your life were in abundance at the 2018 BookExpo America (BEA), held in May at New York’s Jacob Javits Center.

Last week, I shared upcoming novels and memoirs I discovered at BEA. This week, I’m focusing on new self-care titles. The following are some of the wellness themes I found trending as I walked the exhibition floor. Note some of the titles are not available until later this year or early 2019.

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Wellness and self-care books and cookbooks were trending at the BEA 2018.

Happy Titles That Will Make You Smile
If someone asked me if I’d rather be happy than sad, the answer would undoubtedly be “happy.” I bet you would answer in the affirmative too? Who doesn’t want to be happy? For those who aren’t, you can read these new happiness books:

Short Cuts To Happiness

Who knew you can find happiness at the barber shop?

Short Cuts To Happiness, Life Changing Lessons From My Barber by Tal Ben-Shahar (This title made me laugh. Maybe I should buy it for my boyfriend L.)
100 Days Happier and The Happiness Code and The Daily Promise, 100 Ways To Feel Happy About Your Life were all written by Domonique Bertolucci (I sure hope Domonique is happy.)
Happy Food – Fast, Fresh, Simple Vegan by Bettina Campolucci Bordi
Draw and Be Happy by Tim Shaw
Spark Happiness (A box of prompts to cultivate joy.)

100 Days Happier

There are many ways to achieve happiness.

Stop, Breathe and Be Mindful
As a yoga and meditation instructor, I practice mindful living. When I get stressed out I remind myself to “stop, breathe, and be” in the moment. I studied Mindfulness Meditation about 10 years ago and since then it has become more and more popular as the world gets more and more stressful. That’s likely why there are so many books on the subject and related-subjects like yoga and the previously mentioned topic of happiness: Continue reading

Mindfulness, Happiness, and More Trends From the 2017 Book Expo

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenWhen I was growing up in the Bronx, NY, I loved going to the public library. My mom and I would walk across Mosholu Parkway from our home. Mom would go food shopping – which took a long time since she had to go to the butcher, the bakery and the supermarket. I went to the library, where I headed straight for the new book section, opening the crisp covers, reading the flaps, flipping the printed pages. I’d stack the books – six was the limit – check them out one at a time – and carry the pile in my arms to meet up with mom.

To this day, new books still excite me. That’s why I so enjoyed attending the 2017 Book Expo at the New York Javits Center earlier this month. The Expo is an annual event where publishers showcase new books. From Simon & Schuster to Hachette, Workman, Penguin and more, I walked every aisle to see each publisher’s offerings.

What’s Hot In The World of Books?
Now that I’ve finally finished combing through my notes and all the catalogs I collected, it’s time to share the themes and trends that caught my attention. Are you ready for what’s hot in the world of books? Note that some of these books may not be available until later in the year.

Here’s the scoop:

Mindfulness and Yoga With A Dosage of Happiness 
If you’re not being mindful or you’re not happy, not to worry because there are hundreds of books (or maybe more) to bring you into the present and make you joyful. As a yogi, I was pleased to see that these topics are trending, yet not sure how I would find time to practice if I spent all my time reading. Here are some titles to choose from:

Mindfulness On the Go – “a set of 52 cards and a 64-page illustrated book, all in a flip-top box with an easel to display your mindfulness cards.”

The Yoga Healer by Christine Burke – with “remedies for the body, mind, and spirit, from easing back pain and headaches to managing anxiety and finding joy and peace within.”
Beyond Mindfulness by Stephen Bodian – says it’s “the direct approach to lasting peace, happiness, and love.
Relax into Yoga for Seniors by Kimberly Carson, MPH, E-RYT and Carol Krucoff, E-RYT –  including a six-week program for strength, balance, flexibility and pain relief. Continue reading

I Need To “Sleep Better”

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellnessWhen I was in my 20s, I was a great sleeper. I’d hit the pillow after a long day at work and I was out for the count. I remember my roommate W was envious of how quickly I would nod off. Not anymore. These days as a “post menopausal woman,” I rarely fall asleep even after 30 minutes of relaxing music. Some nights I feel like I barely get any shut-eye at all.

I’ve tried many remedies — from warm milk to warm bathes, from Valerian (ooh, ooh, ooh, cannot stomach that herb in any form) to Melatonin — without much success. Most evenings, I usually enjoy a cup of Chamomile tea and douse myself with lavender oil. Yet some nights nothing seems to work.

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While I do see a sleep doctor about twice a year, I’m always open to any and all sleep experts. That’s why when the team at AARP invited me to interview Life Reimagined Thought Leader and psychiatrist, Dr. Janet Taylor, and try out her new “Sleep Better” activity created for, I said “yes.”

The “Sleep Better” Program
The program was quick to complete at only four steps: Continue reading

The Yogi’s Way to a Good Night’s Sleep

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellnessCatching my nightly zzz’s has been getting more challenging during my life after 50. What about you? Is your mind racing when your head hits the pillow? Still experiencing menopausal night sweats? Is your body exhausted?

Since yoga has helped me to lower my stress levels during the day, I asked my friend Alene Brennan, health coach and yoga instructor, if she had any yogic advice that might work during the wee hours of the night. Here’s an excerpt from our chat:

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Alene Brennan, Health Coach and Yoga Instructor

J: What principles do yogis follow in regards to sleep?
A: “Yogis follow Ayurveda, a sister science of yoga and one of the world’s oldest healing systems.  Ayurveda offers simple routines that can create balance and a restful sleep.”

J: I’ve always wanted to learn about Ayurveda – tell me more.
A: “A good night’s rest begins with the time that you wake up each morning According to Ayurveda, there are cycles of energy in nature throughout the day and the more you synchronize your daily routine with nature’s clock the better balanced your energy will be throughout the day.”

J: So what time does nature awaken?
A: “Ideally you want to rise by 6:00 a.m. or before sunrise. This is known as Vatta time when the energy is fresh and full of renewal. Rise and shine to welcome the new day and sync your internal clock and energy with that of nature.”

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Managing Stress and Sleep

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellnessThere were many informative sessions at the 2013 Pennsylvania Conference for Women held earlier this month in Philadelphia. One session that I found helpful was about managing stress and sleep. I was keen to hear any and all tips on how to lower my stress and increase my hours of sleep during my life after 50.

The panelists included: Dr. Vonda Wright, author of Dr. Vonda Wright’s Guide to THRIVE: 4 Steps to Body, Brains and Bliss, Nwenna Kai, author of The Goddess of Raw Foods, Aminah Keats, director of naturopathic medicine at the Cancer Treatment Center of America, and Emily Leaman, health and fitness editor of Philadelphia magazine.

What about stress?

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Dr. Vonda Wright

Dr. Wright said that “acute stress can cause cortisol levels to rise and remain high in our bodies which contributes to belly fat, wrinkles, and fatigue. She said that “stress comes from not being in control.” To take control, Dr. Wright recommended looking more strategically at your ‘to do” list. “Ask yourself what are the three things I need to accomplish today? What can be done in five minutes and what may take longer to do,” said Dr. Wright. (I always put too many things on my “to do” list. Perhaps if I put less on my list I will be less stressed at the end of the day.) Continue reading

Enter To Win Special Promos For Boomer Girls

Here are some fun promotions for boomer girls (boomer guys and boomlets are eligible too) to enjoy from chocolate treats to ways to enhance your sleep  during a night of hot flashes:

Chocolate Treats For My Fellow Boomer Girls: Just say “chocolate” and “shopping” in the same sentence and you have my attention. So when Chuao  told me that they are giving America a chocolate makeover with their handcrafted, all-natural gourmet goodies, now available in select Target stores and specialty retailers nationwide – I had to share the news. To celebrate, Chuao is launching a Sweet Makeover sweepstakes and offering my blog readers the chance to win a $1,000 designer shopping spree on

To enter, simply like Chuao’s Facebook page where you can then enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win the $1,000 designer shopping spree. While there also check out these fabulous prizes Chuao is giving away each week:

– A one-year subscription to Birchbox ($120 value) (Birchbox provides makeup samples.)

– Philosophy Miracle Worker Collection ($190 value) (I love Philosophy products.)

– A Broscato Vibrastrait flat iron ($150 value)

– Clarisonic Mia2 Skin Cleansing System ($150 value) (I’ve been using my Clarisonic Mia that the nice PR lady sent to me and really like the way it cleanses my skin. Hope it helps wash my wrinkles away.)

– Gourmet Chuao chocolate ($180 value)

Chuao will be sending some chocolates for me to sample and I’ll be sharing them with you. If you like Judi Boomer Girl on Facebook or follow judiboomergirl on Twitter or leave a comment on my blog by November 15, you might just win some chocolates. I’ll be randomly selecting one lucky winner!

Sleep LIke A Pro: The makers of SHEEX, a new line of performance sheets for unrivaled sleep, sent some samples of their new pillowcases for me to try. SHEEX bedding is made with performance fabrics that are similar to athletic wear, enabling better temperature control, moisture transport, breathability and superior feel. While I didn’t have any hot flashes the week I slept on my SHEEX, I found the cases to be very soft. I also let my boyfriend L try a pillowcase too…I’m such a nice girlfriend!

And now I want to share SHEEX with my blog readers. To enter the raffle to win a set of SHEEX click here. The winner will be randomly selected in December. Deadline to enter is two weeks from this post, so hurry and sign up. Tell your family and friends too – the more the merrier.

During my life after 50, I’m always interested in learning about ways to improve my sleep. To find out more about sleep health and fitness, visit

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A Long Flight Home

I attended the BlogHer 11 Conference in San Diego this past weekend.  I left the conference pumped by all the fantastic female bloggers I met. I left the conference energized by all the motivational and educational sessions I attended.

There are so many things I want to share with you that I heard and that I learned.  And I will.  But, first I’m going to detour and report on my trip home. You see, I decided to leave on Saturday night and take the red eye to Philadelphia.  I thought if I slept for four hours on the flight that it would be better to get home early Sunday morning.  Little did I know that sleep was not included in my itinerary.

Caution: If you do not like potty humor, you may want to stop here.

Oh, you do, you say.  Great.  Then listen and laugh along with me.  Or cry, as you think about my four hours of pure insanity…

I should have known that I was in for trouble when I arrived at the gate and realized that I left my neck pillow in my suitcase.  Okay, I thought, I’ll suffer through and try to sleep without my pillow.

I boarded the plane at 10:00 p.m. PT.  All was fine until I got to my aisle seat 21D (Remember that number and letter, write it down, stick it on a sticky note, put it in your brain.) and found that it was opposite the bathroom in the middle of the plane.  I knew then and there that I was in for a wild ride.

I, being the good girl I am, went to the potty before I got on the plane.  My mom always said to go potty before I went to sleep. Didn’t your parents always tell you to go potty before you went to sleep?  Did any of the other travelers listen to their parents?  No, no, no.  Absolutely not.  Why would they care that I got any sleep?  I was potty perfect and ready for nappy land and they were not.

Instead, the march began about 10 minutes after take-off:

– One by one each entered the potty;

– One by one the light went on and off as the door opened and closed;

– One by one each flushed with a loud whosh;

– One by one each put his/her right hand on the top of my seat to remind me he/she was there.

I tried to close my eyes.  I listened to my yoga music on my iPod.  I read my Yoga Journal magazine (I knew this magazine would come in handy.  So glad I subscribed to this journal.  Little did I know that it would save my life one day. The meditation chants helped calm me during my wild and crazy ride.)

Oh, yes, I must not forget to tell you that the woman sitting next to me on the plane in the middle seat weighed about 250+ pounds.  (Not that there is anything wrong with that, as Seinfeld would say, except that she took up almost all of my seat as well and when she took off her sweatshirt she was wearing a strapless dress. Need I say more?)

Finally, the lights went down low and all was quiet.

“I’m really, really, sorry,” said the woman seated in the window seat in my row, “but, I have to go to the bathroom.”  (SMH, SMH, SMH – for those who may not know that code it stands for ‘shaking my head.’)

“Okay, you better get in line before the next group gets there before you,” I said as I stood up to let her through.

Finally, I sat back down and all was quiet.

“I have to go to the bathroom,” said a young girl to the flight attendant. And then it started all over again.  An onslaught of pottygoers.

I wanted to scream.  I wanted to cry.  I wanted to throw myself in front of the bathroom doors.  I wanted to yell like Peter Finch in the movie Network, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” (I almost went into the bathroom and clogged up the toilet with toilet paper, but my yoga chants held me back.)

“We’re landing, prepare the cabin for landing,” said the pilot as the clock struck 6:00 a.m. ET.

“OMG, OMG, OMG” I said to my neighbor, “I cannot believe it is time to land.”  I was half delirious from lack of sleep.

If by some slight chance there is ever a next time…not that there will ever be a next time for me on a red eye flight in seat 21D…but if there ever, ever is…I’m going to bring a copy of that children’s book, “Go The F**k to Sleep,” and read it to all my flight-mates before they get on the plane.


P.S. – Stay tuned for more exciting posts about my wonderful experience at BlogHer 11, including a recap of the Boomer Blogger session I led and all the boomer girls and guys who attended, coverage of Jesse Weiner’s keynote during Pathfinder Day, Sarah Brokaw’s tips from her book “Fortytude: Making the Next Decades the Best Years of Your Life…through the 40s,50s, and Beyond,” and a whole lot more.  Coming soon.