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Albert Ellis

Albert Ellis, Ph.D. founded Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), the pioneering form of the modern Cognitive Behavioural therapies. In a 1982 professional survey, Dr. Ellis was ranked as the second most influential psychotherapist in history. His name is a staple among psychologists, students, and historians around the world. He published over seven hundred articles and more than sixty books on psychotherapy, marital and family therapy, and sex therapy. Until his death in 2007, Dr. Ellis served as President Emeritus of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York, which provides professional training programs and psychotherapy to individuals, families and groups. To learn more, visit www.albertellis.org.

Carol Dweck

Dr. Carol S. Dweck is widely regarded as one of the world's leading researchers in the fields of personality, social psychology and developmental psychology. She has been the William B. Ransford Professor of Psychology at Columbia University and is now the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her scholarly bookSelf-Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Developmentwas named Book of the Year by the World Education Fellowship. Her work has been featured in such publications asThe New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, andThe Boston Globe, and she has appeared onTodayand 20/20. She lives with her husband in Palo Alto, California.

Carolyn Humphries

Carolyn Humphries has been a food writer and editor for many years. She started her career as a chef, but quickly realised she preferred to create food for people to cook at home. Having trained as a journalist, she became a food writer for Woman magazine. She has since written for numerous journals, is the author of over 60 books and has been a consultant, co-writer and editor on many more projects. She is a member both of The Guild of Food Writers and the Institute of Health Promotion and Education. As a busy, working mum she has always needed to feed a hungry family fast and finds the combination microwave a great asset in her kitchen.

Catherine Atkinson

Catherine Atkinson has a degree in Food and Nutrition BSc (Hons). She has been Deputy Cookery Editor on Woman's Weekly magazine and later Cookery Editor of Home. Catherine is now a full-time writer and food consultant to various lifestyle and health magazines and has written more than sixty cookbooks. She specialises in healthy eating and her recent published books include 'Coconut water and coconut oil', 'Nut milks and nut butters' and 'Power blends and smoothies'

Dannii Martin

Dannii Martin is the author of healthy eating and lifestyle blog Hungry Healthy Happy, which provides healthier alternatives to everyone's favourite meals, that don't sacrifice on taste. Dannii's down-to-earth approach and simple recipes provide inspiration to a growing audience of over 200,000 followers and she is consistently ranked as one of the UK's most influential bloggers.As a mother to a toddler, Dannii knows how easy it can be to turn to convenience food, which is why she relies on her slow cooker to provide easy and healthy meals for her family that involve very little preparation. After a health scare a few years ago, Dannii turned her life around with a total change of diet and exercise routine and her slow cooker featured heavily within that. Using the slow cooker to make family meals meant she had more time to dedicate to getting fit.

Danny Penman

Dr Danny Penman Ph.D. is the bestselling author of Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world, co-written with Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University, and co-author of Mindfulness for Health with Vidyamala Burch. He is a qualified mindfulness teacher who first learned to meditate when he was 16. He is also a feature and comment writer for the Daily Mail, having previously worked for the Independent and the BBC. Danny has hosted mindfulness seminars for directors and senior figures from many leading companies. He is a frequent commentator on mindfulness for the BBC and various national newspapers.

David Veale

David is the author of Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Manage Your Mood, along with Rob Willson. He is a consultant psychiatrist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Priory Hospital, North London. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. He is an accredited cognitive behaviour therapist and President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 2006-8. He has about 50 publications to his name, accessible through his website www.veale.co.uk. He has been helping people with depression and anxiety disorders for more than 15 years.

Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman

Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, MSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who worked as a staff operations consultant for the marketing and internet services group of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. She is now retired and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is preparing to become a certified coach for executives and other individuals and plans to use skills and techniques from this book in her practice.

Frances Cole

Dr Frances Cole was a GP and pain rehabilitation specialist. She developed the first UK primary and community care pain rehabilitation programme based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles in 1996. She developed a pain health needs assessment tool that won an NHS Modernisation award in 2005 and gained an NHS National Clinical Leaders Award in 2011. Frances is a past chair of the British Pain Society Pain Management Programme Special Interest Group whose current focus is on multidisciplinary pain management. Her current work is on digital self-management tools for pain including apps.

George Courtauld

Farmer, ex-business man and a Queen's Messenger for the last fourteen years, George Courtauld is a keen amateur of botany, history and the arts in general. He divides his time between his farm in Essex and the rest of the world.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow is an Oscar winner and author of the New York Times bestselling cookbooks It's All Easy, My Father's Daughter and It's All Good. She is founder of Goop, a lifestyle brand and website that covers food, fashion, fitness and travel. Paltrow is a mother, businesswoman and actress, who lives in Los Angeles.

Hollie Grant

Hollie Grant is an award-winning Pilates instructor and Personal Trainer, owner of London studio PilatesPT and creator of The Model Method training programme. As an ex-chef Hollie is against dieting and believes that a strong, functional, flexible body is the key to lifelong wellness. With her down-to-earth personality and no-bullshit approach to training she has amassed a strong following. Hollie is a contributing fitness writer for Psychologies magazine and is a global brand ambassador for Sweaty Betty.

James DiNicolantonio

JAMES J. DINICOLANTONIO, PHARM.D. is a cardiovascular research scientist and doctor of pharmacy at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. A well-respected and internationally known scientist, and expert on health and nutrition, he has contributed extensively to health policy and has even testified in front of the Canadian Senate regarding the harms of added sugars. He serves as the Associate Editor of British Medical Journal's (BMJ) Open Heart, a journal published in partnership with the British Cardiovascular Society. He is the author or coauthor of approximately 200 publications in the medical literature. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of several other medical journals, including Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases and International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology (IJCPT).

James Walvin

JAMES WALVIN is the author of many books on slavery and modern social history. His book, Crossings, was published by Reaktion Books in 2013. His first book, with Michael Craton, was a detailed study of a sugar plantation: A Jamaican Plantation, Worthy Park, 1670-1970 (Toronto, 1970). He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2006, and in 2008 was awarded an OBE for services to scholarship.

Jessie Pavelka

Jessie Pavelka is an internationally recognised fitness and wellbeing expert and specialist in extreme weight loss. He is also one of the newest trainers on NBC's The Biggest Loser. Jessie has graced British and American television screens with his life-changing work on Sky's Obese: A Year to Save My Life and Fat: The Fight of My Life as well as Lifetime's DietTribe. He's motivated the masses on Oprah's OWN Wake-up Workout, ITV's 'Motivation Nation' in 2014 and headed the 'Sugar Free' campaign on Good Morning Britain in January and June 2015. Jessie is a Race for Life Ambassador in the UK and also runs Pavelka Limited, based in the UK, which offers a range of workshops and seminars plus an interactive membership website to help guide weight loss. For more information visit www.jessiepavelka.com and www.pavelka.co.uk. Twitter: @JessiePavelka. Facebook: facebook.com/JessiePavelka. Instagram: @Jessiepavelka. YouTube: JessiePavelka.

Katy Sobey

Katy Sobey BiographyKaty is from Bristol and trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.Theatre includes: Orpheus & Eurydice (Insane Root, Suspension Bridge Vaults), Rocky: A HorrorShow (The Wardrobe Theatre), The Woodlanders (Hammerpuzzle/Cheltenham Everyman), Othello(Stafford Gatehouse), Here Be Monsters (UK Tour), Hot Air (Tobacco Factory Theatre/MyrtleTheatre Co.), King John (Hammerpuzzle/The Egg), A Midsummer Night's Dream (UK Tour), Flood(Bike Shed Theatre), Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin (Little Wolf/Loughborough Town Hall), EarlyDoors (Edinburgh Festival) and The Taming of the Shrew (Sam Wanamaker Festival, The Globe).Katy has appeared in several radio plays for BBC Radio 4, including Tess In Winter, The All-Clear,The Shining Heart and Writing the Century: The Dock. She has also featured in multiple episodesof Poetry Please with Roger McGough.On television, Katy has appeared on BBC 1's daytime drama, The Indian Doctor.Katy has recorded numerous audiobooks and is a featured artist on Audible UK's Narrator'sGreatest Hits. She is the voice of the popular young adult series, Geek Girl.

Matthew McKay

Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on Anger. He has also penned two fiction novels, Us and The Wawona Hotel. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression. He lives and works in the Bay Area.

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland made history by becoming the first African American female principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre. The bestselling author of Life in Motion and a children's book, Firebird, she is the recipient of the Lenore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts. In 2014, President Obama appointed Misty to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. She lives in New York City.

Mona Hamadeh

Mona Hamadeh grew up in Lebanon. She spent her school holidays in the beautiful mountains where she was born, and where she developed a love of cooking from her grandmother, her mother and aunts. Her passion for Lebanese food and cooking remained with her when she came to the UK as a young woman. She raised her own large family on a healthy Lebanese diet and now she passes it on to her grandchildren, who also recognise the importance of sharing and taking part in food preparation. This is Mona's third book where she shares again, not only her continuing passion for the delicious flavours that exemplify Lebanese food, but also the healthy properties of the superfoods that are a natural part of the diet that the Lebanese have enjoyed for generations.

Patrick Holford

Patrick Holford is founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London. He is also director of the Food for the Brain Foundation and an honorary fellow of the British Association of Nutritional Therapy. He is one of Britain's top nutrition experts and is the author of over 25 health books.