enLIGHTened

enLIGHTened Meet your new best yoga and healthy eating friend in this smart accessible and funny memoir of dieting and discovery For years Jessica struggled with fluctuating weight and bouts ofunhappiness Like

  • Title: enLIGHTened
  • Author: Jessica Berger Gross
  • ISBN: 2940000222669
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Nook
  • Meet your new best yoga and healthy eating friend in this smart, accessible, and funny memoir of dieting and discovery.For years, Jessica struggled with fluctuating weight and bouts ofunhappiness Like many of us, she found comfort in food and cravedcigarettes and self confidence Then one day Jessica took her firstyoga class in Katmandu She lost 40 pounds and changed herMeet your new best yoga and healthy eating friend in this smart, accessible, and funny memoir of dieting and discovery.For years, Jessica struggled with fluctuating weight and bouts ofunhappiness Like many of us, she found comfort in food and cravedcigarettes and self confidence Then one day Jessica took her firstyoga class in Katmandu She lost 40 pounds and changed her lifeforever.In enLIGHTened, Jessica shares the core principles of yogaphilosophy not the poses and postures, but the ancient system of ideasthat lies behind them, drawn from a 2000 year old text called the Yoga Sutras.The inspiration for this memoir driven diet and health book is studiedby devout yoga students and teachers, and offers answers to eatingsmartly, living right, and losing weight.Jessica goes beyondyoga s merge into mainstream beyond trendy diets, unsustainableexercise routines, and the quest for the perfect figure Usingspiritual philosophy, and personal stories everyone can relate to, shesets the reader on a journey to self acceptance, personal peace, andlong term health.

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    About Author

    1. Jessica Berger Gross is the author of the bestselling ebook Estranged, and the editor of the anthology About What Was Lost 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope Her essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Salon, New York Magazine s The Cut, and The Globe and Mail Jessica lives in Maine with her husband and son.

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    1. When her preachiness about the benefits of vegetarianism started to annoy the crap out of even me the vegetarian , I decided she had reached the point of no return for me ever liking this book It did encourage me to do yoga, which is great, but I found myself rolling my eyes a lot of the time When you tell me your splurge food is going out for whole wheat pizza with a small amount of low fat organic cheese very occasionally , it just makes me want to punch you in the face.


    2. Offering much advice on how to lose weight, Jessica Berger Gross also spends a lot of time preaching up yoga and vegetarianism She calls us, as a society, on many of our excuses for not losing weight I got very hung up on her lack of contact with her family I found it very difficult to take her advice for a healthy life seriously because she made the decision to stop all contact with her parents I cannot reconcile this decision with all the teachings from yoga, but especially the Undisturbed cal [...]


    3. Things I took away 1 When eating 1 2 full of food, 1 4 full of water, 1 4 air for space2 Have a healthy staple meal you can make anytime3 When you are digging in the fridge, think about what you might really need a short walk outside, play with the dog, deep breathing, stretching 4 Global livestock production is responsible for about 1 5 of all greenhouse gases than transportationAnother way to put it is that eating a typical family of four steak dinner is the rough equivilent, energy wise, of [...]


    4. This book is good for what it is a light, fun introduction to yoga philosophy and a healthy lifestyle The cover art is hideous I m sure its cartoonish curves are supposed to attract young women to the tome but Bobby Clennell s illustrations are great I ve also read Neal Pollack s Stretch, another yoga memoir, and while Pollack s is a better introduction to yoga culture, Berger Gross s work is a better introduction to the yogic lifestyle Also, as far as diet books go, this one has minimal fat sha [...]



    5. Fast read I found this through my yogis on Instagram network But ultimately disappointing The author uses the yoga sutras as the structure for her book, bringing in recommended yoga poses for every chapter I liked this approach But I couldn t reconcile the fact that she cut out her parents from her life entirely despite advocating for coming to terms with your past through forgiveness I didn t love the insidious, but present fat shaming, equating yogi with thinness She is dismissive of the body [...]


    6. Glad I only paid.99 for it on s Kindle It just failed to hold my interest though I did finish it I think I was expecting something witty perhaps sarcastic but it just came off as very I once was lost now I m found I don t like yoga but can see the health benefits in doing it I was hoping this book would give me something to help me like yoga A different way of viewing it so that it didn t seem so boring tedious It didn t The writing is not bad I can see that someone else may benefit from this b [...]


    7. I usually tend to steer clear of weight loss memoirs sometimes they come across as preachy and smug Most of the time Bergre Gross avoided doing so There were a couple of times I had to cringe her commentary about feminism and fat was one I found the yoga philosophy compelling.


    8. The author did get a little bit preachy at times, but overall I agreed with her philosophy I was able to read it in about two sittings and there are some recipes inside I look forward to trying.



    9. I really enjoyed this for the most part I read it in just over the course of one day As someone who is just starting out in the yoga world and is loving it and with each Downward Dog pose, I could definitely identify with the author I ve been through a rough couple of years myself and in many ways, yoga has helped me than anything, even therapy I really liked the author s writing style and how she incorporated old Sanskrit philosophies and yoga teachings into everyday life in today s fast pac [...]


    10. This was much better than I thought it would be The reviews on weren t always kind I think the problem is when people who aren t into yoga read a book written by someone passionate about yoga, they don t get it, and they trash a book That said, I love yoga, and I could understand this author s journey and how yoga changed her life If you like yoga, you will probably like this book This is a memoir, not a chick lit fiction book It takes courage to write a memoir and tell the not so pretty details [...]


    11. This is a quick read I could have finished in one sitting if I wanted to.This is a good overview book for yoga newbies The formatting in the Kindle version was wonky yes, I used that word Sometimes, the line breaks were crazy In other spots, the illustrations were split and or cut off The recipes were difficult to read because of formatting and font issues.I did enjoy the resource list This is like a memoir than self help or a guide I liked her relaxed chatty style until we got to the vegetaria [...]


    12. Very quick read took me 55 minutes This is a good book for anyone who s new to yoga, the yoga sutras, or healthy eating, but for me it didn t do anything except remind me of what I already know I should be doing For in depth and engaging discussion of the yoga sutras, I recommend Stephen Cope s The Wisdom of Yoga, which also contains a section on mindful eating For detailed tips on a healthy vegetarian diet, including a 21 day detox and kick start diet plan, read Christina Pirello s This Crazy [...]


    13. Adding the subtitle here since always seems to omit them enLIGHTened How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer An accessible memoir with a friendly and sweet tone that blends wisdom from the Yoga Sutras, commonsense nutrition and exercise advice, and personal anecdotes about Gross s struggle with her body It s easily readable and easy to relate to her as a person Plus, she includes recipes and good instructions for some foundational yoga poses.There s the oblig [...]


    14. An autobiography peppered with yoga poses and recipes, Jessica Berger Gross, tells the story of her own struggles with being overweight and depressed Through yoga, she finds a committment to physical health and well being in her practice, exercise, and eating habits The voice is reassuring like talking with a close friend At times, she seems a bit preoccupied with thinness than health For serious readers, I would suggest some other books first Yogis Yoga and Vegetarianism The Path to Greater H [...]


    15. I picked this book up as I have recently begun yoga class and as a rather hefty gal, I was hoping yoga would help me lose weight This book is not only a great beginner guide to some of the philosophy and teachings of yoga but the author also includes some great recipes to try as well I do want to stress that this book is specifically geared towards weight loss and so the seven teachings she covers are focused to that end goal If you are looking for something that covers the sutras in a general [...]


    16. I really would like to give this 3.5 stars I thought the book had a great message especially for those new to yoga She presents a simple down to earth explanation for the tenets of yoga, but it did seem to me to be very heavy on the weight loss aspect, which in fairness to the author was stated in the title I do think that the author s lifestyle with yoga, classes, and practice, is unrealistic for most of us, especially working mothers with multiple children and juggling responsibilities And I d [...]


    17. I liked the addition of specific yoga poses to try in the book and I found the writer s journey interesting, but it doesn t leave me wanting to pick up another book of hers I know she had lots of work to do emotionally with regards to dealing with her parents and maybe that is why I was frustrated with the bookif tools and a philosophy for approaching problems is listed, I want to have evidence that it is worthwhile to work through the solutions because we all know how tough it is to deal with [...]


    18. I was completely wowed by this book I stumbled upon it on , and since I had just recently discovered a love of Hot YogaI purchased the Kindle Version Perhaps it was just at the right time for me, but this woman s story of personal transformation, both emotional and physical, was really moving to me A lot of the aha moments she experienced were things that I too have just been discovering in my own life This is not a diet book or a how to do yoga book but of a story of this woman s cathartic jou [...]


    19. Motivation, yoga poses, inspirational quotes to start each chapter, and a great chili recipe This is just a sampling of what this book has to offer I recently finished reading enLIGHTened on my kindle and thoroughly enjoyed it Jessica Berger Gross s colloquial writing style provides a way for the reader to really connect with the author By the end, you ll feel like you ve known her for years Gross demonstrates how someone can take charge of life s journey, chart his or her own course, and own it [...]


    20. I stumbled on this book while perusing the library shelves for yoga books that might get me started on some home practice I generally find self help type books to be so oversimplified that they aren t particularly useful but the title of this one intrigued me as it seemed to hit everything I was looking for weightloss, yoga, and I m a sucker for the dog reference This book certainly has some parts that I felt were oversimplified but there were also quite a few useful tidbits along with a useful [...]


    21. I loved this book I could completely relate to Jessicas struggle with her weight, and how it took other peoples comments to finaly spur her into changing her life for good.I feel like she took charge of her life, and used yoga as a tool She cut the ties to her family becuase they were hurting her, and I applaud her for that It takes gumption and will power to sever relations then it does to continue to let them hurt you emoitionaly To took aspects from yoga, and veganism and made it suit her li [...]


    22. I could not put this book down Jessica s story is so inspiring and she talks about pretty much everything that I m passionate about in my own life meditation, yoga, vegan I come from a different background but writing a book about my experience has been in the back of my mind lately Jessica has inspired me to take that first step and get started on it I only hope that at least one person can be moved by my story like I was by hers I highly recommend this book to anyone going through a rough patc [...]


    23. I was between a 2 and a 3, so really I d give it a 2.5Pro I enjoyed the story, recipes and quotes I got a few good ideas from there GOLDEN RULE OF YOGIC EATING Meal.5 food.25 water.25 air It inspired me to delve further into the world of yoga And I really liked her further reading suggestions.Cons I would have liked a little yoga philosophy I felt the italicized yoga related words should have been explained a little I don t feel they were done justice This was my biggest problem.While it wasn [...]


    24. At first I was expecting some good advice from her But 75% of the way through the book she was still talking about her own yo yo dieting At that point I decided not to follow her advice, it was too all over the place At what point did she lose the 40 pounds She was taking about India and how it changed her life, only she fell back into the same yo yo dieting agian, which I assume is not good for you I also disagree with the whole pineapple thing, though it is good for you I have read many other [...]


    25. I read this book in one day I liked the author s style and related a lot to her setbacks early in life This book is part memoir, part health lifestyle advice and it all just worked for me I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes She really likes yoga and pineapple and I thought, hey, wait a minute, so do I So I went and bought some to have for my morning snack and set my alarm earlier so I can do yoga first I m over simplifying In other words, I think a lot of her advice is approachabl [...]


    26. This book is about the life of Jessica and how she struggled with her life, yoga and weight At one point of time while i was reading half way through, i suddenly panicked about my future as i saw her life was up and down and i imagine mine, but it come to a point of balance and peace when she learn And the last few chapters are meaningful and about the peace she have come to Overall, it was a pretty refreshing book though, but if you want to learn about peace or life you can try reading The a [...]


    27. A light read, indeed As other have said, nothing new or earth shattering, but instead one woman s story of dealing with life and getting away from using food to make things better I felt enough of a connection to the author that it gave me the Maybe I can do this, too feelingd I think that s her goal, in the end To make it all seem less overwhelming To give advice on what s better or good enough, when change seems undoable Maybe I ll even try yoga again Maybe.


    28. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed and learned some from, but over all, it just wasn t as good as I expected It seemed pretty farfetched in that who gets to travel the world to do yoga, quit their job to become a yoga teacher when their husband is unemployed and you have a new baby I don t know just didn t seem like it was feasible or realistic so it made it hard to believe the rest of the story.


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