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"THE SELF-COMPASSION DIET is full of practical wisdom about how to set yourself up for eating and weight loss success using guided visualization, meditation, positive self-talk, cognitive restructuring, writing and journal exercises. Fain sprinkles quizzes throughout the book, teaches with cases studies from her decades of counseling troubled eaters, and provides page after page of exercises which will help disregulated eaters learn to expand their thinking in order to improve their eating." --EatingDisordersBlogs.com, Karen Koenig, January 10, 2011


Named one of '10 New Diet Books for 2011' TIME.com, January 10, 2011

'If you have been willing to spend hundreds of dollars on pills or special diets plans – less than $20 on a book that just may well change your life is worth a try.' -- Kerri O'Connor, Examiner.com, May 9, 2011

'It's ['The Self-Compassion Diet'] wonderful, and I can openheartedly suggest you check it out. This is one of the kindest and most practice-based books I've come across in a long time. Geared not only to the reader interested in weight loss, Ms. Fain addresses eating disorders and body image issues with loving-kindness.' -- Janice Lynne Lundy, www.awakeisgood.com, January 18, 2011

'Mindful eating is something you could learn and practice on your own. But like any skill, professional advice and guidance is always useful because you don’t know what you don’t know. I like this book ['The Self-Compassion Diet'], and it’s already given me food for thought.' -- Sophie Dembling, suitupandshowup.blogspot.com, January 14, 2011

'Certainly not your typical diet book, The Self-Compassion Diet proves that loving kindness to yourself is more effective than any diet food or miracle diet – you'll lose weight all while gaining respect and love for yourself.' -- Michele Borboa, MS, sheknows.com, January 28, 2011

Named one of the 'Most Popular Diets for 2012' LIFESCRIPT.com, December 21, 2011

Named one of '8 Must-Read Books On Mindful Eating' PSYCHOLOGYTODAY.com, December 16, 2011

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"Just about everyone who has dieted knows that traditional diets with self abuse and deprivation are bound to fail in the long run. In contrast, Jean Fain's compassionate approach to weight loss is accepting and transforming. This book helps turn past diet abuses into present-day understanding and emotional sanity. I recommend The Self-Compassion Diet to everyone struggling with weight and self-abuse problems."
-Jean Antonello, RN, BSN, author of Breaking Out of Food Jail

"Most books about eating issues are so deadly serious they make me want to bury my head in a pound of pasta and forget the whole thing. In all my times of dieting, failing, and resolving to be harder on myself, it never occurred to me that not only had that approach not worked, but it didn't feel particularly good. Jean Fain's approach -- trying a little tenderness -- feels much better. Thank you for creating this gentle, sane approach." -Suzan Colón, author of Cherries in Winter

This book will not only transform your waistline, it will change your life."
-Kristin Neff, Ph.D., author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind

"If you're tired of losing weight and then regaining more, forget about starting that same-old diet tomorrow. Read this book today."
-Steve Gurgevich, PhD, author of The Self-Hypnosis Diet

"This book is a real gem!"
-Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance

"This delightful handbook moves the diet conversation to a new level. The author, diet expert Jean Fain, gently unravels the mystery behind successful change---self-kindness---and weaves it into a wise, carefully-organized, multifaceted, step-by-step approach to healthy eating."
-Christopher K. Germer, PhD, author The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

"Jean Fain's engaging writing style, complete with mini-assessments, helpful practices, and case-studies, will help you say goodbye to dieting, once-and-for-all, and feel good in the process."
-Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, author of Intuitive Eating

"The Self-Compassion Diet by Jean Fain blends eastern meditative techniques and western psychology for a gentle, comprehensive approach to weight loss. These techniques will help many people of any weight to be calmer and happier with their lives."
-Deirdre Barrett, author of Supernormal Stimuli
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; 1 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604070757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604070750
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I haven't finished this book yet, but I have already found it to be tremendously helpful and calming. I work a high stress job and though I have only finished through Chapter 2, I am finding that I am calmer, more open to my own creativity, and better able to sleep using the Chapter 2 Mindfulness techniques. The exercises are simple and easy to do, and so effective. I would love to have this on my Kindle, so I can carry it with me everywhere. It's too early to say if my new attitude toward myself and food will be stand the test of time, as I haven't yet lost weight, but it's only been a week. I really feel that this is the solution for me, to beat my long term weight issues, which I think are based primarily on my own negative self attitude. I find I am becoming more accepting of myself, and therefore more accepting of others, which makes my stressful work days more pleasant as well. Overall, the change in attitude, using these very simple exercises and quick meditations has made a huge difference. My family is grateful as well, as I am much less tired at the end of the day, and much more enthused and relaxed in my interactions with them. Thank you Ms. Fain for helping me develop this new attitude. My black and white, all or nothing attitude is changing to a more colorful, more loving, more accepting attitude, which oddly enough, has made me crave less, and desire to eat healthier. No more beating myself up, now I can be kind and generous to myself, and guess what, I don't really crave the cookies and chips anymore. Now I find I actually DESIRE healthier foods and I enjoy a more peaceful approach to exercise. I think this book will be life changing for me and others! I should probably have waited to write this review to finish the book, but frankly, I feel others need to know how great this book is.
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Jean Fain has recorded some of the information from her new book "The Self-Compassion Diet" on this audio set. The package contains TWO CDs. Here's the Table of Contents...

Session One: Self-Compassion Practices for Weight Loss
1. Introduction [0:46]
2. An intuitive approach [4:11]
3. Understanding self-compassion [11:19]
4. Guidelines for practice [3:12]
5. Meditation: Calm [11:41]
6. Meditation: Kind [4:58]
7. Meditation: Wise [7:52]
8. Meditation: Hunger [7:47]
9. Meditation: Taste [7:09]

Session Two: Self-Hypnosis Practices for Weight Loss
1. Introduction [0:22]
2. What is hypnosis? [10:45]
3. The journey of self-compassion [2:30]
4. Guidelines for trance [3:21]
5. Satisfaction trance [6:29]
6. Encouragement trance [4:29]
7. Gradual change trance [5:36]
8. Picture of health trance [8:33]
9. Imaginary triggers [7:30]
10. Memorable moments trance [6:46]

Ms Fain's speaking voice is slow, her diction very good, and her tone calm and soothing. Her voice is pleasant to listen to, especially during meditations. The pace is appropriate for inner work.

I'm quite auditory so I do well listening to voice (rather than reading a book) therefore I like listening to this audio set more than I like reading her book. I have learned from these recordings and I think I will be able to achieve my goals.
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This book was highly recommended by my eating disorders nutritionist, and after reading it I have to say it's a lifesaver for anyone with binge eating disorder or bulimia. Instead of beating yourself up for your lifelong, out-of-control behaviors with food, you're encouraged to be kind to yourself, as you would be to a close friend struggling with a painful health issue. You wouldn't criticize your friend and tell her she was stupid and weak and disgusting for not being able to change her ingrained lifelong coping behaviors--you'd try to encourage and inspire her, accept her, and make sure that she knew she had your support in the healing process. This is not a diet book, but a way to reframe your thinking about body image and weight loss (since the mind is always the core issue in those with disordered eating).

There are four main components: self-compassion, hypnosis and relaxation, mindfulness, and social support. In each section, the author provides several exercises and tools so that you can find the approach that works best for you. Because I've been a binge eater for so long (not because I love food--I actually often find myself hating it--but because going into that trance state of the binge and stuffing down carbs and sugar and fat temporarily relieve the overwhelming anxiety I so often cope with), I've never figured out how to NOT slip back into it when I'm stressed and anxious. This book has given me so many great ideas on what to do and how to view my disorder--ideas I've never thought of before and am glad to be aware of since the self-hatred route OBVIOUSLY has never worked. I don't feel completely alone in my struggle anymore.
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