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The Enlightened Diet: Seven Weight-loss Solutions That Nourish Body, Mind, and Soul Paperback – January 1, 2008


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Taking cues from the Kabbalah, Buddhism, Tibetan medicine and psychotherapy, nutrition specialist Kesten and research scientist Scherwitz have compiled a menu of tricks to motivate and inspire the anxious dieter, abutting weight loss strategies with techniques for making sure "'all of you' will be nourished each time you eat." Less patient dieters might be frustrated by the authors' wide-ranging, holistic approach; rather than the promised seven solutions, Kesten and Scherwitz offer up a multitude of suggestions, hints and lifestyle adjustments for seven distinct categories of eaters (Food Fretters, Task Snackers, Emotional Eaters, etc.). The authors emphasize self-awareness and relaxation techniques such as meditation, as well as cooking clubs and al fresco dining (both good methods for eating more mindfully), and discourage tedious calorie-counting and self-denial. Quizzes, lists and a helpful guide to mastering life changes round out the book. For those who like their diets with a heaping side-order of spirituality, this book will be a pleasure.
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* A research-based nutrition and eating program that reveals seven newly identified eating styles that put people at greater risk for overeating and weight gain, along with strategies for reversing them. * Includes a menu plan with more than 40 recipes for fresh, healthy, and easy-to-prepare alternatives to fast food. * Presents a detailed questionnaire to help readers discover their individual eating profile and create a personalized plan for addressing unhealthy eating behaviors.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587613115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587613111
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,713,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deborah Kesten, MPH, is an international nutrition researcher, educator, and certified wellness coach, with a specialty in preventing and reversing obesity and heart disease with Lifestyle Medicine. She was the nutritionist on Dr. Dean Ornish's first clinical trial for reversing heart disease through lifestyle changes, Director of Nutrition on similar lifestyle research at cardiovascular clinics in Europe, and co-principal investigator on innovative research about eating styles that lead to overeating, overweight, and obesity, the results of which were published in Explore:The Journal of Science and Healing.

With more than three hundred published nutrition and health articles, Kesten is also the award-winning author of Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul, and The Healing Secrets of Food. Based on original research by Kesten and co-author Larry Scherwitz, PhD, her latest book is Make Weight Loss Last, which offers a comprehensive and evidence-based program for losing weight and keeping it off. Among Kesten's accomplishments are contributions to scientific books and medical journals, and serving on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, San Francisco chapter. She is married to Larry Scherwitz, PhD. Please visit her at www.MakeWeightLossLast.com for more about "The Program," her free Whole Person Nutrition plan for health and healing; and www. EnlightenedDiet.com.

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I can actually say I get it now!
K. Woelfel
As an expert in weight loss and the mind-body connection, I have read hundreds of weight loss and diet books.
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Most books just have suggestions; this one had steps you could take to make their advice work in your life.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Topliffe on February 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
As someone who has struggled with weight and food issues for years, I was on my way to attempt a very restrictive calorie program when I got this book. It has really turned around my thinking. Now I'm focusing my diet efforts on nurturing myself as opposed to punishing myself. The tips and suggestions are very helpful--especially the mindfulness exercises for eating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Positive Central on October 20, 2008
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As an expert in weight loss and the mind-body connection, I have read hundreds of weight loss and diet books. The Enlightened Diet, by Deborah Kesten and Larry Scherwitz, cuts through the superficial and brilliantly illuminates those deeper psychological factors that are at the source of a successful weight loss plan. Easy-to-read and supported with stories of real-life examples, The Enlightened Diet is a refreshingly clear, relevant approach that stands far above the sea of "eat this, don't eat that" diet books. In addition to my own materials, I will be recommending this book to my clients and in my weight loss classes.
--Lauren Archer, President, Positive Central - [....]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Buddha Babe on July 18, 2009
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I, too, have been struggling with my weight for several years. Who hasn't? What got to me, though, was how similar all the popular diets were to each other. They all consisted of restricting something and encouraging you to move more. That sounds fine and dandy in the lab and scientifically it is "proven" to work. If it "worked" then why didn't everyone who counted calories and exercise more lose weight?

I was one of those people. So I read this book, because the authors claimed to have identified 7 eating patterns that had (mostly) nothing to do with what or how much you were eating, but HOW you were eating. I've never seen the Zone, South Beach, Atkins, Weight Watchers, etc address how you eat with such emphasis, and even if they did they just gloss over it.

Not only does this book have science to back it up, it has techniques you can use. Most books just have suggestions; this one had steps you could take to make their advice work in your life. Some of it does sound corny, especially if you're unfamiliar with meditation or mindfulness. But I figure if you're so desperate to lose weight, you will try anything. And all you have to do is buy this book and read it. It was wonderful and pleasant to read (although the author constantly used phrases like "remember when I mentioned earlier in the chapter" and then summarizes what she's written so far. I do have a memory, lady.)

I intend to use the techniques in this book starting now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Woelfel on January 30, 2009
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This book is a must read handbook to those of us who want to understand the how and why we eat the way we do. Very practical, very real make sense stuff! I can actually say I get it now!
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By Keri Brenner on November 28, 2008
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The book Enlightened Diet by Deborah Kesten and Larry Scherwitz makes the connection between the way you eat your meals and live your life and the outer expression of that consciousness as reflected in how much extra weight you carry. In short, the authors show how food and body weight issues are really all about consciousness -- being conscious of the atmosphere and company at meals, the taste of the food, the freshness of the food and its preparation, how stress impairs good digestion and the unexpressed emotions that food may be masking. It's a great wake-up call for people who want to shift away from mindless eating.
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