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enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer Hardcover – May 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602396396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602396395
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I love enLIGHTened. Anyone who has struggled with weight will relate to Jessica's story and her message.  This book is brave and honest, inspiring and heartwarming." -- Allison Fishman, author of You Can Trust A Skinny Cook and host of the television show Cook Yourself Thin

"Jessica Berger Gross occupies that rare space on the bookshelf of writers I want to become and befriend. She can be both funny and very honest about her journey, and her plan for becoming the best and truest version of herself was inspiring. And doable!"-Suzan Colon, author of Cherries in Winter: My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times

"Jessica Berger Gross is movingly honest about her struggles with weight (and motherhood). The key to her success? Thinking about yoga as a whole life practice. This beautifully written, intimate, and upbeat book inspired me, and will inspire others, too."-Kristen Rentz Lewis, author of YogaNap: Restorative Poses for Deep Relaxation

"A charming testimony to yoga's ability to heal the body and mind." -- Neal Pollack, author of Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude

“Recipes, philosophy, yoga poses, compassion, pineapple cutting lessons, and practical tips about diet and health. (Catherine Newman, author of Waiting for Birdy)”

About the Author

Jessica Berger Gross is a longtime yoga devotee and editor of the award-winning anthology About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing and Hope. Originally from New York, Jessica lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and son. Her essays and articles have appeared in Salon, Babble, The Globe and Mail, Yoga Journal, Yoga International, The Huffington Post, momfilter.com and more. She writes the Enlightened Motherhood blog for yogajournal.com.

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Jessica Berger Gross is the editor of About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope, and author of enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer. She is a frequent contributor to Yoga Journal, and her essays and articles have appeared in Salon, The Globe and Mail, and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and young son.

Customer Reviews

The book reads like a conversation with a good friend.
Alex S.
If you're trying to lose weight but hate fad diets, this is a great book to inspire you towards healthy eating for life.
Picky Reader
Jessica Berger Gross shares with us her experiences and it's amazing how you can be identificate with her in many ways.
E. Carrillo Pacheco

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tina on June 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I discovered the joys of yoga and pilates a year ago. I love it, although I am not as flexible as I would like to be (Jessica actually talks about this in her book). So, of course, this book hit me and I had to read it.

It is extremely well written, with honesty and I love that Jessica was completely opened about her weight issues, as well as some of her relationship issues with her parents. This book feels like a girlfriend and I talking -

I love the subject matter and Jessica touches on Ayuverda which is something that I have developed an interest in as well. Its almost as if Jessica was reading my mind.

I even love the quick and healthy recipes that are in the book. I have to say though, that, at times, Jessica makes the whole overeating thing a little too simplistic. As someone with an eating disorder (binge eating( its not always quite enough to talk to yourself or go for a long walk - but Jessica is right about trying to get to the root of the problems.

One of the things that I felt a little off about was the fact that Jessica always seems to have the time AND money to do all the things she wants to do. ALthough she and her hubby sounded as though they were not necessarily stable in the finance dept, especially since he was looking for another job - she goes ahead and becomes a yoga teacher and from the rest of the book, I did not get the feeling as though Jessica really ever had a full time job other than that of teaching yoga. Yet, she seems to be able to benefit from everything from Kripalu retreats to invitro, etc. I felt a disconnect there - what about the rest of us who have to hold down full time jobs, juggle kids and are just making ends meet???

I know that Jessica claims that you don't need a lot of $$$ to be healthy, etc.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan Yellen on January 4, 2011
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I have never written a review before, but feel that this book was too important to not write a review for. The book is inspiring, engaging and touching. It was recommended to me by a friend of mine who knows the spiritual "weight loss" journey that I've been on for the last six months. I was able to relate on many levels to the authors battle with weight loss, food as comfort and her relationship with her parents. Finding comfort in eating the right foods and yoga has replaced bags of chips, eating out of comfort and being a couch potato. This book is a must read for anyone who is struggling to find their own path and road to better eating, better living and overall well being.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Knox on October 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a 32-year-old guy (Jen's husband), I am probably not in the target demographic for this charming little book. But I am so glad I picked it up! It was a great read. I scored it at the library for my wife since it looked like just the type of memoir she loves and I ended up being so enticed by the jacket that I had to jump in.
5 things that rock about EnLIGHTened:
1) It is inspiring precisely because it does not purport to give a get-thin-quick or find-fulfillment-quickly secret. With honesty, Jessica gives simple tips that will help folks move in the right direction.
2) It offers a perfect introduction to basic yoga and the yogi mindset without making you feel like a dimwitted outsider.
3) Jessica draws from a wealth of influences and resources and is careful not to present them as her own, but to offer examples of how the concepts played out with progressive success in her life.
4) Its chock full of simple, engaging, highly-relatable writing. There is something in every chapter that will have you going: "hey, that is like me!"
5) Jessica adds her own testimony to the growing case for reduced consumption of simple carbs and red meat as she describes her journey into vegetarianism.

Best quote of the book (from a guru): "Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked."

Take 2 days and read this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Levin on June 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is like a pep talk from a friend about taking responsibility for your body, your mind and your choices in your life -- it tells you things you may already know, probably have thought about repeatedly, have made failed resolutions to attempt, but for whatever reason, you haven't actually been able to JUST DO IT already! Jessica Berger's words are encouraging and hopeful, and this is the kind of book you can read and continue to come back to when you need someone to set you back on track. The chili recipe was my favorite and is already in heavy rotation at our house!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah A. La Rosa on August 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Part spiritual memoir, part how-to manual for diet and lifestyle change, the words filling these pages are both relevant and inspiring. Jessica Berger Gross succeeds in making friends with her readers by doing something we rarely get the chance to see- she exposes her very real past pain for all to see, and allows herself to remain real and accessible as she does so. Sharing hurt from a dysfunctional and abusive childhood, emotional over-eating, ineffective coping strategies, getting on and falling off the diet wagon, and eventually making a sustainable change in her own life, Berger-Gross reaches out a compassionate hand to us all, cheering us each on in our own path to happiness and health, with pages and pages of touching and humorous anecdotes along the way. I have tried nearly every one of the recipes she has included in her book- all to wild success and a huge hit for several dinner parties I've thrown since. She peppers the book with yoga poses- all intended to be used by real people- no impossible poses intended for those perfectly sculpted, impossible hollywood bodies. With the poses, she gives the traditional title, along with meditations to ponder and integrate with the practice itself. Her recommendations for music, books, websites and more was tremendously helpful for me, and I have happily used several of these resources to support myself in my own food/yoga life.
Since reading her book, and the few books she recommends in her pages, I have moved from a committed vegetarian to a passionate, and compassionate vegan. I have never felt healthier, happier or looked better. Reading EnLIGHTened, I felt I had made a friend for life, and will enjoy every re-read of Jessica Berger Gross' words. I have purchased this book for friends and family, and highly recommend it to everyone and anyone!
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