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The Self-Compassion Diet: A Step-by-Step Program to Lose Weight with Loving-Kindness Paperback – January 1, 2011
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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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Ms. Fain offers a wealth of experience, knowledge, and practical suggestions for eating in ways that can help to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This may be my bias as an eating disorders therapist, but I do not believe that shape-focused terminology, such as "waist watchers" and "thinspiration," add to the value of the book. At the same time, I appreciate that the author urges those with eating disorders to consult with professionals, and that she repeatedly emphasizes maintaining a realistic "healthy, sustainable weight".
Whereas I read the book primarily as a clinician, I also continue to personally benefit from the loving-kindness meditation, suggestions to enjoy "delicious, nutritious food," and meditations on eating more slowly and mindfully. Professionally, I think that the mindfulness exercises on recognizing signs of hunger and fullness could be helpful for many who have lost touch with these signals. I also like the way the author teaches readers how to make helpful, realistic eating suggestions to themselves using self-hypnosis.
As other reviewers have mentioned, there are a lot of potential ways to use this book, and each reader can find what works best for them. The author does not make generalizations about what everyone should do, but lays out options, describes ways to try them, and encourages readers to decide for themselves. She also offers resources to assist readers in finding communities that will support self-compassionate eating. I believe that taking the time to mindfully sample from the menu of options in this book will pay off for many readers, in terms of improving their ability to feel satisfied with food and better about themselves.