Marc Segan's early experiments with penciling in circles on test forms got him into Princeton, where he majored in beer pong with a minor in Philosophy. Later he quit law school to become an inventor. That questionable move led to Hallmarks first musical greeting card. He lives in NYC with his wife, cookbook author and lecturer Francine Segan, and their two kids, both of whom had great success using the BSAT to prepare for the SAT.John Forster is an award-winning humorist and songwriter whose work has been recorded by Faith Hill and Tom Chapin, among many others. His witty topical songs are featured on NPRs Morning Edition, while his sassy work for children has earned him four Grammy nominations. A graduate of Harvard, John must also answer for the musical version of Freaky Friday. He lives in the Lower Hudson Valley with his wife and son, both guinea pigs for the BSAT.
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Like a vacation from self-punishment23 janvier 2011
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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.
39 internautes sur 43 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
CD Review: A very helpful set of tools21 janvier 2011
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Note: This review is for the Audiobook/Audio CD.
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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A Gentler Kinder Approach to You and Your Relationship to Food2 juin 2011
Karen Siegel, MPH, MS, RD, LD, LAC
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Jean Fain has written a weight loss book that skillfully combines the non-diet approach to normalizing food and weight issues (and consequently weight loss) with the concept of feeding oneself compassion. The need for self-compassion is a common thread throughout the book as Fain explains that most dieters are not well versed in loving kindness or self-acceptance.
Within the chapters, Fain not only gives readers information on re-framing negative self-talk, but also provides exercises for readers to practice re-scripting their own unique destructive self-talk. In addition, she gently guides you to set attainable goals, to ask questions and to build a compassionate community for support.
Fain clearly states early on that this is not a diet book. It is not a quick fix. What she does offer in abundance are recipes for self-compassion. These helpful guidelines are rarely included in weight loss books.
This self-compassion approach feels good. It feels good in a way that most dieters rarely experience. Fain offers four different routes to get the results you are looking for-weight loss. For this reader, it made more sense to read straight through rather than pick a particular route. However, any approach works and there is plenty of compassionate guidance to navigate your way through the book.
There are no good food/bad food lists, nor are there weights and measurements or calorie counting. She helps readers set attainable and do-able goals and compassionately guides you to appreciate your talents, inner beauty and sense of self. Although she does make healthful food recommendations, recommendations are all that they are. More importantly, you are encouraged to listen to your hunger, what you are actually hungry for and to honor your hunger through insightful awareness.
Jean Fain is a psychotherapist whose professional and personal research found that self-compassion as a basis for changing ones relationship to food works to promote mindful eating. In addition, she found that when self-compassion is combined with self-hypnosis, weight loss results are even greater. Through self-compassion, insightful meditation and self-hypnosis exercises, she guides you to a path that leads to healthier eating, and ultimately weight loss.
As a dietitian specializing in eating disorders, I found this book beautifully and compassionately written. I have already recommended it to numerous patients as much of the work in my practice revolves around learning the art of self-compassion. It has already been added to my list of recommended books for patients who are working on non-dieting themselves to a healthier relationship to their bodies, food and weight.
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
This book is all about is the simple idea of being mindful, paying attention to the sensations of eating and paying attention to your body's response. And it really works. You don't have to be a buddhist for this to help, anyone can learn to be mindful. The author, Jean Fain, outlines four main ways to mindfulness; self compassion (loving-kindness or metta) , hypnotherapy, mindfulness (conscious awareness) and social support. I chose to try the first three, and to make hypnosis easier, I downloaded a popular weight loss MP3 on Amazon to listen to at night while I'm falling asleep. The book is filled with meditations, quizzes, and practices to help you along your way.
What I've found is that I've become much more relaxed about eating. I've made a large, well balanced meal each evening for my family, and we sit at the dining table and eat and visit. I've paid attention to my body's cues about when I've had enough of a food, and I'm already losing weight without really trying. What I had been doing before was just eating on the go, snacking continuously without even paying attention to how much I had consumed or what it even tasted like. Then I would be tense and upset with myself for finishing off a bag of chips or cookies without a conscious thought! It's not that I spend a lot of time thinking about food now, but I crave food that's good for my body and take my time in consuming it, savoring the tastes and textures. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who's interested in getting healthy and having a healthy relationship with food.
27 internautes sur 32 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
A diet without a diet? I like the idea...16 mars 2011
Put in a nutshell, this book will not give you long lists of recipes or admonishments about foods. You probably already have those stashed somewhere around the house or you wouldn't have bought it. It will also not tell you how to be a size smaller in a week. What it does is help you examine the attitudes toward yourself that cause you to abandon a diet after one bite of cookie or gaining back one pound. It gives compassionate support to see you through the cookie without the condemnation that causes your diet to collapse. By shifting your emphasis from manic exercise and food restraint to one of a more relaxed attitude toward your culinary short comings it helps you to master the parts of your self bent on punishing the rest of you with food.
Ordinary diets don't work for me because I hate routine. The only routine I follow is a spiritual practice and I found that this book helpful because it meshed with that approach. It combines chapters on positive self-talk with advice about self-hypnosis and developing a support system. Each chapter contains a mix of positive self control tactics and scientific discoveries that back the idea that compassion works. For instance one comment related to the above is that a study in which people on a diet were offered sweet snacks while watching TV, a behavior strongly linked to emotional eating. Half of the group was told to concentrate on the idea that people who are successful in their weight loss do take breaks from their diet. That half of the group actually at LESS of the sweets offered. Presumably the other group associated eating with self condemnation and in doing so took an all or nothing attitude.
The book is filled with exercises designed to help you not only overcome emotional eating but avoid the emotional pitfalls of temporarily abandoning your goals. I found this approach very helpful and have been using it for a week now with good results. I left one star off because those wanting to lose mega pounds by weeksend will probably not like the goals set in this book or the approah. It is more for those seeking a life approach and studying their attitudes toward themselves and food.