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enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer ebook

by Jessica Berger Gross


Jessica Berger Gross occupies that rare space on the bookshelf of writers I want to become and befriend. Anyone who has struggled with weight will relate to Jessica's story and her message. This book is brave and honest, inspiring and heartwarming.

Jessica Berger Gross occupies that rare space on the bookshelf of writers I want to become and befriend. - Allison Fishman, author of You Can Trust A Skinny Cook. Recipes, philosophy, yoga poses, compassion, pineapple cutting lessons, and practical tips about diet and health. - Catherine Newman, author of Waiting for Birdy. 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.

Adding the subtitle here since Goodreads always seems to omit them: "enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer". It's easily readable and easy to relate to her as a person.

She lost 40 pounds and changed her life forever

She lost 40 pounds and changed her life forever.

In her book, enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer, she . Gross was first introduced to yoga at the age of 14 but didn’t undertake a regular practice until many years later.

In her book, enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer, she recounts her struggles with body image and outlines how she was able to successfully lose weight. When she was 30 years of age she lost 40 pounds, which she attributes not only to increasing her physical activity through yoga and changing her diet, but also to adhering to the philosophy of yoga and the ancient ideas that are its foundation.

Motherhood isn’t easy, and I’m always looking for inspiration from other mothers. I recently read the book enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle-Pointer by Jessica Berger Gross. I really appreciated Jessica’s honest, compassionate writing about her experiences, and I was thrilled when she agreed to be interviewed for Kveller. There aren’t many moms out there who talk about weight struggles so authentically.

Since I've recently got hooked on Yoga, I checked out books related to yoga (and other alternative health subjects) on my Kindle.

Berger Gross changed her relationship to food through her yoga .

enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer, now in paperback, tells a story of how my YJ blogging colleague Jessica Berger Gross changed her relationship to food through her yoga practice. I could relate to many of her struggles. But enLIGHTened reminded me of the importance of eating right, taking long walks, and putting my health as a top priority no matter how many other things are happening in my life. And I’m also a little obsessed with the veggie chilli recipe in her book–I’d never thought to put broccoli in chilli, but it is yumm-O.

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Jessica Berger Gross is the author of enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer. She writes the Enlightened Motherhood blog for yogajournal. Special to The Globe and Mail. Follow us on Twitter efoodwine Opens in a new window.

Meet your new best yoga-and-healthy-eating friend in this smart, accessible, and funny memoir of dieting and discovery.

For years, Jessica struggled with fluctuating weight and bouts of unhappiness. Like many of us, she found comfort in food and craved cigarettes and self-confidence. Then one day Jessica took her first yoga class in Katmandu. She lost 40 pounds and changed her life forever.

In enLIGHTened, Jessica shares the core principles of yoga philosophy—not the poses and postures, but the ancient system of ideas that lies behind them, drawn from a 2000-year-old text called the Yoga Sutras. The inspiration for this memoir-driven diet and health book is studied by devout yoga students and teachers, and offers answers to eating smartly, living right, and losing weight.

Jessica goes beyond yoga's merge into mainstream—beyond trendy diets, unsustainable exercise routines, and the quest for the perfect figure. Using spiritual philosophy, and personal stories everyone can relate to, she sets the reader on a journey to self-acceptance, personal peace, and long-term health.

Qane
I am starting back to yoga after some trial sessions last year. I allowed my poor self esteem to make me feel that I was out of my league. Now, after reading this awesome book I have signed up for yoga and just went out to buy the ingredients for the awesome recipes in the book. I love Ms Gross's writing style, I felt like she was a long time friend sharing her story and nurturing my own fears at the same time. This book may have the biggest impact of any book I have read in getting this 41 year old onto her true course of physical, spiritual and emotional health. Mediocre isnt okay anymore. I'm ready to make some changes! I'm going to buy more copies for my friends!
Steelraven
Jessica Berger Gross explores what is means to apply yogic principles to her own life and encourages the reader to do the same in an honest, humble, humorous and inspiring book. It is easy to get engrossed in this book :)- I read most of it within the first three days of opening it. I found Jessica's story extremely relatable, and as I read it felt that I was listening to a close friend share her experience. Many of the questions Jessica asks herself over the course of the book encouraged me to ask the same questions of myself (ie are my really practicing "Brahmacharya" - or moderation- when it comes to my eating?). The book includes tips that will be helpful to those who are seeking support in lifestyle changes such as recipes for simple healthy meals (I haven't tried the chili yet but I intend to!), and yoga postures that are supportive to physical and psychological well-being. Highly recommend!
Najinn
The yoga, quotes at the beginning of the chapters, tips on sensible eating (not the vegetarianism rants), gauging fullness, and getting to the root of why you are overeating were the best parts of the book. The rest of it kind of dragged on and I kept losing interest. I will not read this book again.
Cemav
An accessible memoir with a friendly and sweet tone that blends wisdom from the Yoga Sutras, commonsense nutrition and exercise advice, and personal anecdotes about Gross's struggle with her body. It's easily readable and easy to relate to her as a person. Plus, she includes recipes and good instructions for some foundational yoga poses.

There's the obligatory chapter on vegetarianism and she's a little extra-enamored of cleanses (which are NOT necessary if you're eating healthy already). But she's honest about her issues with her parents, which led to emotional eating patterns and depression ~ and doesn't tie it up nicely with "I'm perfect now!" but instead with a clearheaded understanding that she's human and so are you.

Ultimately, the message is to do the best you can and try not to beat yourself up on your path toward better health; eat whole foods and do some cardio along with your yoga; and get outside into good ol' nature when you can.
Brakora
I would not recommend this book. At best, she seems to have good intentions, but, the writing is superficial and feels pretentious. Very few practical tips, zero laughs, and lots of patting herself on the back.
Flas
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Read and reread over the course of a week. I found I could relate to so many parts of Jessica's journey. This isn't a self-help book, although there is much you could take away from it regarding yoga, eating, relationships, self-discovery, etc... The author opens up in a way that is refreshingly honest. Unlike a few reviewers, I did not find her preachy nor did I feel that she somehow had more money or opportunity than the average person. She was able to prioritize her needs and give herself experiences that she might not be able to do now as mom. Good for her... and even better for anyone who opens their heart and reads this delightful and inspiring memoir.
Kalrajas
Jessica's writing is open, raw, funny and honest. She shares her story, both the good and the bad, in a manner that is inspiring and supportive of your own quest for health and fitness. After finishing the book you feel like you have found a friend for life.

I `live in my head' and usually give little or no thought to my physical self. This book changed that. Reading this book has inspired me to face myself in the mirror, literally.

Even though Jessica's life and my life are very different while reading this book I found myself thinking, "That's me!", and then, "She's right!" and finally, "I can do this, too!"

I saw myself reflected back from Jessica's story and felt a tremor of hope. She'd had changed her relationship with food and her body, maybe I could, too.

If you are looking for inspiration to start or keep going, this is a great book to have handy.

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I read this book during a low point in my life and it helped me out of my funk. I am a certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Nutritional Consultant, and I firmly believe that if everyone read this book, we would have far less depression and most important, far less obesity in this country. I found Jessica's sequence of featured poses to be EXTREMELY helpful when done in order (as she suggests) right before bed. The sequence feels so good, I feel like I've indulged in a professional massage each and every time, so, perfect for the evening. I am forever grateful I ran into this book at my local library and quickly purchased my own as soon as I finished it. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone at all concerned with their health. I found this book to be inspirational and encouraging.
enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer ebook
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