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If eating dairy upsets your stomach, your body is trying to tell you something. If you break out when you eat spicy sauces, your body is trying to send you a sign that something more cooling would be better for your skin. Given all of the stimulation we're subject to, it's tough to be in tune with our basic needs. Our overtaxed lives have trashed our bodies.

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How many young guys have colitis now? How many women struggle with infertility? How many of us can't get a good night's sleep? It's as simple as this: We can't fight fat until we win the war on stress. To do this, we need to listen to our bodies.

The best part about yoga and Ayurveda is that they teach us that our intuition and natural inclination can tell us a lot if we slow down enough to put them in the front seat. This book will help you learn to listen to your body and understand that reactions to food and fitness are unique to your individual needs. The Yoga Body Diet looks at how and what to eat as ways to make your body's activities, from digestion to sleep, more effective by restoring whole-body balance in the face of stress.

Good Stress, Bad Stress Why will this plan work where other diets have failed you? The Yoga Body Diet identifies stress as a key obstacle to long-term weight loss. And, rather than putting your mind and body under intense duress through extreme and unnatural changes in food and fitness, the program subtracts stress from the get-skinny equation.

To cure stress, we have to understand it rather than let it scare us. Our nervous system has two sides: You are familiar with the fight-or-flight response, when stress flips the switch on the sympathetic nervous system. Why might this be good? If you have to race out of a burning building, dodge an oncoming car, or perform a presentation to win your promotion, the sympathetic nervous system controls survival instincts.

What happens in your body when survival is at stake is that the pupils dilate, the heart pumps blood fast and furiously, and digestion slows. And because your body translates crisis to mean "no food for long stretches," it stores fat. If you're in the tundra, this is great news. The other side of the nervous system, the parasympathetic, is the welcome la-la land of serenity. Stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system has these soothing physiological effects: The heart rate slows, digestion increases, and sexual arousal becomes easier.

So our claim on the cover-- slim and sexy without stress--is contingent upon how able we are to mellow out our nervous system on command. The Yoga Body Diet begins by using yogic techniques to ban cortisol--the bad-for-you chemical produced by stress-- using yoga, and teaching you to induce and create reserves of the state of grace we call "calm.

By eliciting the relaxation response to soothe the nervous system. If we can begin to bank a little bliss, we can combat stress when it comes calling. Stress is Fat's Welcome Mat. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. I really love this book. Just read it and it makes a lot of sense regarding reducing your stress, and what foods and how you eat them can really contribute to upping your stress, and ultimately your cortisol levels. I have just been using the suggestions for 2 weeks now and can definitely feel the difference. I always went with the several small meals a day idea and couldn't lose weight, and I was still hungry and snacking.

Now I am not hungry and I don't snack at all.

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I have also given up caffeine and have found that I am not so hungry all the time either. I also like the part where you find out what your dosha is. I haven't followed all the yoga specifically, but I already do yoga daily anyway. It is a different take on eating and yoga and if you have tried a lot of diet books and have not been successful, try this.

It really isn't a diet book, there are suggestions, but just changing your eating patterns may make a big difference. I would definitely recommend this book. First of all, the recipes are pretty dangerous. Soy, corn and canola oil or soy milk? Everybody who is interested in healthy eating knows these are not part of it. Another one whole grains or flour without soaking or fermenting. Today internet is full of information about this so this book is very out-dated.

And that's just tip of iceberg. I am very surprised Dr. Douillard gave his name on this as he is pretty aware of the things I wrote. Next the pictures and description of poses is useless, e. Pigeon, on picture the woman is straight up but in text is written she should lay down. Sadly, the mentions of a playlist and a number of other online offers don't appear to have ever happened - the url links to an empty page. But, I do really like this book. I've based my review just off the content in the book and not off of the online offers.

It's a great book. It is super easy to follow and understand. I'm not sure I necessarily agree with everything - but it's a fantastic start for someone wanting to add healthier food and yoga into their lives. It's also written in an upbeat way and won't overwhelm you with words and small text the text is larger and there are pictures!

I personally love pictures. If you're looking for a gentle way to learn a bit more about yourself and your dosha and live a healthier lifestyle then I think you'll love this book.

I teach yoga and would recommend this to my students. The only thing I liked was that it gave me some exercise routines specifically for my body type. The book says there is a site where you can download the music to go with the exercise, but I couldn't find it. I ended up on their Facebook page, and it turns out others couldn't find the music either. I didn't care for the food recommendations. I also found that you could take quizzes online to find out what body type dosha you are.

So if that's what you're looking for, maybe search Google instead. This is one of my go to books for Ayurveda and healthy eating. I really enjoy the simplified version of Ayurveda it presents. Ayurveda is the only "diet" that I've tried that makes sense to me and also seems to work for me without strain or stress. Recently I started making some of the recipes and have been pleasantly surprised.

They're simple, flavorful, and every one I've tried I've enjoyed. They've helped me learn how to understand how to make simple substitutions in my normal way of eating that could be more healthful. If you are new to Ayurveda or yogic eating, this will be a good intro. If you really like the Ayurveda already, you will likely appreciate the simplified recommendations and recipes.

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Visit our Help Pages. Audible Download Audio Books. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Amazon Prime Music Stream millions of songs, ad-free. The Yoga Body Diet: Slim and Sexy in 4 Weeks Without the Stress. Kristen Schultz Dollard , John Douillard. A yoga body is the one you have now, only healthier. At the end of 4 short weeks, you'll feel better, you'll think more clearly, and you'll find it's much easier to keep a positive mindset and roll with life's inevitable punches. It's not as difficult as you might think! Here's how it works: The newest research has demonstrated beyond the shadow of a doubt that active relaxation triggers better blood flow to your organs, improving digestion and immune function.

Yoga also puts you more in touch with your body, decreases stress and blood pressure, and regulates your nervous system, cultivating balance in the body.