Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You : Look Radiant from the Inside Out by Empowering Your Mind
by Marie Pasinski and Jodie Gould

Overview - Unlock the adult brain's surprising potential--and look radiant from the inside out Have you lost your healthy glow and that sparkle in your eyes? Is it becoming harder to recall names, faces, and where you left your keys? Has your life become routine?  Read more...

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More About Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You by Marie Pasinski; Jodie Gould
Unlock the adult brain's surprising potential--and look radiant from the inside out Have you lost your healthy glow and that sparkle in your eyes? Is it becoming harder to recall names, faces, and where you left your keys? Has your life become routine? Are you so overwhelmed by work, family, finances (or all three) that you feel exhausted at the end of every day? If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, chances are you are in need of a brain/beauty makeover Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You is for any woman who suffers from "Bad Brain Days." Harvard neurologist Marie Pasinski, M.D., gives women lifestyle advice proven to help them look younger and healthier without a trip to the cosmetic counter or plastic surgeon. Dr. Pasinski will show you how to tap into your brain's remarkable ability to change and redesign itself, giving you better mental clarity, as well as more energy and confidence. She will reveal how a sharper, stronger, and healthier brain can transform your life--at home, at work, and at play. By following the simple steps in Dr. Marie Pasinski's program, you will:
discover why your brain is the essence of your beauty lose weight, sleep better, get fit make "Mommy Brain" or "Senior Moments" a thing of the past feel rejuvenated and more energized experience a new sense of control over your body and mind reveal the inner joy that comes from a beautiful brain Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You explains why beauty begins from the inside out. When your brain isn't at its best, you can't look your best. With its inspiring, easy-to-follow program and compelling scientific evidence, this breakthrough book will help you think, look, and feel ten years younger.

  • ISBN-13: 9781401341480
  • ISBN-10: 1401341489
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
  • Publish Date: December 2010
  • Page Count: 256
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 9.14 x 7.31 x 0.65 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.83 pounds

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-11-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

With her measured seven-step plan, Harvard neurologist Pasinski connects brain health and beauty for women seeking to age well without plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments. The program--which involves setting new goals and trying new activities; taking control of physical health; making exercise a priority; eating brain-enhancing foods--can be implemented as steps or simultaneously, allowing readers of various ages and physical conditions to proceed at their own pace. An advocate of simple lifestyle changes meant to stimulate a trickle-down effect from the brain, Pasinski counsels against such notorious agers as smoking, drinking alcohol and soda, crash dieting, allowing stress levels to spike, and losing sleep, as well as eating meat, watching TV, using Botox, and remaining in bad relationships. Addressing recent research promoting the health benefits of consuming alcohol, caffeine, herbs, and supplements, Pasinski points to their dangers, contending that her diet will provide most readers with optimal nutrition in the right proportions. While Pasinski's recommendations are conservative, readers will find plenty of creative ideas (e.g., mind-reading exercises, hip-hop dancing, mentoring, investing) to clear their minds, strengthen their bodies, and look and feel younger. (Dec.)

BookPage Reviews

Shape up for a healthier you

Transformation can be hard work—really hard work. Whether it’s losing weight, getting healthy or staying motivated, we could all use a little nudge to succeed. A new crop of books aim to help.


In The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick, author Gene Stone shares what he believes are “the most worthwhile secrets to your health.” A journalist who has written about—and participated in—everything from bone-density scans and EKGs to acupuncture and reflexology, Stone says that after two decades of work he still didn’t know why the “common cold is just as common as it was eons ago.” In search of an answer, he set out “to find people who didn’t get sick, to find out why they didn’t get sick, and then to see if their secrets were valid for others.” The 25 secrets Stone settled upon range from the familiar—chicken soup, Vitamin C, regular exercise—to the unconventional—napping, cold showers, eating dirt (yes, soil). These secrets, Stone explains, “are ones that seemed destined to remain interesting over time, had the firmest basis in scientific fact, and were endorsed intelligently and articulately by their proponents.” His experience in the field of health and wellness shows as Stone easily synthesizes the arcane historical fact with the modern scientific one. More than a how-to for staying well, The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick is an entertaining—not to mention informative—lesson on health, history and human ingenuity.


Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches is the newest offering from Cynthia Sass, co-author of the New York Times bestseller Flat Belly Diet! Unlike most other diet plans, Sass assures us that her new weight-loss strategy does not involve counting calories. The focus instead is on “meal timing, portions, combinations of foods, and food quality.” Plus there’s a daily dark chocolate requirement—yes, requirement (we like this plan already). Every meal is a carefully constructed “puzzle” consisting of a whole grain, a lean protein, a plant-based fat, produce and seasonings. Among the 100 recipes included in the book are vegetarian- and vegan-friendly options, and Sass shows her readers how to follow the plan not only at home but in restaurants, too. Hoping to create order out of “diet chaos,” Sass has come up with a plan where “you won’t feel like you’re in reform school or diet boot camp.” Rather, you will learn to avoid processed and artificial foods, eat four meals at structured times throughout the day and discover how to replace butter, sugar and salt with a variety of healthful—and delicious—herbs, seasonings and spices. Following the plan for 30 days seems doable, even for the truly diet-challenged, and we can certainly agree with Sass about the benefits of sticking with it: “No matter what else is going on, taking charge of your body will make you feel like you can conquer the world.”


In Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, author Gary Taubes returns to familiar territory, arguing as he did in 2007’s Good Calories, Bad Calories that today’s “nutrition and obesity research [has] lost its way.” While Taubes’ earlier book presented readers with nearly 500 pages of dense scientific research and heavily annotated explanations, Why We Get Fat simplifies his arguments against the conventional wisdom on obesity. It’s not too many calories and too little exercise that are making Americans fat, he says; it’s too many of the wrong calories, specifically calories from refined carbohydrates and sugars. “These carbohydrates literally make us fat,” Taubes writes, “and by driving us to accumulate fat, they make us hungrier and they make us sedentary.” An award-winning science writer, Taubes is set on sharing this message with a nonscientific audience. In clear and accessible prose, he lays out the history of America’s obesity epidemic, asking questions that push both him and the reader to consider possible solutions (a carbohydrate-restricted diet) and their implications (how would a subsequently increased dependence upon animal products affect the planet, our health, our society?). Taubes is intent on exploring the answers, and his conviction alone makes Why We Get Fat well worth considering.


Dr. Marie Pasinski shares seven steps for developing a “better, smarter, younger you” in Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You: Look Radiant from the Inside Out by Empowering Your Mind. A neurologist and Harvard Medical School faculty member, Pasinski believes that “your brain is the key to improving every facet of your life.” Focusing specifically on women who want to feel and look their best as they age, the doctor aims to show readers that there’s more to brain health than memory games and puzzles. “While these might be helpful,” she writes, “I encourage you to embark on a wider journey that includes optimizing the lifestyle and health factors that impact your brain function.” Pasinski explains “how physical ailments, mood disorders, hormones, and medications directly affect brain performance,” and advises readers on which supplements to take and which to avoid. Pasinski’s tone is encouraging and her seven-step plan is specific enough to give readers workable goals. Whether it’s taking a new route to work, working in the garden or changing your diet, she says, “even the smallest changes will begin to transform the way you think and the way you look and feel.”


In The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy, Bob Greene, best known as Oprah’s personal trainer, helps readers lose weight and shows them how to stay motivated to keep it off. Too often, it’s this latter part—“the psychological side of weight loss”—that’s ignored, even though it’s typically the mental and emotional components that determine how long weight loss lasts. Greene is determined to change this, helping readers take a deeper look at themselves and their relationship with food. Most of all, he says, his goal is not “just to get you to make changes; my goal is to get you to make changes that last.” More than a book about weight loss, The Life You Want is a treatise on deciding what’s important in life, setting goals and achieving them—lessons that can benefit almost everyone.

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