By The Book

Hosted ByJolenta Greenberg & Kristen Meinzer

Half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. Join comedian Jolenta Greenberg and culture critic Kristen Meinzer as they live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out which ones might actually be life changing.


All Episodes

By The Book: Past Lives, Future Healing

Do you believe in past lives? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, a quarter of Americans believe in reincarnation. In this episode, Jolenta and Kristen attempt to find out what the 25% might know, by following Sylvia Browne’s bestseller, “Past Lives, Future Healing.”

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By The Book: The Memory Book

On this episode of By the Book, Jolenta and Kristen dive into The Memory Book, with the hopes of becoming memory geniuses in two weeks flat. Written by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas, the bestselling classic promises to help readers do everything from memorize lists to speak foreign languages. But does it actually work?

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Epilogue: French Women Don’t Get Fat

Jolenta and Kristen have recovered from living by French Women Don’t Get Fat. Join the ladies as they read listener mail and talk about leeks some more. And of course, next week’s book is announced!

If you or anyone you know is fighting food or body-image issues, there’s help. Please call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237.

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By The Book: French Women Don’t Get Fat

On this episode of By The Book, Jolenta and Kristen put on their berets and live by Mireille Guiliano’s French Women Don’t Get Fat. The ladies experiment with leek soup, the benefits of champagne, and lots and lots of yogurt. Do French women really not get fat? We’re about to find out.

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By The Book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

On this episode of By The book, Jolenta and Kristen live by Marie Kondo’s popular minimalist guide, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The book tells them to throw out belongings, fold socks into pinwheels, and say thank you garbage! Can they do it? Will it change their lives? Did Kristen throw out her passport?

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By The Book: The Secret

On this episode of By the Book, hosts Jolenta and Kristen dive into their first self-help book – the mega-bestseller The Secret. They follow it to the letter for two weeks. Listen as Kristen tries to manifest thoughts into things and Jolenta explores whether the Law of Attraction is as real as the Law of Gravity. Along the way, you can eavesdrop on the stranger moments of their social experiment, and learn whether either Jolenta or Kristen buy into the philosophy of The Secret at the end of their experience.

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Mini-Ep: New Year, Same Old BS

On this episode of How to Be Fine – Kristen and Jolenta share listeners’ reactions to the New Year, Same Old BS mini series. Plus, they make a special announcement!

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The Cigarette Diet

On the final episode of How to Be Fine’s special series – New Year, Same Old BS – Kristen and Jolenta talk about the history of tobacco and weight loss marketing. Plus, they offer up advice on how to communicate more clearly as a new manager, and when to consider a therapist’s techniques as red flags.

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Christian Diets

On this episode of How to Be Fine’s special series – New Year, Same Old BS – Kristen and Jolenta talk about a handful of the many Christian Diet plans. Plus, they offer up advice for dealing with jealous feelings, and finding the right therapist.

Do you have any advice question for us? Email us at kristenandjolenta@gmail.com, or follow us on Instagram @howtobefinepod. And if you haven’t already, please join our How to Be Fine (formerly By the Book) Facebook community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/kristenandjolenta

Sources:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/the-seesawing-history-of-fad-diets-180981586/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_diet_programs

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