292 episodes

Half advice show, half cultural critique, and one wild ride through the world of wellness. Join podcast besties Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg as they dissect the inner workings of the betterment industry - and offer up some advice along the way. Their goal? To help get you a little closer to fine.

Kristen and Jolenta's first show By the Book is on this feed. To hear back episodes of By the Book, just scroll down!

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    • 4.6 • 5.4K Ratings

Half advice show, half cultural critique, and one wild ride through the world of wellness. Join podcast besties Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg as they dissect the inner workings of the betterment industry - and offer up some advice along the way. Their goal? To help get you a little closer to fine.

Kristen and Jolenta's first show By the Book is on this feed. To hear back episodes of By the Book, just scroll down!

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

    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?

    Keep in touch with 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

    • 36 min
    Epilogue: The Secret

    Epilogue: The Secret

    Jolenta and Kristen have a Secret postmortem. Join the ladies as they hear from listeners, give post-Secret updates, discuss Kristen's husband's popularity, and get ready for their next self-help book.

    Keep in touch with 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

    • 7 min
    By The Book: The Secret

    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.

    Keep in touch with 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

    • 39 min
    Mini-Ep: New Year, Same Old BS

    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!

    Keep in touch with 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

    • 24 min
    The Cigarette Diet

    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.



    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.nature.com/articles/s41562-021-01202-9.epdf

    https://www.britannica.com/topic/smoking-tobacco/A-social-and-cultural-history-of-smoking

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/1920s-food-flapper-diet

    https://books.google.com/books?id=Aiwdx4k4uNoC&pg=PA21&hl=en&sa=X#v=onepage&q&f=false

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

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2602591/

    https://time.com/3747439/smoking-cigarettes-weight-loss/

    https://nypost.com/2022/11/02/heroin-chic-is-back-and-curvy-bodies-big-butts-are-out/

    https://www.esquire.com/uk/style/fashion/a43258212/cigarettes-90s-london-kate-moss/

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

    https://www.science.org/content/article/why-smokers-are-skinny-rev2

    https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/selfcare-instructions/weight-gain-after-quitting-smoking-what-to-do

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    https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/

    https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/health_effects/index.htm

    • 36 min
    Christian Diets

    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

    https://academic.oup.com/columbia-scholarship-online/book/22528/chapter-abstract/182850030?redirectedFrom=fulltext

    https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/13/2/182#:~:text=Christian%20diet%20culture%20focuses%20on,importance%20of%20a%20healthy%20lifestyle.

    https://scholarspace.library.gwu.edu/downloads/4q77fr355?locale=zh

    https://thebiblicalnutritionist.com/christian-weight-loss-programs/

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

    https://www.livestrong.com/article/120805-christian-weight-loss-programs/

    https://erinltodd.com/making-another-christian-weight-loss-resolution-read-this-first/

    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/sep/29/gwen-shamblin-docuseries-the-way-down-remnant-fellowship

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-07-12/how-christianity-has-been-weaponised-by-weight-loss-movements/102509732

    https://abcnews.go.com/Health/daniel-diet-straight-bible/story?id=21029387

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5.4K Ratings

5.4K Ratings

IwannagotoHogwarts ,

Love the By the Book replay!

I have been missing By the Book so I am thoroughly enjoying this!

badassbaybee ,

Love you two

Great decision to rerelease By The Book Season 1. I’m tearing up listening to it. Support you two in any iteration, always and forever.

PBlue1968 ,

Loved the old show, love the new show

Jolenta and Kristen are two smart, funny, kind women who review past and current self help type topics and give well considered, compassionate advice to folks who write in about a sorts of issues.

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