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“In this new edition of Eating Mindfully, Susan Albers gives more advice to those who truly care about what they eat. This book will help the consumer understand that the choices we make each day about what we buy have differing impacts on the world around us and on our own health. Hers is a reasoned voice in an environment where the fast food industry is still urging us to buy cheap food, not revealing the hidden costs. If you want to be healthy and care about a healthy planet, this is a book that will help you.”
—Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace



“Albers guides you with compassion and great insight through a journey into your eating habits. How you eat will be transformed and your relationship with food will be revolutionized.”
—Margaret Floyd, NTP, author of Eat Naked



Eating Mindfully is a must-have book for people who want to deepen their mind-body connection through the experience of eating. It is chock-full of practical skill-building steps and written in a genuinely compassionate manner that will inspire you. Inner peace begins with compassion from within, not from perpetual food fights at the dinner table or within the battleground of your mind. This book will show you how to tap your innate ability to make peace with your eating. Eating Mindfully is a welcome respite.”
—Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, coauthor of Intuitive Eating



“This is a simple and powerful book—one that takes the reader on a journey within to find solutions to their own individual eating difficulties.”
—Denise Lamothe, PsyD, HHD, author of The Taming of the Chew



“The practice of mindful eating is like going on an archeological dig through layers of symptoms to the truth underneath. Albers has given us an excellent map! Her book makes clear that problem eating can be a great teacher if only we stop to listen. I highly recommend this gentle, respectful, practical guide.”
—Lindsey Hall, author of Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery and Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery



“We eat to live, yet some of us lose perspective and control of our relationship with food. Albers, drawing upon the powerful integration of Eastern wisdom and Western science, guides us along a practical journey of mindfulness pointing to acceptance of our bodies and ourselves.”
—Thomas F. Cash, PhD, professor of psychology at Old Dominion University and author of The Body Image Workbook



“Susan Albers explores crucial spiritual dimensions that are so often overlooked in our relationship with food. Readers will easily identify the habits that trap them in cycles of mindless dieting, bingeing, and chaotic eating and help them cultivate a compassionate relationship between mind, body, thoughts, and feelings.”
—Rita Freedman, PhD, author of Bodylove: Learning to Like Our Looks and Ourselves

About the Author

Susan Albers, PsyD, is a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns, and mindfulness. After obtaining masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Denver, Albers completed an internship at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, and a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University. She conducts mindful eating workshops across the United States and internationally.

Albers is author of 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food; Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful; Mindful Eating 101, and But I Deserve This Chocolate! Her work has been featured in many media publications including O, the Oprah Magazine; Shape; Prevention; Vanity Fair; and the Wall Street Journal, and she blogs for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Albers has been a featured expert on many radio and television shows, including Dr. Oz and various programs on CNN and NPR.

A member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, she enjoys blogging, jogging, watching the Sundance Channel, and traveling. Visit Susan Albers online at www.eatingmindfully.com.

Foreword writer Lilian Cheung, DSc, RD, is a lecturer and director of health promotion and communication in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a coinvestigator at the Harvard Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity, cocreator of the school-based program, Eat Well & Keep Moving, and founder and editorial director of The Nutrition Source website, www.thenutritionsource.org. Cheung is also coauthor of Be Healthy! It’s a Girl Thing, and Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life. www.savorthebook.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; Second Edition edition (May 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781608823307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608823307
  • ASIN: 160882330X
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think the concepts in this book are good, but it comes across as pretty repetitive. I think I could get the idea in a book about half as long. That said, I read it through and did get some good insight and guidance. I believe if I put the concepts into use, it will be helpful.
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This is a calm, common sense approach to finding balance in the way you eat. It doesn't promote any one diet, doesn't tell you to not eat a certain food ever again. But what it does do is teach you how to learn to love to eat nutritiously, and how to eat that food that you have often made off-limits while dieting in the past -- without going crazy and eating everything in sight. In other words, it is a sensible way to enjoy food in a whole new way. Instead of feeling guilty about how we eat, this teaches how to love yourself and the food you eat as a fuel to make your body, mind and spirit whole.
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I found this book to be more like a lecture or course in paying attention to what we are eating and why. It started to get repetitive about 2/3rds of the way through. That is not to say that the material contained does not have value, just to let you know what it felt like to me.
Another reviewer mentioned that he/she was reading in conjunction with other readings/work concerning eating disorders, and I can certainly see the application.
The book itself was easy to read, could be put down and picked up again without having to go back and re-read.
If the book is available as an audio selection I might suggest going that route.
I rated it 3 stars because I really found nothing wrong, just nothing stellar.
*I received my copy from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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Each section is a rehash of the last, but there is some good info here. Worth a quick skim or glance.
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If you need help loosing weight. Try reading this book. It will let you know if you are a mindless eater. Most people are and don't realize it. I am now eating mindfully and love it. And yes I am starting to loose weight.
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A reality trip into the subconscious and non-reality driven desires and wants of eating non mindfully and mindfully. Eat and be self (ego) not instinct or Id. Learn to control, not driven from unconsciousness thoughts and tendency or bad habits.
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This is a wonderful little book. By pointing out that most of my eating hygiene has not included taking into consideration what my body actually wants when I am eating, I have been eating mindful of when I become full and then stop eating. I have always eaten what is on my plate without even knowing that I am full. I am now "listening" to my body by only eating food that I require for good nutrition and then, when I am full, I stop eating.
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Filled with valuable information regarding mindful versus mindless eating. Also offers practices to address the issues raised as one attempts to become more skilled at mindful eating. Well organized, and provides many useful resources. Would recommend this book to all interested in developing a mindful eating practice. Easily generalized to developing a more mindful life. Professionals working in the field of eating disorders should find this a valuable resource.
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