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Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time Paperback – November 1, 2008
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"Eating the Moment is a quick, enjoyable read full of creative, clever exercises and insightful, thought-provoking text. Rather than being shamed into deprivation, readers are taught original exercises to help them learn about their palates and manage their appetites. Who knew that weight control could be so fun and empowering?"
—Dina Cheney, author of Tasting Club
"In Eating the Moment, Somov gives you the practical tools you need to reap the rewards of eating more mindfully. Read it and discover how to have a relationship with food that is smarter, healthier, more conscious, and enjoyable."
—Deborah Kesten, MPH, author of The Enlightened Diet
"Somov is one of the most creative psychologists around. He is knowledgeable about research-based and effective therapy techniques. He is aware of Eastern philosophies, and Buddhism in particular. And he is a productive therapist who knows how to translate knowledge into personal action for clients. All of these gifts are evident in Somov’s book, Eating the Moment, which is not only informative, not only good reading, but also tremendously helpful in the most difficult area of behavior change—losing and keeping off weight."
—Stanton Peele, Ph. D., JD, author of Seven Tools to Beat Addiction and Addiction-Proof Your Child
"Eating the Moment is a thoughtful feast for those who want to understand the psychology of eating and how to overcome mindlessness with food. The 141 eating practices are easy-to-grasp appetizers for becoming more aware, overcoming craving, and transforming your experience with food. If you have ever wanted a primer on eating skills that you never learned at home or in school, this book is an excellent place to start.
—Donald Altman, author of Meal by Meal and Art of the Inner Meal
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But Dr. Somov has showed me easy to follow ways to be conscious of my cravings and to take care of them or just to let them be. Even though my life is still the same - still enough stress and a huge work load - I dont reach for the cookie bowl anymore and - for the first time in my life since I have been a child I eat according to my needs. I always new that the cure for this eating problem lies within me and Dr. Somov has just showed me the way. Thank you so much for this long-distance therapy, I hope your book will be translated and published all over the world.
1) Dual Approach to Ending EE (Emotional Eating)
I've read a lot of books regarding EE and this is the first book that I find approaches the issue from both an emotional one and a neurological one. What I mean is, you can
only delve into your childhood for so long to try to figure out why you are an EE. It's incredibly helpful to tell your story and to figure out what caused you to start EE in
the first place... I think all that has a place in this process. However, I also believe that if you eat a certain way for so long, your brain becomes habituated to that. Even
if you are finally in a place of no longer having quite those same emotions that you did when you began EE, your brain is so used to sending out signals to EE at a certain
time and/or in a certain way that it can be very challenging to change. You really need to look at this issue as one in need of rewiring your brain. This really is the first
book that I've read on this topic that approaches EE from a place of emotion and brain chemistry, and that's why I think it in particular is so transformative.Read more ›
Somov's book is different from other books I've read on either diet or Buddhism in that his focus seems to be on specific experiments that readers will do on themselves, not on advice or meditation, though both of those appear here, too.
Activities leading to discoveries:
I like this better than other books on related topics because it's not just "talk" that will raise our awareness. Somov suggests activities that will show us the root causes of our own particular idiosyncrasies.
-For example, he asks that we study a menu's photos and words and to take notes on what stirs us (he offers helpful how-to details).
-Another example: He asks that we under-eat one day and indulge another day, with note-taking, then compare and contrast physical sensations.
Needs a companion journal:
I wish he had created a slim journal to go with this book, something with the exercises alone, with columns and prompts already written in, with space for our own note-taking, so we could just pick that up and start using it ASAP.
Good example of companion journal:
Since I didn't find such a journal (I looked online), I will have to sit down to re-read certain passages, with some clean pieces of paper in hand, to create my own notebook, concentrating without distraction to get the instructions down before I can begin.
Not that this will be hard. It's just that I would have purchased a companion journal had there been one. A good example is "The Mayo Clinic Diet Journal," which I have used with success.
Experiential learning is most effective:
In my work life, I give workshops and train professionals to do their jobs differently. I recognize in Somov's book some of the success factors of my workshops. He emphasizes experiential learning over knowledge acquisition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just started this book and love it already. I was skeptical that it was written by a man... But it has just the insight and guidance I was looking for :)Published 14 days ago by Stacey Jacobson
The ideas in this book are good, but it feels too compressed to me. Maybe this is partly because the book (at least my copy) was physically small? Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. Lincourt
One of many great books written by Pavel Somov. I absolutely love his work! Helpful for both clinicians and the general public.Published 10 months ago by Lisa P
As a health coach, I am always looking for resources for my clients to teach connection between the body and the mind. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jana Beutler
After reading a bit about mindful eating, I bought this thinking that it would give me the details I needed to take me to the next level. It did not do that. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Krista Schnell
This book takes you by the hand and walks you DAILY through all the reasons we overeat. Powerful and effective!Published 17 months ago by Twotummytickles