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Meal by Meal: 365 Daily Meditations for Finding Balance Through Mindful Eating Paperback – April 14, 2004

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"Meal by Meal is one of those special books for anyone who wants to know how food can heal your life and relationships. Whatever behaviors, emotions, struggles, and extremes you experience with food, this book can help you understand them and change them with mindful awareness, love, and compassion." --Debbie Ford, best selling author of The Right Questions

Our approach to food and eating can teach us great lessons if we are willing to learn. What a joy to have Altman's generous portions of insight, courage, and loving advice that we can practice on a daily basis! Our relationship with food and eating will be transformed forever! --Lindsey Hall, author of Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery

Top recommendations are in order for Donald Altman’s Meal by Meal This book is a treasure for introducing anyone to mindfulness exercises in relationship to food and eating. With quotes ranging from Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle to Mark Twain and Winston Churchill, this gem of a book provides daily mindfulness practices that are skillfully thought out and easy to follow. Bravo Altman! I will for sure be using this book with clients. --Carolyn Costin, MFT Clinical Director, The Monte Nido Treatment Center and The Eating Disorder Center of California and author of The Eating Disorder Sourcebook and Your Dieting Daughter .

"Donald Altman gently encourages self-awareness by attending to physical, emotional, and spiritual hungers. This book provides food for thought and nourishment for the soul!" --Anita Johnston, author, Eating in the Light of the Moon and Director, Anorexia & Bulimia Center of Hawaii

About the Author

Former Buddhist monk, Donald Altman, has given workshops and lectures on spirituality and is currently teaching "mindful eating" courses in clinical eating disorder programs. He has a bachelors degree in psychology and is currently completing professional studies in psychotherapy AT Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He has lectured and has taught writing at numerous universities including UCLA Extension, Cal State University Northridge, and Loyola Marymount University. Altman's award-winning writing career includes work for television, film, Fortune 500 corporations, and periodicals such as The Los Angeles Times and Independent Business Magazine. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Art of the Inner Meal and Living Kindness. Altman lives in Portland, OR.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (April 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930722303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930722309
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Donald is a psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk. Born in Chicago, he now resides in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches at Portland State University as an adjunct faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology Program, and is an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Donald also serves on the board of directors of "THE CENTER FOR MINDFUL EATING."

In his own words: "Mindfulness is my passion. I ordained in a Burmese Buddhist monastery with a wonderful mindfulness teacher-- the venerable U. Silananda (author of The Four Foundations of Mindfulness). Later, while leading workshops on spiritual eating, I found many people coming to ask me about eating disorders that they were struggling with... and so I returned to school and am now a licensed psychotherapist. I believe it only takes a few grains of mindfulness each day to deepen enjoyment in daily life, and I have seen how it has changed lives in a positive way... one moment at a time!"

In addition to bringing practical mindfulness skills and strategies to anyone wanting a less chaotic life, Donald also travels around the country teaching therapists and professionals how to use clinical mindfulness interventions for anxiety, depression, and stress.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Seltman on September 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was familiar with the work of Donald Altman from his earlier 'Art of the Inner Meal' and was impressed how his writing has found a fresh and densely pragmatic new form. 'Meal by Meal' is a fluid read of inspiring quotes coupled with practical insights by the author. This book is extremely handsome, a beautifully laid out composition making this both useful and pleasurable to read. If you have the discipline to read a page at a time, you will find this helpful day by day. I personally had trouble putting it down and would read a month at a time... but the suggestions are valid and useful on a second slower read. Worthwhile investment for someone wishing to calm their compulsive behavior for a more reflective perspective.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
Beauty is not just skin deep with MEAL BY MEAL. This is a gorgeous book by any standards, and usually I don't mention cover and interior layout design when reviewing a book. But this one stands out above the crowd. The content is awesome, especially because of the unusual format-- daily themes around food (7 of them) that repeat week after week for the entire year. Each daily theme begins with a quotation, and these are from such wide-ranging sources that they are a joy to read in and of themselves! From Gandhi and Jesus to Sophia Loren and Mark Twain, these quotes set the stage for Altman's insightful and memorable commentaries about how you can engage with your daily meal in a mindful and aware way. In particular, I like that Altman includes everyone-- singles, those with partners, and families--and all ways that food is experienced alone or with others. There is no judgement here of eating either--just more and more awareness of how to break free from unhealthy eating habits and how to use food for mind, body, and spirit. Altman even includes lots of little nutritional ideas and tips, such as using food as medicine by getting enough vitamin K and antioxidants in your food choices. I find myself jumping ahead from page to page just for the fun of it. This book is an eye-opening and mouth-opening experience that you won't want to miss, and personally, it has made food a more delightful and less stressful experience for me. Whether you're on a diet or just eating food because you love it, this book helps you experience and savor food more deeply in each of the book's food themes-- Entry, Choices, Preparation, Ritual, Eating, Community, and Departure. Great book to share with others, too.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By SkyDawn on August 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
I open this book up several times a day to get inspiration. It always gives me a big dose of compassion and acceptance for my food struggles. Best of all, it connects me to a deeper source of food that gives me strength for mind-body-spirit. Rarely have I read a book that improved and changed my life on a dialy basis, but this one does! Perhaps it can for you, which is why I highly recommend MEAL BY MEAL as one of the most caring and compassion-filled books that I have ever had the opportunity of reading! This book makes love part of your daily recipe for eating, and it removes the guilt of food! Forget dieting, because if you use this book each day you will apply your deeper awareness and soul to your food choices. This book is a real blessing, and I am thankful it is there for all who need it!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Morley on June 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Among life's simple pleasures that can be enjoyed every day there is now the book, Meal by Meal. With pages designated by the days of the year rather than page numbers, you are expected to read one page each day; although I have to admit to reading ahead. I get caught up in the quotes and always need to read a few more.
There's a lot of wisdom and guidance here, that's delivered with enough humor and warmth to make it a joy to read, rather than a scold about all of the habits associated with food that our culture has just gotten wrong. It's the spiritual key to thinking more rationally about the simple act of eating, which too often gets driven by emotions rather than the need for nourishment.
Each page is a meditation, complete with a quote, a one-phrase directive and a few paragraphs. Some of these paragraphs are points of departure, prompting you to think and challenge yourself. Some are short parables from a number of different religions. Others are just good advice. None are preachy. It's a page-a-day means of feeling more centered and in control of your life, that can do more good for your health and diet than any one-a-day vitamin.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Oliver on June 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
I really like this book. It is a fitting companion to Altman's "Living Kindness". The daily quotes, the thoughtful vingnets, and the affermations all work well together. I like the Idea of having quotes from people from all walks of life. This is a book of meditations to be read a day at a time; though, I must admit, I have already scanned through the whole book. I like that it is spiritual without being religious, instructive without being preachy and serious without being dour. It informs our attitudes about food, but it is really about a mindfulness and living kondness. While it should be helpful for those with eating disorders, it should also prove useful to anyone seeking a little balance in his/her life. Besides, it is a lot of fun to read.
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