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Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life [Kindle Edition]

Thich Nhat Hanh , Lilian Cheung
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Common sense tells us that to lose weight, we must eat less and exercise more. But somehow we get stalled. We start on a weight-loss program with good intentions but cannot stay on track. Neither the countless fad diets, nor the annual spending of $50 billion on weight loss helps us feel better or lose weight.

Too many of us are in a cycle of shame and guilt. We spend countless hours worrying about what we ate or if we exercised enough, blaming ourselves for actions that we can't undo. We are stuck in the past and unable to live in the present—that moment in which we do have the power to make changes in our lives.

With Savor, world-renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and Harvard nutritionist Dr. Lilian Cheung show us how to end our struggles with weight once and for all.

Offering practical tools, including personalized goal setting, a detailed nutrition guide, and a mindful living plan, the authors help us to uncover the roots of our habits and then guide us as we transform our actions. Savor teaches us how to easily adopt the practice of mindfulness and integrate it into eating, exercise, and all facets of our daily life, so that being conscious and present becomes a core part of our being.

It is the awareness of the present moment, the realization of why we do what we do, that enables us to stop feeling bad and start changing our behavior. Savor not only helps us achieve the healthy weight and well-being we seek, but it also brings to the surface the rich abundance of life available to us in every moment.



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From Publishers Weekly

If Vietnamese Zen Buddhist master Nhat Hanh says the same thing over and over, it could be because not enough people have heard him, and those who have need a reminder. He speaks to both groups in this work, coauthored by Harvard nutritionist Cheung, urging mindfulness about what people put in their mouths. It's a diet book and a meditation book, an unusual hybrid that makes sense for Nhat Hanh because it applies his essential wisdom: pay attention; breathe. If you consistently do that, you'll eat less, and at least two-thirds of Americans surely need to follow that advice. This book adds a lot of eat-this-and-not-that rules, as well as exercise guidelines, delivering so much information the effect is a little overwhelming. But the core meditation instructions are quintessential Nhat Hanh, steely and loving. This could be the diet-and-exercise book for those who have failed using other methods and need a fresh approach. For Nhat Hanh's many fans, it is the sole wellness book they'll need to remind themselves to only pay attention.
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So essential to healthy eating is a healthy perspective that Zen Buddhist master and prolific author Nhat Hanh joins forces with nutritionist Cheung for a truly holistic approach. The duo pairs the latest nutritional information with the age-old Buddhist practice of mindfulness—that is, of being fully aware of all that is going on within ourselves and all that is happening around us—to draw attention to what and how we eat. Guidance is offered for recognizing what barriers—physical, psychological, cultural, and environmental—prevent us from controlling our weight, and readers are encouraged to savor food in order to fully nourish both the body and the mind. To that end, Nhat Hanh provides guided meditations on everything from eating an apple to coping with stressful situations, along with advice on selecting and preparing food, staying active, and avoiding self-criticism. Complete with a discussion of why healthy eating is also good for the environment, this is a uniquely insightful and positive program for wellness: a book of tested wisdom; practical action; and intellectual, emotional, and spiritual nutriments. --Donna Seaman

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  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (February 20, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00395ZYS6
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123 of 126 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This book is remarkable not just in its ability to bring together the complimentary insights of the Buddhism and modern science, but also for it's ability to do so in a way that is accessible to those who are neither scientists nor Buddhists. Though the book specifically speaks to the issue of healthy weight loss, it is much more than that: it is a broad-minded and open-hearted encouragement to all of us (whether we struggle with weight or not) to become aware of not just what we eat, but how we eat. Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Cheung look at our habits as a society and gently encourage us to see how eating is not just a habit we use to dampen our suffering, but also how eating can become an extension of our suffering. By offering us insights and practices -- both spiritual and practical -- these co-authors gently guide us toward a healthier and more sustainable way of engaging with our food. The practices and life changes they propose will not just benefit us as individuals, but also benefit us as a society, and as co-inhabitants of this planet. Wise, comforting, understandable, and DO-ABLE: this book is definitely worth owning whether you are trying to lose weight or simply trying to live a healthier lifestyle. The book contains many meditations offered by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh which are each like precious jewels. The "Apple Meditation" (Chapter 2) alone is worth the cost of the book. Treat yourself.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zen Epidemiology March 11, 2010
Format:Hardcover
I am an epidemiologist so enjoy studies of nutritional science based on large populations and have enjoyed Walt Willet's books also out of data in Nurse's Health Study. But the real problem in combating obesity and inactivity is that we do not need just to be educated on the healthiest approach but also that most of us need help in choosing it. I find the Buddhist philosophy to life and death actually really works here. A sort of "life is what it is let's not lose sight of our finite time here and savor it healthfully" philosophy is very comforting. I have not had the book long but since doing so find that I am eating when my body signals me, away from my desk and foods that are nutritional and tasty. Life's too short for otherwise and this book helps remind you of that. Highly recommended read.
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107 of 114 people found the following review helpful
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Have you ever been guilty of eating while talking on the phone, driving, walking, reading, working, e-mailing or watching TV? If so, you have probably noticed that the sandwich, protein bar--or whatever you were eating--vanished before you even realized you had begun eating it. And this makes you want to eat more so you can relish the taste (since you didn't enjoy the first one). This mindless eating is no doubt part of the cause of our obesity epidemic. Eating should be a sacred act, not part of our multi-tasking.

World famous Buddhist author Thich Nhat Hanh teams up with Harvard's Dr. Lilian Cheung in this book which is sure to make you stop and think about your eating habits. The title says it all: Savor, Mindful Eating, Mindful Life.

Part One is "A Buddhist Perspective on Weight Control." In the first chapter we are presented with "The Four Noble Truths of Healthy Weight:" that being overweight or obese is suffering; that you can identify the roots of your weight problem (and here we are given numerous questions to contemplate); that reaching a healthy weight is possible; and that you can follow a mindful path to a healthy weight. "Mindfulness is a way of living that has been practiced over twenty-six hundred years by millions of people to help them transform their suffering into peace and joy," say the authors. "Applying mindfulness to your suffering with weight gives you a catalyst that you can draw on at will to change your behavior." We are asked to write a "mission statement for healthy weight and well-being."

In the second chapter we are challenged with the question of "When I eat an apple, am I really enjoying eating it? Or am I so preoccupied with other thought that I miss the delights that the apple offers me?" Uh, oh.
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93 of 108 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed April 19, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a good book, however, it's a disappointment to me. Very little of this book was written by Thich Nhat Hanh - it's mostly paraphrased by Dr. Cheung. The most disappointing part for me was the emphasis on how unhappy one must be if they are over-weight. There are no guidelines or encouragement for determining one's ideal weight or dealing with the warped body image that so many people in the Western world develop. As a Buddhist, it was insulting to me for her to re-frame the Four Noble Truths as the four noble truths of weight loss. The tone of the book, while on the surface is very soothing, at it's heart is very aggressive. If you weigh a few pounds more than you should, you'll go away from this book thinking there's something wrong with you. Yes, being morbidly obese isn't a good thing, but while our society is growing in girth, it's at the same time spewing contempt at anyone who weighs more than a celebrity. Lots of good material here, but I had held great hope that this book would be more about giving us the tools we need for better health and mindfulness, and loving ourselves where we are, more than making sure we know we should be unhappy whether we started that way or not.
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Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Miracle of Mindfulness.

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