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brilliant insights and practical nutrition
on November 13, 2013
This is another classic Chopra volume and it has many facets integrated into its diverse insights.
Deepak is returning to the issues of health and happiness and now food as a complex and yet basic system
requiring mindful living and practice.
Nothing can be more basic than "food and nutrition and taste" and the many elements associated with food including emotions and relations.
I bought this book the day it was released and have listened to the audio version two times already ( by the 2nd day it was out)
In this brilliant book Dr. Chopra uses his medical background as well as his studies in Ayurveda and nutrition sciences and also current research about GMO's and organic vs non-organic in a non-dogmatic , yet precise manner to inform and enlighten the reader in some of the new intricacies of food politics and advertising.
He then offers solutions for the SAD diet and the processed sugar and fat laden lifeless food of the market while listing a colorful array of alternatives which draw much from the seeming less endless array of raw and fresh fruits and vegetables (and their rich content of phyto-nutrients) and other plant material and other wise choices for those seeking a real food alternative to "diets" that don't work. Dr Chopra uses the Phrase "Awareness eating to Awareness living"
Yet just when this seems to be a book about diet and fresh foods and choices it starts a rich pattern of integrating all aspects of "nourishment" in the broadest sense and continues to integrate the many aspects of living that and lifestyle as well as habits that can affect our well-being. I have been a 100% raw living foods vegan for 40 years now so i was especially pleased to hear much devoted to "phyto nutrients and fresh foods"
The book then investigates all of the aspects of consciousness and living which can have effects on the quality of life and ultimately on one's happiness and balance.
Included in this book is much contemporary research on biochemical as well as psychological factors involved n the many levels of "nourishment" As always with Deepak Chopra's work the key is mind-body-and spirit, the Trinity. And true to his roots in Indian culture. Deepak brings back the insights of the science of Ayurveda to broaden the definitions of and insights into holistic nutrition as well as
lightening and enlightening the mind and body in a "full spectrum" approach.
The review of emotional well-being and Self-regulation reviews many delightful and informative views on maintaining inner perspective and mindfulness . Throughout the book Deepak uses a lovely phrase "lightness of Soul' which aptly describes the freedom from emotional-psychological and physical burdens and toxins.
The last section of the book has many recipes and suggestions for meals and food preparations from the Chopra kitchen and center.
Make no mistake, this is no mere food-diet-menu book. It truly draws upon the wisdom of many philosophies and sciences and modern science as well.
I highly recommend this book from Deepak because it weaves together the practicalities of diet and food as well as the issues behind eating and the practices we can integrate to produce optimum health and nutrition as well as the practices needed for balance and insight..
Definitely 5 stars