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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
From the Publisher
Psychological know-how and the wisdom of mindfulness combine in Eating the Moment to offer readers compassionate, meal-by-meal advice for developing a healthful and satisfying relationship to food that can correct problems with binge eating, compulsive overeating, and other food-related problems.
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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.
The format of the book is very engaging and the exercises are very beneficial for me. I bought the hard cover at a bookstore and recently ordered an e-copy for my Kindle to use as a backup. Thus far, I've managed to gain a much more peaceful and healthy relationship with food as well as dropping about 15lbs in the past 3 1/2 months. It was really scary to realize how much I ate simply due to environmental and emotional triggers rather than by what my body actually needed.
Dr. Somov has a wonderful ability to convey his thoughts and theories into easily understandable lessons that make paying attention to what/why/where/when I'm eating something second nature. Or at least it's getting closer to second nature! It's still hard work but very well worth it in my opinion :) I'm also using his theories for spending money which I also tend to do impulsively. So I suppose this could also be considered a general Mindful Living book even though it's focused on eating.
Also? This is far from my first review on Amazon lest anybody think I'm being paid to offer it.