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Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food (Includes CD) F First Edition Used Edition

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Starred Review. Persuasively arguing that Americans have become obsessed with the constant pursuit of satiation, often to the detriment of their health, pediatrician and Zen teacher Bays calmly and systematically explains how a thoughtful approach to eating and drinking can positively affect one's weight and overall health. Through a series of guided exercises and meditations (and an accompanying CD), Bays encourages readers to examine their eating habits and relationships with food. Bays blames the "Seven Hungers"-of eye ("boy those donuts look good"), mind ("I really should eat more grapefruit") heart ("this apple pie reminds me of my grandmother") and so on-for shaping our unhealthy and/or irrational eating patters; our inner perfectionists, critics and pushers only add to the cacophony, and Bays gives readers tools for silencing these discouraging voices. Bolstered by third-party research and a wealth of anecdotes, Bays's case for introspection over ice cream binges should connect with many. Though she doesn't promise instant results, Bays offers readers a guide to lifelong health through a measured attitude toward food; hers may well be the healthiest, most sane diet book to hit shelves in a while.
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“Jan Chozen Bays should be recruited by the slow food movement.  My favorite mindfulness book from the past year.”—Barry Boyce in Shambhala Sun


"If you give yourself over wholeheartedly to the practices described here, you will be thanking yourself and Dr. Bays for recovering your life and for enjoying the blessings of food in ways that feel liberated and delightful."—from the foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; F First Edition Used edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590305310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590305317
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Lin on February 15, 2009
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I came upon this book accidentally in the new cook book section at the Carnegie library. I took a glance and the contents seemed interesting. So on my driving home, I listened to the guided mindfulness exercises CD that came with the book. This was not what I expected--my way home felt like a transformed journey to self discovery: the exercisers were simple, practical; the voice soothing; the effect, however, was profound. I was intrigued by how was it possible that our body would know the foods that we need at a particular point in time? I eagerly plunged into the book and read all about the seven kinds of hungers. I was very pleased for the insight I gained from the reading. This book inspires. The writing is lucid and thoughtful.
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I have had a bad relationship with food. Whether it has been guilty overeating or anxiously counting calories, I have been "tethered" to food. Even though, through discipline, I am now fit and at a healthy weight, food runs my life. Most people would assume that with all my thoughts about food, and my excitement at mealtime, I would really enjoy eating, but I don't. I realized that most meals pass me by in a blur, as I quickly and tensely inhale as much food as possible, until my body is bloated and my mind foggy. After reading this book, I realized I haven't really enjoyed a meal since I was young.

Mindful Eating is a book about eating with full awareness. Being mindful means simply being aware of the moment, what is going on inside of us, and outside of us, without judgment or opinion. Chozen-Bays applies mindfulness to eating. Rather than battling or obsessing with food, the goal is to be fully aware of the process of eating, and actually enjoy it. She provides helpful tips to accomplish this. She identifies 7 types of hunger, including eye hunger, mouth hunger, and heart hunger. She gives tools to discern if we are really hungry, and where the hunger is coming from. It is possible that our stomachs are hungry, but often, we eat for emotional reasons (heart hunger), or out of habit (mind hunger), not because our bodies need food. She provides tools to satisfy each type of hunger. Sometimes it might be slowing down, giving the body time to recognize fullness. Other solutions might not even involve food. For example, food cannot satisfy heart hunger, so the solution to this hunger is to emotionally connect with someone. She also provides 6 general tips to eat mindfully, including eating more slowly.
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I really enjoyed the book for the perspective it provided. The book was entertaining, engaging, and broadened my awareness when it came to my own eating habits. However, I do have to warn for anyone that has struggled with a restrictive eating disorder needs to take much of what is said with a grain of salt. The book still is geared toward's restriction, and some of the exercises in another context would look very similar to the habits practiced by those with restrictive eating disorders.

The "less is more" tone is likely fitting given the majority of readers are likely having trouble with over consumption as opposed to under, but some of the information contained could be taken as suggestions to further restrict (which I am sure was not Dr. Chozen Bay's intention).

Again - a great read for all, but be mindful and aware when applying the suggestions to your own habits.
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This book is very well written and comes to me at the exact right moment in my life when my past 4 years of changing my life and body from the outside (losing over 60 pounds) meets my new challenge of changing my life and body from the inside through self exploration and meditation. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is ready to come to peace with the diet/binge merry-go-round and truly understand what it is that they are hungry for. The accompanying CD makes the exercises/mediations much easier and accessible the author has thought of everything to make anyone successful if they are simply ready to take the first step in their journey.
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As a consequence of the American search for the perfect healthy diet, we have developed a love-hate relationship with food. Confusion reigns about what foods we are to eat and which we are to avoid. Our reliance on scientific evidence has simply added to the confusion. We can't even agree if we are naturally carnivore, omnivore, or herbivore.

"Mindful Eating," written by physician and Zen teacher Jan Chozen Bays, provides a way back to sane eating. Bays does not prescribe what we are to eat but provides gentle guidance about how to eat. This book provides numerous exercises to help us be present to ourselves and our food.

Bays teaches us to become aware of our seven forms of hunger--eye, nose, mouth, stomach, cellular, mind, and heart hungers. Each hunger satisfies legitimate needs. Bays instructs us with understanding and humor on how to recognize and satisfy each hunger. Her approach is a return to an intimate and joyful relationship with food. Stop dieting. Read this book and discover how to physically, mentally, and spiritually relate with food and return to sane eating.
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