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Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life Paperback – March 8, 2011
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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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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It seems to be only directed toward those who are over weight, not just trying to get healthy in general.
Very basic motivation techniques. Not terrible, but not great.
Either way, find the program that works best for YOU.
In addition to being a wonderful resource on how and what to eat, Savor offers very practical ways to do everything in life mindfully, even if one is constantly busy and on the go. Dr. Cheung modernizes meditation exercises by presenting ways we can be mindful even while rushing or multitasking at work or at school. I found the Internet/E-mail Meditation, Brisk-Walking Meditation, and Light-Switch Meditation in Chapter 7 particularly useful.
I am working on my second degree in nutrition and I have practiced meditation, yet I was so struck by how Savor made me realize that I had slipped into a hamster wheel mode. Reading Savor... and really savoring every word... was like hitting a reset button. It was a much needed reminder of how increasing mindfulness can increase happiness. I will keep it by my bedside for whenever I need a mindfulness reminder.