Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food by Jan Chozen BaysThe art of mindfulness can transform our struggles with food—and renew our sense of pleasure, appreciation, and satisfaction with eating. Drawing on recent research and integrating her experiences as a physician and meditation teacher, Dr. Jan Bays offers a wonderfully clear presentation of what mindfulness is and how it can help with food issues.
Mindful eating is an approach that involves bringing ones full attention to the process of eating—to all the tastes, smells, thoughts, and feelings that arise during a meal. Whether you are overweight, suffer from an eating disorder, or just want to get more out of life, this book offers a simple tool that can make a remarkable difference.
In this book, youll learn how to:
• Tune into your bodys own wisdom about what, when, and how much to eat
• Eat less while feeling fully satisfied
• Identify your habits and patterns with food
• Develop a more compassionate attitude toward your struggles with eating
• Discover what youre really hungry for
Mindful Eating also includes a 75-minute audio CD containing guided exercises led by the author.
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Aren't you sick of the constant pressure to be skinny? Don't you want to just live your life while still being healthy? Isn't there a happy medium between beautiful starvation and being a food loving fattie? Well, there can be, but first… you're already beautiful. Just the way you are right now. These books aren't for people who are looking for the next fad diet.
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I also know there are people who abstain from such products completely. I, however, have been a binge eater. As someone with binge eating tendencies, I needed to re-learn what it was like to have a healthy relationship with food. I was tired of slipping into moods of self-loathing after eating. I was also tired of my inability to see the repercussions of binge eating, making it so easy to give into the many urges I would have to eat badly. If you have had similar experiences, you may find what I have to say of interest.
There are countless documentaries, cooking shows, and even talk shows that stream on a daily basis, instructing you on which foods you need to stay away from and which foods you should eat an endless amount of. The authors who wrote these books below agree that on-and-off dieting is not the answer to longevity. Pollan argues that Americans have replaced their value of food with nutrients, and as a result, common sense has been replaced with confusion. In other words, our food has gone from being a product of nature to a lab experiment. To eat fat or to not eat fat, to eat carbs or to not eat carbs; you get the picture. In his book, Pollan discusses how our food became the food science-crazed system it is today and exemplifies how one can eat healthily and restore pleasure back into eating.
What is the most nutritious? Like you may be, I was once a person with a complicated relationship to food. The more I tried to eat less, the more I encouraged binge-eating. My body knows what to eat? That was a revolutionary idea. But eventually, I got there. And I want you to have that kind of peace too.