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Savor: Mindful Eating Mindful Life

The practice of mindful eating is a new buzzword in the weight loss industry but if learned and practiced regularly then it can change your life. Most over eating is because of mindlessness — we just don’t pay attention to what goes in our stomachs!

SavorMindful Eating Mindful Life, by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and  Dr. Lilian Cheung,  presents the Buddhist perspective on weight control.  Before telling you what to eat, the authors focus on how you can become mindful.  Mindful of your eating, moving, and living in general.  The second half of the book presents action plans that you can follow.

The book focuses on the courage you need to look inside yourself, find and befriend your inner demons keeping you from losing weight, and then move forward from there.  While looking inside yourself, the authors warn you not to be harsh on yourself.  You’re not here to judge, but simply to understand.  When you’re mindful, you can examine yourself in a calm, detached way.

Savor wants you to embrace your issues with food and body image and tells you not to be hard on yourself. It would be impossible to change negative behaviors by choosing to acknowledge them. This is not like regular diet books and there is a lots of useful tidbits that make you think about your behaviour.

As long as you are heading in the right direction, you are making progress.  Be patient with yourself.  Even if you change one unhealthy habit a week, you will be making twenty-six changes in six months and fifty-two changes in one year.  Act with determination.  Practice diligently.  Take one moment at a time. –Savor
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