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Published on February 11th, 2012 | by No Artificial


Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life

Mindful eating is not a diet. It’s about the simple but powerful act of eating slower without multitasking.

Mindfulness might be described as bringing complete attention to the present experience – the moment-by-moment awareness of life.
When we eat too fast, especially while we work, drive, or in front of TV, our brains are not focused on the eating process, but on the goal of filling our stomachs. Unfortunately, a filled stomach does not create satiety, a pleasant feeling of fullness in the brain.

Usually when we eat in a rush we get the calories but no real nourishment that our body needs. The lack of nourishment can show up as cravings for carbs, depression, fatigue, lack of motivation, enthusiasm, weight problems and eating disorders.

In Savor, New York Times bestselling author and renowned spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh (Peace Is Every Step, The Art of Power) and Harvard nutritionist Dr. Lilian Cheung combine the wisdom of Buddhism with nutrition science to deliver a guide to end our struggles with weight problems once and for all.
They not only help us achieve the healthy weight but also a well-being by integrating practice of mindfulness into all aspects of our daily life.

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One Response to Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life

  1. Enrique says:

    I’m so glad you have brought mindfulness to the forefront of our group. Mindfulness can be cultivated in the easiest of ways … so simple, in fact, that people often don’t do it. (What is this predilection to be bored by the simple?) I missed the session on mindfulness, so forgive me if you’ve covered this but here are two simple exercises that you can do most any time of day:This will seem almost ridiculous, but when doing one thing, we often have a barrage of thoughts streaming through our consciousness. So here is one way to remind yourself to focus on what you’re doing. Say, for example, you are driving. Talk to yourself about what you are doing at that moment. “I am driving. I am on this street and checking my mirror. I am now going to signal a change in lanes. I am here, now, driving.” You get the picture. For a few minutes a day, practice breathing. “Practice!?” you may say. Most of us don’t breathe properly. From the deepest part of the base of our belly breathe in to the count of 8. Hold it for a count of 4. Breathe out to the count of 8 and squeeze the air out of your lungs and belly as you exhale. Here is the mindfulness part … be conscious of your breathing. Feel your lungs and belly expand, the small of your back relax into the breathe. While you focus on your breathing – even if for a few minutes – you start to quiet your brain and focus on one thing at a time. You become more mindful of what is going on at that very moment. In a simple little book called True Love; a Practice for Awakening the Heart, I read the following: “The past is no longer there, the future is not here yet; there is only one moment in which life is available and that is the present moment….bring body and mind back to the present moment so that you do not miss your appointment with life.”…and you don’t even have to rush to make that appointment!

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