Disclosures at end of post.
If you’ve been reading here for any length of time, you know that learning to be mindful about my actions (and inaction) played a large role in my successful weight loss and continues to work well for me with managing my weight. It’s an ongoing project and I still have work to do. While I continue to build a better habit of mindfulness of what I’m doing, I also want to learn more about being mindful of what I’m feeling.
Knowing that, you can imagine my delight when I was asked to review Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life,co-authored by Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung, a Harvard nutritionist.
Savor is a remarkable book that offers much more than the eat-less-move-more advice for dropping a few pounds. Combining ancient Buddhist wisdom and the modern science of nutrition, the authors say that, while eating healthy and increasing movement are important, how we eat, move, and think is every bit as critical if we are to change our behaviors and achieve full success. It’s an approach that might hold a few keys for those like me who “woke up fat one day” and then couldn’t figure out how to fix it.
There are three primary segments to Savor:
– A Buddhist Perspective on Weight Control
– Mindful Action Plans
– Individual and Collective Effort
These are followed by a wonderful resource (print and online) section as well as further discussions of mindfulness principles.
While I enjoyed Savor in its entirety, I lovedlovedloved the first section and believe it will help me improve my own mindfulness practices. The parables and stories used to demonstrate the principles being discussed were especially helpful, and I really appreciated that the “tone” throughout this section was kind and encouraging.
The section on developing mindful eating, moving, and living plans was also helpful. It contains many suggestions on dietary intake (some I agree with, some I don’t), as well as helpful counteractions to some of the roadblocks we put in our way. I do appreciate that while the authors recommend a plant-based diet only (citing health and environmental reasons), they also include helpful suggestions for readers who do eat meat.
The final section of Savor discusses individual and collective efforts, the interconnections of our behaviors with those of the world around us, and ways we can work to improve our communities and our world. Within it are fascinating examples of how seemingly small actions by various individuals have had profound effects on communities.
If you’re wanting to explore how living more mindfully might enrich your life, I highly recommend you check out Savor. It supported some of the things I’ve already learned and introduced a whole host of new ideas and directions to follow. You just might find some answers, too!
Intrigued but still undecided? Check out what these bloggers thought about the book.
– I was invited to participate in this book tour by the kind folks at TLC Book Tours, who provided a complimentary copy of the book. No other compensation was requested, offered, or received.
– Book link is through my Amazon affiliate account.