Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time

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Do you use food to comfort yourself when you're feeling depressed or stressed? Do you sometimes eat simply because you're bored? There are so many opportunities to snack and overeat mindlessly, it's no wonder that most diets fail. But mindless eating can lead to health problems, obesity, and a feeling that you've lost control. Eating the Moment offers 141 mindfulness activities to help you listen to your body, understand why you're eating, and control your cravings if you're eating out of habit or because of your...

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Overview

Do you use food to comfort yourself when you're feeling depressed or stressed? Do you sometimes eat simply because you're bored? There are so many opportunities to snack and overeat mindlessly, it's no wonder that most diets fail. But mindless eating can lead to health problems, obesity, and a feeling that you've lost control. Eating the Moment offers 141 mindfulness activities to help you listen to your body, understand why you're eating, and control your cravings if you're eating out of habit or because of your emotions. You won't find any start dates, dieting tips, or meal plans in this book, just practical and meaningful exercises to help you end mindless eating and begin nourishing yourself in healthy and fulfilling ways.

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"Eating the Moment is a quick, enjoyable read full of creative, clever exercises and insightful, thought-provoking text. Rather than being shamed into deprivation, readers are taught original exercises to help them learn about their palates and manage their appetites. Who knew that weight control could be so fun and empowering?"
—Dina Cheney, author of Tasting Club

"In Eating the Moment, Somov gives you the practical tools you need to reap the rewards of eating more mindfully. Read it and discover how to have a relationship with food that is smarter, healthier, more conscious, and enjoyable."
—Deborah Kesten, MPH, author of The Enlightened Diet

"Somov is one of the most creative psychologists around. He is knowledgeable about research-based and effective therapy techniques. He is aware of Eastern philosophies, and Buddhism in particular. And he is a productive therapist who knows how to translate knowledge into personal action for clients. All of these gifts are evident in Somov’s book, Eating the Moment, which is not only informative, not only good reading, but also tremendously helpful in the most difficult area of behavior change—losing and keeping off weight."
—Stanton Peele, Ph. D., JD, author of Seven Tools to Beat Addiction and Addiction-Proof Your Child

"Eating the Moment is a thoughtful feast for those who want to understand the psychology of eating and how to overcome mindlessness with food. The 141 eating practices are easy-to-grasp appetizers for becoming more aware, overcoming craving, and transforming your experience with food. If you have ever wanted a primer on eating skills that you never learned at home or in school, this book is an excellent place to start.
—Donald Altman, author of Meal by Meal and Art of the Inner Meal

"Eating the Moment is a quick, enjoyable read full of creative, clever exercises and insightful, thought-provoking text. Rather than being shamed into deprivation, readers are taught original exercises to help them learn about their palates and manage their appetites. Who knew that weight control could be so fun and empowering?"
—Dina Cheney, author of Tasting Club

"In Eating the Moment, Somov gives you the practical tools you need to reap the rewards of eating more mindfully. Read it and discover how to have a relationship with food that is smarter, healthier, more conscious, and enjoyable."
—Deborah Kesten, MPH, author of The Enlightened Diet

"Somov is one of the most creative psychologists around. He is knowledgeable about research-based and effective therapy techniques. He is aware of Eastern philosophies, and Buddhism in particular. And he is a productive therapist who knows how to translate knowledge into personal action for clients. All of these gifts are evident in Somov’s book, Eating the Moment, which is not only informative, not only good reading, but also tremendously helpful in the most difficult area of behavior change—losing and keeping off weight."
—Stanton Peele, Ph. D., JD, author of Seven Tools to Beat Addiction and Addiction-Proof Your Child

"Eating the Moment is a thoughtful feast for those who want to understand the psychology of eating and how to overcome mindlessness with food. The 141 eating practices are easy-to-grasp appetizers for becoming more aware, overcoming craving, and transforming your experience with food. If you have ever wanted a primer on eating skills that you never learned at home or in school, this book is an excellent place to start.
—Donald Altman, author of Meal by Meal and Art of the Inner Meal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572245433
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 383,355
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Pavel G. Somov. Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. The mindful-eating program presented in this book uses techniques and tools he developed for his clients. He has successfully used similar mindfulness-based interventions with substance abusers in recovery. Somov emigrated from Russia at the age of twenty-one and became a US citizen in 1996. He received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2000

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

    Inspiring and helpful

    As a long-term (30 + years) 'on-again, off-again' dieter, I have read more than a few self-help books on the subject of eating. "Eating The Moment" not only provides practical exercises, it is also fun to read! The feeling that you are having a conversation with the author makes it easy to take the suggested mindfulness exercises and apply them to your own situation, whether it be addictive behavior with food or simply that, like me, you really, REALLY like to eat! Thank you, Dr. Somov, for new insights into so many aspects of our relationship with the food we eat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

    A Great Read!!!

    Pavel G. Somov cuts to the core of people¿s unhealthy patterns of eating in his book, ¿Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time.¿ Dr. Somov¿s training as a counseling psychologist and experience in working with people trying to overcome addictive behaviors makes him a credible and authentic voice for those struggling to overcome their issues with eating. His easy-to-follow practices are based on the Buddhist principal of mindfulness and are not only clinically relevant, but are practically based and can be used as a foundation for any eating regime.

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

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    Not impressed

    Most of the tips are to write everything down. Thats about 3/4 of all the rules. There are a few really good ones which I use going forward. But not worth reading the whole book.

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  • Posted January 10, 2009

    A Reader-Friendly Guide to Mindful Eating

    With its focus on mindfulness, Eating the Moment presents what is often a missing link in the battle to overcome eating issues. Dr. Somov writes about the important distinction between the typical ¿sprint¿ toward weight loss that is so common in dieting approaches and is so often a temporary fix, and a long-term change in lifestyle that results in lasting, healthful change. Somov¿s writing is smart, funny, and thoughtful. The activities are presented in an easily digestible format that is applicable to a wide range of readers ¿ from those who are interested in changing their eating habits, to those who are interested in understanding more about their relationship with food, to professionals who are looking for creative, effective ways to help their clients.

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  • Posted November 30, 2008

    An engaging, practical guide to mindful eating

    From the inviting cover to the meaningful ending, Eating the Moment is an engaging and very useful book. Somov's style is informative, respectful, and often playful- very enjoyable to read. His suggestions for awareness-building and habit-modifying exercises are diverse enough to provide useful tools for readers of all mindfulness skill-levels. This book is quite valuable, and you can learn a great deal from it, even before experimenting with the exercises. I enthusiastically recommend this book for anyone seeking to develop a more balanced, self-nurturing experience of eating.

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