Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life
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Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life

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by Thich Nhat Hanh, Lilian Cheung
     
 

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“Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama.” — New York Times

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 timeless

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“Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama.” — New York Times

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 timeless wisdom of Buddhism with nutrition science to deliver a revolutionary guide to end our struggles with weight for good. Readers of Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma), Barbara Kingsolver (Animal, Vegetable, Miracle), and the Dalai Lama (The Art of Happiness) will enjoy this accessible and healthful guide to mindful eating and mindful living—and to the philosophy at the heart of the slow food movement.

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Publishers Weekly
If Vietnamese Zen Buddhist master Nhat Hanh says the same thing over and over, it could be because not enough people have heard him, and those who have need a reminder. He speaks to both groups in this work, coauthored by Harvard nutritionist Cheung, urging mindfulness about what people put in their mouths. It's a diet book and a meditation book, an unusual hybrid that makes sense for Nhat Hanh because it applies his essential wisdom: pay attention; breathe. If you consistently do that, you'll eat less, and at least two-thirds of Americans surely need to follow that advice. This book adds a lot of eat-this-and-not-that rules, as well as exercise guidelines, delivering so much information the effect is a little overwhelming. But the core meditation instructions are quintessential Nhat Hanh, steely and loving. This could be the diet-and-exercise book for those who have failed using other methods and need a fresh approach. For Nhat Hanh's many fans, it is the sole wellness book they'll need to remind themselves to only pay attention.
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Library Journal
The First Noble Truth of healthy weight is that being overweight or obese is suffering. This may seem a bit dramatic to those not familiar with the tenets of Buddhism, but Thich Nhat Hanh, a renowned Buddhist teacher, writes that acknowledging suffering is the first step to transformation. The book's first half creates the context of Buddhist thought as it relates to healthy living. Readers who are less interested in Buddhism and more focused on losing weight may find that the philosophy drags on. Chapters 5 through 7, however, are sure to satisfy readers' practical sides as philosophy gives way to science and nutrition. The "Mindful Living Plan" in Chapter 7 puts it all together and presents a ten-week outline for gradual changes toward healthy living, including suggested meditations for each week. There is a strong emphasis on social support, abstinence from alcohol, and mindful activism. VERDICT Though there are many books on mindful eating on the shelves, this one is likely to be in demand owing to the author's name recognition.—Mindy Rhiger, St. Paul
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“The book is recommended not only for those seeking practical advice on how to control excesses leading to overweight but also to anyone wishing to bring balance into his or her everyday life.”
Harvard Magazine
“Together, Cheung and Hanh offer a primer on psychological and spiritual health, as well as a practical nutritional guide to healthier eating.”
Walter Willett
“Hanh and Cheung explore the convergence of nutritional science with Buddhist teaching and find complementary insights. Together, they provide approaches that help to heal both the individual and societal illness that is being manifested as an epidemic of obesity. Everyone can learn from this book.”
Harvey V. Fineberg
"Authored by an eminent spiritual leader and a renowned nutritionist, this work infuses science into wisdom and wisdom into science. It is a practical guide to eating mindfully and points the way to attain a healthier weight and a more satisfying life."
David S. Ludwig
“Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung, in Savor, have brought us a profoundly beautiful and powerful guide to mindful eating and living. Please savor it.”
From the foreword by Harvey V. Fineberg
“Authored by an eminent spiritual leader and a renowned nutritionist, this work infuses science into wisdom and wisdom into science. It is a practical guide to eating mindfully and points the way to attain a healthier weight and a more satisfying life.”
Tricycle Magazine
“...Not your average healthy-eating guide. ‘Savor’ may have us rethinking every bite, but maybe that’s just what we need..”
Basil & Spice
“Even if you already have your weight under control, implementing the exercises in this book is bound to enhance the presence and sensuous pleasure of your eating.”
Booklist
“This is a uniquely insightful and positive program for wellness; a book of tested wisdom; practical action; and intellectual, emotional, and spiritual nutriments.”
New York Times
“In their new book, “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life,” Lilian Cheung, a nutritionist at Harvard, and Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist teacher, give important advice to dieters about using Buddhist techniques of mindfulness to control overeating.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061697692
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

What People are saying about this

David S. Ludwig
“Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung, in Savor, have brought us a profoundly beautiful and powerful guide to mindful eating and living. Please savor it.”
Walter Willett
“Hanh and Cheung explore the convergence of nutritional science with Buddhist teaching and find complementary insights. Together, they provide approaches that help to heal both the individual and societal illness that is being manifested as an epidemic of obesity. Everyone can learn from this book.”

Meet the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master, poet, scholar, and peace activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is the author of many bestselling books, including the classics Peace Is Every Step, Fear, and The Art of Power. Hanh lives in Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and leads retreats worldwide.

Dr. Lilian Cheung is a lecturer and Director of Health Promotion and Communication at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition. She has been a co-investigator at Harvard Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity, which collaborates with community partners to design, implement and evaluate programs that improve nutrition and physical activity among children and youth. She is also the creator and editorial director of The Nutrition Source, the Harvard School of Public Health’s nutrition website for journalists, health professionals and consumers.

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Savor 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
jjneel2605 More than 1 year ago
Lilian Cheung and Thich Nhat Hanh meshed perfectly for a well crafted work on the fundamentals of eating and mindful eating in our world today. In my opinion it is geared strongly for a Western audience and addresses our over sized portion and lack of control in the area of eating. It also addresses the fundamental aspects of Buddhist thought in relation to being overweight. It is a must read for anyone (regardless of religion) who wants to learn more and open themselves up for healing in the area of how they eat and the weight control issue. With Cheung being a nutrionist you get the best of both worlds at once in this book. I highly recommend it to you as a reader of Thich Nhat Hanh's books or in the situation of desiring to lose weight but having failed numerous times before. This book is for you.
LindaK64 More than 1 year ago
I am a registered dietitian and bought the paper version for my mother while on a mindfulness retreat. I downloaded a digital version for myself to check it out first. The information presented, as well as the resources for further information/action are current and legitimate. I enjoyed the way they framed the healthy weight struggle within the idea of mindfulness. For most people I have counseled, that is really the issue. I hope more people choose to read this book.
Professor56 More than 1 year ago
Savor - Mindful Eating, Mindful Life is unique blend of practical steps to managing weight and exercise through a mindfulness approach. It would seem that the common sense nature of blending traditional concepts about weight loss and exercise with a centered, spiritual focus would make for easy application, but there is a tremendous amount of depth to the content of the book and as such the application needs to be step-by-step. That can seem difficult in a fix-it-now culture. Perhaps that's the challenge provided by the text and even noted in the title...stop and Savor the experience of where you are...in what you are doing...eating...experiencing. Thich Nhat Hanh writes as powerfully as ever and Dr. Cheung provides clear and concise information about eating and exercise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After my first one-day mindfulness retreat I said what I didn't like was the mindful eating: I just wanted to get it over with. The leader smiled compassionately, unsurprised. She didn't point out that I was the fattest person in the room. I mean, what would THAT have to do with anything? The authors assume you have a weight problem. They apply the principles of mindfulness to the suffering of obesity and its cure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not be fooled. This is a diet book, however its a really good diet book. Even if you do not need to loose weight you can just bypass all the diet talk and move ahead to the mindfulness of eating. I do not need to be on a diet but I really appreciated the tools and meditations provided to help me be more mindful of my food and the many methods of eating and consuming that I do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the paperback because I liked it and wanted to keep going over some of the material.
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Reads like Buddha telling me how to eat, i.e. a diet. I love yoga and so i do like the mindful principles which should be applied to all aspects of life.
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Still haven't finished this book yet. For me, it was interesting and in a way like a textbook/reading material for class. I think it is well organized and allows peoples to look at food and awareness of life in a new perspective.
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