Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food (Includes CD)

Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food (Includes CD)

Jan Chozen Bays

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 1590305310

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The art of mindfulness can transform our struggles with food—and renew our sense of pleasure, appreciation, and satisfaction with eating. Drawing on recent research and integrating her experiences as a physician and meditation teacher, Dr. Jan Bays offers a wonderfully clear presentation of what mindfulness is and how it can help with food issues.

Mindful eating is an approach that involves bringing one's full attention to the process of eating—to all the tastes, smells, thoughts, and feelings that arise during a meal. Whether you are overweight, suffer from an eating disorder, or just want to get more out of life, this book offers a simple tool that can make a remarkable difference.

In this book, you'll learn how to:

   • Tune into your body's own wisdom about what, when, and how much to eat
   • Eat less while feeling fully satisfied
   • Identify your habits and patterns with food
   • Develop a more compassionate attitude toward your struggles with eating
   • Discover what you're really hungry for

Mindful Eating also includes a 75-minute audio CD containing guided exercises led by the author.

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appears. The eyes roam over an appealing array, a fresh Meyer lemon tart with a flower of whipped cream on top, a dark chocolate mousse with ginger shavings, a thick slice of apple pie oozing caramel filling, New York cheesecake in raspberry sauce . . . Hmmm . . . Even though the stomach is protesting, “I’m too full. Please, no more!” the eyes are enchanted (and it’s hard to send the expectant young waitress back without an order). The decision is no longer whether to have a dessert but which

fix it.” There is an underlying, pervasive, restless feeling of unsatisfactoriness. There is a gap between you and the rest of the world. You eat, but you don’t really taste or enjoy. Most unbalanced relationships with food are caused by being unaware of heart hunger. No food can ever satisfy this form of hunger. To satisfy it, we must learn how to nourish our hearts. We will not find full satisfaction in food, no matter how delicious, if we do not nourish the heart on a daily basis. Conversely,

event, and purposely stir yourself up by recalling your distress, anger, or frustration. Think about how you would like to get revenge if you could. Hint: If you need help generating a distressing recent memory three different times (as the exercise progresses), here are some other possible topics to bring to mind. • Recall something upsetting you heard on the morning news or read in the newspaper. • Recall a time when someone wronged you, cheated you, or betrayed you. • Bring to mind a

ferociously, “forsaking food and sleep altogether.” He met an old hermit who prescribed several practices that eventually restored Hakuin Zenji to health. One of these was a variation of a body scan called the “soft butter meditation.” Here are the hermit’s instructions. You may wish to try them. Imagine that a lump of soft butter, pure in color and fragrance and the size and shape of a duck egg, is suddenly placed on the top of your head. As it begins to slowly melt, it imparts an exquisite

reach. Sometimes you can detect this feeling of unease when you realize that there are no more snack packages in your desk drawer. Sometimes you can detect this feeling of unease when you are driving and find that there are no munchies in the glove compartment or no Starbucks in this part of town. Is it OK for you to feel empty? Most people would probably answer, “No.” They like the feeling of fullness in their abdomen. It is comforting. As they investigate mindful eating, they may discover that

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