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Mindful Eating: a guide to rediscovering a healthy and joyful relationship with food (revised edition)
Food. It should be one of life's great pleasures, yet many of us have such a conflicted relationship with it that we miss out on that most basic of satisfactions. But it is possible-and not really all that difficult-to reclaim the joy of eating, according to Dr. Jan Bays, and mindfulness is the key. Her approach involves bringing one's full attention to the process of eating-to all the tastes, smells, thoughts, and feelings that arise during a meal. She shows how to- A Tune into your body's own wisdom about what, when, and how much to eat A Eat less while feeling fully satisfied A Identify your habits and patterns with food A Develop a more compassionate attitude toward your struggles with eating A Discover what you're really hungry for 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 transform your relationship with food into one of ease and delight. This new edition, updated throughout, contains a new chapter on how to provide children with a foundation in mindful eating that will serve them well all the rest of their lives. It also includes a link to a 75-minute on-line audio program of mindful eating exercises led by the author.
JAN CHOZEN BAYS, MD, is a pediatrician and a Zen teacher who has taught mindful eating in a variety of contexts for nearly thirty years. She is co-abbot of the Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie (near Portland), Oregon, and teaches her Art of Mindful Eating workshops for individuals as well as health care professionals.