Bays, J.C. (2009). Mindful eating: a guide to rediscovering a healthy and joyful relationship with food. Shambhala Publ. 240 pages, US$16.95, CAN$18.95 (paper).
According to the U.S. Department of Health, nearly two out of three American adults are overweight and it’s estimated that millions of Americans are bulimic or anorexic. A primary cause of this epidemic of eating disorders, says longtime Zen teacher Bays, is the lack of one essential human nutrient: mindfulness. Her book, Mindful eating, will help you learn to be present at the table—to notice how each bite looks, feels, smells, and tastes. This in turn will allow you to identify your habits with food; tap into your body’s innate wisdom about what, when, and how much to eat; and develop a more compassionate attitude toward yourself and your food difficulties.
Jan Chozen Bays MD has been teaching mindful eating for more than twenty years. Her book is peppered with exercises and the real-life stories of people who have discovered that, although the palate offers many pleasures, sometimes what we hunger for isn’t food, but rather the feeling of being truly alive.