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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).

mindful eatingAccording 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 chozenyour 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.

source: Shambala Sun, May 2009. Chozen Bays Roshi is co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon and has been my primary Zen teacher for nine years.

3 responses »

  1. Hello Peter I am here on a mission. I am passing along 2 blogging awards that I received in a tag -you’re -it pass it on kind of way, but only if you choose to accept. Here’s the mention in my blog. The awards are the Honest Scrap Award which I received from Marcus’ Journal and the Lemonade Award that came from the Humble Yogini.

    I see there is a piece on the Mindful Eating book in the most recent Tricycle Magazine (which also sports my little Forest Buddha on p 92!)

  2. Just purchased. Look forward to reading it.

  3. …sometimes what we hunger for isn’t food, but rather the feeling of being truly alive….Interesting!


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