January 10, 2009

Book review + Flash Sale: Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food (Jan Chozen Bays, MD)

Buy Now for 50% off! (was $24.95, now $12.48)

It’s no secret that our relationship with our food is pretty screwed up.  Between genetic modifications, factory farming, and our “eat and run” mentality, it’s rather sad that the one thing that can not only fuel us but nurture our relationships with others and ourselves is relegated to an afterthought.  Through her book, Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food, Dr. Bays seeks to change that. Without the use of complicated charts and statistics, Bays encourages the reader to adopt a more healthy attitude and approach to eating and drinking.  Mindful Eating contains not only a great deal of information around why it is important to eat more mindfully, but also a series of exercises designed to make the reader more aware of food on a variety of levels from the physical to the mental to the emotional.  Bays fully explores our relationships with food, including how we become conditioned to approach it based on various factors like our culture, gender, and so forth without condemning any particular form of conditioning.  In fact, through Mindful Eating, she offers a new way to “reprogram” the way we think about and consume our food.  While the author uses Buddhist principles this definitely isn’t strictly a “Buddhist book;” her intended audience seems to be those who have various issues and even disorders around food, but this book truly is for anyone who would like to take a step back and gain a greater sense of enjoyment from a cup of tea or their holiday meals.  Includes a cd of guided exercises; on sale this February from Shambhala Publications and at your local, independent bookstore. (Tell ’em you saw it on Elephant Journal!)

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Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.