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Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung

Mindful Eating, Mindful Life

4.2 (143 ratings)
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Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung is a guide to mindful eating that encourages readers to slow down and appreciate their food. The book provides tips on how to cultivate a healthy relationship with food and make eating a more joyful and satisfying experience.

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    Buddhist teachings backed up by nutritional science provide an effective, holistic method to tackling your weight problem.

    There is a growing, multi-billion-dollar weight-loss industry in the West, but, despite this, rates of obesity have increased to epidemic levels. Many people spend years struggling to lose weight with fad diets and pills, often with very little success. Clearly, the current market solutions are failing to solve their weight problems. 

    The reason the weight-loss industry is not solving people’s weight problems is that it pays little attention to the deeper issues of physical, psychological and spiritual suffering. This suffering is not just the individual’s responsibility; it is also the result of wider societal influences.

    Society today encourages more eating and less exercise – mass advertising promotes excessively salty, sugary and fatty foods, while meals have become oversized. At the same time, people’s lifestyles have become much more sedentary. For example, the average North American home contains more TVs than people, and studies confirm that spending several hours a day in front of the TV is highly correlated with obesity.

    Given these issues, it is evident that to tackle your weight problem you need to be aware of how forces in society are impacting your own life; namely, how they encourage an unhealthy lifestyle that causes you to suffer, and how this suffering in turn causes you to eat more. If you reflect deeply on this vicious cycle, then you can begin to resist it.

    This is where a Buddhist approach gets to the heart of the problem. It teaches you how to gain deep insight into the suffering that underlies your unhealthy lifestyle. This insight enables you to take control of your thoughts, feelings and behavior so that you can transform your life.

    Combining the approaches of Buddhism and the advice of nutritional science, you have a sustainable, holistic method to losing weight and transforming your life.

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    What is Savor about?

    Savor (2010) provides advice and inspiration on how to find inner peace, joy and strength – especially for those trying to sustainably lose weight – with Buddhist teachings and techniques for appreciating the richness of life in the present moment. It also draws on the latest nutritional science research on the best ways to eat and exercise, presenting readers with a holistic method for improving their physical, psychological and spiritual well-being, and thereby transforming their lives.

    Savor Review

    Savor (2010) by Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung shares valuable wisdom on mindful eating and living a healthy lifestyle. Here's why this book is definitely worth reading:

    • Offers practical advice on how to cultivate a balanced relationship with food, leading to improved physical and mental well-being.
    • Combines scientific research with personal stories, allowing readers to understand the benefits of mindful eating in a relatable and accessible way.
    • Highlights the importance of enjoying and savoring each meal, promoting a more mindful approach to eating and bringing greater joy to our daily lives.

    Who should read Savor?

    • Anyone wanting to sustainably lose weight
    • Anyone wanting more peace and happiness in everyday life

    About the Author

    Thich Nhat Hanh was an internationally renowned Buddhist monk from Vietnam. He was also a peace activist and a prolific author, having published some 100 books during his life. 

    Lilian Cheung lectures at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also the creator of “The Nutrition Source,” a website for journalists, health professionals and consumers.

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    What is the main message of Savor?

    The main message of Savor is to cultivate mindfulness and savor every moment to find joy and happiness.

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    Is Savor a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Savor is a worthwhile read as it teaches valuable lessons on mindful eating and living, promoting overall well-being.

    Who is the author of Savor?

    The authors of Savor are Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung.

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