Last week, I wrote about mindful eating which reminds me of another diet book called, “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life” by Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh and Doctor and Dietitian Lilian Cheung.
The book combines Buddhist spirituality with nutrition facts. Religion and science in one book? Let’s see how well they gel.
Nhat Hanh reviews mediation techniques in the book to help us become more mindful, slow down, and think more about what we are putting into our bodies. The meditations center around the core of Buddhism which is all about becoming completely aware of oneself and your surroundings.
The book gives detailed instructions on how to figure out what is blocking you from being completely mindful when you eat and how to overcome those obstacles. Nhat Hanh discusses stress and emotional eating as well as becoming mindful in everyday life.
The nutritionist, Lilian Cheung, advises specific diet and exercise guidelines to go together with the meditations. She gives readers an idea of how to shop at the grocery store and some simple recipe ideas. The nutrition approach is vegetarian based, and scientifically backed. However, this part of the book is a little basic and you can get this information almost anywhere.
The authors also get the reader to think about where food comes from when you are eating it. Perhaps if we take more time to think about and choose where our food comes from, we become more mindful and appreciative of our eating in the process.
The Savor Diet may not be for everyone. Those who strictly follow another religion or those not willing to explore a more spiritual side of dieting, may not like this method. But, for many of us, I see this book as a great tool to explore a completely different dieting method that may prove to be highly effective.
The book can be found at Amazon here.