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26 March 2010

Book Tour & Review: Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung

Title: Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: March 9, 2010
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN: 978-0061697692
Genre: Philosophy/Spirituality

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From the Publisher:

Common sense tells us that to lose weight, we must eat less and exercise more. But somehow we get stalled. We start on a weight-loss program with good intentions but cannot stay on track. Neither the countless fad diets, nor the annual spending of $50 billion on weight loss helps us feel better or lose weight.

Too many of us are in a cycle of shame and guilt. We spend countless hours worrying about what we ate or if we exercised enough, blaming ourselves for actions that we can't undo. We are stuck in the past and unable to live in the present—that moment in which we do have the power to make changes in our lives.

With Savor, world-renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and Harvard nutritionist Dr. Lilian Cheung show us how to end our struggles with weight once and for all.

Offering practical tools, including personalized goal setting, a detailed nutrition guide, and a mindful living plan, the authors help us to uncover the roots of our habits and then guide us as we transform our actions. Savor teaches us how to easily adopt the practice of mindfulness and integrate it into eating, exercise, and all facets of our daily life, so that being conscious and present becomes a core part of our being.

It is the awareness of the present moment, the realization of why we do what we do, that enables us to stop feeling bad and start changing our behavior. Savor not only helps us achieve the healthy weight and well-being we seek, but it also brings to the surface the rich abundance of life available to us in every moment.

My Review:

Ever pondered why one eats when stressed? Tried dieting only to fall back into the same old routine weeks or months later? If so, Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life by Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung may be the book to read. The authors, while using an astonishing amount of documented research, point out some rather key functions of why so many fail on their diets, over-eat, or eat while stressed out. The authors suggest that rather than being obsessed with counting every calorie or trying to calculate whether or not enough calories were burned in one's last workout to allow a slice of cake, one should rather step back and take a look inward. One must consciously make oneself aware not only of how one eats and what one chooses to eat, but more importantly, one must understand one's innermost needs, desires, and actions. Savor is not only well written and well researched, the authors offer up sound advise, suggestions, substitutions, definitions, and illustrations to get their point across. Savor is a much-needed slice-of-reality book in today's society where just reading the appendices alone would benefit many readers, this one included. I cannot praise Savor enough.

To learn more about the authors, follow of Facebook or Twitter and to find out more about the book as well as resources check out the Savor website.

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I received a complimentary copy of Savor:Mindful Eating Mindful Life by Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung to be a part of this tour and offer my honest review of the novel. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



trish said...

I was just talking to a co-worker about why a friend of hers overeats, and we agreed that she needed to look inward, and until she did she wouldn't do well on diets. I think this is such an important concept and something I'm working on right now!

Thanks for being on this tour, Jennifer!

Naomi said...

My husband has been reading a lot of books by Thich Nhat Hanh lately, I am so curious to learn more about this!