Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food
As we approach the holiday season, we want to help ease your mind a bit and help you learn to free yourself of unhealthy habits when it comes to eating. This Shambhala title explores the option of mindfulness to free ourselves from unhealthy eating habits. Jan Chozen Bays, MD explains it all to us in this excerpt from Mindful Eating.
Our struggles with food cause tremendous emotional distress, including guilt, shame and depression. As a physician, I’ve also seen how our eating problems can lead to debilitating diseases and even to premature death. According to the US Department of Health, nearly 2 out of 3 American adults are overweight or obese. It’s also estimated that millions of Americans suffer from anorexia or bulimia. One could call this an epidemic of eating disorders, but I prefer to think of the problem as an increasingly unbalanced relationship to food.
One of the primary causes of this imbalance is a lack of an essential human nutrient, mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act of paying full nonjudgmental attention to our moment to moment experience. This book explores how we can use mindfulness to free ourselves from unhealthy eating habits and improve our overall quality of life. Right now we’re in need of a fresh approach to our eating problems because the conventional methods aren’t working. Research shows that no matter what diet people undertake, no matter what kinds of food they stop or start eating, they lose an average of only 8 to 11 pounds and then gain it back in about a year. Only a few individuals are successful in losing a significant amount of weight and not regaining it. We can see that dieting is not the answer.
- Michelle Wesley