energy intake and energy expended. This book is dierent. This book is not only about what to eat. This book also teaches how to eat.
If you are someone who is concerned about your weight, perhaps you have
tried dieting in the past. Maybe youhave gone from cutting calories, to excluding fats, to avoiding “carbs,” to taking a chance on the grapefruit diet or some other fad. Perhaps you have even lost weight—only to gain it right back within a few months. You know something is wrong and you feel not in control of your own body. You are convinced that something has to change, but where do you begin?
The answer, provided in this book, isnot to begin with what you put on
your plate. Rather, you begin with what is already inside you, with your awareness and experience of every moment you live—what the authors call mindfulness. While the concept of mindfulness derives from Buddhist teaching, anyone can become more mindful in nourishing our bodies. Many distractions in daily life reinforce the mindless ingestion of food, andmindless eating is a strong driver of weight gain and obesity. With awareness and practice, it is possible to become more mindful in our eating—and in our lives. This book tells you how to do it.
Authored by an eminent spiritual leader and a renowned nutritionist, this work infuses science into wisdom and wisdom into science. It is a practical guide to eating mindfully and points the way to attain ahealthier weight and a more satisfying life.
Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D.
President Institute of Medicine
The National Academies Washington, D.C.
IF YOU HAVE PICKED up Savor because you want more peace and happiness in everyday life, then you are in the right place. If you have picked up Savor because
you or someone you love is struggling with weight and in need ofpractical solutions, then this book is for you also.
Learning to eat and live mindfully is the key to experiencing health and peace.
This vision brought us, a Zen Buddhist Master and a nutritionist, together to take a fresh look at mindfulness and the problem of obesity that is spreading across the globe. It is clear that standard approaches are not working to stem the tide of weight gain and the burdenit creates for people and communities. More than a billion people worldwide are overweight—so many, in fact, that scientists call it an obesity epidemic. And while this is certainly an apt description of the outcome of eating too much and not moving enough, it does not fully describe what is going on. It is also a worldwide crisis largely brought on by social trends that distract and prevent usfrom doing the things that keep us in balance, healthy, and connected with our inner selves and our place in the world. Savor is a guide to help us all reconnect with these dierent aspects of our lives that together can improve our weight, our well-being, and the well-being of our world.
Common sense tells us that to lose weight, we must eat less and exercise more.
That is easier said than done,however. Many of us know that we need to eat less,
and we need to be more active. But somehow we get stuck. We start on a weight- loss program with only good intentions, but when we cannot stay on track, we feel
disappointed and discouraged. We become pessimistic, more and more unhappy
with our weight. We spend hours worrying about our future, blaming ourselves for what we’ve eaten or howinactive we’ve been in the past, and completely missing
the present moment—the moment in which we actually have the power to make real change in our lives.
To end our struggle, we must learn to not let regret, worry, or fear dominate our life in the present moment. Each minute we spend worrying about the future and
regretting the past is a minute we miss in our appointment with life—a missed...