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Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food

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This book introduces and adapts the concepts of mindfulness and acceptance to the observation and management of eating habits. The result is a series of exercises and meditations that reinforce healthy habits and lead to greater tranquility at meals.

The book describes the four foundations of mindful eating: mindfulness of the mind, the body, the feelings, and the thoughts.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published April 9th 2003 by New Harbinger Publications (first published March 2003)
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May 05, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not just another diet book; more like the anti-diet book. In fact, the author of this book would probably not approve of depriving yourself of the foods you love, because that can lead to binge-eating when your body and brain feel like they're not getting what they want. Instead, this book encourages you to listen to your body's cues. Enjoy your treats in smaller portions, using all five senses. Instead of cramming food into your mouth in a trance, stop to think about how it feels in your finger ...more
Lisa Vegan
Feb 03, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who has eating or body image issues, very mild to very severe
This book is an excellent adjunct to a book such as Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn or another general mindfulness book. While it stands on its own, both a general mindfulness book and, most importantly, a class or a therapy, is, in my opinion, the best combination of tools needed to deal with any type of mindless eating or other mindless behavior. There was nothing new for me in this book, as I expected, but unlike what I anticipated, I really enjoyed reading it, and feel that it’s a ...more
Oct 02, 2012 Traci rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I have heard a lot about mindfullness but I've never really read up much on it. However, I have been aware that mindfullness is being present and in the moment with everything you do. This book, takes the idea of mindfullness and works on establishing a healthy eating lifestyle to help you lose or maintain weight. It's not so much a dieting book, but rather, a book that helps you deal with cravings, boredom eating, that kind of thing.

As someone that struggles with a few of the things presented i
Jess Michaels
Oct 28, 2015 Jess Michaels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I really loved this book. Albers writes in a simple, non-judgmental way and does a nice introduction to mindfulness in general, as well as turning those concepts to food. Very helpful and adopting some of her methods is already making me see changes in myself.
Jennifer W
I found part 1 to be the least helpful. I don't know if it's because I have some concepts of mindfulness, or maybe I just couldn't identify with the people she was portraying. However parts 2 and on were much more helpful. I really liked the tip of "if you know you want to emotionally eat, do something mindful for 5 minutes, even if it's suck on a hard candy." A lot of my emotional eating is sweets, so a hard candy can give me that little bit of sugar while I also have a chance to examine what e ...more
Dec 10, 2011 amy rated it did not like it
I typically do not find myself drawn to self-help books, but my nutritionist suggested I borrow her copy in the hopes that it would give me a few additional tools to aid in my recovery.

Eating Mindfully is a quick read, and while I found a few useful points and exercises to practice, there was a recurring "theme" that bothered me. Some of the skill-building exercises suggest an ethnocentric approach to the healing process that takes place between those with unhealthy eating habits and food. It be
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I liked the basic information. It reminded me a bit of Women, Food & God by Geneen Roth at the beginning and I think because I happened to read that book first (a couple of years ago) I felt like some of Eating Mindfully to be repetitious information.

Further into the book, I DID find it repetitious. I get it. Pay attention. Slow Down. Don't assign emotions & good/bad to food. It's food. Eat when hungry, don't eat when you're not. I think the book could've been several 'chapters' shorter
Jun 23, 2012 Taffy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
First Line:

"Imagine for a moment that you are holding a bowl of chicken noodle soup."

Thus starts the voyage of eating mindfully. The chapter headings tell the reader what they will learn:

Mindful of the mind

Mindful of the body

Mindful of the feelings

Mindful of the thoughts

Mindful eating motivations

As the reader learns the different ways s/he appraoaches food and eating, it gets easier to pick the right foods. Pay attention to what your body is telling you.
Jan 27, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.”
~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

With a third of the American population obese and that figure projected to increase to half of the population by 2030, what we eat is becoming a critical health epidemic.

There are a plethora of diet and health books in the marketplace. Susan Albers’ Eating Mindfully (2nd edition) stands out as an overall mind-body approach. Rather than focusing on calories, start/stop eating times, protein vs. carbohydrate ratios, e
Debra Brunk
Dec 19, 2015 Debra Brunk rated it it was ok
This was a required book for a graduate course, along with one by Jan Chozen Bays. While Albers' does a good job introducing the concept of mindful eating, I don't think the book is particularly well organized. The initial questionnaire on the seven skills is not a good substitute for the more formal Mindful Eating Questionnaire. In addition, I found many of the questions in the book to be poorly thought out - very black and white. In my case, I found that I didn't really fall into any of her pr ...more
Feb 27, 2012 Kat rated it it was amazing
Clear, simple, and innovative.
Contains many activities, techniques, and directives that are useful in my therapy groups.
Of all the books I have read about coping with and recovering from eating disorders and disordered eating patterns, this is one of the best.
Sep 01, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it
Good sound advice with a sprinkle of Buddhism. Easier said than done!
Feb 11, 2015 Keksisbaby rated it really liked it
Man könnte „eating mindfully“ für einen weiteren Ratgeber, zum Thema abnehmen halten. Aber hier wird das Konzept von einer neuen Seite beleuchtet. Keine Verbote, sondern einfach nur Achtsamkeit. Achtsamkeit in Bezug auf Essen, Körper und Geist. Wie schnell ist ein Muffin achtlos verschlungen oder das Mittagessen heruntergestürzt, weil man in Gedanken schon wieder beim nächsten Projekt ist. Und Abends wenn man nach Hause kommt, ist man vor dem Fernseher schnell auf dem Boden der Chipstüte angelan ...more
Sep 01, 2010 Niki rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, and it's a quick and easy read. It reads like a novel but also as a kind of how-to manual, with many different exercises that one can adapt and apply to his/her own life and eating habits.
I think what I liked most was the approach. This is not a diet book with recipes. It doesn't tell you what you should or should not be eating. Instead it is an encouragement to approach the foods that you put in your body with awareness, mindfulness, purpose.
Not everything in this bo
Apr 22, 2013 Zelda rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This book has some useful ideas and suggestions but it takes a long time to say them and gets bogged down with repeating itself; a criticism not unusual for a book about dieting/eating. Her core philosophy derives from the study of Buddhism though no knowledge or practice of Buddhism is necessary. If you were to implement all of her suggestions your entire life would be dedicated to eating. Or not eating. But it would all involve thinking about eating or trying not to think about eating. Good lu ...more
Apr 18, 2015 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Want to change how you approach food
This book is NOT a diet book. It does NOT have any new discoveries. It is NOT meant to be just read.

This book IS a framework to help you work on changing (unwanted) thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It uses mindfulness, a technique/style of Buddhism. You do not have to be Buddhist or religious in any sense for it to be useful. There are tons of books about diets, eating, etc. and quite a few using mindfulness. IMO the important thing is whether the book 'clicks' with you. Pick up a copy and th
Kristen Stieffel
Good but not life-changing

Of course by now I should know that a book isn't going to change my life. This one does contain lots of practical tactics to curb senseless eating. The chapter called "Checklist for Emotional Eaters" was particularly useful, because yes, that's totally me. But to get there one must wade through a lot of touchy-feely Buddhist philosophy about accepting yourself, yadda yadda. A bit boring in places. Still informative, but I'm glad I had this from the library instead of b
Apr 25, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I did not read the first edition of Eating Mindfully, but I can relate to being the Occasional Mindless Eater and appreciate the addition. The whole book has a very new age feel to it that might turn off certain readers, but at the end of the day there is nothing wrong with slowing down and metacognitively thinking about what you think about food. Some of the exercises are repetitive, but I was able to find a few in each category that I know I will use from now on. I specifically like the idea o ...more
Jan 07, 2008 stephanie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE

honestly, i think this might be the one book i would give someone who wanted to know about mindfulness. it not only has EXCELLENT examples of what mindfulness is, it incorporates it in a very real, healthy way into how we eat.

this is sincerely one of the best books i have read in a long, long time about either subject - mindfulness, or eating. i would give this as a gift to everyone i know. i probably will.

but dude, annice and amy, y
Mirjam Visscher
Mar 17, 2015 Mirjam Visscher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
Ben je altijd als eerste klaar met eten?
Heb je eetbuien of doe je al lang aan de lijn?
Eet je structureel te weinig? En maak je je zorgen hoe je eruit ziet? Stap je iedere dag in spanning op de weegschaal?

Ik val dus in categorie 1, structureel. Snaaien en lijnen kan ik ook over meepraten..
Toen ik dit boek las, viel er een kwartje: ik let helemaal niet op wat ik eet, hoe het smaakt, hoe het voelt. Wel een beetje natuurlijk, maar nooit echt aandachtig.
Dit boek geeft je stevige handvatten om aandach
Feb 07, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
I love the Buddha quotes to begin the chapters, but I sped read from about 33% through this book. It suffers from what most non-fiction books suffer from: bloat and repetition! This could have been told in 5 articles, max. It needed a good technical editor!
Lisa Pharris
Jan 16, 2016 Lisa Pharris rated it it was amazing
Simple adjunct to Intuitive Eating book. Being mindful in life makes everything better. Carrying mindfulness over to every day eating only makes sense. She helped me get there in a nonjudgemental approach
Chrissy Finn
Jun 09, 2015 Chrissy Finn rated it it was amazing
Fabulous little book - a real gem! Practical, easy to follow ideas that can be implemented anywhere, anytime. And, they really work! Feeling differently - and better - about food - and lost some weight too :)
Deborah Martinez
Mar 08, 2016 Deborah Martinez rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book overall. I liked how it encourages you not to diet, but to be mindful of what you are eating and putting into your body, and the reasons behind your choices.

Aug 16, 2015 Shana rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I am definitely a mindless eater, and this book gave me some great tips to help overcome that. I finished it in a day, it is a quick read.
Jun 23, 2012 Loree rated it really liked it
This book was filled with a lot of new ideas for me and was right on target for what I wanted. I'm just at the beginning of targeting some of these eating patterns and will be easier able to identify them. The book isn't a strict "how-to", but does give some strategies for dealing with situations and habits you find yourself repeating regarding mindless eating. Being more mindful in all areas of my life would be a good thing; letting go of the past, not projecting into the future but allowing co ...more
Alana Von
Apr 08, 2014 Alana Von rated it it was amazing
Short and easy to read. A quick reminder of how to embrace and eating culture focused on experience and enjoyment rather than rules and regulations.
Feb 03, 2013 Jess rated it liked it
This was a really interesting read for me and what I really loved was that this is not a diet book. It's not about calorie restriction and it's not about fads. Rather, it's about carefully thinking about what you are eating and more importantly HOW you are eating the foods you choose. Eating mindfully is a process that helps you think more about the food you are eating which will also help you to reevaluate your own bodies signals about food in general.

There were a lot of good suggestions that I
Angela Blood
Only 3 stars because it was redundant for me because I've already read and practiced mindfulness. For somebody who does not know about mindfulness, this book would be fantastic.
Jan 17, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
Very informative and inspirational Buddha quotes, however I strongly disagreed with some points
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Dr. Susan Albers is a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic and the author of seven books. Her work has been quoted in O, the Oprah Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Self Magazine and Natural Health. She provides mindful eating lectures at women's groups, organizations and colleges. Dr. Albers has been a guest on NPR and Dr. OZ T.V. show. Be a facebook fan https://www.face ...more
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