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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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Not just another diet book; more like the anti-diet book. In fact, this book would 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 fingers, how it looks on the ...more
Lisa Vegan
Feb 03, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Jess Michaels
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.
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
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
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
Jun 23, 2012 Taffy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
“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
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.
Good sound advice with a sprinkle of Buddhism. Easier said than done!
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
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 3 of 5 stars
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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

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
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
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
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!
Chrissy Finn
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 :)
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.
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
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.
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.
Very informative and inspirational Buddha quotes, however I strongly disagreed with some points
This book was extremely helpful to me with my eating habits and not only eating but everyday living. It helped open up my eyes to my actions. Everyone should read this.
Dec 03, 2007 Brandon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Therapist, Individuals with Food Issues
Shelves: psychology
The author does an excellent job of applying mindfullness strategies specifically to food. The author is a psychologist with a history of treating clients suffering from eating disorders, so you will find a lot of practical knowledge in tihs book. Although I loved the book, the book had too many exercises in it to warrant a 5 star rating. I think the author does an excellent job of introducing the reader to general mindfulness techniques, too.

I would highly urge therapists to read this if they
Nicole Livingston
Great read. I've already started implementing the mindful eating tips and have noticed great changes. Not only physically eating better (and less) but emotionally being more in tune and truly enjoying my meals.
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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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