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Enjoy Every Sandwich by Lee Lipsenthal
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Feb 23, 2012

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Lee Lipsenthal, M.D.,ABIHM, a prominent doctor faces a diagnosis with a 90% mortality rate. He is used to giving advice to his patients and now he has become one. While he struggles through this disease, he helps the reader to understand the events after the diagnosis and why every day is truly important.

Interestingly enough, the title of the book comes from Warren Zevon, singer and songwriter, who appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. He said that he had learned to “…enjoy every sandwich” after being diagnosed with inoperable cancer.

Dr. Lipsenthal explains how every night he either wrote three things down or discussed with his wife, also a doctor, three things that he was grateful for each day. He explained that, “Gratitude became a small practice with a big payoff. In fact it is a vital part of savoring the sandwich of life.” By focusing on these positive things, he actually reprogramed his brain to look forward to good things each day and not focus on just negative incidents.

He also talks in detail about the importance of meditation and how this helped him cope with his diagnosis and gain focus by balancing his life. By being at peace, he no longer feared death; instead he felt anenormous amount of satisfaction in the life he had lived and releasing built-up anger from the past.

Dr. Lipsenthal discusses a Shift and Activate Technique where even in the worst of situations, he shifts his breathing and activates positive emotions where he can make the most out of any situation. This technique shows the real power of taking negative moments and turning them into something worthwhile, maybe even a tasty sandwich bite.

Finally, he ends the book with a powerful chapter pushing the reader to get past the walls that he or she has put up and to live the life that each one of us deserves. It is up to each person to enjoy every sandwich and Dr. Lipsenthal did just that.
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