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Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,864 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
End Your Struggle with Weight.
Your Path Begins Here.

With the scientific expertise of Dr. Lilian Cheung in nutrition and Thich Nhat Hanh's experience in teaching mindfulness the world over, Savor not only helps us achieve the healthy weight and well-being we seek, but also brings to the surface the rich abundance of life available to us in every moment.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by HarperOne (first published 2010)
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Ani
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book offered me a personal revelation. It will always be highly revered for that fact, but honestly...I will never recommend this book.

I prefer to read Daoist writings on mindfulness because I just can't believe the pretentiousness that many Buddhists lace into their writing. I don't blame Thich Nhat Hanh, as I don't think he wrote any of this, was just around for the process and encouragement. I don't like being told by anyone that my way of life is a sin or is wrong. I do not like being t
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Mrs. Europaea
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Wai-Yin Cheung present not just another weight loss fad but an actual guide to show how one can build a strong foundation to living a mindful life by coining three essential terms: inEating, inMoving, inBreathing. With these three terms the authors repeatedly demonstrate how ones personal diet is connected to our most basic actions and more importantly, how to change not just your diet but your entire mindset for long term
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Bam
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought the hardcover edition of this book when it first came out in 2010. I can tell just how far I'd gotten into it when I put it aside by the highlighting I'd done up to that point--about 50 pages. I don't know why; maybe it just wasn't the right time. Because this time around it has reawakened the desire to practice mindfulness, not just with food, but in all aspects of my life.
Quinn
Jul 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a Buddhist, I really appreciate this book about eating, health, and exercise that is written from a perspective of mindfulness. It is helping me overcome some of my own barriers to regular exercise and helping me examine my eating habits.

My only critique is that the first chapter consistently equated fat with unhealthy rather than exploring the complex reality that there are both skinny unhealthy people and healthy fat people. That and the repeated use of the phrase "your weight problem" alm
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Kate Irwin-smiler
Surprisingly preachy. My prior experiences with mindfulness have been very gentle & accepting but this preached against various food, alcohol, casual sex, and on and on.

The mindfulness explanations were no better than I've gotten elsewhere, and there was a lot of pretty standard weight loss advice. (just move more! Cut out soda! Keep a journal!) I found that very surprising since it seems most people with weight issues come to mindful eating after trying all the standard (western) approaches
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Amy
Jun 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m about 60 pages into this book and have to call it right here: I’m not going to finish reading it.

I bought this book maybe 4 or 5 years ago (yes, I’m one of those book hoarders whose shelves are filled with books that are 30-40% unread. Okay, maybe 50%. On a good day.) At heart, this book is a guide on leveraging mindfulness to help you lose weight and become more active. If I had read when I bought it—back when I was 60 pounds heavier and not exercising at all—I might have gotten more out of
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Raquel
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A decent enough book on mindful eating--it approaches the subject from a Buddhist perspective without being too over-the-top on the Buddhism, although some of the concepts start to get a bit abstract, especially for someone dealing with the emotional complexities behind emotion-driven eating. I disliked its emphasis on vegetarianism as the right eating path for everyone without taking into account possible chronic health conditions (particularly autoimmune ones, which are often exacerbated by fo ...more
Pam
Nov 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Auto-pilot is the concept of the century when it comes to just about everything. We work hard just so we can slack off, looking for the next quick fix to make life easier. But at what price? It seems like we’re doing more damage to ourselves than we are helping ourselves.

This is the concept that Buddhist leader Thich Nhat Hanh and Harvard’s Dr. Lilian Cheung breakdown in their new book Savor. The book is not a diet book and it’s not a solution. It’s a meditation on what our lives have become in
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Happyreader
For a book presented as improving your eating habits through mindfulness, it read as mindless and scattered. A quick intro to Buddhist thought followed by dietary and exercise guidelines followed by tips and a plea for a more mindful global food community. I feel like the true author, Lilian Cheung, was looking for a new angle for a diet book and applied mindfulness as a trendy hook. I’m not sure how helpful this book would be to anyone who is unfamiliar with Buddhist thought or the current diet ...more
Francois
Mar 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think the 300 pages could have been contracted into 40 interested ones. I read the French translation though I'm sure the English version is identical. I'm always curious about eating healthy and I know bad habits are hard to break. I was hoping that the combination of a Zen Master and a nutritionist would be interesting. Too superficial to my liking.
Angela
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish book- not that great
Gwendoline Van
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've dabbled into mindfulness prior to reading this book, most of it feels like old news applied to a new topic. Which, the authors explain, is the essence of mindfulness--being mindful of __________.

In this case, it's consumption, specifically food and health.

A few favorite gems:

- Name your urge or cravings. Here, they call it the "habit energy." So, when you reach for the oreos automatically after a day's work, say, "hello habit energy. I know you are there." Then, act differently.

- P
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Serena Long ﺕ
Lovely! Once again, thank you Thay Thich Nhat Hanh. Not forget, the lecturer and director of health promotion and communication at the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Nutrition, Dr. Lilian Cheung. Mindful eating is a way to incorporate mindfulness into one of the most fundamental activities of our existence. It's a way to nourish our bodies and our minds. It's a way to help us achieve a healthier weight and a way to appreciate the relationship between the food on our table, our h ...more
Djrmel
Jul 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A good book for those looking to learn how the Buddhist practice of living in this moment can be used to improve and possibly reduce bad eating habits. Some principals of Buddhism are introduced when they can be applied towards living a more healthy physical life, and very simple meditations are given to use to help one get through the smooth and the rough parts of the day. On the nutritional side, there's nothing new or ground breaking, but what is there is very well explained, especially when ...more
Kimberly
Part mindfulness guide, part nutrition book... I didn't finish it because I just finished "Mindful eating" by Jan Chozen Bays which was much more focused on the mindful eating part and less on telling you what to eat. The lesson of both books is that if you eat mindfully, with joy and gratitude, your body and senses tell you what to eat, so the nutrition advice in "Savor" didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Both books cite writings by Michael Pollan and Mireille Guiliano, which also encourag ...more
Beth Melillo
As a whole, I didn't find this book particularly mind shattering for two reasons - I've read a fair number of food books which have jaded me to each successive book I read regarding food. Secondly, mindfulness is not (always) my jam - though I read about this in order to get a fuller idea of what it might be in regards to eating.

That said, I there were lots of tiny bits of wisdom that I pulled from the book that I intent to try and incorporate - like the 7 steps to mindful eating.
Mona Majid
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean, it's not exactly thrilling, but it is well-written and it helped me change my attitude towards the act of eating in such a way that I have been able to establish healthier eating habits. Also a good introduction to mindfulness in general. I recommend for anyone who has even a mild problem with over-eating.
Kirtida Gautam
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chakra-1
It's not very fair to say that the book is not very good. But my expectation from the book was very different and therefore I give it a two starts.
I had expected more of Thich Nhat Hanh's philosophy, but it was more of a book with a lot of research about food and obesity. Which was not my goal for picking up the book. I wanted more reading on mindfulness.
Laurie
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to slow down, stop being so hard on themselves and enjoy life.
Most of the information presented is stuff everyone should know by now (eat healthfully, move around), but I like the Buddhist approach. Lots of tips on eating & living mindfully to better yourself and your entire environment. Packed with so many useful meditations I may have to buy a copy.
Maggie
oh yes. i like this book. a companion volume, methinks. i'm so ready for this wisdom.
Jess ● The Bookish Ghost
Fantastic book! In 3 weeks this book has helped me change my view of food and how I eat it.
Rachel Jacobs
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel more mindful and relaxed just by reading the book, not even having started on any of the suggestions.

The simple act of breath alone really does wonders.
Shari
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great book about mindfulness in general. Not just a diet book.
Ricardo Sanchez
Léase bajo su propio riesgo.
En este caso existen mejores opciones de lectura en relación al mindfulness y la alimentación, el caso de Jan Chozen Bays que en su libro "Comer atentos" proporciona ideas claras y prácticas para llevar en la vida diaria.
La cuestión es que en esta caso la lectura se torna tediosa, como estar leyendo a un predicador, muchos de las recomendaciones nutricionales tienen sesgo vegano.
Este intento de guía nutricional con meditación es fallido porque es poco práctico y por l
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Suzanne
Aug 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not finish this book. I thought it would be about mindful eating and could be interesting because it was by Thich Nhat Hanh. I didn't expect it to be so focused on weight loss. I suppose you could learn something if you haven't read anything about weight loss, nutrition, the food industry, the psychology of eating, etc., ever. I kept waiting for anything different than a summary of the above which I've read ad nauseum for the last 30 years. At one point he talks about a eating an apple med ...more
Laura B
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The application of techniques of mindfulness to overeating was very good, very interesting, and seemed like it came from Thich Nhat Hahn. The nutritional and lifestyle advice wasn't groundbreaking but when combined with the mindfulness it made for an extremely helpful book.
There's a lot of emphasis on noticing feelings and their affect in eating.

I got this free in a promo and put off reading it for quite awhile. When I did read it slowly, a little at a time, it really put some power into my we
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Sarah
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ugh. This book was like sitting down to lunch with your Buddhist, vegetarian sister in law. I'm sure it's great if you are also inclined that way, but preachy and strident and uncomfortable if you're not. I'm not.
Cindy
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boek over mindfulnes/boedhistische visie over in het leven staan en vooral op het gebied van eten.
Enkele goed inzichten.
AmaniLuna
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mindfulness is a lifestyle. A very inspiring & influential book. A must-read.
Heather Sinclair
Thicht Nhat Hanh (the bestselling author of Peace is Every Step) is a monk on a quest. He's showing how Buddhism can enhance a modern Western-style life. In Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, he partners up with nutritionist Dr. Lilian Cheung to describe how the practice of mindfulness leads to better health – specifically weight loss.
Can a meditation technique really help people lose weight?
It seems farfetched, but the concept of mindfulness meditation becomes clear as the authors and relat
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Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in southwest France where he was in exile for many years. Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary ...more
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