Author(s): Jan Chozen Bays
Food. It should be one of life's great pleasures, yet many of us have such a conflicted relationship with it that we miss out on that most basic of satisfactions. But it is possible-and not really all that difficult-to reclaim the joy of eating, according to Dr. Jan Bays, and mindfulness is the key. Her approach involves bringing one's full attention to the process of eating-to all the tastes, smells, thoughts, and feelings that arise during a meal. She shows how to-A Tune into your body's own wisdom about what, when, and how much to eatA Eat less while feeling fully satisfiedA Identify your habits and patterns with foodA Develop a more compassionate attitude toward your struggles with eatingA Discover what you're really hungry forWhether you are overweight, suffer from an eating disorder, or just want to get more out of life, this book offers a simple tool that can transform your relationship with food into one of ease and delight.This new edition, updated throughout, contains a new chapter on how to provide children with a foundation in mindful eating that will serve them well all the rest of their lives. It also includes a link to a 75-minute on-line audio program of mindful eating exercises led by the author.
JAN CHOZEN BAYS, MD, is a pediatrician and a Zen teacher who has taught mindful eating in a variety of contexts for nearly thirty years. She is co-abbot of the Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie (near Portland), Oregon, and teaches her Art of Mindful Eating workshops for individuals as well as health care professionals.