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Mindful Eating

June 7, 2017

Today’s big question – are you living your life mindfully? (I can tell you that I’m trying to, but it’s proving to be not that easy. I have too much on my mind and on my hands; I have to keep herding my thoughts, that roam like wild horses, and stacking my jobs in the never ending to do lists… Daunting tasks!)  Have you even ever heard the term “mindfulness”? It’s very popular these days. Our rushing non stop lifestyles often push us to look for an alternative – a quiet existence which can be achieved living in the present moment.

As you might have already guessed bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring here and now is mindfulness. So let me ask you again – are you living your life mindfully?

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Mindfulness can be applied to quite a few aspects of your life, but as we have to start somewhere… why don’t we start with eating?

I want to show you a book that is about slow food, about savoring experience, improving your diet, increasing your well-being and even weight loss. All of this can be achieved simply listening to your body. As the authors Rachel Bartholomew and Mandy Pearson have described it “this book is about helping you find a way of getting back to what we instinctively know works best as far as food and eating are concerned”.

I loved the fact that each chapter is illustrated with wise quotes and stories – I think that sometimes this is the best way to be reminded of well forgotten truths or maybe shown a path that can lead to the best destinations. You’ll also find some exercises that will be disguised under “food for thought” titles; if you get engaged, you are bound to succeed.

Mindful eating should be taken as an exciting project or a journey. Reading this book you’ll start with getting to know what mindfulness is (you’ll learn to be wide awake and pay attention to the present moment and of course live with purpose); you’ll find some information about diet and lifestyle (especially western diet and the new movement of slow food); you’ll find out how to change your habits and apply the principles of mindful eating, how to lose weight and adopt mindful eating for life.

I almost forgot to mention the superb recipes for teas, salads, soups, mains, desserts and even for an impressive picnic! What do you think to Fresh Virgin Mary, Italian Lentil Salad and Fig, Almond and Raw Cacao Bars?

Summer is a perfect season to slow down and to start savoring every meal of the day, so lets put an end to eating mindlessly and rediscrover the pleasure of eating. No more unhealthy habits, but also no strict diets – the new us can be achieved nourishing our bodies with natural, whole foods.

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Mindful Eating by Rachel Bartholomew and Mandy Pearson, published by CICO Books
Illustrations by Amy Louise Evans © CICO Books

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2017 1:35 pm

    sounds good – and the illustrations are appealing. Yes lets remember to enjoy food and be aware and thankful as we eat without resorting to the 100+ masticating chew, calory counts or the examination of each mouthful for nutrient content

    • June 9, 2017 6:28 am

      I must admit I love the illustrations – they look as if they were drawn in a hurry, yet I think it takes some skill to make something look very captivating, yet simple. And the book is written in a pretty laid back manner, so it’s easy to follow the whole process of mindful eating. K.

  2. June 21, 2017 12:18 am

    Mindful living is not easy. There are so many distractions in every day life to catch us. I write in a gratitude journal every night before bed. I find it makes me appreciate my daily life as it happens, even if I can’t remember what they were at bedtime. LOL

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