Are you up for some greedy reading on mindful eating to put your Food Trap in check? I invited Ami Spencer from Writing Her Life, a health-conscious chick and aspiring Yogini, to share her take on the book, Savor. Because I need to stop savoring blueberry muffins. Ami is cool peeps, so you should follow her on Twitter.
Having swiftly kicked dieting to the curb, I’ve continued to lose or maintain my weight by making healthy choices (most of the time) and staying as active as I can with my busy schedule. There’s always room for improvement, though, and as I started exploring yoga more, I also found myself wanting to practice more mindfulness in all areas of my life, but particularly where eating is concerned. Right around that time, I heard about the book Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
I plowed through the first couple of chapters quickly. Unfortunately, my excitement quickly waned and my interest in the book dwindled. I found myself skimming over the fitness and nutrition information and going straight for the meditation and mindfulness sections.
Healthy Eating Strategies…Too Basic?
While I’m sure the healthy lifestyle topics would be helpful for people who are just beginning to make diet and activity changes, for someone very familiar with nutrition and fitness recommendations, it wasn’t anything new. Of course, the truth is there isn’t any new information to provide. A healthy diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. Period. We all know this, but I suppose it never hurts to be reminded. And I have to assume that I’m probably not the average reader of this book. I would guess that the target audience is people who are either making their first steps toward a healthy lifestyle or looking to revamp their entire eating and exercise approach. Those people would certainly benefit from the information and strategies in Savor, particularly the “Action Plans” that help to take the knowledge provided and translate it into actions that will get positive results.
Mindfulness & Meditation to Improve Eating and Exercise Habits
I was more interested in the portions that focused on mindfulness and integrating mindful meditation into our lives, though. Thankfully, Savor didn’t disappoint where those topics were concerned. The discussion of mindfulness as it applies to our eating and exercise behavior had me nodding as I recognized my own bad habits and unhealthy patterns in the examples. The sample meditations were also useful and I’ve been gradually trying to integrate them into my life, especially when I catch myself eating for the wrong reasons or mindlessly completing my workout. If you are open to exploring applications of meditation and mindfulness in your life, particularly where your eating and exercise habits are concerned, this book is an accessible option.
Overall, I’d say that if you’re looking for a book that goes beyond dieting advice and delves into the influence of our thoughts and mood on our health and weight, providing actionable strategies for improving health through a more mindful life, you’ll find Savor useful and interesting. However, if you’re looking for a typical diet book with extreme weight loss promises or cutting edge dietary and fitness recommendations, this isn’t the book for you.