I recently read the book “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life” by Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung. This book, written from the perspective of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh and nutritionist Lilian Cheung – combines current nutritional information with the Buddhist practice of mindfulness—being aware of all that is going on within ourselves and around us.
Much of what I read in this book reminded me of the early days of the slow food movement that came out of Italy and France. Proponents of the slow food movement encouraged people to rebel against the notion that food is simply fuel that must be eaten quickly so that people can get on with their busy lives. In contrast, this book and the slow food movement encourages people to savor their food in order to fully nourish both the body and the mind.
In the book, Thich Nhat Hanh offers guided meditations on eating and dealing with stressful situations. He also gives advice about food preparation, exercise and avoiding self-criticism. There is an earthiness to this book that was really appealing to me.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in intuitive eating which begs the question, “What is the difference between mindful eating and intuitive eating?” According to Evelyn Tribole, M.S, R.D. – one of the authors of the book “Intuitive Eating” – mindful eating is a process as compared to intuitive eating which is considered a broader philosophy.
Mindful eating is a process of paying attention (on purpose), to your actual eating experience,without judgment.
I consider Intuitive Eating a broader philosophy, which includes physical activity for the sake of feeling good, rejecting the dieting mentality, using nutrition information without judgment, and respecting your body, regardless of how you feel about its shape.