For the most part, we all know the “do’s” and “don’ts” of being healthy:
Do take the stairs; Don’t take the escalator.
Do eat fruits and vegetables; Don’t eat donuts and candy.
Do exercise regularly; Don’t count walking from the kitchen to the T.V. as regular exercise.
However, living a healthy lifestyle isn’t as, “black and white” as it is sometimes laid out to be in articles and books.
Healthy living is a whole bunch of “grays.”
…That’s why healthy living is a gazillion dollar industry!
The magic formula (eat healthy foods and exercise regularly) can be applied in as many different ways as there are people on this earth.
“Your journey to a healthier weight is not a journey that you start and then give up. It is a journey that you are living every day for the rest of your life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
I’m assuming that since you’re reading this that you’ve been on a ‘diet‘ before. Here is my problem with ‘diets‘: From what I’ve seen, people don’t start a ‘diet‘ with the intention of ‘dieting‘ for the rest of their life. Boom! There it is. Have you ever heard somebody say, ‘I have been dieting for a decade and it feels great!’ – I haven’t. And if they aren’t planning on following a diet for life then quitting the diet isn’t a matter of ‘if‘ but a matter of ‘when‘ – which further implies that old ways will be re-adopted and it will eventually be as if nothing was even done in the first place! …Dang.
From my experience, people who find long term success aren’t people who ‘diet‘ but rather, are people who make lifestyle changes to their diet. Continue reading
By: Thích Nhất Hạnh, Lilian Cheung
Book Overview: Common sense tells us that to lose weight, we must eat less and exercise more. But somehow we get stalled. We start on a weight-loss program with good intentions but cannot stay on track. Neither the countless fad diets, nor the annual spending of $50 billion on weight loss helps us feel better or lose weight. Savor teaches us how to easily adopt the practice of mindfulness and integrate it into eating, exercise, and all facets of our daily life, so that being conscious and present becomes a core part of our being.
Post(s) Inspired by this Book:
- Top 10 Quotes from Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Mindful Eating — How To Savor Every Bite and Fulfill More Than Just Your Stomach
- An Apple Meditation
- The Four Noble Truths
- How to Dwell in the Ultimate
Introduction: How to Eat Mindfully in a World of Rush and Distractions.
When hunger strikes, usually our patience dwindles. We feel our stomach twist and turn and rumble and moan so that it may be filled again – and we respond by trying to get food to it as fast as possible. When we are finally able to get a meal, it isn’t long until it all vanishes from our plate – right before our eyes – and typically re-appears somewhere in the region of our stomach… How that happens exactly? Most of us don’t remember.
In his book Savor, Thich Nhat Hanh discusses the importance of being mindful while eating (and while doing most anything in life) so that a person may attain a healthier weight and a more fulfilling lifestyle. One of the central practices he talks about is the idea of slowing down and being more present before, during, and after every meal. Continue reading
The following is an excerpt from Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh and invites you to join Chef Sati at his house for dinner and a lesson in mindful eating. Enjoy!
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Chef Sati – a chef and Buddhist teacher – invited us to dinner to introduce us to the art of mindful cooking and eating. He promised that his dishes would enlighten our senses and that the evening would simply be an opportunity to touch the joy of life, but we would all have to take an active part in the meal.
He placed an array of colorful vegetables, whole grains, and spices on the counter. As we washed the vegetables, he said, “In these vegetables, I see the sun, the earth, the clouds, the rain, and numerous other phenomena, including the hard work of the farmers. These fresh vegetables are gifts of the universe. Washing them, we know we are also washing the sun, the earth, the sky, and the farmers.” Because we were attentive to what we were doing, we touched the interdependent nature that makes life possible and felt deep joy to be living in the present moment.
“When practiced to its fullest, mindful eating turns a simple meal into a spiritual experience, giving us a deep appreciation of all that went into the meal’s creation as well a deep understanding of the relationship between the food on our table, our own health, and our planet’s health.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor
“As a population, if a large number of people make even small moves to eat less meat and more plant-based foods, the livestock industry will shrink. Over time, farmers will find other crops to support their livelihoods. Through such collective awakening we can make a difference in our world.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor
Take an apple out of your refrigerator. Any apple will do. Wash it. Dry it. Before taking a bite, pause for a moment. Look at the apple in your palm and ask yourself: When I eat an apple, am I really enjoying eating it? Or, am I so pre-occupied with other thoughts that I miss the delights that the apple offers me?
If you are like most of us, you answer “yes” to the second question much more often than the first. For most of our lives, we have eaten apple after apple without giving it a second thought. Yet in this mindless way of eating, we have denied ourselves the many delights present in the simple act of eating an apple. Why do that, especially when it is so easy to truly enjoy the apple?
“Every living cell in your body is made from the food you eat. If you consistently eat junk food then you’ll have a junk body.” ~ Jeanette Jenkins
“The principle of fasting is taught in almost all major world religions as a means of developing a higher level of self-mastery and self-control, and also a deeper awareness of how really dependent we are.” ~ Stephen Covey, The 8th Habit
…And why Health and Fitness should matter to EVERYONE.
“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~ Thomas Edison