||Zen Yoga Press
Mindful Eating for Health, Vitality, and Weight Loss
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Zen Anti-Diet is a response to the needs of a population that is falling prey, at an alarming rate, to weight issues, disease, mental disorders and stress. Too many of us are constantly on the go, never seeming to have any free time to stop, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. Most of us live a frantic, fast-paced lifestyle. We devote our precious energy to keeping life on track and navigating our career, while our family’s busy schedules keep us in a perpetual mode of doing more. This book is a daring approach to getting us back on track. It is a book about eating and losing weight, except that it is not a diet book. Instead, it is an application in the context of Zen about healthy food and eating habits that should be part of everyone's life. It provides anyone the framework for achieving their ideal weight. The Zen Anti-Diet starts with the basic proposition that most of the diets we are bombarded with daily on television, in books and other media just don't work! And the dieters who appear to benefit generally gain all the lost weight right back. The Zen Anti-Diet is a practice of learning to be mindful of what you are putting into your body and allowing your body to reach a natural state of peace and contentment.
Fundamental point of this book is about Zen and becoming attuned to the present moment. Practicing the Zen Anti-Diet is a recipe for happiness, health and long life.
Starting at the most basic levels, Mr. Hoopes counsels a slowing down of the food consumption process and underlines the importance of water in the human circulatory system. He suggests maintaining a peaceful and happy environment for eating and urges you to pay attention to the usually unheralded nutritional value of chewing longer. He also recommends you try to avoid achieving sensations of fullness by being mindful of the timing and the size of your meals.
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of the book is to refrain from consuming the many additives, chemicals and poisons found in processed foods.
Hoopes provides a number of exercises to help imprint the Zen Anti-Diet concept in your mind and offers tools to enhance the beneficial habits of food consumption.
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Zen Anti-Diet is a response to the needs of a population that is falling prey, at an alarming rate, to weight issues, disease, mental disorders and stress. Too many of us are constantly on the go, never seeming to have any free time to stop, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. Most of us live a frantic, fast-paced lifestyle. We devote our precious energy to keeping life on track and navigating our career, while our family’s busy schedules keep us in a perpetual mode of doing more.
We are faced with a very real danger of declining health. We live in a world that has supposedly reached the pinnacle of civilized society, yet our bodies ache and our minds feel like they are out of control. Simply managing day-to-day living can be overwhelming.
It was not always like this.
For thousands of years the human body was used in physically demanding ways. Hunting, gathering, and manual labor were all a major part of life in the past. But modern life has changed everything. We live in a predominantly sedentary society in which our basic needs are met with as little effort as possible. We are beholden to the flow of information, and mis-information, coming out of the television, radio, computer and cell phone. With advertisements being hurled at us from every angle and news channels and websites churning out conflicting information on every subject, it is no wonder we find ourselves distracted, confused, emotionally disturbed, physically unfit or, in some cases, in complete denial that there is anything amiss in our life at all. The food we eat is a major factor in this breakdown. If we are not paying attention to what we are eating the probability is that what we do put in will not be good for it. Food, in fact, is meant to be the sustenance we take in that allows us to be healthy and physically active. That sounds simple enough. But modern life has distorted this concept and turned the process of eating into something altogether different. The rise of the microwave, fast food chains, chemical preservatives and additives, as well as an increasingly fractured family unit have contributed to a diet that is not giving us what we need to live happily and healthy.
The Zen Anti-Diet is a different way. It seeks to bring our focus back to the present moment and helps us pay attention to what we are putting into our bodies. The fact is that most of us simply do not eat properly. We consign our food intake process to our urges and desires. Our eating habits are often determined by how busy we are, instead of listening to the needs of the body.
Wow...The information contained in this brilliant little book should be mandatory reading for everybody on the planet! I have always suspected that those foreign and difficult to pronounce chemicals appearing in the ingredients list of just about everything available in manufactured food these days, were harmful in some way. I am so grateful to finally read and understand what most of them are and how they effect us. Clearly I will be making some immediate changes to how I feed my family. I have also been struggling with different diets over the years and the author A. Hoopes is so right....they just don't work! I highly recommend this insightful book.
Faye Macleod, Queensland, Australia
A Real Eye Opener!
Aaron does a wonderful job of going into detail about the negative effects of the various chemicals that are in our foods. Some of them I have heard of, there were a couple that I have not heard of before. But for all of them, I had no idea how bad these chemicals really are! I also like the simple and effective exercises Aaron offers to help the reader get on a healthy eating pattern, movement in place of "exercise" and proper breathing. The information is easy to understand, easy to actually do, and is to the point - no rambling on and on. I already started practicing Aaron's suggestions and I am starting to feel better! And I'm paying much closer attention to the food lables.
Marcie Loffredo, Middletown, CT
Finally, A Diet of Common Sense!
It is important to eat healthy; but more so, listen to your body, feel good about what you put into it, and enjoy every bite.
"The anti-diet" is a great concept! Having been on a yo-yo most of my life, Aaron does a fabulous job explaining why this happens. As well he describes why some common ingredients are so bad for humans, yet they are still on the market in mass quantity, 'buyer beware!'
Brushing after meals is effective to stop grazing, I have used this! I love the 'water torture' idea, and though I drink a lot of water already, I will add this trick to my lifestyle and many other tips from Eat Smart!
Dee Hansen, Portsmouth, NH
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