This week on Healthy You! We have a very special guest, Dr. Lilian Cheung. She is co-author, along with renowned spiritual teacher and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh, of the new book, “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life.” Savor is written for those who want more peace and happiness in their everyday life as well as those who are struggling with their weight and want to reach a healthier weight.
The pace of our lives in the 21st century has become hectic, frantic and stressful for many. In 2009, three-quarters of Americans reported that they experience moderate or high stress.
This is an unprecedented time in history. Over two-thirds of adult Americans and one-third of American youth are overweight and obese. Globally, there are more people who are overweight than who are hungry and underweight. Scientists have already warned us that if this overweight and obesity trend is not turned around, this generation of youth will have a lifespan shorter than their parents.
Moreover, overweight increases the risk of many serious health problems. These problems cause much suffering, affecting the individuals who have these diseases as well as their family members. On a large scale, such suffering affects the well-being of our societies and our world as a whole. The root of our problem lies in what we consume — not just food, but other elements that contribute to who and what we are. There is much to draw from Buddhist teachings on mindfulness to gain insight on this contemporary obesity epidemic.
What is SAVOR about?
Weaving together Buddhist teachings and nutritional science, SAVOR offers a new and penetrating perspective on how we got to our current situation of weight problem has come about and what we can do to reverse it individually and collectively. It is practicing mindfulness, being aware of the present moment without judgment or pre-conceived notions, that can help us understand and then transform the suffering of overweight and obesity — to uncover the roots of our habits and then begin finding the path to good health, touching more peace and happiness.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully aware and immersed in the present moment, from moment to moment. When we live mindfully, we receive each moment with openness, without any judgment nor pre-conceived notions. We do not regret the past; we do not worry about the future. It is through living in the present moment that people do truly have the power to make changes in their lives. It is the awareness of the present moment, the realization of why we do what we do, that enables us to stop feeling bad and start changing our behavior.
To Find Out More: There is a website www.savorthebook.com that has many tools for visitors to download. There is also a Facebook and an online community so that people can share ideas to support each other as they step into the mindful living journey.
So join us this Wednesday at 1pmPT to find out how mindfulness can transform your relationship to food!
To your health!