The Zen of Eating Author:Ronna Kabatznick When it comes to weight loss, the emphasis today is shifting away from fad diets and compulsive workouts toward sane, sensible techniques that incorporate both the mind and the body. This is the first book to apply the 2,500-year-old principles of Zen Buddhism to the modern struggle with the vicious cycle of dieting, losing, and regaining weight... more ».
From a Buddhist perspective, overeating is a disorder of desire. This book will teach readers how to find freedom from eating problems and the tyranny of desire that triggers them. Filled with concrete, practical exercises and the wisdom of the ages, The Zen of Eating provides, at last, an alternative to ineffective diet programs, products, and pills.« less
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This book basically has the four noble truths and the eightfold path as it pertains to food. It is useful because it gives you an alternate way to deal with emotions instead of eating them. I am not a Buddhist but I do see the value of identifying your emotions, watching how you act, and allowing things to be as they are.
The premis of this book is good, but the execution isn't. If you have a basic understanding of Buddhism you will understand what the author is trying to say, but if you don't you will be somewhat confused.