Do you ever listen to your body when it comes to dieting? Your very own body will guide your steps to a healing eating pattern that is right for you. This is the idea behind the book The yoga of Eating.
The Yoga of Eating is written by Charles Eisenstein, the author of The Ascent of Humanity and Transformational Weight Loss. Eisenstein graduated from Yale University with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy.
According to the author of the book, the foods we eat, such as sugar, fat and meat, have a physical and spiritual aspect. The Yoga of Eating helps the reader understand the nature of this duality and sheds light on the deeper principles of self-nurture. It also covers topics such as willpower, processing, and even dieting, fasting.
This book shows us how to trust our own bodies and encourages us to listen to the wisdom hiding within.
What is the The Yoga of Eating About?
"The food that we are used to giving ourselves is a substitute of what we really want", says Charles Eisenstein, who explains in the video below how The Yoga of Eating helps you access your true desires.
The Yoga of Eating begins like this: " The health crisis engulfing the modern world is a spiritual crisis … pain and illness in the body can illuminate what is important in life."
The Yoga of Eating teaches us to listen to our bodies when we eat, and truly trust in what we feel. Our medical system (in the western world) teaches us that our bodies are untrustworthy, but if we treat our bodies well, we will be able to hear our own wisdom.
This book teaches us to eat in silence, to eat attentively, and to focus on our breathing. (Sometimes I think I forget to breathe while I’m eating – there’s obviously something wrong with that!)
If we pay attention to our bodies, if we honor the physical part of ourselves, we will treat ourselves better, we won’t eat things we don’t need (or really want) and we will naturally lose weight.
Amazon reviewer Justin Ritchie wrote: When we are good to ourselves, we can embrace the abundance nature provides and we can relax into the change we most crucially desire.
In 175 pages, The Yoga of Eating covers the following topics:
- The Fallacy of Willpower
- Body and Soul
- Food and Personality
- The Karma of Food
- The Natural Breath
- Distinguishing Appetites from Cravings
- Making it Practical
- Discovering the Right Diet
- Loving the Body, Loving the Self
- The Yoga of Cooking
- Relaxing into Change
This book is not only about eating. It calls us to conduct our lives in a manner that is vibrant, dynamic, real, and fully alive. It is about the way that we think, and the way that we feel about ourselves.
What Others Are Saying – Does The Yoga of Eating Deliver?
A reviewer wrote:
"As a professional who is devoted to helping patients heal their bodies, and transcend their limitations, I can think of no better book to stock."
Genevieve Rohan said: [The Yoga of Eating] turned out to be the most wonderful book on eating I have ever found. Applicable to everyone … I highly recommend it.
Another reviewer from Michigan wrote:
This is holistic nutrition at its best. Great book, deep and full of insights that go beyond “just food.” Highly recommended.
How Much Weight Will I Lose?
If you truly apply the principles of this book to your life, your entire life, you could lose all the weight you need to. It might take some time, it will take some change, but it can happen.
For T. Avallone, a lady who is fighting a weight problem, The Yoga of Eating was a turning point in her eating habits. She now eats only when she is hungry, avoids foods with artificial additives and eats organic food. She says:
“If you have decided that you need to re-work your relationship with your body, with yourself, with food, this book can give you some very sound food-for-thought”
Pros and Cons
- This book differs from other weight loss books, so you won’t feel like you are reading a book you’ve read ten (or more) times.
This book is written on the premise that there is no Creator, no God, to Whom we need to listen. Some readers, me including, find this objectionable.
- Some readers found the book repetitive.
Problems and Complaints
Some people just can’t buy into the underlying principles of this book, calling it “hocus-pocus,” or “hippie-nonsense.” The Yoga of eating does require some out of the box thinking.
How Does The Yoga of Eating Rate Overall?
The Yoga of Eating has received excellent reviews with 90% of readers giving it at least 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
I will leave you with an Amazon reviewer’s words, a clinical nutritionist who has found this book to be very effective for patients who need to get over their fears about eating, as well as those in need of emotional healing, as I can’t say it any better.
“As a clinician, I have found it outrageously daring and enjoyable to watch my patients figure out for themselves what to eat on a daily basis; how empowering!”