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There’s a lot you probably don’t know about the Buddha. For one, the real Buddha was thin. And before he became the “Enlightened One,” he was a pampered prince named Siddhartha. He tried starving himself in his quest for inner peace, but found that extremes brought him no closer to enlightenment. Instead, he sought a “middle way” between unhealthy overindulgence and unreal There’s a lot you probably don’t know about the Buddha. For one, the real Buddha was thin. And before he became the “Enlightened One,” he was a pampered prince named Siddhartha. He tried starving himself in his quest for inner peace, but found that extremes brought him no closer to enlightenment. Instead, he sought a “middle way” between unhealthy overindulgence and unrealistic abstinence. The instructions he gave his monks about eating, more than 2,500 years ago, were surprisingly simple. Fast forward to today. Cutting edge scientific research tells us something Buddha knew all along. It’s not what you eat, but when you eat that’s most important. You don’t need to follow the latest fads or give up your favorite foods. You just need to remember a few guidelines that Buddha provided—guidelines that, believe it or not, will help you lose weight, feel better, and stop obsessing about food. Sure, Buddha lived before the age of cronuts, but his wisdom and teachings endure, providing us with a sane, mindful approach to eating. With chapters that ponder questions like “What would Buddha drink?” and “Did Buddha do Crossfit?” Buddha’s Diet offers both an attainable and sustainable strategy for achieving weight-loss nirvana.


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There’s a lot you probably don’t know about the Buddha. For one, the real Buddha was thin. And before he became the “Enlightened One,” he was a pampered prince named Siddhartha. He tried starving himself in his quest for inner peace, but found that extremes brought him no closer to enlightenment. Instead, he sought a “middle way” between unhealthy overindulgence and unreal There’s a lot you probably don’t know about the Buddha. For one, the real Buddha was thin. And before he became the “Enlightened One,” he was a pampered prince named Siddhartha. He tried starving himself in his quest for inner peace, but found that extremes brought him no closer to enlightenment. Instead, he sought a “middle way” between unhealthy overindulgence and unrealistic abstinence. The instructions he gave his monks about eating, more than 2,500 years ago, were surprisingly simple. Fast forward to today. Cutting edge scientific research tells us something Buddha knew all along. It’s not what you eat, but when you eat that’s most important. You don’t need to follow the latest fads or give up your favorite foods. You just need to remember a few guidelines that Buddha provided—guidelines that, believe it or not, will help you lose weight, feel better, and stop obsessing about food. Sure, Buddha lived before the age of cronuts, but his wisdom and teachings endure, providing us with a sane, mindful approach to eating. With chapters that ponder questions like “What would Buddha drink?” and “Did Buddha do Crossfit?” Buddha’s Diet offers both an attainable and sustainable strategy for achieving weight-loss nirvana.

30 review for Buddha's Diet: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind

  1. 5 out of 5

    Charles Franklin

    This book was a great surprise of a book! I picked the book because I wanted something different I wanted something that wasn't focused on a fad diet. I wanted something that would help me apply mindfulness to my eating because I knew that was the key to sustained healthy eating patterns. ( I wasn't trying to lose weight.) I expected a basic rehash of : 1. Eat more mindfully 2. Eat less meat 3. Do #1 and #2. What I got was a great book that applied Buddhist-inspired mindfulness in a way that I ne This book was a great surprise of a book! I picked the book because I wanted something different I wanted something that wasn't focused on a fad diet. I wanted something that would help me apply mindfulness to my eating because I knew that was the key to sustained healthy eating patterns. ( I wasn't trying to lose weight.) I expected a basic rehash of : 1. Eat more mindfully 2. Eat less meat 3. Do #1 and #2. What I got was a great book that applied Buddhist-inspired mindfulness in a way that I never expected (weight loss). The book offered a radically simple approach to mindfulness and a deeper insight into a lot of food-related issues: body image, mindless eating, etc with a simple practices that follow the spirit of the Buddha's philosophy. It also shatters a few myths and conceptions about Buddhism and the Buddha, in general. I don't plan on doing everything in the book yet, but the book provided a lot of insightful exercises that I can't wait to implement. I have already tried a couple and been on more than a few Google side trips with this book! The book's ultimate message: Stop stressing over food. Apply the Middle Way. Be grateful for the food you have when you have it. Appreciate the entire eating experience.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    If the Buddha had written a diet book, it likely would have resembled this gentle, forgiving, moderate plan. No need to count or eliminate anything, just try to eat what you know is good for you and try to finish all food consumption within 9 hours of each day's first bite. The authors encourage rather than chastise, and they recommend ignoring their advice once a week for a no-holds-barred cheat day. And it works! In less than 3 months, I've lost 6 pounds with -- oh, I'll be honest -- more than If the Buddha had written a diet book, it likely would have resembled this gentle, forgiving, moderate plan. No need to count or eliminate anything, just try to eat what you know is good for you and try to finish all food consumption within 9 hours of each day's first bite. The authors encourage rather than chastise, and they recommend ignoring their advice once a week for a no-holds-barred cheat day. And it works! In less than 3 months, I've lost 6 pounds with -- oh, I'll be honest -- more than the recommended number of cheat days. I'm happy with that.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    The premise is dieting like Buddha could save you heartache and bring you closer to enlightenment? Okay, I'm curious. The book starts with easy to read and often amusing descriptions of the Buddha and how his life was going (a guy a little confused about life). The first step is to reduce the hours of the day you eat in, something I already do and have found beneficial. They have super helpful diagrams and include tidbits of research to back up the theories, another plus point. The book didn't s The premise is dieting like Buddha could save you heartache and bring you closer to enlightenment? Okay, I'm curious. The book starts with easy to read and often amusing descriptions of the Buddha and how his life was going (a guy a little confused about life). The first step is to reduce the hours of the day you eat in, something I already do and have found beneficial. They have super helpful diagrams and include tidbits of research to back up the theories, another plus point. The book didn't stay on diet alone, it went into the realm of emotional eating and coping, sleeping difficulties, meditation and making better choices. These seem a bit far-fetched for a diet book but Cottrell and Zigmond have raised good points that our food issues often conceal an underlying tension. I think overall they have a pretty simple regimen to follow and it is intended to be a life-long thing rather than a quick fix diet. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would and it's given me a lot to ponder. Thanks Netgalley for an early preview of the book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    I listened to the audiobook version on a recent road trip, and I liked the narrator, Pam Ward. Her voice is perfect for this book, instructional and soothing with a touch of humor when appropriate without the preachy tone that annoys me in some health books. This was also a short book- four and a half hours which I find is perfect for a road trip because well, sometimes we want to listen to music too not just read a book. Much of the concepts discussed in Buddha's Diet just make sense. For example I listened to the audiobook version on a recent road trip, and I liked the narrator, Pam Ward. Her voice is perfect for this book, instructional and soothing with a touch of humor when appropriate without the preachy tone that annoys me in some health books. This was also a short book- four and a half hours which I find is perfect for a road trip because well, sometimes we want to listen to music too not just read a book. Much of the concepts discussed in Buddha's Diet just make sense. For example- No eating later at night (most of us have heard how hard that is on our digestive system). The explanations are straightforward without being snarky or condemning and there is plenty of room to talk about having the right attitudes. I learned so much about Buddha and how monks live (and why). Definitely a worthy ready to round out basics on nutrition and taking care of our bodies!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This little book came to me at the perfect time. After having incorporated regular workouts into my life this past year, it's time to work more on food. This book focuses on the WHEN of eating, but discusses the what, why, where and how as well. I feel like a lot of what they discussed had already been on my mind, but now I have a more concrete idea of how I want to approach eating this year. The overall concept of mindfulness is also something I want to delve into more. I thoroughly enjoyed and This little book came to me at the perfect time. After having incorporated regular workouts into my life this past year, it's time to work more on food. This book focuses on the WHEN of eating, but discusses the what, why, where and how as well. I feel like a lot of what they discussed had already been on my mind, but now I have a more concrete idea of how I want to approach eating this year. The overall concept of mindfulness is also something I want to delve into more. I thoroughly enjoyed and feel that this read will help me as we move into 2017.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ola

    Easy to read, written in a light tone but quite serious book on food, our relationship with it, Buddha's relationship with it and the Middle Way in general. Have marked and bookmarked my copy in a number of places and I do so only with books worth going back to. Easy to read, written in a light tone but quite serious book on food, our relationship with it, Buddha's relationship with it and the Middle Way in general. Have marked and bookmarked my copy in a number of places and I do so only with books worth going back to.

  7. 5 out of 5

    María

    With high stress comes bad habits, I'm guilty. I never gained the freshmen 15 or even the pharmacy 15 (aka gaining 15 lbs.), but I did gain the OLE 15. It was a combination of extreme habits (working too hard, for too long, and not paying attention to my body i.e. eating habits) and not taking time-outs to rejuvenate. When it comes to making changes, I'm skeptical and I want the evidence (scientific evidence that is). This book #Buddha'sDiet gave me just that. If I'm going to make a change, I wa With high stress comes bad habits, I'm guilty. I never gained the freshmen 15 or even the pharmacy 15 (aka gaining 15 lbs.), but I did gain the OLE 15. It was a combination of extreme habits (working too hard, for too long, and not paying attention to my body i.e. eating habits) and not taking time-outs to rejuvenate. When it comes to making changes, I'm skeptical and I want the evidence (scientific evidence that is). This book #Buddha'sDiet gave me just that. If I'm going to make a change, I want to make sure that I'm doing it right, no adverse effects, and scientifically proven. The book was kind and patient. Since I started reading the book I've lost 5 lbs. at a very slow and steady pace through the application of basic principles no crazy diets that are short lasting). I'm content and en route to finding my middle way. Next is to try meditation ... honestly if feels a little silly, but if the scientific evidence shows that overall positive health benefits then here goes nothing. Does anyone have more tips on meditation? #Buddha'sDiet May you find your middle way, enlightenment, and awakening.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pam Thomas

    This is one of those books about losing weight without losing your mind and that when we eat is as important as what we eat and its not at all hours of the day as we do in society today. How we have become complacent and out of sync with our bodies, what we eat should be nourishing, so stop filling your emotional void with food. Its about changing the time you eat, metabolism and your eating clock.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    The concept of using a religious figure for a diet book is cringeworthy. But no one forced me to get it out of the library. The eating ideas themselves are good. I'm trying it now. Ask me again in 6 months. The concept of using a religious figure for a diet book is cringeworthy. But no one forced me to get it out of the library. The eating ideas themselves are good. I'm trying it now. Ask me again in 6 months.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is just intermittent fasting. I'm not necessarily against IF or the suggestion that you won't get a body you love by hating the one you have, but Zigmond didn't need to shoe-horn in Buddhism to promote that message. The only reason to tie a health plan into a major religion this way is the knowledge that there's nothing original about the content itself. Zigmond relies on the gimmick because I'm sure he realizes that he'd have nothing if he didn't have the gimmick. To his credit, he cites r This is just intermittent fasting. I'm not necessarily against IF or the suggestion that you won't get a body you love by hating the one you have, but Zigmond didn't need to shoe-horn in Buddhism to promote that message. The only reason to tie a health plan into a major religion this way is the knowledge that there's nothing original about the content itself. Zigmond relies on the gimmick because I'm sure he realizes that he'd have nothing if he didn't have the gimmick. To his credit, he cites reliable sources such as Satchin Panda, but ... Satchin Panda just published a book about Circadian rhythms. I'd rather hear this content from someone who can present it without commodifying religious belief.

  11. 4 out of 5

    SheAintGotNoShoes

    First off, I'd like to thank Running Press for choosing me when they had the giveaway for this book. I really enjoyed this book, not only the content, but the handy size and it wasn't too long. I don't have the patience or ability to read 700 page books any longer. I have been studying and considering intermittant fasting for a while now and this book is fairly generous with it. You start with a 12 hour fast, then end with a 9 hour one. I like the parts on meditation as well. I do not believe in r First off, I'd like to thank Running Press for choosing me when they had the giveaway for this book. I really enjoyed this book, not only the content, but the handy size and it wasn't too long. I don't have the patience or ability to read 700 page books any longer. I have been studying and considering intermittant fasting for a while now and this book is fairly generous with it. You start with a 12 hour fast, then end with a 9 hour one. I like the parts on meditation as well. I do not believe in reincarnation, so those bits were of no great interest. I am not a Buddhist but I do believe it has some principles that can be helpful no matter which religion you belong to. I highly recommend this book ! A+++++

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    The authors focus on the Buddha's instructions not about what to eat (there's not much there, apparently), but on when to eat. While he told his monks and nuns only to eat between dawn and noon, the authors expand the idea to include a meal later in the day. What I found most helpful about this model of intermittent fasting was: the research they mention in support of it; a specific, step-by-step path from our current way of eating (all the time, especially after dinner) to a more condensed eati The authors focus on the Buddha's instructions not about what to eat (there's not much there, apparently), but on when to eat. While he told his monks and nuns only to eat between dawn and noon, the authors expand the idea to include a meal later in the day. What I found most helpful about this model of intermittent fasting was: the research they mention in support of it; a specific, step-by-step path from our current way of eating (all the time, especially after dinner) to a more condensed eating schedule; and how our approach to eating provides multiple opportunities to deepen our Buddhist practice. It's the best Buddhist book I've read this year.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    There is a lot of wisdom in this little book. Basically, Buddha's approach to diet is based more on when you eat than what you eat. The recommendation is to limit your eating window to a nine hour block, which means one might need to shift the morning meal to a later time than what one traditionally thinks is correct. Most of all, the message is about moderation in everything and leading a mindful life. Meditation and mindfulness are addressed near the end of the book. Common sense, perhaps, but There is a lot of wisdom in this little book. Basically, Buddha's approach to diet is based more on when you eat than what you eat. The recommendation is to limit your eating window to a nine hour block, which means one might need to shift the morning meal to a later time than what one traditionally thinks is correct. Most of all, the message is about moderation in everything and leading a mindful life. Meditation and mindfulness are addressed near the end of the book. Common sense, perhaps, but it has given me a lot to think about.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    The Middle Way If you're tired of the typical diets that proscribe specific foods to eat or not eat, and diets that require intense physical activity (exercise), then this is the book for you. Well written, easy to understand, and no proselytizing in a religious sense. The middle way, the easy changes to make in your life to improve your health and well being. I found the eating pattern relatively easy, the mindfulness a little more challenging. This is a perfect book to read and implement with a The Middle Way If you're tired of the typical diets that proscribe specific foods to eat or not eat, and diets that require intense physical activity (exercise), then this is the book for you. Well written, easy to understand, and no proselytizing in a religious sense. The middle way, the easy changes to make in your life to improve your health and well being. I found the eating pattern relatively easy, the mindfulness a little more challenging. This is a perfect book to read and implement with a friend or two. I highly recommend it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Audra (Unabridged Chick)

    Basically a DNF but I might reread so I can be thorough in panning. I'd hoped Cottrell would use Buddha as a reminder toward mindful eating, but she actually tries to argue that Buddha was the original diet guru, that he was wicked thin thanks to his restricted eating. Disappointing. Actual content about intermittent fasting could be covered in a magazine article. Basically a DNF but I might reread so I can be thorough in panning. I'd hoped Cottrell would use Buddha as a reminder toward mindful eating, but she actually tries to argue that Buddha was the original diet guru, that he was wicked thin thanks to his restricted eating. Disappointing. Actual content about intermittent fasting could be covered in a magazine article.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Frey-Thomas

    Structured fasting is currently “on trend” in the nutrition and diet world. There is much to be said for restricting our eating clock, in terms of health benefit, but for many of us, it feels like a chore, or a punishment. Buddha’s Diet is a refreshing take on the trend. Less a road map regarding diet does and don’ts, and more a path of reflecting on WHY we want to provide ourselves this health opportunity, and HOW to view it as a gift to our bodies, rather than a deprivation. Peppered with Buddhi Structured fasting is currently “on trend” in the nutrition and diet world. There is much to be said for restricting our eating clock, in terms of health benefit, but for many of us, it feels like a chore, or a punishment. Buddha’s Diet is a refreshing take on the trend. Less a road map regarding diet does and don’ts, and more a path of reflecting on WHY we want to provide ourselves this health opportunity, and HOW to view it as a gift to our bodies, rather than a deprivation. Peppered with Buddhist teaching, and providing some humor as well as references to some important health studies, Buddha’s Diet is well worth the read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tina Lewis

    Rarely do I ever describe a book as painfully awful, but that's how I describe this one. Perhaps it was my expectations were out-of-line. I had expected a good overview of how Buddhist teaching relate to health and weight loss. The book does touch on this in the introduction but then goes straight to nonsense "tips". This title was really disappointing on the two areas where it missed the mark entirely: Buddhism and Food. Save your money and your time and don't bother with this book. Rarely do I ever describe a book as painfully awful, but that's how I describe this one. Perhaps it was my expectations were out-of-line. I had expected a good overview of how Buddhist teaching relate to health and weight loss. The book does touch on this in the introduction but then goes straight to nonsense "tips". This title was really disappointing on the two areas where it missed the mark entirely: Buddhism and Food. Save your money and your time and don't bother with this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nadia

    Awful book. Several guidelines you lay contradict themselves, let telling your readers Buddha didn't drink but you can! And still having the audacity to call this book "Buddha's Diet". You tell your readers to way themselves often, as much as once every day! This screams "eating disorder", especially coming from someone who *had* an eating disorder - I restricted my diet, I weighed myself at least once a day, and, like in your book, I only ate within a certain timeframe. THIS BOOK IS NOT GOOD WEIG Awful book. Several guidelines you lay contradict themselves, let telling your readers Buddha didn't drink but you can! And still having the audacity to call this book "Buddha's Diet". You tell your readers to way themselves often, as much as once every day! This screams "eating disorder", especially coming from someone who *had* an eating disorder - I restricted my diet, I weighed myself at least once a day, and, like in your book, I only ate within a certain timeframe. THIS BOOK IS NOT GOOD WEIGHT LOSS ADVICE! You will only feel confused, guilty with yourself, and binge eating. Do not read this book if you are looking to live a healthier life by changing your diet. Also, this book is nothing like Buddha's diet. Disclaimer: I have recovered from anorexia binge/purge subtype while maintaining a healthy weight (125 lbs, and I am 5'8") due to (probably) my vegetarian diet, and I eat anything I want whenever I want (except for dairy and sweets - these I eat in moderation because they make me physically ill). You don't need a book to tell you how to eat. What helps is paying attention to your body. What makes you feel sick? What makes you feel tired? And so on. Good luck.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    An informative, enjoyable read, that could be transformative too. I picked up this book after following the Washington Post's 5 week diet experiments, during which one writer really liked this "diet." Diet is a to0 narrow term -- it's really a philosophical approach to food, combining mindfulness and intermittent fasting (which some scientists think is the fountain of youth for rats, as well as a traditional Buddhist practice and similar to other cultural eating patterns.) The only hard rule of An informative, enjoyable read, that could be transformative too. I picked up this book after following the Washington Post's 5 week diet experiments, during which one writer really liked this "diet." Diet is a to0 narrow term -- it's really a philosophical approach to food, combining mindfulness and intermittent fasting (which some scientists think is the fountain of youth for rats, as well as a traditional Buddhist practice and similar to other cultural eating patterns.) The only hard rule of the diet is that you gradually shrink your eating window from 12 hours to 9 hours and let your body "fast" for the remainder of the day. Practically, this means that you can't snack at night and probably need to skip breakfast if you plan on eating with others at dinner. More broadly, the authors encourage you to reexamine your relationship with food and hunger. I'll update in a month to see how the principles pay off.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marylin

    A Non-Self Self-Help Book I rarely give anything five stars, and admittedly, this book is not trying to be another genre, yet it is. It is a well-written, dare I say enlightened book that is free of the awful cliches and boring anecdotal case studies that make so many of them written to a formula. It has humor and compassion. These authors are firm without being smug. It is a hard look at the non-self as a goal and it coincides with taking some practices from Buddhist monasticism. These new eatin A Non-Self Self-Help Book I rarely give anything five stars, and admittedly, this book is not trying to be another genre, yet it is. It is a well-written, dare I say enlightened book that is free of the awful cliches and boring anecdotal case studies that make so many of them written to a formula. It has humor and compassion. These authors are firm without being smug. It is a hard look at the non-self as a goal and it coincides with taking some practices from Buddhist monasticism. These new eating and living practices make sense. I'm already in s sangha and have a practice yet I found the practicality of this way of life refreshing. I'm not even trying to lose weight. But a Washington Post reporter was dieting and reporting on it recently, and he decided to stick with it because he found it so practical and wise. I did, too.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Sams

    This book was an easy read. I recently read some articles about fasting, including a feature about author Dan Zigmond, and thought the idea of fasting for 16 hours was appealing and do-able. The goal of the Buddha Diet is to limit eating to a 9-hour window, ideally ending one's meals for the day by 6 p.m. The authors state that fasting helps us become more mindful of the reasons we eat. Are we eating because we are bored? Do we eat at a certain time because we "are supposed to"? Fasting also hel This book was an easy read. I recently read some articles about fasting, including a feature about author Dan Zigmond, and thought the idea of fasting for 16 hours was appealing and do-able. The goal of the Buddha Diet is to limit eating to a 9-hour window, ideally ending one's meals for the day by 6 p.m. The authors state that fasting helps us become more mindful of the reasons we eat. Are we eating because we are bored? Do we eat at a certain time because we "are supposed to"? Fasting also helps us become more mindful of the things we are eating. The authors recommend exercise - not for weight loss, but to make us healthier. Our bodies are temples, they explain, and we should take care of them.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This book fits quite well with the last one I read on the topic of diet and puts an emphasis on mindfulness. I really think this is key. Ok ow it is key as I ate too much pizza on my day off, kept eating after I was full, and felt horrible after. It was a stupid thing to do. This is a change I need to strive harder to achieve. I also like the idea of limiting eating time to 9 hours a day. I normally do 10 on work days and feel good when I stick to that frame. 9 would be a reasonable tweak. I jus This book fits quite well with the last one I read on the topic of diet and puts an emphasis on mindfulness. I really think this is key. Ok ow it is key as I ate too much pizza on my day off, kept eating after I was full, and felt horrible after. It was a stupid thing to do. This is a change I need to strive harder to achieve. I also like the idea of limiting eating time to 9 hours a day. I normally do 10 on work days and feel good when I stick to that frame. 9 would be a reasonable tweak. I just need to work on being consistent when I'm not at work and have less structure. This review is in exchange for a free copy received from Goodreads giveaways.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anne Smith

    Simple. practical, clear and inspiring What I needed to hear in order to kick my "small bowl of baked cheetos while reading before bedtime" habit. I've been thinking about it for a year but I LOVE nibbling on cheetos whole I read at the end of the day. A powerful habit that this book opened a path to letting go of - amazing! I think THIS mqy be the key to losing that three to five pounds that keeps coming back and making my sexiest outfits languish in drawers and on hangers. In any case I already Simple. practical, clear and inspiring What I needed to hear in order to kick my "small bowl of baked cheetos while reading before bedtime" habit. I've been thinking about it for a year but I LOVE nibbling on cheetos whole I read at the end of the day. A powerful habit that this book opened a path to letting go of - amazing! I think THIS mqy be the key to losing that three to five pounds that keeps coming back and making my sexiest outfits languish in drawers and on hangers. In any case I already feel more sexy....

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Guerrero

    Good read. The answer you seek is did it work? Yes and no. Turns out I am able to limit my eating window most days, but calories still count and I am a sugar addict. It's worse than heroin I am told. Did I loose weight? Yes, about 5lbs. Could I push my limits further and loose more? If it weren't so impractical for a single mother of 3 boys who works 2 jobs to ensure that every bill is paid on time, yes. I could succeed with this regimen if I worked only one full-time job or did not have kids. I Good read. The answer you seek is did it work? Yes and no. Turns out I am able to limit my eating window most days, but calories still count and I am a sugar addict. It's worse than heroin I am told. Did I loose weight? Yes, about 5lbs. Could I push my limits further and loose more? If it weren't so impractical for a single mother of 3 boys who works 2 jobs to ensure that every bill is paid on time, yes. I could succeed with this regimen if I worked only one full-time job or did not have kids. I may also lose my mind because that is more free time than I would know what to do with.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Noelle

    I haven't actually tried the diet out yet. I was just looking for information about mindful eating, not really a diet plan. The diet sounds easy though, so I might give it a shot and update this review after I read it. But, even without doing the diet plan, I can already say I like the little bits of info the book teaches you about Buddhism, I like how they back all of their information with studies that they source so that you can look up yourself, and I like that it's a quick and easy read! I haven't actually tried the diet out yet. I was just looking for information about mindful eating, not really a diet plan. The diet sounds easy though, so I might give it a shot and update this review after I read it. But, even without doing the diet plan, I can already say I like the little bits of info the book teaches you about Buddhism, I like how they back all of their information with studies that they source so that you can look up yourself, and I like that it's a quick and easy read!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leiki Fae

    In terms of the actual diet, this is just a generous intermittent fasting plan (9-hour eating window) without any other restrictions. There's some additional instructions about mindfulness, which I think is great: don't eat while your distracted, explore a mindfulness/meditation practice and some nods to the importance of a spiritual dimension to life, but it never gets preachy or overbearing. But if you're on a book budget, then there isn't much need to spend any money on this. I think reading In terms of the actual diet, this is just a generous intermittent fasting plan (9-hour eating window) without any other restrictions. There's some additional instructions about mindfulness, which I think is great: don't eat while your distracted, explore a mindfulness/meditation practice and some nods to the importance of a spiritual dimension to life, but it never gets preachy or overbearing. But if you're on a book budget, then there isn't much need to spend any money on this. I think reading it was encouraging and helpful, though, and might inspire you to stick to your own plans.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Some useful chapters Not much new information, but there were helpful reminders presented gently and clearly. I found the chapters Romancing the Buddha and Keeping Your Balance most relative. Defiling the Temple was encouraging as well. Perhaps a good tool to come back to when in need of a nudge back toward mindful eating practice.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janni Ball

    Fantastic read! I'm hoping to take it all to heart and apply it to my life starting today! Honestly, this is one of the most straight-forward, common sense ways to approach one's diet that I've ever seen. No need to buy expensive foods, join gyms, or spend crazy amounts of time counting every calorie - I like that! Buddha was a pretty smart cookie. ;-) Fantastic read! I'm hoping to take it all to heart and apply it to my life starting today! Honestly, this is one of the most straight-forward, common sense ways to approach one's diet that I've ever seen. No need to buy expensive foods, join gyms, or spend crazy amounts of time counting every calorie - I like that! Buddha was a pretty smart cookie. ;-)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Manoj Sharma

    It's wonderful book on improving eating Habits and reducing weight if implementing correctly with few cheat days as exception :). Though, towards the end its takes you very close to knowing about Budha's which start tilting thought towards him however it must be wonderful to spend sometime as Monk on hills :) It's wonderful book on improving eating Habits and reducing weight if implementing correctly with few cheat days as exception :). Though, towards the end its takes you very close to knowing about Budha's which start tilting thought towards him however it must be wonderful to spend sometime as Monk on hills :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    My favorite Yoga teacher is also a Ayueredic Practioner so I didn't really learn anything I didn't already know. However if you aren't familiar with the principle of bring mindfulness to your eating habits, it's a good read. My favorite Yoga teacher is also a Ayueredic Practioner so I didn't really learn anything I didn't already know. However if you aren't familiar with the principle of bring mindfulness to your eating habits, it's a good read.

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