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Discover how to shed old thinking patterns--and live more joyfully with food. Are you ready to get to the roots of your challenges around food--whether it's gratuitous snacking, compulsive or emotional eating, indulging cravings, overeating, or other disheartening habits? Be ready to get mindful. Mindfulness can be the deciding factor between your successful adoption of a h Discover how to shed old thinking patterns--and live more joyfully with food. Are you ready to get to the roots of your challenges around food--whether it's gratuitous snacking, compulsive or emotional eating, indulging cravings, overeating, or other disheartening habits? Be ready to get mindful. Mindfulness can be the deciding factor between your successful adoption of a healthy vegan diet and repeated frustrating attempts. This simple technique goes under the surface of what is hampering your happiness, providing a sought-after solution to many of life's ups and downs by rewiring your reactivity to challenges. Certified mindfulness meditation facilitator, award winning health educator, and longtime vegan advocate Lani Muelrath has been practicing mindfulness meditation for 25 years. In The Mindful Vegan, she teaches you how to practice mindfulness and shows how it can bring freedom and a new joy to your eating--and living--experience. Backed by extensive research, with step-by-step instructions, personal stories, positivity, humor, and a handful of delicious recipes, The Mindful Vegan will help you emancipate yourself from the stranglehold that mindless and compulsive eating have on your weight, health, food choices, and, most of all, peace of mind. With Lani's guidance, you'll learn the techniques of mindfulness meditation, opening the door to creating a more resilient vegan lifestyle. You'll discover why eating in a way that lines up with your convictions about health, the environment, and ethics reduces stress and increases happiness. The Mindful Vegan sets you on a path to cultivating your capacity for genuine happiness and a more peaceful life--in a way that is personally satisfying and aligned with your deepest values. This book is for anyone who wants to be free of frustrating and baffling eating behaviors, experience a new ease around eating, and discover their naturally healthy body and weight. Stop stressing. Start living--and eating--mindfully. Your body and mind will thank you.


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Discover how to shed old thinking patterns--and live more joyfully with food. Are you ready to get to the roots of your challenges around food--whether it's gratuitous snacking, compulsive or emotional eating, indulging cravings, overeating, or other disheartening habits? Be ready to get mindful. Mindfulness can be the deciding factor between your successful adoption of a h Discover how to shed old thinking patterns--and live more joyfully with food. Are you ready to get to the roots of your challenges around food--whether it's gratuitous snacking, compulsive or emotional eating, indulging cravings, overeating, or other disheartening habits? Be ready to get mindful. Mindfulness can be the deciding factor between your successful adoption of a healthy vegan diet and repeated frustrating attempts. This simple technique goes under the surface of what is hampering your happiness, providing a sought-after solution to many of life's ups and downs by rewiring your reactivity to challenges. Certified mindfulness meditation facilitator, award winning health educator, and longtime vegan advocate Lani Muelrath has been practicing mindfulness meditation for 25 years. In The Mindful Vegan, she teaches you how to practice mindfulness and shows how it can bring freedom and a new joy to your eating--and living--experience. Backed by extensive research, with step-by-step instructions, personal stories, positivity, humor, and a handful of delicious recipes, The Mindful Vegan will help you emancipate yourself from the stranglehold that mindless and compulsive eating have on your weight, health, food choices, and, most of all, peace of mind. With Lani's guidance, you'll learn the techniques of mindfulness meditation, opening the door to creating a more resilient vegan lifestyle. You'll discover why eating in a way that lines up with your convictions about health, the environment, and ethics reduces stress and increases happiness. The Mindful Vegan sets you on a path to cultivating your capacity for genuine happiness and a more peaceful life--in a way that is personally satisfying and aligned with your deepest values. This book is for anyone who wants to be free of frustrating and baffling eating behaviors, experience a new ease around eating, and discover their naturally healthy body and weight. Stop stressing. Start living--and eating--mindfully. Your body and mind will thank you.

30 review for The Mindful Vegan: A 30-Day Plan for Finding Health, Balance, Peace, and Happiness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wendi Lee

    *3.5 stars* I picked this book up because I'm interested in learning more about mindfulness, and because I was a vegan for a handful of years before becoming pregnant with my daughter (my constant morning sickness made it impossible to eat many of the healthy vegan meals in my repertoire). I loved both the culinary journey of veganism, and how healthy I felt while on a vegan diet, so this book seemed like the perfect inspiration to hop back into the vegan world. I did learn more about mindfulness *3.5 stars* I picked this book up because I'm interested in learning more about mindfulness, and because I was a vegan for a handful of years before becoming pregnant with my daughter (my constant morning sickness made it impossible to eat many of the healthy vegan meals in my repertoire). I loved both the culinary journey of veganism, and how healthy I felt while on a vegan diet, so this book seemed like the perfect inspiration to hop back into the vegan world. I did learn more about mindfulness. There are helpful daily practices at the beginning of every chapter, and Muelrath uses her own story, as well as the stories of other mindful vegans, to show her well this lifestyle has suited her/them. There is considerably less about veganism, but to be fair, there are dozens of books out there to educate you about the healthy and ethical reasons for going vegan. There is a specificity here, targeting an audience who suffers with eating disorders. This is incredibly important, and felt reminiscent of some of Geneen Roth's books. But ultimately, it missed the mark for me. Thank you to BenBella Books and Netgalley for an ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    debbicat *made of stardust*

    This so good! I downloaded it from NetGalley initially. But I just bought the beautiful hardback today at Books A Million. It will be a go to book in the years to come. I just love it. If you are on the vegan path, or at least vegan curious this may be a good book for you. It has a lot of accolades from some top people in the vegan world as well. Kathy Freston, John Mackey, Gene Baur, Melanie Joy...to name just a few! I have read books by all of the above. All are exceptional if you ask me. This This so good! I downloaded it from NetGalley initially. But I just bought the beautiful hardback today at Books A Million. It will be a go to book in the years to come. I just love it. If you are on the vegan path, or at least vegan curious this may be a good book for you. It has a lot of accolades from some top people in the vegan world as well. Kathy Freston, John Mackey, Gene Baur, Melanie Joy...to name just a few! I have read books by all of the above. All are exceptional if you ask me. This offers so much. Mindfulness is still a buzz word today. Everyone wants more peace. Dr. Melanie Joy writes at the beginning, "Mindfulness if probably the most important practice we can ever undertake. The more we are mindful, or present, the more we are able to feel authentically connected with ourselves and others. The ability to be present is at the heart of all healthy relationships: with other humans, with nonhuman beings, with the planet, and with ourselves. When we are present, we relate to all aspects of our lives-including our eating habits-with greater, compassion, and health." There are some great chapters about mindfulness, diets, moods and food, kindness, compassion, cravings, stress and anxiety. You will also find some great recipes. This really does deliver. It's a great resource for finding peace and balance. I think Ben Bella publishes some of the best books. I am grateful to them for the opportunity to read this digitally. As I said before...I have gotten so much from it that I bought a hardback from the bookstore today. I haven't tried all the days of meditation that comes with it yet. I want to tho. It is a practice I have wanted to add for some time now. I can't recommend this enough. It is a life changer. Change Your Mind-Change Your Brain "What you do with your mind shapes your brain. With mindfulness practice, you do little things with the mind that leads to big changes in your brain and your experience of living." Muelrath gives a how to on the use of the book and offers daily lessons. Every day 4 elements will be focused on. Formal meditation, notation of the audio guide, lesson for the day, and a mindful moment, inspiration of the day. This is a real winner. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to improve their life and health! 5 happy stars!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Athena Jennings

    I love this book. I read several of the reviews on Amazon before buying, and if you are looking for a better picture of what this read can do for you, go there and check it out. Here is one from someone named Donna that stands out: "Deeply insightful, reading The Mindful Vegan, has been a huge turning point for me in my relationship with food. Something just clicked, and I’ve not only had a change in my awareness of the obsessive chatter in my mind, but also, by beginning the 30 day plan outline I love this book. I read several of the reviews on Amazon before buying, and if you are looking for a better picture of what this read can do for you, go there and check it out. Here is one from someone named Donna that stands out: "Deeply insightful, reading The Mindful Vegan, has been a huge turning point for me in my relationship with food. Something just clicked, and I’ve not only had a change in my awareness of the obsessive chatter in my mind, but also, by beginning the 30 day plan outlined in it, those obsessive thoughts have greatly diminished, and when they do arise I am no longer under their spell. I am actually enjoying my food more, and realizing a point of satisfaction I haven’t felt in a very long time. The connection between veganism and mindfulness is brilliant! The instructions are clear and make the mindfulness meditations so easy. To do." The author Lani Muelrath makes it very clear from the beginning that the techniques of mindfulness and meditation that she is teaching apply to all of life's "disquieting states", not just for the food challenged, so if someone says this is a food problem book alone then they didn't really read the book. And there is so much scientific research in the book too, satisfying those who look for some evidence-based content, which I do. Wonderful book and just bought 2 more copies to give as gifts this Christmas.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (kellyreadingbooks)

    2.5 stars. I wanted to enjoy this book. Next week will be my one year anniversary of cutting out all meat, eggs, and dairy products besides fish and shrimp. Ultimately, I got a little bored with the writing style. This took me months and months to finish because it didn’t pull me back to it. Perhaps if I was completely brand new to meditation or veganism this book would’ve been great for me. But I was already aware of most of the content from meditation apps, vegan Facebook communities, and prev 2.5 stars. I wanted to enjoy this book. Next week will be my one year anniversary of cutting out all meat, eggs, and dairy products besides fish and shrimp. Ultimately, I got a little bored with the writing style. This took me months and months to finish because it didn’t pull me back to it. Perhaps if I was completely brand new to meditation or veganism this book would’ve been great for me. But I was already aware of most of the content from meditation apps, vegan Facebook communities, and previous mindful eating books from authors like Geneen Roth.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Silvia Puiu

    The book is useful for those who have eating disorders. I do not have one and I thought the book addresses the problem of veganism mostly but it is about meditation, mindfulness when you have some eating disorders or cravings or you are obsessed about weight. I am vegan, I love to meditate but the book does not targeting people like me. Of course I read it till the end because I like to read about different perspectives and different people.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Part 1: Freedom On to Something: mindfulness can emancipate you from your food choices, your health, and your unsettled mind. Mindfulness enhances positive emotions, reduces stress, enhances problem solving, improves mental stamina, and resilience. We need to be more of a being people and less of a doing people. My Watershed Moment: The author’s addiction was chocolate and overeating. Mindfulness has been the best diet treatment for that. She was mindful eating when it hit her how much she had ig Part 1: Freedom On to Something: mindfulness can emancipate you from your food choices, your health, and your unsettled mind. Mindfulness enhances positive emotions, reduces stress, enhances problem solving, improves mental stamina, and resilience. We need to be more of a being people and less of a doing people. My Watershed Moment: The author’s addiction was chocolate and overeating. Mindfulness has been the best diet treatment for that. She was mindful eating when it hit her how much she had ignored the signs that she had been having for decades. She decided to reconnect with her natural hunger and fullness signals (mindful eating). Part 2: The thirty day plan Presence of Mind: Formal practice is focusing on breath, informal practice is being mindfully present during your daily activities. Position, Anchor/Breath, Intention/duration, REmindfulness/Focus (PAIR) Day One: Beginning Practice: Position: sitting or lying: remember your WHY (anxiety, stress). Remember a moment of mindfulness. Day Two: Anchor: focus on breath because it puts you in the present. The best way to let muddy water clear is to be still. When we don’t process issues that come up during the day and they get lodged in our subconscious. Mindfulness allows all of this to process. Day Three: Beginning Practice: intention and mindfulness: Remindfulness: remember, return, repeat – this is what mindfulness is all about. Thinking can be the root of much pain, especially circuitous thoughts. Thoughts quickly take on lives of their own my becoming stories. Thoughts arise in the present, but most of our thoughts are about the future or the past. Mental Noting: acknowledge the thought but then push it away and diminish it’s importance. Day Four: Am I doing it right? Some days of meditation will be good and others will be more difficult – the reminding is the important part. Mindfulness is like a train station. When the train rolls into the station: you can get on or stay on the platform. Our habit is to get onto the train, and sometimes we find ourselves 10 miles down the track before we even realize we jumped on board. Day Five: Wandering mind, unhappy mind? Training our mind is like training a puppy, we have to keep taking the puppy back to the paper again and again. We are patient with the puppy and we should be patient with ourselves. The brain has a default mode network (DMN) which is the mental activity that the brain settles into when it is not focused on a task (also known as mind wandering). A large study showed that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. Day Six: You must be present to win: Mindfulness pulls you out of a mind wandering state. This opens up space for self-regulation of thoughts (space between stimulus and response), emotions and behaviors – qualities long associated with well-being and the cornerstone of change. You begin to see thoughts and feelings as objects. Taxi drivers have a larger posterior hippocampus (associated with navigation) because they developed it as a taxi driver. Day Seven: Bodily sensations: Every thought you have has a correlating sensation in your body. Even when we are not constantly aware of our feelings, we still react to them. Interoception includes visceral sensations and sensations of breathing. Somatosensation is conscious perception of touch, temperature, pressure, pain, and vibration. Sharpening both of these brings previously unnoticed sensations in your body into conscious awareness. This is profoundly useful because it reveals the intimate connections between what you are feeling in the body, emotions, and runaway trains of thought. Day Eight: mediation on bodily sensations: our bodies always give us signs about what is happening mentally and emotionally at any given moment. Yet in our typical busy and distracted state, we are usually not attentive to them. During meditation change your focus from your breath to your body: noting tingling, tension, hardness, softness, burning, itching, lightness, pleasant and unpleasant sensations. Return to breath and then back to body. Think about the cause of the sensation. Acknowledge them and be present. Day Nine: body survey: scan your entire body starting at the head and moving to your toes. Scan the front, left, right and back of body. STOP is a tool to quickly check in with mental activity and body sensation. STOP S (stop), T (take a breath), O (Observe what is happening for you in this very moment), P (proceed – move forward with you day). Day Ten: Kathryn-from food free fall to eating freedom: Kathryn had tried to go vegan before and usually could only last from 7-10 days on her strict diet. Her downfall was pretzels from the vending machine around 4pm in the afternoon (behavior bundle: work, late afternoon, access to pretzels). Through mindfulness she realized that she didn’t need to be on such a strict diet. This allowed her to adjust and be on her diet for longer periods of time. Day Eleven: hindrances, antidotes, and helping factors: Restlessness (physical in nature but is a sign of mental restlessness, solve the mental in order to solve the physical). Wanting/Desire/Craving (illusion that we can find satisfaction when we fulfill the craving. Most desires are actually harmless – eating when we are hungry, covering up when we are cold). Resistance (Be present with your current irritation, and then relinquish it). Sleepiness (could be a sign that you are not getting enough sleep). Day Twelve: big diet, binges, and a better way: Big diets encourage hypercontrol and are authoritarian eating, which always eventually fail. These types of diets lead to binging and high rates of weight gain. Most diets are a behavioral approach: don’t have tempting food in the house, distract yourself from cravings, reduce stress… Day Thirteen: Becoming vegan: Eating vegan is good for the earth, our bodies, and very kind to animals. Day Fourteen: the mindful vegan plate: We should have a reasonable diet plan and count on a few occasional treats for birthdays and holidays. Don’t micromanage your diet. Day Fifteen: meditation on emotions: Acknowledge emotions as part of your human repertoire – observe it to see that it won’t last forever, that it isn’t all that you are. Every experience we have is registered emotionally, accompanied by a physical correlate in your body. Acknowledge what your body feels when you are angry and then when you are happy. We get caught up in evaluations our emotions, automatically triggering negative self-judgement and gloomy moods. Mindfulness builds emotional self-regulation by establishing new pathways in the brain that offer an alternative. Day Sixteen: Rain: RAIN: Recognition (of emotion), Acknowledgment and Acceptance (yes, this is happening), Investigation (of how you feel – good or bad), Nonidentification (you are not your emotions). Emotions are like weather patterns, sometimes it is cloudy and other times sunny. Be present with your emotions and process them as they arise. Day Seventeen: Moods and Foods: Eating fruits and vegetables makes people happier (due to antioxidants in them). Cutting out meat improves your happiness because you are not taking in the animal’s fear when it was slaughtered. Day Eighteen: moods and mindfulness: Before and after brain imaging of Monks who practiced mindfulness showed an increase in activity in the left prefrontal cortex (corresponds to mood improvements), proving mood set points can be changed. This activates pathways that allow you to respond with more objectivity. Day Nineteen: higher ground and mindfully navigating conversations: Most people love animals but will do anything to defend their behavior (eating meat); sometimes vegans become the target for this defensive behavior. People respond more to your presence and how you treat them, how you listen to them, and how consistent you are than to what you say. Chapter 20: Cultivating Kindness and Compassion: The most effective people are those who are most sustained by practicing taking care of their own needs. Perceive mindfulness as heartfulness. Be patient with yourself when you have to bring your attention back. Loving-kindness meditation -may I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be safe. Day 21: Attractivism: Karenna convinces a retiring dairy farmer to let her adopt a calf through attractivism (blame causes distance, we want understanding and connection). When judging another she can see it is not helpful. Day22: spectrum of mindfulness practices: choiceless awareness – anchor on whatever comes to the forefront of your mind (body, sounds, emotions). If nothing comes, focus on breath. Open monitoring – an informal practice without an anchor. You are just aware of everything around you. Day 23: your naturally healthy body and weight: Outer sense – working knowledge of foods for nutrition and to satisfy hunger. Inner sense – mindfulness of body, mind, and emotions. Interoception – awareness of body’s physiological state (stomach stretch receptors, sufficient calories). Day 24: the pure joy of eating: Mindless Eating – autopilot, eating while surfing web, eat when you are upset). Mindful Eating – Outer behaviors will not, by themselves, give you the freedom you are looking for. Researchers have found a positive relationship between mindfulness, healthier eating, and weight normalization. Eating as an anchor – eat slowly, don’t layer bites, chew well, taste your food, stop when you are 80% full. Use STOP (stop, take a breath, observe, proceed). Day 25: cravings: Careening through stress with reactivity (food you feel you deserve). Mindfulness gives you time opportunities for a fresh response to stress as you go. Cravings can be generated by deprivation (restriction and monotony), environmental cues (sight and smell of food prepares the body for food), and emotional reactivity (depression, boredom). Day 26: addiction, part one: Mindfulness training for smoking cessation is TWICE as successful than the current gold standard (behavioral – avoid triggers and use distraction) of treatment. Mindfulness allowed smokers to be present for the negative sensations of smoking. It also allowed them to recognize their transient feelings and sensations in the mind and body and label them as craving. Day 27: addiction, part two: Eating addiction is an appropriate term for some. Sugar, fat, salt, flour, and artificial sweeteners are usually the ones that we crave. Intermittent undereating (dieting) is a contributing factor. Disentangle yourself from practices that distance you from living and eating with mindfulness. Acceptance based strategies: manage stress before it gets to the craving phase. We can realize how full of false promise giving into our cravings is going to be. We could keep whipping our dietary plan as in some Ben-Hurian horse race. We might win the race that way, but doubtfully the season. Day 28: mindful movement: Physical activity is the single biggest thing you can do to give muscle to the building blocks of the brain. Exercise fosters neuroplasticity and neural connectivity. All physical activity has some sort of mindfulness to it. In our overly cerebral lives, we have created a chasm between mind and body. Yoga, tai chi, dance, rock climbing, and martial arts are good examples. Walking meditation is a slow walk with mindfulness focused on your body. Day 29: Stress and anxiety: promote temper, depression, downregulates our immune system. Psoriasis Study: those who listened to mindfulness tapes while receiving standard treatment (ultraviolet light) healed twice as fast as those who were control group (no mindfulness). More than 50 studies show that mindfulness-based programs reduce stress and anxiety. National Institute of Health (NIH) discovered that patients who participated in a mindfulness meditation course had reduced stress hormone and inflammation following stressful situations. The control group that did not get the mindfulness training saw these blood-based marker rise. Day 30: a path with heart: Interview with Dr. Dearn Ornish. Eating mindfully gives you more pleasure with fewer calories. Meditation doesn't bring them the sense of peace or well-being (it is already inside of them). It is far more effective to get to the underlying causes of the problems from which troubling behaviors arise than addressing the symptoms. We seek refuge from agitation, anxiety, and other unsetting states with a series of distractions. People who feel isolated and depressed are three to ten times more likely to get sick and die prematurely from all causes than those who have a sense of love, connection, and loving relationships. Mindfulness is about cultivating a quality of attention that you can bring to all of your life so that you can be mindful in the midst of your day, when a million things are demanding our attention. Gandhi would spend one day each week in silence (no matter what was happening politically).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This book ended up being very different than what I expected, but I am so glad that I read it! So you think that you've become vegan and are therefore the healthiest and most compassionate you've ever been? Hold on a minute, there is a step missing here. Adding the mindfulness practices listed in this book will truly take you the extra step to help guide you through your life journey. I especially enjoyed the chapter on how to eat more mindfully and help you learn better eating behaviors. At the This book ended up being very different than what I expected, but I am so glad that I read it! So you think that you've become vegan and are therefore the healthiest and most compassionate you've ever been? Hold on a minute, there is a step missing here. Adding the mindfulness practices listed in this book will truly take you the extra step to help guide you through your life journey. I especially enjoyed the chapter on how to eat more mindfully and help you learn better eating behaviors. At the start of the book you begin meditation practice lasting one minute and work up to 30 minutes by day 30. There is so much valuable information in this book that can make you a more peaceful, happy individual with a better sense of well-being. I think that people that have small children might find it very difficult to escape their chaotic households to do these meditations in peace and quiet every day. Other than that I have nothing but positive comments to make about this book. LOVED IT! This could be a very valuable, worthwhile book for many people; not just vegans.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ayah

    This book is exactly what the title implies. It is not just a book on how to be a vegan; it is not only a book on how to be a mindful being. It is what I would like to call the best of both words. If you don’t intend on becoming one of the two, I still think it would be an interesting read. However, if you are getting this book just for recipes, then I would recommend reading something else. I do believe that the audio added throughout the chapters make this a more powerful experience. I have bin This book is exactly what the title implies. It is not just a book on how to be a vegan; it is not only a book on how to be a mindful being. It is what I would like to call the best of both words. If you don’t intend on becoming one of the two, I still think it would be an interesting read. However, if you are getting this book just for recipes, then I would recommend reading something else. I do believe that the audio added throughout the chapters make this a more powerful experience. I have binge read this book, so I only grasped a little bit of what it is offering, but I plan on rereading it sometime during 2018. I will be dedicating an entire month for that reread, where I read and test this 30-day plan. After that, I will discuss the good, the bad, and the in-between. Till then, I am giving it 3 stars. I received an eARC in exchange with an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ditte

    This is a good book about mindfulness, but it isn't a book about being a mindful vegan. And since the title is The Mindful Vegan I expected it to be more about veganism - perhaps how to be at peace with your own role/identity in a world where being vegan is still new and in some places/by some people looked down upon? There are 2 chapters dedicated to vegan living/lifestyle in the book and veganism gets mentioned some times, but that's it. It has a lot of advice, some strategies and facts about mi This is a good book about mindfulness, but it isn't a book about being a mindful vegan. And since the title is The Mindful Vegan I expected it to be more about veganism - perhaps how to be at peace with your own role/identity in a world where being vegan is still new and in some places/by some people looked down upon? There are 2 chapters dedicated to vegan living/lifestyle in the book and veganism gets mentioned some times, but that's it. It has a lot of advice, some strategies and facts about mindfulness - some of them I will take with me. So if you're new to mindfulness it's a good read, but if you expect it to be about the vegan lifestyle then it's not the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Turner

    I think I was hoping for a quasi Buddhist meditation on veganism but instead I got a very practical self help book for people with eating disorders. Not really my cup of tea I found the title a little misleading. Perhaps it should be “Meditating to Lose Weight Without Making it a Strict Diet”. Truth is veganism will help you lose weight unless a health condition prevents it, but that’s not really the point. The point is read this if you’re new to zen and meditation and veganism or if you have a I think I was hoping for a quasi Buddhist meditation on veganism but instead I got a very practical self help book for people with eating disorders. Not really my cup of tea I found the title a little misleading. Perhaps it should be “Meditating to Lose Weight Without Making it a Strict Diet”. Truth is veganism will help you lose weight unless a health condition prevents it, but that’s not really the point. The point is read this if you’re new to zen and meditation and veganism or if you have a real issue with binge eating otherwise it might not be right for you. I think my mom could use this book... I also look forward to trying some of the vegan recipes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I stopped reading this book several chapters before its end. I am an ethical vegan, and I was prior to reading this book, but it focuses too much on trying to persuade the reader to become vegan, to dealing with people who are obsessive dieters, and to those who are less-than-mindful about the food they eat, how they eat, and what they eat. Again, these are all important, but the way it is written in the book, it is almost condescending. What I am grateful for, and appreciate about the book, is th I stopped reading this book several chapters before its end. I am an ethical vegan, and I was prior to reading this book, but it focuses too much on trying to persuade the reader to become vegan, to dealing with people who are obsessive dieters, and to those who are less-than-mindful about the food they eat, how they eat, and what they eat. Again, these are all important, but the way it is written in the book, it is almost condescending. What I am grateful for, and appreciate about the book, is that I gained some new skills for my daily mindfulness - the first 10-15 chapters, especially. I also got some insight in to my daily practice of mindful meditation.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angelyn

    The low ratings on this book tend to be from Vegans. I guess they were expecting more about veganism. I am not one and therefore enjoyed the book very much for the mindfulness. I thought she did a great job with it although I am a beginner. I love the guided meditations on loving kindness, body scans, emotion scans etc. I learned a lot and am loving the mindfulness meditations.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gini DeLora

    I’m rating this as a two while fully acknowledging that, when I reread it later, I will probably rate it higher. It was a good book but it took me a long time to get through it simply because I’m not ready to start a meditation practice right now.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brook Packard

    One of the best books for process and mindfulness out there. Enormously helpful for everyone - vegans, carnivores...anyone. Particularly if you love a good thirty-day challenge, engaging writing, and well-documented research. This is the book to get.

  15. 4 out of 5

    One

    There's some good info in this book, worth reading. There's some good info in this book, worth reading.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ginny Lurcock

    can a review just be an eye-roll emoji?

  17. 4 out of 5

    GONZA

    Less recipes and a lot more of meditation in this book, where a ~31 days plan is laid out to help people eating mindfully and vegan. I haven't read since now this couple (vegan+mindfulness) and I found it interesting enough, but it wouldn't be easy to apply; anyway if you want to try, this book may give you a lot of help with practical tips and suggestions. Meno ricette e più meditazione, in questo libro dove viene delineato un piano di circa 31 giorni per mangiare in modo più consapevole e vegan Less recipes and a lot more of meditation in this book, where a ~31 days plan is laid out to help people eating mindfully and vegan. I haven't read since now this couple (vegan+mindfulness) and I found it interesting enough, but it wouldn't be easy to apply; anyway if you want to try, this book may give you a lot of help with practical tips and suggestions. Meno ricette e più meditazione, in questo libro dove viene delineato un piano di circa 31 giorni per mangiare in modo più consapevole e vegano. Questa era un'accoppiata nuova per me (vegan+mindfullness) e devo dire che mi é sembrata interessante, ma certo di non facile applicazione. Comunque se vi sentite di provarla, questo libro é molto chiaro ed offre una serie di suggerimenti e di spunti che possono aiutare. THANKS TO NETGALLEY FOR THE PREVIEW!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Hmmmmm----usually the only person who makes me say WTF out loud and get so pissed off is Dr. Phil. I have no problem eating vegan food or the vegan philosophy but is this woman and her demeaning prattle about meat eaters and stress and other stuff --- is she for real? All that hocus pocus mumbo jumbo about ninth planets and aligning yourself inside and out made me want to throw my (BRAND NEW) kindle out of the window. I understand meaningful eating vs. what I learned as HALT (are you hungry, ang Hmmmmm----usually the only person who makes me say WTF out loud and get so pissed off is Dr. Phil. I have no problem eating vegan food or the vegan philosophy but is this woman and her demeaning prattle about meat eaters and stress and other stuff --- is she for real? All that hocus pocus mumbo jumbo about ninth planets and aligning yourself inside and out made me want to throw my (BRAND NEW) kindle out of the window. I understand meaningful eating vs. what I learned as HALT (are you hungry, angry lonely or tired?) I got sick of being insulted and refused to finish the book. I even refuse to it one star for this review. BTW ---- how are SOY CURLS (Soy curls are a meat alternative made from non-GMO soybeans that have not been sprayed with chemical pesticides) fake meat (chik'n) and tapioca "cheese" better for me? They are over-processed and factory made which is a galaxy or two worth of "planet nine's" away from being the real food/cheese that I buy from the market that is just milk, rennet and time???) I think I need some primal scream therapy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    “I felt like I was running on fumes- like when you’re driving and your gas gauge is on empty but you have no opportunity to refuel.” I am amazed I could even finish a book compiled of only repetitive and quasi-condescending sentences like the one above. Consider my goat GOT when the author is not trusting the reader to know what running on fumes means. All that mess, coupled with the fact that it felt like she was trying to sell me on being a mindful vegan, made this a tough read for me. Im alre “I felt like I was running on fumes- like when you’re driving and your gas gauge is on empty but you have no opportunity to refuel.” I am amazed I could even finish a book compiled of only repetitive and quasi-condescending sentences like the one above. Consider my goat GOT when the author is not trusting the reader to know what running on fumes means. All that mess, coupled with the fact that it felt like she was trying to sell me on being a mindful vegan, made this a tough read for me. Im already sold! That’s why I’m here! There were some cool factoids and inspirational quotes but nothing that couldn’t have been found on your friendly neighborhood vegan blog.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bernadette

    Enjoyable, educational guide to incorporating mindfulness into our daily lives through mindful meditation on our breathing, thinking, feeling & actions, including eating. 30 day plan starts with meditations for 1 minute on the first day, incrementally increasing in a daily basis til reaching 30 minutes at day 30. The PAIR acronym, position, anchor, intention, remindfullness/repeat, is so helpful for maintaining focus of a wandering mind. You're not turning off your attention, just learning to fo Enjoyable, educational guide to incorporating mindfulness into our daily lives through mindful meditation on our breathing, thinking, feeling & actions, including eating. 30 day plan starts with meditations for 1 minute on the first day, incrementally increasing in a daily basis til reaching 30 minutes at day 30. The PAIR acronym, position, anchor, intention, remindfullness/repeat, is so helpful for maintaining focus of a wandering mind. You're not turning off your attention, just learning to focus in more useful ways. Has links to online resources. And a few tasty easy vegan, whole foods recipes. The simple biscuits, using combination of whole wheat & almond flours, are so easy, & good. Sweet & sour soy curls make a nice stir fry that even non vegans will enjoy. The day to day guidance is so accessible, arranged in a way that keeps me going back & rereading parts that are good at helping me re-focus when needed on why I've chosen to live and advocate for compassionate lifestyle as a vegan.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    This is a very accessible how-to on meditation and practicing mindfulness without garbling it with religion or spiritual practice. Well--it's accessible if you're already vegan or very open to it. I'm giving it four stars because it's the first I've read of mindfulness, I've incorporated her 30-day plan into my morning routine and I'm already noticing benefits. There is a heavy emphasis, especially in the second half, on controlling obsessive thoughts about food and preventing overeating, neither This is a very accessible how-to on meditation and practicing mindfulness without garbling it with religion or spiritual practice. Well--it's accessible if you're already vegan or very open to it. I'm giving it four stars because it's the first I've read of mindfulness, I've incorporated her 30-day plan into my morning routine and I'm already noticing benefits. There is a heavy emphasis, especially in the second half, on controlling obsessive thoughts about food and preventing overeating, neither of which I've ever struggled with, so I skimmed those parts. I appreciate the index of studies that support most claims made throughout. There are still a few eyebrow-raisers though (like a mention of an oncologist who left their practice because they thought they could heal more patients with meditation than medication...) Overall a beneficial read for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

  24. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

  25. 5 out of 5

    Curtis Chastain

  26. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Pike

  27. 4 out of 5

    camila

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Prince

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katie Degorter

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