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One Bowl: A Guide to Eating for Body and Spirit [Paperback]

Don Gerrard
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28 Jun 2001
One Bowl proposes a simple but extraordinarily powerful idea: By adopting a single bowl as the vessel for your meals, you will become more aware of the food you eat, how you eat, and the effects (large and small) of particular foods on your body and your spiritual and physical well-being. Author Don Gerrard guides us through every process of adapting to the one-bowl philosophy of eating, including choosing a bowl, deciding what to fill it with, and being attentive to every stage of eating and digestion. Although not rooted in any single spiritual tradition, One Bowl is certain to resonate with everyone who can appreciate that the Buddha, for example, ate out of one bowl, in silence, whether eating by himself or in a group. The book is beautifully illustrated with black-and-white photos throughout.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (28 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569246270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569246276
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 14 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea 16 April 2010
This book has a very interesting idea - can you really learn to be more mindful about food and eating by eating from one bowl, and one bowl alone? The buddha ate from one bowl, and many monks to this day collect their daily food in a bowl, so can it help you?

Apart from the obvious fact that it will limit what you can eat together (pizza and soup aren't exactly going to go great in one bowl!), there is also the bonus that you can see everything you are going to eat in one bowl together, so you can gauge how much you are eating. Also, having a special bowl for eating should help you get in the right mindset when it comes to meal times.

Although I won't be only eating out of one bowl from now on, I am going to take on many of the mindfullness suggestions from this book. I think one of the most useful skills this book discusses is giving yourself the ability to eat whatever you actually feel like eating, in the amount that your body actually wants. It is also very useful to think about how eating a certain food has made you feel.

Overall, an interesting book, and you don't necessarily have to start eating only from one bowl to get some of the benefits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Path Back to Trusting Our Bodies 14 July 2001
By Hal Zina Bennett, Author - Published on
This book is a classic food book. It's first manifestation was way back in the 70s, a thin volume that nevertheless was packed with wisdom about how to get back in touch with our bodies and our nutritional needs. Nearly 30 years later its prescriptions, or perhaps I should say "non-prescriptions," still hold as true as ever. The author tells us, in a warm but informative way, how to read our bodies inner messages about what we need to stay healthy. The key is eating from one bowl and paying attention in some very unusual ways--at least unusual in today's culture--to foods that "hum," for example, and how we can make use of this information for making healthy choices. I think that one of the greatest contributions this book makes is that it teaches us how to make choices from the inside out--choices that bring us closer to our bodies and closer to ourselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy 5 stars 1 Mar 2004
By GEM - Published on
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I second hal's review - i had this book when it came out in the 70's. Don't know how it got away from me - probably loaned it to someone. But I've followed its advice, loosely, over the years and through 3 or 4 treasured bowls that got chipped, cracked, or whatever, and replaced. Now and then I've told people about it - "...there was this book, called One Bowl....". today it occurred to me to check Amazon to see if it's still available, and, Yay! It is! Into the ol' cart!
PS - my current bowl is an Oxo - Amazon carries them in Kitchen. White plastic doesn't have the ambience of raku, but I'm not one who looks down on plastic - matter of fact I'm grateful for it! As with everything, if you want it to have nice vibes, GIVE it some!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book 1 Aug 2007
By Kathryn - Published on
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This was an interesting book. The premise is that by eating all meals in a mindful manner, while holding the bowl in your hand and eating alone, you will transform not only your food intake, but other areas of your life. I think that there are many lessons that can be taken from this book, especially for those attempting to eat more intuitively and live life with more consciousness. I don't see being able to adopt the one-bowl method as a lifestyle unless you live alone or have a family who does not mind doing the same. Many of the books that the author recommends for further reading have been out of print (he acknowledges this in the book) since the 70s. This whole book just kept reminding me of something that might have come out of the Esalen Institute in the 60s.

So, will this totally work for the majority of people living in modern society in the new millenium? Probably not. Can you get some good ideas and find exercises that might help you on your journey to more mindful living? Yes, I think so. It's definitely worth reading.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddah Bowl eating 26 April 2009
By B. Ziegler - Published on
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I quit "dieting" about six weeks ago and got this book along with "Am I Hungry?".
This is a wonderful little book with great ideas about eating when hungry and stopping when full and eating what I am hungry for.
Helps one focus on what we are eating and the sensations of our body. So few of us know when we are really hungry and when we are full.
I can see now that I was never tasting my food and enjoying it.
Would recommend this book and of course getting your Buddah Bowl is a fun and essential part of the whole experience.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindful nourishment 8 Sep 2008
By Amy Ellis - Published on
Start with one meal per day: No mindless, emotional, frantic shoveling of food into your face. Eat what calls to you, eat with attention, and you will be satisfied. Take the time to appreciate what you put into your body: the flavors, textures, and nourishment. I searched for my "one bowl" [...]
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