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2.0 out of 5 stars Reasons to be Mindful, 4 Jun. 2012
This review is from: The Headspace Diet (Paperback)
Remarkably lacking in substance, though not a completely unrewarding read. The book largely consists of about 130+ pages of build-up on the theories about why people don't lose weight, why people give up on diets, why people eat differently, etc. It reinforces, time and again, the idea of mindfulness and the support offered if you visit the website associated with the book. Time and time again.

In the end, you reach the chapter about the actual technique only to find a ten bullet point process of mild meditation. Sit for ten minutes, breathe deeply, be aware of all the bits of yourself, concentrate on the breathing - and then repeat daily. Effectively mindfulness seems to mean concentrate on something and take your time over it.

Mindful shopping, concentreate on your footsteps or your breathing and when you feel the urge to splurge, refocus on your footsteps, breathing, the trolley... whatever you chose to anchor you. Mindful food preparation means taking your time, breathing in the smoke, manhandling the vegetables and generally getting to know your meal on a very personal basis.

Somewhere along the journey, the author lost the point. Or lost me. Or both. All the build-up to the take10 technique and I find a somewhat sterile explanation of a bland meditation technique. I did read the rest of the book, but I felt let down. The shallow delivery of the process of mindfulness left me wondering just who might benefit from this book and take the concept on with any prospect of benefit. How could you walk away from this book with anything more than a sense that you hadn't learnt anything at all - other than a more mindful approach to choosing your reading material in future!
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Initial post: 27 Jun 2012 14:39:32 BDT
rosiekoko says:
I think the reason why this book might appear to be lacking in 'substance' is because it really requires practice to master the technique. The mindfulness techniques described sound simple enough, but until you do them everyday for a prolonged period of time, you don't realise how difficult but also life-changing they can be!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2012 14:52:24 BDT
P. Baldowski says:
I understand and appreciate your point of view. For me, however, the Headspace approach of mindfulness to manage the whole eating experience didn't compel me to do anything differently or leave me feeling in any way better equipped for a new way of dieting. As someone who has lost more than 25kg in a year with sensible eating and exercise, I looked to this book to see if it might offer something I could use to allow me to maintain and improve my relationship with food. However, as I say, I didn't find it here - and reviewed accordingly.

Posted on 12 Jul 2012 13:22:30 BDT
I liked your review and found it helpful. This book was not for you and you explained in detail what you did not like. However, these things are what I think I am looking for. If you hadn't explained them so explicitly, I wouldn't have known! There is a place for negative reviews, but only if they are written as well as yours. I'm sorry you did not enjoy the book, and congratulate you on your successful weight loss. Thanks!

Posted on 17 Jul 2012 21:58:37 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2014 12:12:22 GMT
Lakeman says:
Well done on the 25kg loss. That's a great achievement. Maybe you've already found what works for you?
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