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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger (1 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245433
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.5 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 788,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Eating the Moment" is a quick, enjoyable read full of creative, clever exercises and insightful, thought-provoking text. Rather than being shamed into deprivation, readers are taught original exercises to help them learn about their palates and manage their appetites. Who knew that weight control could be so fun and empowering?"
--Dina Cheney, author of "Tasting Club"

"In "Eating the Moment", Somov gives you the practical tools you need to reap the rewards of eating more mindfully. Read it and discover how to have a relationship with food that is smarter, healthier, more conscious, and enjoyable."
--Deborah Kesten, MPH, author of "The Enlightened Diet"

"Somov is one of the most creative psychologists around. He is knowledgeable about research-based and effective therapy techniques. He is aware of Eastern philosophies, and Buddhism in particular. And he is a productive therapist who knows how to translate knowledge into personal action for clients. All of these gifts are evident in Somov's book, "Eating the Moment", which is not only informative, not only good reading, but also tremendously helpful in the most difficult area of behavior change--losing and keeping off weight."
--Stanton Peele, Ph. D., JD, author of "Seven Tools to Beat Addiction" and "Addiction-Proof Your Child"

""Eating the Moment" is a thoughtful feast for those who want to understand the psychology of eating and how to overcome mindlessness with food. The 141 eating practices are easy-to-grasp appetizers for becoming more aware, overcoming craving, and transforming your experience with food. If you have ever wanted a primer on eating skills that you never learned at home or in school, this book is an excellent place to start.
--Donald Altman, author of "Meal by Meal" and "Art of the Inner Meal"

"Eating the Moment is a quick, enjoyable read full of creative, clever exercises and insightful, thought-provoking text. Rather than being shamed into deprivation, readers are taught original exercises to help them learn about their palates and manage their appetites. Who knew that weight control could be so fun and empowering?"
Dina Cheney, author of Tasting Club

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"In Eating the Moment, Somov gives you the practical tools you need to reap the rewards of eating more mindfully. Read it and discover how to have a relationship with food that is smarter, healthier, more conscious, and enjoyable."
Deborah Kesten, MPH, author of The Enlightened Diet

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"Somov is one of the most creative psychologists around. He is knowledgeable about research-based and effective therapy techniques. He is aware of Eastern philosophies, and Buddhism in particular. And he is a productive therapist who knows how to translate knowledge into personal action for clients. All of these gifts are evident in Somov s book, Eating the Moment, which is not only informative, not only good reading, but also tremendously helpful in the most difficult area of behavior change losing and keeping off weight."
Stanton Peele, Ph. D., JD, author of Seven Tools to Beat Addiction and Addiction-Proof Your Child

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"Eating the Moment is a thoughtful feast for those who want to understand the psychology of eating and how to overcome mindlessness with food. The 141 eating practices are easy-to-grasp appetizers for becoming more aware, overcoming craving, and transforming your experience with food. If you have ever wanted a primer on eating skills that you never learned at home or in school, this book is an excellent place to start.
Donald Altman, author of Meal by Meal and Art of the Inner Meal

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About the Author

Pavel G. Somov. Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. The mindful-eating program presented in this book uses techniques and tools he developed for his clients. He has successfully used similar mindfulness-based interventions with substance abusers in recovery. Somov emigrated from Russia at the age of twenty-one and became a US citizen in 1996. He received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2000


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In a direct, down-to-earth, concise and frank style, without esoteric babbling or page-filling, the author guides you with practical propositions, commentaries, observations, and interesting psychological and physiological facts you can't deny (but always unconciously have, in many cases), into becoming more aware of all the things that happen in your body and mind related to eating. Simply becoming aware of what happens when you eat, digest, or feel hungry, is in my experience already enough to initiate a huge change in how, what, how much, and when you eat, and this book can be a good help.
This is a book purely aimed at helping you become a more mindful eater - no diet plans or nutritional or health-related information about specific foods or diets. It is about emancipating...

I personally appreciate the no-nonsense tone, which is a difference from many other books about mindfulness that tend to be a bit "floaty" and too "nice" for me.

In the same line, I can also recommend One Bowl: A Guide to Eating for Body and Spirit...
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These are very good common sense approaches to eating and about being mindful to what you are eating. I do believe it is so true of many people with weight problems that they have gulped the food down before really appreciating it - me anyway. So good advice here but the only problem is I keep forgetting to use it so nothing really has changed for me.
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Huge disappointment. Manages to say very little and what it does say isn't worth saying. I wasted my money please do not waste yours on this rubbish.
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Full of useful and practical tips for the daily practice of mindful eating. Would also strongly recommend Mindful eating by Jan Chozen Bays (my personal favourite book in this category).
Mindful Eating: Free Yourself from Overeating and Other Unhealthy Relationships with Food
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transformative Book to Help End Emotional Eating and Lose Weight 14 July 2011
By SimplyHealthywithSheena - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a holistic health coach who works with emotional eaters who want to lose weight, increase energy, decrease cravings, and heal their relationships with food and with themselves. I'm also someone who has struggled with emotional eating throughout her life and this book has been incredibly helpful in healing my own disordered eating and has helped me shape my methods with my clients.

PROS:
1) Dual Approach to Ending EE (Emotional Eating)
I've read a lot of books regarding EE and this is the first book that I find approaches the issue from both an emotional one and a neurological one. What I mean is, you can
only delve into your childhood for so long to try to figure out why you are an EE. It's incredibly helpful to tell your story and to figure out what caused you to start EE in
the first place... I think all that has a place in this process. However, I also believe that if you eat a certain way for so long, your brain becomes habituated to that. Even
if you are finally in a place of no longer having quite those same emotions that you did when you began EE, your brain is so used to sending out signals to EE at a certain
time and/or in a certain way that it can be very challenging to change. You really need to look at this issue as one in need of rewiring your brain. This really is the first
book that I've read on this topic that approaches EE from a place of emotion and brain chemistry, and that's why I think it in particular is so transformative.
2) "Easy" Exercises
Although these exercises aren't easy in the sense that you really are trying to change long-held habits and mindsets, there are so many different exercises to try and they're
explained in an easy-to-understand manner, it makes it feel so manageable to being this process.

I highly, highly recommend this book. Ending EE is a challenge, but this is one of the best books I've read so far in overcoming that challenge. I will continue to use it for myself and with my clients.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Experiential Learning, Not Knowledge Acquisition 12 Nov. 2011
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To *really* benefit, you must do the exercises, not just read them.
Somov's book is different from other books I've read on either diet or Buddhism in that his focus seems to be on specific experiments that readers will do on themselves, not on advice or meditation, though both of those appear here, too.
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Activities leading to discoveries:
I like this better than other books on related topics because it's not just "talk" that will raise our awareness. Somov suggests activities that will show us the root causes of our own particular idiosyncrasies.
-For example, he asks that we study a menu's photos and words and to take notes on what stirs us (he offers helpful how-to details).
-Another example: He asks that we under-eat one day and indulge another day, with note-taking, then compare and contrast physical sensations.
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Needs a companion journal:
I wish he had created a slim journal to go with this book, something with the exercises alone, with columns and prompts already written in, with space for our own note-taking, so we could just pick that up and start using it ASAP.
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Good example of companion journal:
Since I didn't find such a journal (I looked online), I will have to sit down to re-read certain passages, with some clean pieces of paper in hand, to create my own notebook, concentrating without distraction to get the instructions down before I can begin.
Not that this will be hard. It's just that I would have purchased a companion journal had there been one. A good example is "The Mayo Clinic Diet Journal," which I have used with success.
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Experiential learning is most effective:
In my work life, I give workshops and train professionals to do their jobs differently. I recognize in Somov's book some of the success factors of my workshops. He emphasizes experiential learning over knowledge acquisition.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindful eating 21 Jun. 2013
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This is one of the best books about eating I have ever read. It gives practical, non-judgmental suggestions for eating in a mindful and not unconscious manner. I've been practicing the suggestions and have lost weight I haven't been able to lose and feel healthier. It isn't a "diet" book but a book that helps you eat like the skinny people who taste, enjoy their food, and leave most of it. I am savoring my food more and eating much less.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book on EE and Being in the Moment 28 Oct. 2011
By M. Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has been an extremely engaging read for me. I'm new to the whole Mindfulness philosophy but it makes a lot of practical sense to me now.

The format of the book is very engaging and the exercises are very beneficial for me. I bought the hard cover at a bookstore and recently ordered an e-copy for my Kindle to use as a backup. Thus far, I've managed to gain a much more peaceful and healthy relationship with food as well as dropping about 15lbs in the past 3 1/2 months. It was really scary to realize how much I ate simply due to environmental and emotional triggers rather than by what my body actually needed.

Dr. Somov has a wonderful ability to convey his thoughts and theories into easily understandable lessons that make paying attention to what/why/where/when I'm eating something second nature. Or at least it's getting closer to second nature! It's still hard work but very well worth it in my opinion :) I'm also using his theories for spending money which I also tend to do impulsively. So I suppose this could also be considered a general Mindful Living book even though it's focused on eating.

Also? This is far from my first review on Amazon lest anybody think I'm being paid to offer it.
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT BOOK FOR THOSE WHO KNOW THE NEED TO BE AWARE....... 23 Nov. 2013
By RCML - Published on Amazon.com
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If your life has fallen victim to the viscous cycle of improper eating with lack of conscious concerns in what is consumed, then this book will be a great asset. We are not always the fault of such behavior problems in dietary matters. Often we are influenced by those around us, or electronic media, or even external stimuli. Such factors have to be addressed in a logical way and put back in their place as disrupters to our best interest of health and well being.
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