Successful long-term weight loss is 10% knowing the right facts and 90% having the right state of mind.  Even the best diet in the world will ultimately fall short, without the ability to look deeply within, set goals consistent with our greatest good, and live consciously. Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung, in Savor, have brought us a profoundly beautiful and powerful guide to mindful eating and living. I plan to savor this book regularly, and recommend it to everyone who eats. 

— David S. Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program, Children’s Hospital Boston and author, Ending the Food Fight: Guide your Child to a Healthy Weight in a Fast Food/Fake Food World.

As a primary care physician, many of the patients I care for are struggling with their weight and have poor nutrition.  Taking the time to savor food and eat mindfully is often low on patients' agendas.  SAVOR provides a toolkit (to help patients to overcome this hurdle,) and for health care professionals to guide their patients along the path towards improved health.  Beyond mindful eating, Hanh and Cheung provide the reader with a mindful living plan (to  develop and maintain general well-being.)  SAVOR is well-referenced and provides great resources for further study including books, community resources, websites.  I highly recommend SAVOR to lay public and professionals alike.

— Helen Delichatsios, MD, SM
Assistant Professor, Nutrition Educator, Primary Care Physician
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital

This book is beautifully written, compassionate, and innovative, and is one of the most original and important advances to nutrition and weight control I have seen in years.

— Kelly D. Brownell, Ph.D.
Rudd Center of Food Policy & Obesity, Yale University

With chapters like “Are you really savoring your apple? An apple meditation,” “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life” (HarperOne, 2010, $25.99 hardcover, 304 pp.) is not your average healthy-eating guide. A hybrid of Buddhism and nutrition, “Savor” blends the Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings with research done by Dr. Lilian Cheung, the director of health promotion and communication at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition. Divided into three sections, “A Buddhist Perspective on Weight Control,” “Mindful Action Plans,” and “Individual and Collective Effort,” the book introduces Buddhist ideology before delving into specific healthy living tools, including exercises for untying external (and internal) knots, a ten-week sample mindful-eating plan- even a breakdown of fats. ‘Savor’ may have us rethinking every bite, but maybe that’s just what we need.

Tricycle Magazine

Authored by an eminent spiritual leader and a renowned nutritionist, this work infuses science into wisdom and wisdom into science. It is a practical guide to eating mindfully and points the way to attain a healthier weight and a more satisfying life.

— Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Institute of Medicine

The past 40 years of nutritional science has provided us with solid evidence on healthy foods to eat.  It is now time we moved beyond the “what” to eat. We need to learn and embrace “how” to eat. Savor offers insight, comfort and tools to address the suffering many people experience when trying to achieve a healthy weight and a healthy life. Hanh and Cheung are masterful in communicating the concepts of nourishing our bodies and our hearts. They offer practical steps of how to adopt the practice of mindfulness and integrate it into our daily lives.

Part 1 offers a new way of examining issues around weight and lifestyle. It moves from the traditional recommendations and guidelines for food and exercise and replaces them with concepts of improving weight and health through the journey of a mindfulness living plan.  The guided tour of Savor focuses on enhancing the awareness of body, feelings, and mind and how they are intimately related to changing eating and physical activity habits.

Part II describes how to eat mindfully each day along with providing practical strategies of incorporating movement into our lives. This section offers readers the guidance to create personalized goals and concrete ways to achieve success.

Part III explores the interconnectedness of the world we live in. It describes how for us to eat healthfully and stay physically active we need support from the people and places around us. It reminds us that we can be a change agent for a healthier world today and for future generations.

Savor is a book that teaches us to cherish each moment. It illustrates how living a mindful life can bring joy, meaning and peace to us all.     

— Kathy McManus, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Director of Nutrition
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

So essential to healthy eating is a healthy perspective that Zen Buddhist master and prolific author Nhat Hanh joins forces with nutritionist Cheung for a truly holistic approach. The duo pairs the latest nutritional information with the age-old Buddhist practice of mindfulness—that is, of being “fully aware of all that is going on within ourselves and all that is happening around us”—to draw attention to what and how we eat. Guidance is offered for recognizing what “barriers—physical, psychological, cultural, and environmental”—prevent us from controlling our weight, and readers are encouraged to savor food in order to fully nourish both the body and the mind. To that end, Nhat Hanh provides guided meditations on everything from eating an apple to coping with stressful situations, along with advice on food selection and preparation, staying active, and avoiding self-criticism. Complete with a discussion of why healthy eating is also good for the environment, this is a uniquely insightful and positive program for wellness; a book of tested wisdom; practical action; and intellectual, emotional, and spiritual nutriments.

— Donna Seaman
Booklist Advanced Reviews

Savoring our life and our food is the key to happiness and weight loss. Mindless living and eating drives our epidemics of depression and obesity. Savor, Hanh and Cheung's delighful blend of Buddhist wisdom and nutrition science, is the roadmap for deepening our connection to our bodies and souls with the effortless side effect of happiness and health.

— Mark Hyman, M.D.
New York Times bestsellimg author of Ultrametabolism and UltraMind

Scientists no longer believe that weight gain and obesity are primarily the result of percentages of fat or carbohydrates in our diets. Instead we are learning that weight gain is heavily influenced by both mindfulness and social context. Hanh and Cheung explore the convergence of nutritional science with Buddhist teaching and find complementary insights. Together, they provide approaches that can help to heal both individual and societal illness that is being manifested as an epidemic of obesity. Everyone can learn from this book.

— Walter C. Willett, M.D.
author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy and chair, Department of Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health

I have grown weary of the latest diet craze, of quick-fix diet books and self-help books that promise unrealistic yet tempting results. Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life is a refreshing take on weight loss. This beautifully written book not only provides practical recommendations for healthful weight loss and physical activity; it also provides guidance for living a more peaceful, mindful life. I am now recommending this book to colleagues, friends, and family members, and to anyone who wants to shop, cook, eat, move, and live more mindfully. Savor the book and savor the journey it will take you on as you pursue better health one breath, one mouthful, and one step at a time.

— Amy Myrdal Miller, MS, RD
Program Director for Strategic Initiatives
The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
Napa Valley, California