08 Mar Sunday Read – What Are You Hungry For?
I thought I would make a book recommendation on my blog today, as it’s the perfect stay-at-home rainy/windy morning here in Bermuda to read a good book and enjoy some self-care.
So, this one has been on my mind a lot this week… It’s one that I find tremendously insightful (tons of dog-eared pages!) and full of practical success habits, self-assessment quizzes and brilliant action steps that really get you to think about your health and lifestyle overall, in a holistic way, so that you can better understand your eating habits and patterns and overcome your unique challenges. It looks at what nourishes you in your life (hint: we all receive nourishment in our lives from many things other than food), as well as what you’re hungry for (other than food). It asks thought-provoking questions like: What are you hungry for? Food? Love? Self-esteem? …and provides a framework to help you identify where you are lacking fulfillment in your life and how you can tackle those areas so to more naturally overcome unhealthy eating (and drinking) patterns that do not serve you.
It’s called What Are You Hungry For?: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul (2013) by Deepak Chopra, MD.
Here is the description from Amazon:
The basis for the PBS Special, What Are You Hungry For? is the breakthrough book that can bring weight under effortless control by linking it to personal fulfillment in every area of a reader’s life.
After promoting this message worldwide for thirty years, bestselling author Deepak Chopra focuses on the huge problem of weight control in America with exciting new concepts. What are you hungry for? Food? Love? Self-esteem? Peace? In this manual for “higher health,” based on the latest findings in both mainstream and alternative medicine, Deepak Chopra creates a vision of weight loss based on a deeper awareness of why people overeat – because they are trying to find satisfaction and wind up using food as a substitute for real fulfillment. Repudiating the failed approaches of crash dieting and all forms of deprivation, Chopra’s new book aims directly at the problem of finding fulfillment. When that problem is solved, he argues, normal eating falls into place automatically, and the entire system of mind and body achieves what it really desires.
“Everyone’s life story is complicated, and the best intentions go astray because people find it hard to change,” writes Chopra. “Bad habits, like bad memories, stick around stubbornly when we wish they’d go away. But you have a great motivation working for you, which is your desire for happiness. I define happiness as the state of fulfillment, and everyone wants to be fulfilled. If you keep your eye on this, your most basic motivation, then the choices you make come down to a single question: “What am I hungry for?” Your true desire will lead you in the right direction. False desires lead in the wrong direction.”
Wherever you are in life, this book will help point you in that right direction.
This terrific little book is about 290 pages and even includes a section called Recipes from the Chopra Kitchen!
It is available in hardcover, paperback, ebook format and audiobook (kindle and audible on Amazon). I would recommend getting it in print as you’ll want to see the tips, quizzes, action steps and recipes on the page, at-a-glance, and work on them too (you might want to write your answers in the book).
Happy & healthy reading!