Books: Food and the Human Spirit
Quantum Wellness: A Practical Guide to Health and Happiness, by Kathy Freston
This touching book gently describes the mind-body-spirit mindsets and practices to support a healthy, spiritual life. The eight “pillars” are meditation, visualization, fun, conscious eating, exercise, working on oneself (sometimes called personal development), spiritual practice, and service to others. Kathy Freston addresses doubts and obstacles, and offers samples of each pillar (recipes for conscious eating, examples of positive affirmations, etc.) to get you started.
Why do some people age in failing health and sadness, while others grow old with vitality and joy? In this revolutionary book, bestselling author John Robbins presents us with a bold new paradigm of aging, showing us how we can increase not only our lifespan but also our health span. Through the example of four very different cultures that have the distinction of producing some of the world’s healthiest, oldest people, Robbins reveals the secrets for living an extended and fulfilling life in which our later years become a period of wisdom, vitality, and happiness. Bringing the traditions of ancient and vibrantly healthy cultures together with the latest breakthroughs in medical science, Robbins reveals that, remarkably, they both point in the same direction. The result is an inspirational synthesis of years of research into healthy aging in which Robbins has isolated the characteristics that will enable us to live long and–most important–joyous lives.
Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World, by Kathy Freston
Kathy Freston’s term for her lifestyle is “veganist”–someone who eats a plant-based diet not just for their own personal well-being, but for the whole web of benefits it brings to our ecosystem and beyond. Filled with compelling facts, stories of people who have improved their weight and health conditions as a result of making the switch, and Q&As with the leading medical researchers, Veganist concludes with a step-by-step practical guide to becoming a veganist…easily and gradually. It is an accessible, optimistic, and illuminating book that could change the way you eat forever.
Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, by Geneen Roth
No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all. After three decades of studying, teaching and writing about our compulsions with food, bestselling author Geneen Roth adds a powerful new dimension to her work in Women Food and God. She begins with her most basic concept: The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God. A timeless and seminal work, Women Food and God shows how going beyond the food and the feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul—to the bright center of your own life.
A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever, by Marianne Williamson
What is the connection between spirituality and weight loss? Best-selling author Marianne Williamson is about to answer that question for you in her groundbreaking new book, bringing you 21 spiritual lessons to help you surrender your weight forever. These lessons form a holistic paradigm for weight loss, addressing the spiritual, emotional, and psychological elements involved in what Williamson refers to as “conscious weight loss.” If you are a food addict, a compulsive eater, or someone who for any reason sees food as the enemy, this book is for you.
The Awakened Heart: Meditations on Finding Harmony in a Changing World, by John Robbins
The Awakened Heart is a contemporary book of timeless wisdom. An inquiry into issues and concerns of the heart, The Awakened Heart touches the core of what it means to bring our lives into harmony and to discover our own path amidst the contradictions that challenge us daily. A book of accessible and beautiful reflections, The Awakened Heart speaks of the many kinds of human hunger and of what it takes to truly feed our spirit. Speaking of the human quest for inner peace and the urge to live life at the highest level of meaning and purpose, it nurtures a sense of balance from which real solutions can flow. Specific life choices and issues are addressed including Acceptance and Love, Self-Work, Growth Rhythms and Cycles, The Courage to Love Again, Transforming Fear, Sex and Love, Confronting the Worlds Pain, and many more.