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Cosmos in a Carrotdistills the best of Buddhist wisdom, nutritional information, and health advice and puts it together in an accessible guide that will change the way you think about food.
From the historical and spiritual background of the philosophy of eating well to the necessity of synchronizing our diet with the needs for sustainability of our planet, COsmos in a Carrotserves as a comprehensive introduction to Buddhist thought and the whole systems thinking on mindfulness. Not limiting mindfulness to meditation practice, Cosmos in a Carro'st approach is based on "Engaged Buddhism", the mindfulness teachings of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.
In 25 chapters the books presents topics such as the philosophy of mindful eating and what separates a "mindful" eater from just a health conscious one..
Cosmos in a Carrot>/i> can be used both as weight loss program that incorporates mindfulness as well as a guidebook for a total body and mind approach to mindfulness. The appendix contains of "A Mindful Grocery List" as well as recipes for vegetarian meals.
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Carmen Yuen is 21 years old and lives in Vancouver, Canada. Studied Buddhism and Eastern philosophy with Robert Thurman and William Theodore de Bary and is currently a first-year at Yale Law School. Previously she worked in New York a music journalist, band scout for Columbia Records/Sony, and student associate at entertainment law firm Epstein Levinsohn. She won the 2006 Grammy for entertainment law essay. In 2005, wrote a weekly opinion column for British Columbia's most-read newspaper, The Province. Currently shopping a humorous memoir about New York youth hipster culture - getting interest from the William Morris Agency and other prominent agencies.For more information and photos, visit www.carmenyuen.comFrom Publishers Weekly:
Diet and nutrition books probably number in the thousands, and they all preach more or less the same message: control your portions, don't eat processed foods and drink lots of water. The nutrition message in this book, by a writer with a Buddhist studies background, is similar, but there's a twist to distinguish this guide from its eat-better kin. Looking at eating in a Buddhist light makes it possible to slow down, become aware and make better food choices. The book rests on the mindfulness teachings of Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and demonstrates the practical applications of his Buddhist teachings. Much of the material is helpful. Two appendixes summarize core mindfulness teachings, and short portraits of four "mindful eaters" show the book's approach in action. Strategies abound, although some are more realistic than others. For example, asking local farmers for advice seems geographically limited or simply romantic. The author does acknowledge that organic means more expensive. This book will work best for people who are tired of diet books and ready to be more thoughtful about food. For those who constantly struggle with eating, making a connection between eating and the noble Buddhist truth of suffering may be revelatory. (Nov.)
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