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"How to Eat" by Thich Nhat Hanh - book review

 

I'm a big fan of Thich Nhat Hanh (a Zen Buddhist teacher) and enjoy reading his books. I've probably read 6-7 of them over the last couple of years and plan to read more. Recently I came across a new one of his called "How to Eat." Like all of his books, this one will make you think and hopefully help you see things in a new way.

I really enjoyed reading this book that focuses on being more mindful about what we consume. Thich Nhat Hanh focuses on helping readers learn how to be more mindful when it comes to eating, and explains why it's so important. Here are a few quotes from the "How to Eat" book that I really like:

"When we eat mindfully, we consume exactly what we need in order to keep our bodies, our minds, and the Earth healthy."

"We should reflect deeply on what we buy and what we eat. What we buy and eat can contribute to climate change or it can help stop it. Eating is a chance to nourish our bodies and know that we are not destroying the Earth by doing so."

"Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are. Tell me where you eat, and I will tell you who  you are." 

"We are what we consume."

"With each meal, we make choices that help or harm the planet."

"The simple act of becoming vegetarian can make a difference in the health of our planet."

"May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that reduces the suffering of living beings, stops contributing to climate change, and heals and preserves our precious planet."

This book is loaded with great insight and advice on eating with compassion, care and being mindful. I highly recommend that people read this book and suggest it to others. Two thumbs way up!

Since I'm discussing Thich Nhat Hanh, there is also a video where he explains that in their monestary they went vegan:

 


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