There's a lot you probably don't know about the Buddha. For one, the real Buddha was thin. And before he became the "Enlightened One", he was a pampered prince named Siddhartha. He tried starving himself in his quest for inner peace, but found that extremes brought him no closer to enlightenment. Instead, he sought a "middle way" between unhealthy overindulgence and unrealistic abstinence. The instructions he gave his monks about eating, more than 2,500 years ago, were surprisingly simple.
Fast forward to today. Cutting-edge scientific research tells us something Buddha knew all along: it's not what you eat, but when you eat that's most important. You don't need to follow the latest fads or give up your favorite foods. You just need to remember a few guidelines that Buddha provided - guidelines that, believe it or not, will help you lose weight, feel better, and stop obsessing about food. Sure, Buddha lived before the age of cronuts, but his wisdom and teachings endure, providing us with a sane, mindful approach to eating.
With chapters that ponder questions like "What would Buddha drink?" and "Did Buddha do Crossfit?", Buddha's Diet offers both an attainable and sustainable strategy for achieving weight-loss nirvana.
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glad I found this book in my Lion's Roar mag
- M. Houston
Very down to Earth, backed by science
The book is written with a very realistic tone. The authors make several references to their own personal lives such as being parents, over or under eating in the past, and leading very busy lives. The diet is very simply designed and really consists of being more mindful about food than strict restrictions.
I'm not a Buddhist, but was this book isn't about the religion. There are lots of stories about Buddha, but its presented in the form of ideas that make sense than any attempt at religious conversion. There is also lots of scientific studies referenced to back up the various recommendations. This makes the message accessible to all backgrounds, but I think it's worth highlighting here due to the religious connotations in the title.
The narrator did a fantastic job. Very smoothly delivered and it sounded like my Aunt was just having a matter of fact conversation with me. She made the message very accessible.
There's a whole chapter on cheating on the diet. But it wasn't pushing fear or shame, but rather understanding that people slip, schedules get busy, and there are circumstances out of our control. It was very warm when talking about how to get back on track and how to find the middle ground (which was the common theme).
- Bryan Brandow