Eat, Drink and Be Mindful: Book by Susan Alber, Psy.d
Review by: Angie Kubica, BSW Intern
Eat, Drink and Be Mindful is an excellent read for individuals who are hoping to become more conscious of their eating habits. With all of the distractions that individuals face in modern society it is simple to take part in mindless eating. For example, the book illustrates how many individuals do not truly taste their food and savour it. Instead people choose to eat in front of the television or while driving. The book also talks about the various stages in which one must go through to truly become a “mindful” eater. The author speaks about how both individuals who under eat and individuals who overeat can benefit from mindfulness when eating; however, from my perspective it mainly focuses on individuals who “mindlessly over eat.” The book provides a more holistic view on eating and it does not stigmatize various patterns of disordered eating. The author illustrates several types of mindless eating habits and attempts to provide coping strategies to avoid these types of eating behaviours.
Moreover, I found that I did enjoy this book for the most part. I thought it was beneficial because it did not focus on weight and BMI and instead focused on eating patterns. The book also offers a number of mindfulness practice exercises throughout the book. For example, one exercise requires one to go outside and mindfully observe nature; such as, looking at the beauty of individual blades of grass. On the contrary, the author discusses the different types of mindless eaters and this could potentially prompt a reader to believe that they are mindless eaters when they truly are not. Eat, Drink and be Mindful is a very general book about eating patterns and it encompasses a broad spectrum of mindless eating patterns. Therefore, I would not recommend it for an individual that would like information on one specific eating disorder.
Eat, Drink and Be Mindful is available at Chapters (LINK)