A 30-Day Plan for Find­ing Health, Bal­ance, Peace, and Hap­pi­ness

Foreword Reviews - - Foresight Health & Fitness -

Lani Muel­rath, Ben­bella Books (OC­TO­BER) Hard­cover $17.95 (250pp), 978-1-944648-47-3

“By as­pir­ing to live ve­gan, you’ve al­ready made a choice that is fun­da­men­tally eth­i­cal and mind­ful,” writes Lani Muel­rath. But there can be per­sonal and so­cial chal­lenges to the de­ci­sion, rang­ing from not hav­ing food ready and avail­able when we’re hun­gry to of­fend­ing fam­ily and friends. And there’s also the peren­nial ques­tion, Am I do­ing it right?

Muel­rath of­fers mind­ful­ness as an ef­fec­tive tool for man­ag­ing these chal­lenges, and she’s com­bined mind­ful liv­ing prac­tices with ve­gan eat­ing in a way that doesn’t re­quire com­plex train­ing or lots of spare time. Her ap­proach awak­ens us to our real feel­ings, helps us make more skill­ful choices and re­duce stress, and cre­ates a new free­dom around food.

Muel­rath’s thirty-day course be­gins with a one-minute ses­sion and makes build­ing com­mit­ment easy by adding just a minute each day. In­cluded are train­ing on mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion, help in nav­i­gat­ing dif­fi­cult men­tal states, and strate­gies for dis­man­tling the ad­dic­tion loops that keep us chained to neg­a­tive be­hav­iors.

Each day in­cludes a for­mal med­i­ta­tion prac­tice with an au­dio-guide op­tion, a brief re­search-based les­son, and an in­spi­ra­tional “mind­ful mo­ment.” Add to this the many in­spi­ra­tional quotes, per­sonal vi­gnettes, and Muel­rath’s health­ful and tasty ve­gan recipes, and you’ll have all you need to make your prac­tice both ef­fec­tive and joy­ful.

“You are em­bark­ing on a jour­ney that can deeply en­rich, sup­port, and trans­form your life ex­pe­ri­ence,” writes Muel­rath, who re­ports that her mind­ful­ness prac­tice led to a fifty-pound weight loss. “It su­per­seded ev­ery other tool for change I have ever known,” she writes, adding that along with chang­ing her re­la­tion­ship with food, “mind­ful­ness … shifted, for the bet­ter, my re­la­tion­ship to just about ev­ery­thing else in my life, too.”


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