The Joy of Half a Cookie: Using Mindfulness to Lose Weight and End the Struggle with Food

TheJoyOfHalfACookieBy Jean Kristeller with Alisa Bowman Perigee

Based upon many years of experience and research, Kristeller identifies the myths of dieting. Using mindfulness practices specifically targeting eating, she helps readers understand why they overeat and how to change their relationship with food. To do that, she suggests letting go of calorie anxiety and incorporate mindfulness meditations. She provides information to help break the habit of mindless eating and establish a better relationship with food.

In each chapter there are practices to help the reader better understand how emotional experiences and eating are related; these exercises help deepen one’s awareness and understanding of eating patterns and emotions.

Among other things, Kristeller suggests, “Consider what you really want and why.” She says one of the benefits of emotional awareness is to “Choose mindfully, without judgment, and it will become comfortable and effortless.”


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