The Yoga Of Eating is about many things...A newer concept to me (although I've always been good at slowly chewing my food) is the benefit of mindfully and gratefully smelling, eating, tasting our food; get into the details of that juicy orange! And how this helps put us in touch with our body and our senses for better health.
Additionally he discusses how we all need various diets based on our place in life mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Makes perfect sense!
I was vegetarian for years in California; but not an ultra healthy one. Too much soy, too much sugar. But I did enjoyed refraining from meat and got my beginnings there with a whole food diet. When my brother died in a car accident nearly 7 years ago, I craved meat. Bloody red steaks like crazy. I indulged and enjoyed them as I mourned. I listened to what my body needed at the time and it served me well. Now days I very mindfully eat pastured meat 1-5 times a month. Sometimes more sometimes less.
My point is, there is no right or wrong when your eating a whole food diet. What matters is listening to the bodily cues (symptoms) when we eat what we eat. Since the body speaks in symptom and emotion, we only need to learn how to perceive it's language.
Eisenstein also talks about fasting which I love because it's a topic that I'm particularly fond of as I've seen so much benefit from it personally.
Here's a beautiful and inspiring quote that I know will stick with me forever:
"Fasting has dimensions far beyond what we usually label physical, and it cleanses more than just the body. Because eating is such a convenient distraction, fasting puts us face to face with ourselves. A day without food seems to stretch ahead forever as the mind squirms, twists and turns looking for an escape. Fasting is a meditation of the body; conversely, Confucius calls meditation "mental fasting".
Brilliant. I'm only about half way done with the book and I'll follow up when I finish but I think for someone that is trying to learn to eat better, connect with their body and mind and to really enjoy eating - this is an amazing book.