The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss
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A revolutionary approach to enhancing metabolism that enables lasting weight loss and facilitates spiritual well-being
• Presents an eight-week weight-loss program
• Explains how relaxed eating stimulates metabolic function and how stress hormones encourage weight gain
• Shows how fully enjoying each meal is the optimal way to a healthy body
Our modern culture revolves around fitting as much as possible into the least amount of time. As a result, most people propel themselves through life at a dizzying pace that is contrary to a healthy lifestyle. We eat fast, on the run, and often under stress, not only removing most of the pleasure we might derive from our food and creating digestive upset but also wreaking havoc on our metabolism. Many of us come to the end of a day feeling undernourished, uninspired, and overweight.
In this 10th anniversary edition, Marc David presents a new way to understand our relationship to food, focusing on quality and the pleasure of eating to transform and improve metabolism. Citing cutting-edge research on body biochemistry as well as success stories from his own nutritional counseling practice, he shows that we are creatures of body, mind, and spirit and that when we attend to these levels simultaneously we can shed excess pounds, increase energy, and enhance digestion to feel rejuvenated and inspired. He presents an eight-week program that allows readers to explore their unique connection to food, assisting them in letting go of their fears, guilt, and old habits so they can learn to treat their bodies in a dignified and caring way. He reveals the shortcomings of all quick-fix digestive aids and fad diets and debunks common nutrition myths, such as “the right way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more.” He shows instead how to decrease cortisol and other stress hormones and boost metabolic power through proper breathing and nutritional strategies that nourish both the body and soul, proving that fully enjoying each meal is the optimal way to a healthy body.
Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in nutritional medicine, the psychology of eating, and the science of yoga, Marc David offers readers practical tools that will yield life-transforming, sustainable results.
speed can be cured by quick-fix methods. So we consume digestive aids and painkillers that yield debilitating side effects. We punish ourselves with excessive exercise for the crime of eating. We abuse ourselves with difficult diets and deny ourselves pleasure from food. And we avail ourselves of medical therapies that never truly address the reasons for our bodily breakdowns. Maui taught us a great lesson. He harnessed the power of the sun not by speeding it up but by slowing it down. He
work in case he needed a quality snack. And by the time he came to dinner it was no longer a “desperation meal” by which all his tension had to be resolved and all of his unfulfilled food desires had to be met. Dinner became a relaxed experience of light eating he looked forward to. Rhythm is not about a mechanical timetable of feeding. It’s about agreeing to be alive in a way that works. It’s about respecting yourself enough to value the care of your body. It’s about learning how to use vitamin
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admitted that she didn’t believe me but acknowledged that she was at the end of her rope and would try anything. And she made me promise that she wouldn’t gain a pound on her new regime. Without my asking, she wrote a check for all eight sessions and walked out of the office more agitated than when she walked in. At the end of two weeks Toni weighed six pounds more and threatened to sue me. Her worst nightmare had come true. I was devastated. Her lawyer was sending me intimidating letters. I
inner world, a hidden story line emerged. Luccia was subservient to men and she felt inferior to the males in her life. She was raised in the Midwest but her husband was from another culture, one that traditionally expected women to do everything. She would silently take on his backward demands with a manner and a smile that was inconsistent with the violation she was truly feeling. Her fourteen-year-old son had assumed the habits of his dad and did nothing around the home to help. The son she