“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated,” said Gandhi. By that standard, our fast-food nation is “developing.” Does it matter?
Even though we count calories, watch our weight, and figure fat grams, Americans are the fattest people in the world. Perhaps we've forgotten that food is more than an amalgam of nutrients. Along with healing us physically, it enhances emotions, satisfies the soul, and connects us to others and to the mystery of life.
The world's great wisdom traditions all acknowledge the centrality of food; their practices remind us of its deeper meaning, beyond filling our bellies.
Simple conversations can be a huge first step toward weight loss. Through medical and psychological research, the author's program seems to have found a way to make people more aware of a spiritual safety net and to use it to support them as they lose weight.