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Wise Eating, Self-Acceptance, Heart Nourishment & Presence

Books, Films & Web Resources

We cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it.

Albert Einstein

 Here are some resources that helped me move into a different “mind:” the mind of the heart.

Daily Inspirations for the Heart:

Barks, Coleman. A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2006.

Easwarean, Eknath. Words to Live By: Inspirations for Every Day. Tomales, CA: Nilgiri Press, 1999.

Follmi, Danielle and Olivier. Devotions: Wisdom from the Cradle of Civilization. New York: Abrams, 2008.

Kornfield, Jack. The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace. New York: Bantam Books, 2002.

Kuchler, Bonnie Louise, ed. One Heart: Universal Wisdom from the World’s Scriptures. New York: Marlowe and Company, 2003.

McGregor, Jim. The Tao of Recovery: A Quiet Path to Wellness. Atlanta, GA: Humanics Publication, 1997.

Merrill, Nan with Barbara Taylor. Peace Planet: Light for Our World. Harpers Ferry, WV: Friends of Silence, 2006.

Norris, Gunilla. Inviting Silence: Universal Principles of Meditation. Katonah, NY: BlueBridge, 2004.

O’Donohue, John. To Bless the Space Between Us. New York: Doubleday, 2008.

Heartful Living:

Armstrong, Karen. Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 2010.

Brach, Tara. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha. New York: Bantam Books, 2003.

Brantley, Jeffry. Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You From Anxiety, Fear, and Panic. Oakland, Ca: New Harbinger Publications, 2007.

Chase, Michael. am I being kind: how asking one simple question can change your life… and your world. New York: Hay House, 2011.

Chodron, Pema. Awakening Loving-kindness. Boston: Shambhala, 1991.

Chodron, Pema. Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living. Boston: Shambhala, 2001.

David, Marc. Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1994.

Greenspan, Miriam. Healing Through the Dark Emotions. Boston: Shambhala, 2003.

Nhât Hanh, Thich. Teachings on Love. Berkeley: Parallax Press, 1997.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Wherever You Go, There You Are. New York: Hyperion, 1994.

Kent, Keith M. Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments: Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World. New York: Putnam, 2001.

Kornfield, Jack. A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life. Boston: Bantam, 1993.

Kornfield, Jack. Buddha’s Little Instruction Book. New York: Bantam, 1994.

Kornfield, Jack. The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology. New York: Bantam, 2008.

Kornfield, Jack and Christina Feldman, ed. Soul Food: Stories to Nourish the Spirit and the Heart. San Francisco: Harper, 1996.

Levine, Stephen. Guided Meditations, Explorations and Healings. New York: Anchor Books, 1991.

Luhrs, Janet. The Simple Living Guide: A Sourcebook For Less Stressful, More Joyful Living. Boston: Broadway Books, 1997.

Makransky, John. Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2007.

Neff, Kristin. Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind. New York: William Morrow, 2011.

Olsen, Andrea. Body and Earth. An Experiential Guide. Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 2002.

Ornish, Dean. Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease. New York: Random House, 1990.

Ornish, Dean. Love and Survival: The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy. New York: Harper Collins, 1998.

Ornish, Dean. The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight and Gain Health. New York: Ballantine Books, 2007.

Paulus, Trina. Hope for the Flowers. New York: Paulist Press, 1972.

Remen, Rachel Naomi. Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal. New York: Riverhead Books, 1996.

Remen, Rachel Naomi. My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging. New York: Riverhead Books, 2001.

Robbins, John and Ann Mortifee. In Search of Balance: Discovering Harmony in a Changing World. Tiburon, CA: H J Kramer, Inc., 1991.

Santorelli, Saki. Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000.

Seid, Roberta Pollack. Never Too Thin: Why Women are at War with Their Bodies. New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1989.

Stahl, Bob and Steve Flowers. Living with Your Heart Wide Open: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Unworthiness, Inadequacy and Shame. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 2011.

Straub, Gail. The Rhythm of Compassion: Caring for Self, Connecting with Society. West Hurley, NY: Empowerment Institute, 2008.

Taylor, Shelley E. The Tending Instinct: How Nurturing is Essential to Who We Are and How We Live. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2002.

Welwood, John, ed. Awakening the Heart: East/West Approaches to Psychotherapy and the Healing Relationship. Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 1983.

Whyte, David. The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of Soul in Corporate America. New York: Currency Doubleday, 1994.

Internet Resources for Heartful Living

The ToDo Institute:

The Center for Mindfulness

Tara Brach’s website:

The Compassionate Mind Foundation:

The Dalai Lama’s website:

Kritin Neff’s self-compassion

Journaling and Writing

Cameron, Julia. The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size. New York: Tarcher, 2007.

Capacchione, Lucia, Elizabeth Johnson and James Strohecker. Lighten Up Your Body, Lighten Up Your Life: Beyond Diet & Exercise. North Hollywood, CA; Newcastle Publishing, 1990.

DeSalvo, Louise. Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives. Boston: Beacon Press, 2000.

Herring, Laraine. Writing Begins with the Breath: Embodying Your Authentic Voice. Boston: Shambhala, 2007.

Newman, Leslea. Write From the Heart: Inspiration and Exercises for Women Who Want to Write. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2003.

Ueland, Brenda. If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit. Saint Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 1987.

Heartful Eating

Albers, Susan. Eat, Drink and Be Mindful: How to End Your Struggle with Mindless Eating and Start Savoring Food with Intention and Joy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2008.

Bays, Jan Chozen. Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food. Boston: Shambhala, 2009.

Fain, Jean. The Self-Compassion Diet: A Step-by-Step Program to Lose Weight with Loving-Kindness. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, 2010.

Hanh, Thich Nhat, and Cheung, Lilian. Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life. New York: Harper One, 2011.

Kano, Susan. Making Peace with Food. New York: William Morrow Paperbacks, 1989.

Kessler, David. The End of Overeating: Taking Control the Insatiable American Appetite. New York: Rodale, 2009.

Wansink, Brian. Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More than We Think. New York: Bantam Books, 2006.

Yuen, Carmen. The Cosmos in a Carrot: A Zen Guide to Eating Well. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press, 2006.

Internet Resources for Heartful Eating

Susan Alber’s Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful:

The Center for Mindful Eating:

The Conscious Café:

Heartful Movement:

Devi, Nischala Joy. The Healing Path of Yoga: Alleviate Stress, Open Your Heart and Enrich Your Life. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000.

Dreyer, Canny and Katherine. Chi Walking: Fitness Walking for Lifelong Health. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Farhi, Donna. Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit: A Return to Wholeness. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2000.

Galway, W. Tim. Inner Game of Golf. New York: Random House, 1998.

Galway, W. Tim. Inner Game of Tennis. New York: Random House, 1997.

Gershon, David. Soft Running: The Next Step. New York: Amity House, 1985.

Heidrich, Ruth E. Senior Fitness: The Diet and Exercise Program for Maximum Health and Longevity. New York: Lantern Books, 2005.

Kortge, Carolyn Scott. Healing Walks for Hard Times: Quiet Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Get Your Life Back. Boston: Trumpeter, 2010.

Nhât Hanh, Thích and Wietske Vreizen. Mindful Movement. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press, 2008.

Heartful Nutrition

(*= includes recipes)

Barnard, Neal. Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings and 7 Steps to End Them Naturally. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2003.*

Barnard, Neal. Eat Right, Live Longer: Using the Natural Power of Foods to Age-Proof Your Body. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1995.

Barnard, Neal. Turn Off Your Fat Genes. New York: Harmony Books, 2001.

Barnard, Neal. 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health. New York: Hachette Book Group, 2011. *

Brazier, Brendan. The Thrive Diet: The Whole Foods Way to Losing Weight, Reducing Stress, and Staying Healthy for Life. Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Lifelong, 2007. *

Brazier, Brendan. Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health and Fitness. Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Lifelong, 2009. *

Campbell, T. Colin and Thomas Campbell. The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health. Dallas, TX: BenBella Books, 2006.

Chef AJ and Glen Merzer. Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight. USA: CreateSpace, 2011.*

Esselstyn, Caldwell. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure. New York: Avery, 2007. *

Esselstyn, Rip. The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds. New York: Wellness Central, 2009. *

Fuhrman, Joel. Eat For Health: Lose Weight, Keep It Off, Look Younger, Live Longer. Flemington, NJ; Gift of Health Press, 2008. *

Fuhrman, Joel. Eat To Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. Boston: Little Brown and Company, 2003.*

Fuhrman, Joel. Nutritarian Handbook and Andi Food Scoring Guide. USA: Nutritional Excellence, LLC, 2010.

Havala, Suzanne. The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution. Berkeley, CA: Process, 2010.

Hever, Julieanna. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition. New York: Penguin Group, 2011.*

Goldhamer, Alan. The Health Promoting Cookbook: Simple, Guilt-Free, Vegetarian Recipes. Summertown, TN: Book Publishing Company, 1997. *

Lanou, Amy Joy and Michael Castleman. Building Bone Vitality: A Revolutionary Diet Plan to Prevent Bone Loss and Reverse Osteoporosis. New York: McGraw Hill, 2009. *

Lisle, Douglas and Alan Goldhamer. The Pleasure Trap. Summertown, TN: Healthy Living Publications, 2003.

Moran, Victoria. Love-Powered Diet: Eating for Freedom, Health, and Joy. Herndon, VA: Lantern Books, 2009.

Nearing, Helen. Simple Food for the Good Life: An Alternative Cookbook. New York: Delacorte Press, 1980. *

Nixon, Lindsay S. The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes. Dallas, TX: BenBella Books, 2011.*

Pollan, Michael. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. New York: Penguin, 2009.

Popper, Pam. Dr. Pam Popper’s Guide to Family Health and Wellness. Elk Grove Village, IL: P.B. Industries, 2006.

Pulde, Alona, and Matthew Lederman. Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole: Your Guide to Optimum Health. Los Angeles, CA: Exsalus Health and Wellness Center, 2010. *

Raymond, Jennifer. The Peaceful Palate. Calistoga, CA: Heart and Soul Publication, 1992.*

Raymond, Jennifer. Fat-Free and Easy: Great Meals in Minutes. Calistoga, CA: Heart and Soul Publications, 1995. *

Silverstone, Alicia. The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet. New York: Rodale, 2009.*

Stephens, Arran and Eliot Jay Rosen. The Compassionate Diet: How What You Eat Can Change Your Life and Save the Planet. New York: Rodale, 2011.

Stone, Gene, ed. Forks Over Knives. New York: The Experiment, 2011*

Internet Resources for Heartful Nutrition

The Food Revolution

Films on Heartful Nutrition:

Chow Down Movie

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Food, Inc.

Forks over Knives



To your Health: A Journey into the Plant-Based World by Julieanna Hever

Heartful Caring for Animals and the Environment:

Brazier, Brendan. Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health. Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Lifelong, 2011.*

Coats, C. David. Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm. New York: Continuum Publishing, 1989.

Foer, Jonathan Saffran. Eating Animals. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2009.

Lappe, Frances Moore and Anna Lappé. Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet. New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 2003.

Lyman, Howard and Glen Merzer. Mad Cowboy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

Lyman, Howard, Glen Merzer and Joanna Samorow-Merzer. No More Bull! New York: Scriber, 2005.

Masson, Jeffrey Moussaieff and McCarthy, Susan. When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals. New York: Delacorte, 1995.

Rifkin, Jeremy. Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture. New York: Dutton, 1992.

Robbins, John. Diet for a New America. Tiburon, CA: H.J. Kramer, 1998.

Robbins, John. The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World. Berkeley, CA: Conari Press, 2001.

Robbins, John and Gia Patton. May All Be Fed: A Diet for A New World. William Morrow and Company, 1992.

Stepaniak, Joanne. Compassionate Living for Healing, Wholeness and Harmony. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Memoirs of Heartless Eating and Recovery

De Rossi, Portia. Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain. New York: Atria Book, 2010.

Knapp, Caroline. Appetites: Why Women Want. New York: Counterpoint, 2003.

Seles, Monica. Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self. New York: Avery, 2009.

Schaefer, Jenni with Thom Rutledge. Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too. New York: McGraw Hill, 2003.

The Brain, Biochemistry and Food Frenzy

Barnard, Neal. Breaking the Food Seduction. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2003. *

Fuhrman, Joel. Eat For Health: Lose Weight; Keep it Off; Look Younger: Live Longer. Flemington, NJ: Gift of Health Press, 2008. *

Lisle, Douglas and Alan Goldhamer. The Pleasure Trap. Summertown, TN: Healthy Living Publications, 2003.