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A Practical Guide for Nourishing Body, Mind, and Soul

Eating fills more than physical needs, which might be why we are inclined to gorge on fatty foods when feeling tired or depressed. Deborah Kesten posits that different types of food affect, not merely reflect, emotions, that how one prepares and proceeds to dine actually affects not only our emotions, but also our physical and social well-being.

Kesten encourages the reader to take a kaleidoscope approach to food that appreciates its true multidimensionality. Combining scientific fact with traditional food practices from around the globe, Kesten provides reasons and ways to benefit from the six healing secrets of food — socializing, feelings, mindfulness, appreciation, connection, and optimal eating.


"In The Healing Secrets of Food, Deborah Kesten shows us that foods are not merely physical things but substances intimately connected with our mind and consciousness. This is why most cultures have had a sacred, spiritual regard toward eating. In our obsession to scientize nutrition, however, we have forgotten this vital connection. One of the great values of Kesten's work is that it is utterly practical. Our failure to heed her insights has largely resulted in our tortured relationship with food and the epidemic of eating disorders that plague our society. Kesten shows the way out. Highly recommended."
— Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing beyond the Body and Prayer Is Good Medicine