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Meal by Meal

365 Daily Meditations for Finding Balance and Bliss through Mindful Eating

Meal by Meal is a unique daily meditation book that taps into the healing power of mindfulness as a tool for dealing with issues such as food choice, dieting, and weight loss in a more balanced and sensible manner. Each day is a self-contained journey of conscious eating to nurture a healthier relationship with food.

As sustenance, Buddhist devotee and former monk Donald Altman shares daily meditations including quotes from various sources from around the world: Zen teaching stories, the 6th century Rule of St. Benedict, the Bible, the Buddhist tripitakascriptures, Hindu scriptures, Native American rituals, and sages from all the major wisdom traditions. Meal by Meal also explores food rituals, eating, preparation, and much more, as it examines perennial food dilemmas, including how we can learn to moderate our thoughts and feelings about food and how we can master mindful techniques to help us transcend our struggles so that we can rest in peace with all of our food choices.

Meal by Meal offers inspiration and hope for those engaged in the difficult, daily struggle for balance around food, as well as daily practices for those wanting to nurture a healthy relationship with food, body and eating.


Top recommendations are in order for Donald Altman’sMeal by Meal. This book is a treasure for introducing anyone to mindfulness exercises in relationship to food and eating. With quotes ranging from Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle to Mark Twain and Winston Churchill, this gem of a book provides daily mindfulness practices that are skillfully thought out and easy to follow. Bravo Altman! I will for sure be using this book with clients.

Carolyn Costin, MFT, Clinical Director, The Monte Nido Treatment Center and The Eating Disorder Center of California and author of The Eating Disorder Sourcebook

Donald Altman gently encourages self-awareness by attending to physical, emotional, and spiritual hungers. This book provides food for thought and nourishment for the soul!

Anita Johnston, author, Eating in the Light of the Moonand Director, Anorexia & Bulimia Center of Hawaii

Our approach to food and eating can teach us great lessons if we are willing to learn. What a joy to have Altman’s generous portions of insight, courage, and loving advice that we can practice on a daily basis! Our relationship with food and eating will be transformed forever!

Lindsey Hall, author of Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery 

Meal by Mealis one of those special books for anyone who wants to know how food can heal your life and relationships. Whatever behaviors, emotions, struggles, and extremes you experience with food, this book can help you understand them and change them with mindful awareness, love, and compassion.

Debbie Ford, author of The Right Questions