Review of Chopra’s “What Are you Hungry For?”

This is a review of Deepak Chopra’s book (2013 Random House) “What Are You Hungry For?: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-being, and Lightness of Soul.”

(Available on CD at North Vancouver District Library)

Chopra’s book is a worthwhile read because of his insightful perspective on a common challenge: weight loss.  His book offers a whole program for living,a philosophy of life, based on the principles of Ayurveda.

Some of his suggestions and insights are:

  • don’t eat when you’re in a negative mood
  • don’t eat when you’re tired or exhausted
  • lack of sleep can increase appetite due to the ghrelin hormone
  • stress and cortisol lead to belly fat
  • ginger helps relieve anxiety

If you feel hungry, follow the STOP method:

Stop what you’re doing

Take deep breaths

Observe your body

Proceed with awareness

Also, be aware of the HALT factor:


Angry, or anxious



Chopra’s book also includes guidelines for periodic fasts and a list of purifying foods (some of which are: apples, oranges, olive oil, flax seed oil, and asparagus.)

Be well, and Happy Reading!

Calm Pond


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