The first step to reaching our ideal weight
is to find out WHY we eat when we're not
hungry. Being MINDFUL will do this. If we
make the effort to discover why we eat
when we do, we will learn more than how
to shed a few pounds, we will learn about
what is going on inside our heads and
hearts. Next time you are headed to the
refrigerator and realize that you are not
hungry but really, really want to gorge on
those last six brownies topped with dark
chocolate chips (my fav), HALT and ask yourself, what is going on with me? Why do I want to eat?
Much of the time, not understanding what is bothering us leads to overeating. It
could be stress at work, or the cute guy from the coffee shop who didn't call, or
perhaps your children's rebellious behavior. Maybe the reason for eating is as simple
as boredom, and reaching for a tasty treat offers an exciting solution (at least for our
However, at best it is a temporary high to fill a void. Shortly after, the same feelings
pop up, with the addition of a bloated pang of guilt. If you are hungry, eat, but make
it special. Put it on a pretty dish, then really pay attention to what you are putting into
your mouth. Eat without distractions around you -- no cell phone, no TV, no
computer, no books, no newspaper. MINDFUL eating is learning to use all your
senses to get the most out of your food. Smell the food. Look at the colors of food.
Think about where it came from. Think about how it feels on your lips and in your
mouth. Savor the food's taste, and chew deliberately.
Our lives are all super busy, but how about starting to PRACTICE mindful eating a
little each day? Starting today, let's listen to our bodies' wisdom and explore, instead
of ignoring what we really need and shoving away our not-so-good feelings.
Sometimes, things may get blown out of proportion, but being in tuned with our
eating habits and what is going on with our hearts helps both our well-being and our
waistline. Instead, Journal it out, give yourself a manicure, ring an old friend, go for a
walk, work on that neglected project, or pray, etc. Simply say: I am not going to let
this baloney bother me! Most of all do not stuff it. When we face our troubling
situations, we become stronger and satisfied.
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