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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. I know this is going to sound weird, but besides shedding pounds, we will learn so much 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 what leads to overeating is not dealing with what bothers us. It could be stress at work, or the cute guy from the coffee shop who didn't call or perhaps your  children rebellious behavior. Maybe the reason for eating is as simple as boredom, and reaching for tasty treats offers an exciting solution (at least for our taste buds).

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 food. Smell the food. Look at the colors of food. Think of 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, instead of ignoring what we really need and stuffing our not-so-good feelings far back in the closet. Sometimes, things may get blown out of proportion, but being in tune 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 a old friend, go for a walk, work on that neglected project, 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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WHAT IS REAL BEAUTY TO YOU



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If you ever have said to yourself or out loud, "I'm so fat. I'm so ugly." Or any other insult to yourself. GO RIGHT NOW, right this minute! Look in a mirror and tell yourself out loud. "I am sorry for saying those mean things to you. They are unacceptable. I am beautiful because, I am human, I have a soul." Then watch these videos attached that I love. One is a full blown photoshopping edit to a model to make her look "picture perfect". The other, Jean Killbourne talks about airbrushing craziness. One of my favorite quotes from this is by CINDY CRAWFORD, who says, "I WISH I LOOKED LIKE CINDY CRAWFORD."

I don't have statistics, but I know more than half our problem with our flawed body image is because of societies thought of “beauty”. I have witnessed plenty of friends and family growing up, and I know this has affected my own body image. I remember being a teen and sitting around with my three close friends looking at models in Vogue and actresses in teen and gossip mags, admiring them and all of us attesting, “I am going to look like that”. Then to confirm we need to look like a that supermodel we would overhear the boys or males in general (not their fault), whooping and yee-haa-ing over what they considered sexy, while they tacked posters of Paulina Porizkova or a chick laying suggestively on a 1965 Mustang Convertible, over their beds.

I specifically remember reading in a fitness magazine, which suggested as a daily motivational reminder not to eat junk, workout, and to hang a picture of a body I want to look like from a magazine on the refrigerator. Great advice, except that it should have come with a warning, “MOST LIKELY, THIS IS NOT HOW THIS BODY LOOKS IN REAL LIFE”. I was not aware that all those sexy, skinny bodies with the hallowed out cheek bones were perfected with makeup, lighting, and airbrushing. And if you are a male reading this, photos of muscle ripped or toned men do not have much validity; they are just as brutally airbrushed and photo shopped. So, even though the picture suggestion was motivational, and I probably looked good, I did not think so because I was not six feet tall and I was striving to be shaped like something unattainable for my body type.
I feel we need to arm every male and female with this information.

Two things I know would come to fruition. One, imagine how much more stuff we would get done and figure out if we were not obsessing over fitting into a “mold”. Second, if we are in touch and balanced with what real beauty is and what is really healthy, that takes most of the pressure off and we would start down the road to being naturally slimmer, even if we have a lot of weight to lose. I am not saying thinking like this is magic weight loss secret. There is still a lot of practicing this thinking and learning how to eat and move to what is comfortable for your body, but knowing this instantly makes you feel lighter in your mind and body.

Next time you wish you were as beautiful as Jennifer Anniston, Jennifer Lawrence, or Emma Watson, remember, you are! You are all beautiful. No matter what you look like or where you stand in life. Beauty is living in your authentic truth, taking care of yourself, being strong, brave, altruistic, and going after your dream.

What is beauty to you? Tell me in the comments below.

 
Mind-Blowing 'Body Evolution' Video Dramatically Alters Woman's Body With Photoshop

Killing Us Softly 4 - Trailer [Featuring Jean Kilbourne]
















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