Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Making Peace with your Food- Mindful Eating Vol. 2

My ode to Mindful Eating continues as I work toward my half marathon goal...

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-Honor your feelings without using food. Anxiety, loneliness, boredom, and anger a few of the many emotions that trigger emotional eating. Identify which of these emotions send you to the pantry and write down how you're feeling. Take a walk, get on the phone and talk with a friend, drink a glass of water or tea, exercise, find what works for you.
-Accept you for you. You are who you are; it’s your genetic blueprint. Be proud of whom you are and make that body the healthiest it can be; you only have one. Don’t be unrealistic and overly critical about your body shape, no one is alike and you are beautiful as you are.
-Eat to live. Ever stop to think about the foods we crave? Cookies, cakes, chips, candies…all foods prepackaged; doesn’t that make you wonder why you don’t crave vegetables, bananas, apples…the whole foods? Think additives and preservatives in food that cause your body to produce cravings for these sugar and sodium laden foods...yikes! I challenge you to change a habit every couple of weeks. Add a piece of fruit to your breakfast and take away that bag of chips at lunch…notice that just in a couple of days your body will stop craving the chips. Take it one step at a time…establish realistic, timely goals.
-Most importantly, remember you won’t gain weight from the one piece of cake you ate at for dessert at dinner last night. It is what you eat consistently over time that matters. Progress not perfection is what counts.

Did you miss the first post? Mindful Eating Vol. 1

1 comment:

  1. I appreciate these great tips and completely agree with you in your Vol. 1 post on mindful eating to rejecting dieting. Michael Snyder, M.D. talks about this in his book, Full: A Life Without Dieting. I've learned how to stay full longer on less food, but still be able to enjoy a piece of cake once a while like you pointed out. It's not about restrictions, but healthier and wiser choices.