A weekly message to strengthen your CORE and develop your resolve.
May 29, 2013
Mindful eating can seem like a bit of an intangible concept, and a difficult one to master at first. It takes a commitment to shift into a more mindful way of being, but the benefits are well worth the investment!
A study, published in Physiology & Behavior, compared weight loss results for a group using mindful eating strategies with a group that followed a food focused diet plan (eat oatmeal for breakfast each morning) from a nutritionist or magazine article. The mindful eating group experienced a weight loss of 1.5 lbs per month whereas the group that followed the food-related tips gained 2.5 lbs per month. How can this be, you ask? The mindful eating group made changes in their environment, their portions, and their impulsivity, specific to their own eating. And that, my friends, is what we call in the Skinny biz… owning your power!
To be more mindful requires a decision to “be more aware” of ourselves and our environments. As you work to become more mindful, you will discover very quickly that it’s easy to slip back into “unawareness”! So this week, I want to help you learn to center yourself mindfully before you eat.
One of the best ways to do this is to anchor your awareness to your breathing. Before you eat, take a minute and follow the in and out movement of your breath; the feeling of your chest gently expanding and contracting. Just be conscious and aware of your breathing. By focusing on your breath, you will move your awareness inward to still your mind, calm your body… and most importantly, regulate your food intake!
For now, commit to making one meal a day a mindful meal. You will notice such a difference in your eating and the quality of your diet that you’ll soon begin incorporating mindfulness into all your meals….and at our CORE, it’s how we do REAL with our Skinny.
Food for Thought…
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
~ Albert Einstein
Watch the weekly video tip below:
The majority of emotional eaters try to control food and their weight with destructive patterns that erode esteem, undermine confidence, and make them feel like a failure!
This presentation will open your eyes to a new way of relating to food and eating. Learn more about yourself, your hunger and the skills you need to manage your emotional eating.
Mary Fox, LMHC, RD challenges the traditional approach to weight management to help people discover their path to success. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Dietitian, she combines both disciplines into a unique and comprehensive approach that is changing the way we understand weight management.