Blogs About 'Mindful Eating'

The A to Z of Food and Eating Mindfully

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People often ask me “what exactly is mindful eating”? Many think mindful eating is healthy eating but it’s so much more than that! Here is the A-Z of Mindful Eating. A — Awareness and Attention When eating pay attention to the food in your mouth. Become aware of the flavours, textures and tastes. Through awareness we can address our eating challenges, by noticing our triggers to binge or overeat. B — Breathe and Body Before eating, take a breath and...

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Dieting versus Mindful Eating

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Mindfulness is a buzzword. Mindfulness is applied to stress, depression, anxiety, illness and eating.  And there are many interpretations of Mindful Eating. When I tell people I am a Mindful Eating Coach they often say they don’t eat “mindfully” at all, implying healthily. But mindful eating isn’t just about WHAT we eat, WHERE we eat, it is also about WHY we eat, HOW we eat and WHAT is going on for us while we eat. Traditionally, when people have eating challenges they turn to dieting...

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The Difference Between Mindless Eating and Mindful Eating

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“When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” — Zen Proverb Have you ever eaten something and when you look down it’s finished and you don’t remember eating the food? This often happens with chips, nuts and popcorn but it can also happen with a plate of food! This is typical mindless eating. Mindless eating essentially, is eating on auto-pilot... Let’s look at some of the characteristics of Mindless Eating: The classic form of mindless eating is eating while multi-tasking. We...

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What Exactly IS Mindful Eating?

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“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” – Sylvia Boorstein Today is the first-ever Mindful Eating Day. This International day is designed by The Centre of Mindful Eating to celebrate the joy of eating. Many people ask me what exactly is Mindful Eating? Let me start by explaining...

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The Benefits of Mindful Eating

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There are many benefits to eating mindfully and I would like to share some of them with you! Connection and trust with your body  Mindful Eating connects us to our body’s hunger and satisfaction cues. We learn to become aware of physical signs of hunger and fullness in our stomach and look for those signs to guide us to start eating and the signs of comfortable fullness or satisfaction to stop eating. Awareness of different types of hungers  Eating mindfully creates awareness around the...

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The 8 Types of Hunger

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I have just finished reading a very worthwhile and instructive book by one of the world’s leading experts on Mindful Eating, Jan Chozen Bays – “Mindful Eating – A guide to rediscovering a healthy and joyful relationship with food”. In the book she talks about the 7 hungers, she later added an 8th hunger. I am finding her very valuable teachings so helpful with my clients and in my practice. Let’s have a look at the 8 hungers... EYE HUNGER Eye hunger is triggered by food that...

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Playing

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When was the last time you played an innocent practical joke or prank on someone? When was the last time you were having so much fun that you forgot to eat? We used to do this a lot as kids, but somewhere between childhood and becoming adults, we stop playing and become more serious... Lately the only playtime I have had is with my dogs and I notice that when I am not playing, my fun turns into jelly tots and M&M’s. As we get older with more responsibilities, we lose our ability to...

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Emotional Versus Physical Hunger

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What is the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger?  Often many of my clients do not know how to tell the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger – it can be quite tricky to tell the difference at times because the hollow feeling in your stomach from hunger can be similar to the empty feeling of sadness or loneliness.  The cramps in our stomach from anxiety can also be similar to the contractions of stomach hunger.  Here are some signs to help you out next...

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Eat When You Are Hungry And Stop When You Are Full

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“No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut.” - Channing Pollock. 20 years ago, while making my gazillionth attempt to lose weight, I went to see an amazing woman who is both a dietitian and psychologist. I will never forget her words: “Xenia, all you need to do is eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full” “What? You mean I can eat CHEESE!??” My response was pure disbelief! I did NOT believe her. It was too simple! How...

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For The Love Of Chocolate

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"And each time he received it, on those marvelous birthday mornings, he would place it carefully in a small wooden box that he owned, and treasure it as though it were a bar of solid gold; and for the next few days, he would allow himself only to look at it, but never to touch it. Then at last, when he could stand it no longer, he would peel back a tiny bit of the paper wrapping at one corner to expose a tiny bit of chocolate, and then he would take a tiny nibble – just enough to allow the...

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Eating Mindfully

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So what did you eat today? Did you mindfully choose what to eat or did it just happen? Because you were so busy and got so hungry you just grabbed it? Or was it quick and there? You haven’t had time to shop and it was all you had in the fridge? Weight gain is what happens when we aren’t present in our bodies. It is what happens when we just eat whatever is quick, easy and available. Mindlessly eating it without thinking about how it will serve you and your body. So simply ask...

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