What is Mindful Eating?
Mindful eating is about being aware of your eating experience – being aware of your food choices, your reasons for eating and knowing when to stop eating. It’s about being conscious of where your food is coming from, where and how it was made. Mindful eating also includes becoming aware of your own thoughts and actions and how they relate to food and eating. [Read More…]
Why do we put on weight?
There are many reasons for putting on weight. Some people have been introduced to bad food choices from a young age and haven’t learnt healthy eating habits. Some people have never learnt to listen to their body’s needs – when it is hungry, when it is full – often eating emotionally. [Read More…]
Why is dieting so bad?
As I’ve mentioned previously, most of us are born with the innate ability to know what our bodies need and when. We slowly lose this ability through social conditioning or for other reasons. Some of these reasons being… [Read More…]
Mindful Eating Practices
Keeping the principles of mindful eating in mind, let me introduce you to some mindful eating practices you can start putting into place. Don’t try and change everything at once. All habit changes take time. It’s
if you choose one new practice at a time, once that practice is feeling more natural to you, try adding the next one. Give yourself at least a week of consistently incorporating each practice into your daily life.[Read More…]
Overcoming Emotional Eating
What is emotional eating? I’m sure we’ve all experienced this more than once. When you reach for a sweet when you’re anxious about a deadline you’re supposed to be working on, when you eat a large bag of crisps after dinner because you’re lonely or when you eat a whole tub of ice-cream because you’re feeling angry – that’s emotional eating. I’m sure you could add many more examples. Take a moment to give it some thought – how often do you eat for reasons other than hunger? [Read More…]
Don't Judge Your Food
When you have been dieting for many years, you’ve probably got into the habit of judging your food. Each diet will have different foods that it advocates and others that it prohibits – protein is good, carbs are bad; cooked food is bad, raw food is healthy; meat is toxic, vegetables are nourishing. The list could go on and on.[Read More…]
Listen to Your Body
The essence of mindful eating is to help you to listen to your body. Your body wants to be healthy. It wants to stay strong and balanced. One of the first ways you can start listening to your body is to become aware of your physical hunger. What does this feel like to you? [Read More…]
Why do we overeat?
What does it mean to overeat? It means to take in more energy than our bodies need. If we are consistently taking in more food than our bodies are using, the extra weight gets stored as fat. This takes us back to our energy equation… [Read More…]
Lose Weight Eating the Foods You Love
If you’ve been dieting for many years, you have probably come to believe that the only way you can lose weight is to cut out most of the foods that you love eating. The very thought of this might make you feel defeated before you even start the diet. If you get as far as starting the diet, you might start getting overwhelming cravings for your favourite foods that eventually cause you to binge on all your restricted foods. [Read More…]
9 Weight Loss Tips to Lose Weight Without Dieting
How do you lose weight without dieting? Yes, it is possible. The beauty of losing weight without dieting is that you never have to go off the diet, so the weight you lose stays off. If, like me, you’ve tried many times to diet, lost the weight, only to go back to your old ways and put the weight all back on again, plus more, it’s time to try mindful eating. I’ve been using mindful eating practices for the last 20 years and have never experienced weight problems again. My mind is free from the obsessive chatter about food and my weight. I can still eat all the foods I love and have found the right balance for me to still keep the weight off. Here’s a summary of how you can have that same freedom.[Read More…]