Category Archives: BASICS of Mindful Eating

Quick (foodless) Fixes

You’re stressed, anxious, worried, bored, or sad.  You reach for food!  You feel better (at least temporarily).  Anybody had that experience?  It is a well known phenomenon that people tend to eat to feel better emotionally.  It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s quick.  Unfortunately, and as I mentioned in an earlier post, there is a

Mindfulness of Taste

What makes you go “yummmmm!”? Foods that you say “taste good” are generally ones you have been conditioned to like by your exposure to them.  And, unfortunately, when exposed to food with high amounts of sugar, fat, and salt, your taste buds have become altered to crave these more and experience them as “tasty.” The

What are you really, really, really hungry for?

Okay. I admit that I have always been an Oprah fan but I was exceptionally happy to see this week’s newsletter from her with the title “Why Oprah Says She’ll Never Diet Again.” As we all know, Oprah has been through many diets over the years and she’s shared each one with us.  She has

Eating in Peace Park

Ever notice that when you are stressed or anxious or sad or angry you feel it in your “gut?”  The obvious answer would be “YES.”  The reason may not be so obvious or well-know.  The enteric nervous system, which is located in the stomach is a kind of “mini-brain” that contains as many neurons (nerve

Eat by Number

Which sounds more appealing to you? 1.  a ripe, red, fresh tomato OR 2.  27 calories (2 from Fat) and includes 7 mg. sodium, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein, 25% Vitamin A, 32% Vitamin C, 1% Calcium, 2% Iron   My guess is that most of you would

Small but consistent “Healthy Steps” make a difference!

Yesterday I heard Joe give his testimony about going from 320 pounds to 190 pounds in 7 months. Somehow being 320 pounds had not bothered him much until he got the diagnosis of diabetes and his eye sight had begun to significantly fail.  He described having a difficult time finding out what he should do

Love (and chocolate) is in the air..

Okay… so maybe you don’t have a special someone to cozy up with this Valentine’s Day or maybe you do.  Either way, I think the idea of Valentine’s Day is wonderful.  Call me a romantic.  But I think anything that increases the amount of love in the air and the guilt free consumption of chocolate

Slow Down! You’re driving (or eating) too fast.

In the town where I live there has been an alarming increase in the number of police cars stationed throughout the town at all times of the day waiting to catch the next person speeding down the road.  That person would generally be me.  Just ask my friends who give warning notices to people considering

Checking in with the Belly

All of the BASICS of Mindful Eating are located on the purple upper left hand area of the blog.  Today I want to talk about the first BASIC—the “Belly Check” B – Belly Check before you eat to assess hunger and satiety. Are there sensations of physical hunger?  How hungry are you?  What are you