Category Archives: Mindfulness Tips

The falsity of perfection.

I recently received this video that highlights the way models and actors use photoshop to hide the imperfections they have.  This one is from Sarah at diet.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP31r70_QNM&NR=1&feature=fvwp The Dove Campaign has a couple of good ones as well. This one shows you the transformation of a model in fast forward  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U and this one shows you how bombarded

Finding your balance in the New Year!

Driving back from St. Louis on Monday morning, I was listening to NPR’s Morning Edition.  The story about how parenting style plays a role in teen binge drinking reminded me of how our own attitudes towards ourselves affect our eating behavior.  The study by researcher Stephen Bahr at Brigham Young University looked at three types

Walking the Path of the Mindful Eater

I’ve been teaching the Eat for Life class for about three years now and have heard many stories of how people proceed along the path of becoming mindful, intuitive eaters.  At the end of the ten week class, people will be at various places.  Many people are able to do things like give up dieting, stop

Ho! Ho! Holiday Mindful Eating Tips

I really don’t eat much differently during the holiday season than I do the rest of the year.  So when I think about how to approach the holidays, I think about what I normally do and then add a few extra ideas that help address the special challenges we face during the holiday period.  First

Sunday Morning Musing on Food

My leisurely reading on Sunday morning was noticeably peppered with reactions and musings about the food we eat.  Because these thoughts multiplied and created such curiosity for me in such a brief period of time (in the course of only an hour) I thought I’d write them down.  What struck me and why I’m writing

Get up and get a drink NOW!

I have recently been paying a lot of attention to whether I feel thirsty or not.  Surprisingly, the more that I consciously pay attention to this sense, the more I am able to really experience the sense of thirst.  Why am I doing that, you might ask.  Did you know it is estimated that 75%

“The Sweetness of Doing Nothing”

I recently watched the movie Eat, Pray, Love and was reminded again of why I love Italy.  Besides the breathtaking beauty of the cities and the countryside, the food is amazing and the way the Italians enjoy themselves is contagious and appealing.  In one of the scenes in the movie, an Italian was trying to

The science behind mindfulness and eating!

New research just published in the journal Eating Behaviors (Masudo & Wendell, 2010) indicates that how we relate to the thoughts we have about our weight, fear of weight gain, the importance of being thin, and other eating-related thoughts makes a difference in how we’ll feel and behave.  Let me break this down just a

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

Joyful Eating

I just visited Austin, Texas, where the Whole Foods Market originated.  The picture on this blog is a sign in their flagship store in Austin (which seems to be about 4 times the size of the one in St. Louis).  I love the idea of “joyful eating” and I love the values that the Whole