Category Archives: Mindfulness Tips

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

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

Starting where you are…

Traveling back from North Dakota this past weekend I picked up a copy of “The Atlantic” at the airport because of the cover article called “Fat Nation: It’s Worse Than You Think. How to Beat Obesity” and the picture of an overweight Statue of Liberty. The article is by Marc Ambinder and is an intelligent

Enjoy an Island Meal (no matter where you are)

I’m one of those people who like to take a lot of photographs on vacation and one of my favorite things to photograph is a delightfully prepared and presented plate of food.  Each plate of food that I take a picture of has a story behind it. This one comes to you from Roatan, which

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

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