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•So are you taking steps to make healthier choices with your diet and are making sure you are getting adequate exercise each day.
*But are you practicing mindful eating?
You may be asking “What the heck is mindful eating?”
*What is the connection with understanding emotional eating and practicing mindful eating
in order to crush addictive food and sugar cravings? Let's look further into this topic.
According to Today’s Dietitian, mindful eating is the key to losing or maintaining weight. They state, “The core principles of mindful eating include:
• being aware of the nourishment available through the process of food preparation and consumption
• choosing enjoyable and nutritious foods
• acknowledging food preferences non-judgmentally
• recognizing and honoring physical hunger and satiety cues
• using wisdom to guide eating decisions
Mindful eating is easy to put into practice. It's something we decide to do on purpose in order to gain strength and determination to eat with a "new" attitude. By eating for good health we find our emotions are more calm and peaceful.
Just Simply slowing down and enjoying whole foods can help satisfy our hunger. This includes being able to enjoy the food and company at meal times. All it takes is making sure that you are intentional with your food consumption.
In addition to the weight loss benefits, some studies show that we absorb more nutrients when our food is adequately broken down in our mouth, before digestion. In an article about mindful eating US News states, “The more you chew, the more nutrients you will absorb.
Considering we eat to nourish our bodies, this is an important point to make. If you properly chew your food, it will be digested and metabolized more effectively.”
Mindful eating can also help you enjoy your food more. Take the time to savor the various flavors and textures as you chew. Many times our hectic lives lead us to rush through a meal without ever taking the time to truly appreciate our food God put on this earth to supply our bodies with what it needs to be both physically and mentally strong.
When our food consumption is off balance our way of thinking is off balance. This explains why there are so many people experiencing depression. We are not planning to do better with our diets, and therefore we are not doing what we should plan.
Adding mindful eating to your healthy lifestyle can be an excellent way to complement your existing habits. It can help you lose weight, aid in digestion, make your immune system stronger, reduce inflammation and help you to enjoy your food more than ever before. Give it a try and see how you feel!
Understanding emotional eating
DID YOU KNOW: If you’ve ever made room for dessert even though you’re already full or dove into a pint of ice cream when you’re feeling down, you’ve experienced emotional eating. Emotional eating is using food to make yourself feel better—eating to fill emotional needs, rather than to fill your stomach.
Using food from time to time as a pick me up, a reward, or to celebrate isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But when eating is your primary emotional coping mechanism—when your first impulse is to open the refrigerator whenever you’re upset, angry, lonely, stressed, exhausted, or bored—you get stuck in an unhealthy cycle where the real feeling or problem is never addressed.
Emotional hunger can’t be filled with food. Eating may feel good in the moment, but the feelings that triggered the eating are still there. You often feel worse than you did before because of the unnecessary calories you consumed. The sugar makes us feel sluggish, bloated, and for many caused joint pain (real bad) because of internal inflammation. Then we feel guilty for messing up and for not having more willpower.
Compounding the problem, you stop learning healthier ways to deal with your emotions, you have a harder and harder time controlling your weight, and you feel increasingly powerless over both food and your feelings.
That's where the 12 Step Program can make a difference for me and for you.
I am a BIG FAN of the 12 Step Program!
We will grow to be "EMPOWERED" to finally CRUSH THE CRAVE "one day at a time" or perhaps one meal at a time.
Be Transformed By the Renewing of Our Mind
So we can find the strength we are lacking by taking baby steps when we choose to follow the 12 Step Program as a pathway to recovery. By practicing the 12 Step Program as a way of life our lives become transformed in a way we never imagined possible. This is what my programs are all about, transforming our lives using the OA "For Today" book, the bible and prayer for guidance and inspiration from the Holy Spirit.
I picked up my 1st book in 1973 and i have grown from the insight tremendously.
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In closing: The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
The courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Thoughts To Ponder:
• Stop! Think about the source of your stress. Is this something that you can control?
• Figure out what you can control.
• If there is nothing you can do about the situation you are facing? you might simply have to accept it and move on.
• Deal with the consequences of accepting that you cannot change the situation at hand and take care of yourself
and your relationships.
• Are you stressing about something that hasn’t happened yet? Stop.
Don’t live in the future or in the past. All that exists is the moment.
Make the best choice that you can for the given moment.
• Let go and pray for the increase of that area in which we lack.
May God bless you with abundant health.
See you there,
To Your Health,
Your Health Coach
Hi! I am Renee Dumont - Christian health coach, blogger, visual artist, singer, nutrition nut, wife and Mom. Inspiring women through my own trials and triumphs to ignite their faith and find deliverance from craving sugar and emotional food struggles.
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