Bummed about being fatigued all the time? Not feeling as fit as you’d like to be? Here is a Blog Hop that can help us make 2013 a year that we can get healthier.
The Objective: Share with everyone something you have done that affected your health in a positive way.
I just attended my 20 year college reunion over the weekend, and I was amazed by how fit my peers looked. What am I doing wrong? I’ve always been a tall, athletic woman, and I know being thin isn’t in the cards for me, but I’m displeased by some recent weight gain.
Change is HARD, and one change I need to make is to incorporate more mindful eating into my regimen. According to Lauren Todd, mindful eating is eating based on physiological cues instead of environmental or emotional cues.
After a long day of work I often plop down in front of the TV to eat my dinner. This is NOT mindful eating. We can’t be mindful if eating while blogging, reading, or watching TV.
Here are some tips Lauren shares:
Tips Towards Mindful Eating
▪ Eat When Hungry. More often than not, food restriction leads to subsequent binge-eating or, in some cases, serious eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia.
▪ Take Food in One Bite At a Time. This process helps an individual to enjoy food and allow the body to process how full it is.
▪ Use All Senses to Focus on Food. Eating slowly will allow recognition of tastes, textures, and smells, fostering a healthy relationship with food.
▪ Find a Good Place to Eat. I admit that I have eaten more than a couple burritos waiting for the subway at the Park Street T-Stop. With all the commotion around me, it is difficult to truly concentrate on the food I eat. Snacking or dining in busy locations is not conducive to mindful eating.
▪ Say Good-Bye to Guilt. Mindful eating is a way to reconnect with one’s meal in order to properly fuel one’s body. By eating mindfully, there should be no guilt associated with yielding to your body’s hunger.
We practiced mindful eating at my workplace by taking three minutes to eat three raisins. Try it some time! Mindful eating helps you recognize your hunger and fullness better, and reduces overeating.
Exercise has always been something I enjoy doing—especially swimming laps with friends. I know not everyone feels this way! I’m giving away an ebook of my New Adult swimming romance Streamline to celebrate my favorite form of exercise.
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