Why is Mindful Eating So Difficult?

We asked 25 men and women in New York City why they thought eating mindfully (we gave a basic description of what this means) was so challenging. Here’s what we heard:

Eating mindfully is desired, but respondents cited a lack of time

 

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“Are You Tired of Being Fat And Ugly?” – A Response

This is a wonderful guest post written by my  niece, Jenny Rose, who is also the designer of my beautiful website. I am fortunate to have family members who “get” the damaging and body-shaming messages the media dole out on a daily basis. 

I came across this sign outside Nutrishop, a vitamins and supplements retailer next door to Chipotle (where I’d just unapologetically eaten 3 tacos).

The sign spoke to me:

“ARE YOU TIRED OF BEING FAT AND UGLY?” it shouted, ringing caps lock in my head.

“Who, me?” I answered.

“JUST BE UGLY!” it concluded, its underline signifying that this was the final word: Conversation over, now buy our products.

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Mindfulness and Your Health

Relaxing is easier said than done for most of us, but it might just be the key to a healthy heart and soul. When we are under stress, our natural alarm system is turned on and we pump out adrenaline, which results in quicker breathing, a fast heart rate, and a rise in blood pressure. This response, over a prolonged period of time, can result in serious health problems. Mindfulness decreases cortisol levels in the body; this hormone is associated with sugar cravings and overeating. Mindfulness has been defined as, “the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment – and accepting it without judgment.”

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