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5 Reasons to Practice Mindful Eating | Prevent Weight Gain with Eating Mindfully

Are you snacking on the run, cramming lunch down during a ten-minute break or mindlessly munching in front of a screen? If so, you’re not alone. 

Mindless speed eating is all too common in our society. But this habit has many unhealthy side affects: poor digestion, weight gain, discomfort after meals, fatigue.  

If practiced over time, speed eating may lead to obesity and a severe disconnection with our food, which affects not only our physical but also our mental and emotion health.

Five reasons to slow down and practice mindful eating:

The Red zone of Stress| How to leave it without stress induced overeating.


Stress – it’s a regular part of life.

Every woman handles it differently. Unfortunately stress prompts many women to stress-eat and overeat, leading to weight and health problems

What are some ways to deal with stress more effectively?

In this video clip, Rick Hanson, PhD, creator of The Foundations of Wellbeing program explains why the brain is wired this way, and what needs to happen in the brain to slow down reactivity so we can deal with stress more productively.


Read Rick Hanson’ s tips on how Leave the Red Zone.

Basic mindfulness exercises given by Thich Nhat Hanh.


Mindfulness

Our true home is not in the past. Our true home is not in the future. Our true home is in the here and the now. Life is available only in the here and the now, and it is our true home. Mindfulness brings us home.

Mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives. You don’t have to wait ten years to experience this happiness. It is present in every moment of your daily life.

There are those of us who are alive but don’t know it. But when you breathe in, and you are aware of your in-breath, you touch the miracle of being alive. That is why mindfulness is a source of happiness and joy.

First exercise: Mindful Breathing

The first exercise is very simple, but the power, the result, can be very great. The exercise is simply to identify the in-breath as in-breath and the out-breath as out-breath. When you breathe in, you know that this is your in-breath. When you breathe out, you are mindful that this is your out-breath.

Stress Fat and Blood Sugar Link | How stress makes and keeps you fat.


Reuters

"Much attention has been given to the role of obesity in the development of type 2 diabetes, but stress may be as important in this at-risk population," said Dr. Anastasia Georgiades, of Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

She and colleagues determined the amount of fat in the abdomen of 62 healthy, nondiabetic African-American women and had them take an emotional stress test. 

As the women recalled stressful life events, the researchers measured their blood sugar and levels of epinephrine -- the "fight or flight" hormone released in reaction to stress.

Women with a lot of belly fat and high epinephrine levels had high blood sugar during the stress test and while fasting. 

"Elevated fasting glucose (sugar) has been identified as a risk factor for the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease," Dr. Richard Surwit, an investigator on the study, noted in an interview with Reuters Health.

Everyday Mindfulness for Stress Reduction: Informal Mindfulness Practices.


Curious about mindfulness and eager to try some mindfulness practices?

Easy way to practice everyday mindfulness for stress reduction is to engage into informal mindfulness activities.

These are the everyday activities of life that can support the cultivation of mindfulness. 

Choose one or two activities you do routinely and bring your attention to them. 

Here are some examples of how to cultivate mindfulness in a busy life: