THE IMPORTANCE OF MINDFUL EATING   by Kristina Hess 


 
The WAY we eat is just as important as WHAT we eat or WHEN we eat.  So why do we insist on eating in front of the television, with a book, in our car, standing in front of the fridge, nibbling at our desks, scarfing our food and barely tasting it....and so on.  How often do you take the time to quietly and calmly eat your food without distraction?  How often do you take the time to consider where your food came from?  And how often do you actually taste and savor your food? 
 
Being mindful about eating helps you break free from routine habits by examining the thoughts, feeling, and internal pressures that affect how and why you overeat (or restrict).  The Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness curriculum was inspired by the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program created by Jon Kabat Zinn and was successfully used in a NIH -funded study of people with compulsive binge eating disorder.
 
When I learned these techniques, I mistakenly thought it was only going to be helpful for my clients.  Wrong!  I realized that I was the biggest culprit of mindless eating - a master at inhaling my food and typically going back for a second helping.  Incorporating mindful eating practices into my own life has transformed my portion control, slowed me way down, and taught me to cope with my own triggers. 
 
Nearly everyone struggles with emotional eating and engages in mindless eating.  Learning to eat mindfully will avail you of more self awareness, help you to slow down, connect with your food, and help you naturally release unwanted behaviors and lbs.

 In a small-group, anonymous setting, I am leading a 6-week course called "MINDFUL EATING FOR WEIGHT LOSS" where you and other participants will learn to:

 

Get in touch with your intuition around food
Recognize your natural hunger and satiety cycles
Know what your cravings really mean
Choose foods that are both pleasurable and nourishing
Reclaim a healthy relationship with food
Stop emotional eating patterns 
 

Please join me for 6 Tuesday evenings, starting June 3rd @ Total Life Care Center; 152 East Ave; Norwalk, CT. 7-9pm.  $225
 
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