Is this YOU???

    How many of us read the morning paper over breakfast? Or dive in to that juicy novel while eating our lunch?  Or sit down to dinner in front of the TV?  If I had just asked for a raise of hands, chances are many of you would be amongst a large crowd with an arm in the air.  So if this is you, do you have any idea how your food tasted today???  An even better example is sitting down to a movie with a bucket of popcorn and/ or a bag of chips and all of a sudden your greasy, little fingers have reached the bottom of an empty receptacle of sorts and you are left wondering, “Hey!  Where’d they go?”  Classic! You are not alone, my friend!
    You may be amongst the ranks of your fellow “munchers”, but let’s stop the madness now and bring mindfulness into the equation.  Mindful eating is a proven method of weight loss and better digestion. So how does it work, you ask? It’s simple.  Pay attention to what you are eating.  
     Take a seat (hopefully not in your car because, once again, you are driving which probably means that you are not admiring the delicious dish of vibrant veggies in front of you), look at your food, say thanks, and dig in with NO distraction.  The next move is to chew.  Your stomach does not have teeth.  Your digestion will be much more efficient(and happier!) if you use those pearly whites to break down your food rather than relying on your other organs to do the job.  Another incentive to slow it down is that it actually takes 20 minutes for your brain to receive the message from your stomach that you are full.  How's that for communication?!?    
    Mindful eating allows you to solely concentrate on what you are consuming and is a great tactic to avoid overeating.  The reality of it is that the brain can really only focus on one thing at a time.  Many of us multi-task during meal time which then leads to missing the subtle signs of fullness.  When these signals go ignored or unnoticed often the act of overeating occurs or we just don’t feel satiated with the calories we just consumed causing us often to reach for more.
    Your solution is to be in the moment.  First, ask yourself if you’re hungry.  If the answer is yes, then sit down, chew, and enjoy.  The television and text messaging can wait.  If you’re really up for a challenge, put your fork down between bites.  After all, food is not just survival.  It is our fuel and it’s even tastier when it’s cooked with love! 
                                                                                                              Wishing you all the best of HEALTH & HAPPINESS,         
                                                                                                                                                                             Stacy xoxo 


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