Awareness: The First Step to Winning The Mental Weight Game

Ironically, those of us who love food and see it as central to our happiness are not very aware when we’re eating. We find ourselves eating quickly or while doing something else, such as driving, talking on the phone, watching television, or reading, so the experience of eating isn’t as satisfying as it could be.

The first step to losing weight and keeping it off for the rest of your life is awareness. Begin to bring awareness to the whole process of eating by getting curious about it: When and why do you decide to eat something? What are your eating triggers? How are you feeling while you’re eating? Are you engaged in the experience of eating, or is your mind somewhere else, engaged in problem solving or ruminating over a frustrating experience? What is going on for you when the idea of eating crosses your mind and you’re not hungry and it’s not time to eat? Follow these next steps to help you begin to bring more awareness to your eating: [Read more...]

Nibbling While Cooking

Nibbling while you’re cooking can be a huge calorie sink. You may justify your nibbles by saying, “Well I have to taste to make sure that what I’m cooking will turn out right.” Also, you’re already touching the food, it’s right in your hot little hands, which makes it so much tougher to resist.

The other piece of this is that if you’re making a meal, chances are you’re hungry. It’s right before eating time and there you are seeing, touching, and smelling luscious food. Talk about a challenge!  Particularly if you’ve reinforced the habits of cooking and nibbling and cooking and tasting, they can take awhile to shift. [Read more...]

Passing Up Those Party Pounds

If food has been your lover, friend, comfort, and primary source of pleasure, holiday parties can be a huge challenge! Everyone is in a festive, “devil may care mood,” the food and drink are flowing, and people are busy meeting, greeting, and gabbing. How do we stay present in the face of this stimulation? How do we keep the wise, rational part of us in charge when we feel like five year olds just handed the key to the candy store? [Read more...]

Seeing the Whole Truth of Who You Are: The Antidote to a Negative Body Image

 Just like the Pleasure Seeking Child hooks us with the thin sliver of truth about eating pleasure food–that it tastes good, and leaves out the whole picture of the shame, blame, weight gain, bloating that we also experience when we eat, the Relentless Critic hooks us with a slim sliver of truth about our identity, our apparent physicality, and ignores the immense totality of what we are–divine, vast beyond measure, ageless, and deathless. We are unique manifestations of the wholeness, with qualities and talents that will never be matched or duplicated ever again! [Read more...]