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...]

Four Ways To Weaken Conditioning

Unknowingly, most of us live under the unconscious influence of debilitating beliefs that we formed in childhood. We created these beliefs out of self-love, as a way to protect ourselves from scary people and situations. We may have suffered over an experience and innocently created conditioning or core beliefs to shield us from ever experiencing that hurt again. [Read more...]

The Short Cut to True Happiness

 Don’t tell the ego this, but there is a happiness that is different to the excited, giddy happiness that it delivers when you drive your new car home, win at Bingo, or bite into that gooey brownie. It comes from being fully engaged in what you are doing and living in the present moment. We dip into this restful feeling of contentment several times a day, perhaps without even being aware of it. [Read more...]