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Mindful eating - things I'm trying myself:

* Chew your food very well. Don't count how many times you've chewed. But just for one or two bites per meal, try to chew your food until it's totally liquid in your mouth before swallowing.Later on you can try to do 3 bites etc. and it may turn into a habit.

* Taste your food: eat with awareness. Again, try to eat one bite per meal paying very close attention to how the food tastes. Be sure not to miss the taste! Also if you ...
Mindful eating - things I'm trying myself:

* Chew your food very well. Don't count how many times you've chewed. But just for one or two bites per meal, try to chew your food until it's totally liquid in your mouth before swallowing.Later on you can try to do 3 bites etc. and it may turn into a habit.

* Taste your food: eat with awareness. Again, try to eat one bite per meal paying very close attention to how the food tastes. Be sure not to miss the taste! Also if you DON'T like the taste. Then, you may stop eating sooner! Or get something else you like better. We deserve to enjoy our food.

* Try to stop when your body (stomach) says 'enough'. Try to stop before you're truly full. Imagine, before and / or during your meal, that you will go out and do a very brisk walk or some housecleaning right after your meal.That may help you to stop before you're truly very full. If you try it a few times and then actually DO go out for that walk, or other 'exercise', you will notice your body is so much happier. Fall in love with that feeling of being fit.

* Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks per day and make sure you get in enough healthy foods (vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts).

* Don't let yourself get very hungry. Eat at regular times. If I let myself get too hungry during the day, I will often overeat / binge later on.

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What works best? To get yourself to take a 20 minute walk every day or to start running for an hour daily? Let me tell you, the 20 minute walk could become a habit for life. The running: my experience was that I tried it, found it too hard, hurt my joints, and gave up! So start small.

It's better to gradually change your 'old ways', adapt them, step by step, than to try to make big changes and be good for a while, and then give up. It is our life we're talking about! It's all intertwined. Make a change here and other areas will be influenced as well. But try to make big changes and the whole network will shake and tremble! Easy does it!

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"The problem with the thought 'I'll make it up tomorrow' is of course, that the stuff we need to do to maintain our health is not something we can catch up with, like we can catch up with a writing assignment. If we skip a day it means we missed a chance to do something good for our body, no matter if we exercise twice as long or as hard the next day. The chance to build a good stamina or a stronger heart - or a strong HABIT - happens TODAY. "
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I tend to think that the only way I can change for good is by changing my eating pattern and my thinking about food for good.
The only time I lost significant amounts of weight AND felt good AND kept it off was when I ate huge amounts of vegetables, cut out sugar, processed foods, coffee and dairy. Then, it was easy. I was 40 at the time.
At some point I believed I could go back to eating more of the foods I had cut out. Result: weight gain and health complaints. Now I'm nearly fifty and just started to eat, again, according to the guidelines I mentioned (using the book 'Eat to Live'). I immediately feel better physically and emotionally. So my guess is that unless I learn to eat and enjoy a big amount of vegetables every day, I won't be healthy or have a LASTING healthy weight.

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FLUTTERBY1979
8/13/2014 4:10:42 PM

I feel like I'm hogging your comment section.... lol

Just wanted to stop by and thank you for continuing to support me on my blogs. You always offer insightful information and great tidbits to try.

Unfortunately for me yesterday, I was genuinely hungry... I could actually feel the water going into my stomach last night before bed. I was super hungry this morning, but didn't overdo it... actually had a smaller breakfast because I had to take my mom to a doc's appointment and didn't want to be groggy.

Anyway, enough rambling for now...
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8/6/2014 3:29:59 AM

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8/2/2014 10:40:08 PM

Thanks for the links to blogs, but unfortunately they wouldn't open... got a message stating "Page Not Found". If you don't mind, and you still have them handy you could always copy and paste the message to a Sparkmail.

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WEARINGTHIN
7/30/2014 6:32:35 AM

I know what your saying about discussing ways of not eating fish and meat. However, I have been a vegan twice for shorter periods, and it just doesn't work for me. I feel better and appreciate the food better when it has animal products.

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I think persistence and diligence are the two qualities that I appreciate and cultivate most in the this time of personal change. Glenn

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FLUTTERBY1979
7/29/2014 2:04:11 PM

Thank you for the comment on my page. I really like your "Mindful Eating" write-up, it makes total sense. Knowing I can be a success while staying IN my comfort zone makes it seem a lot more plausible than being forced outside of it every day.

Thanks again :)



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