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STAY in your comfort zone!

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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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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BERKCHIK
7/24/2014 9:14:31 AM

hey C, just thinking of you...sending thoughts of rest and serenity your way emoticon



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SEAGLASS1215
7/21/2014 5:01:01 AM

Thank you for re-recommending the book "Eat to Live" on my recent blog. I just placed a hold on it at my local library. Not sure why I didn't do that before, so thanks for the reminder! Have a great day!
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7/12/2014 9:34:07 AM

Wishing you a peaceful day! emoticon



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MISSUSRIVERRAT
7/11/2014 6:56:46 AM

Thanks for your comments on my dance blog. Yes, I am literally and figuratively standing on my toes! Boy, I do feel it! Interesting suggestion that you got from your physiotherapist. I will try that too.



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