Posted in Body Positive, Health, Health Coach, Mindful Eating, Nutrition, Weight Loss, Wellness

What Am I Really Hungry For?

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The first step to reaching our ideal weight is to find out WHY we eat when we’re not hungry. Being MINDFUL will do this. I know this is going to sound weird, but besides shedding pounds, we will learn so much about what is going on inside our heads and hearts. Next time you are headed to the refrigerator and realize that you are not hungry but really, really  want to gorge on those last six brownies topped with dark chocolate chips (my fav), HALT and ask yourself, what is going on with me? Why do I want to eat?

Much of the time what leads to overeating is not dealing with what bothers us. It could be stress at work, or the cute guy from the coffee shop who didn’t call or perhaps your  children’s rebellious behavior. Maybe the reason for eating is as simple as boredom, and reaching for tasty treats offers an exciting solution (at least for our taste buds).

However, at best it is a temporary high to fill a void. Shortly after, the same feelings pop up, with the addition of a  bloated pang of guilt. If you are hungry, eat, but make it special. Put it on a pretty dish, then really pay attention to what you are putting into your mouth. Eat without distractions around you — no cell phone, no TV, no computer, no books, no newspaper. MINDFUL eating is learning to use all your senses to get the most out food. Smell the food. Look at the colors of food. Think of where it came from. Think about how it feels on your lips and in your mouth. Savor the food’s taste, and chew deliberately.

Our lives are all super busy, but how about starting to PRACTICE mindful eating a little each day? Starting today, let’s listen to our bodies’ wisdom, instead of ignoring what we really need and stuffing our not-so-good feelings in that old ragged Gucci purse far back in the closet. Sometimes, things may get blown out of proportion, but being in tuned with our eating habits and what is going on with our hearts helps both our well-being and our waistline. Instead, Journal it out, give yourself a manicure, ring a old friend, go for a walk, work on that neglected project, pray, etc. Simply say: I am not going to let this baloney bother me! Most of all do not stuff it. When we face our troubling situations, we become stronger and satisfied.

Comments? thoughts?

I would love to share more, so click lynnecampanaro.com for MINDFUL eating inspiration, to get a free discovery session, and/or join free workshops.

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Author:

Hello, It is so nice to meet you. I am an Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) Health Coach Graduate. I am impassioned about living and teaching others to live a balanced, wholesome life. I will show you how to nourish your body with healthy food and loving thoughts. There was a time I struggled with a debauched body image. Jumping from one failing fad diet to another, thinking none of my dreams will come true because I did not fit in a size 2. It really bugs the heck out of me knowing others also think like this and like me have probably wasted so much time worrying how others or how we viewed, say our butt. Instead we should have been freely relishing in fun or soaking in essential happenings, getting the most out of life. I want to strongly convey from here and beyond what real beautiful body image is. There are a few aspects to this. One is to show you how to keep a fantastic figure by adding real satisfying delicious nutritious foods to your diet that will have you glowing from the inside out. Also, but not any less important are, I want to clarify how these foundations support a well balanced self: finding and participating in fun fitting active activities, having loving communicative relationships, enjoying a harmonious career, comforting spirituality, enticing hobbies, etc.

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