In mindful eating, I often use a hunger/fullness scale to help people think about how hungry they are or to identify how they feel after eating. The scale ranges from 1-10, with 1 being ravenous and 10 being so overfull you feel sick. But what I still sometimes struggle with is the idea of stopping eating when I’m at a 5, which is Satisfied, rather than going on to a 6, which is Full, or a 7, which is Very Full. Part of that is likely how American culture thinks about eating
I’m always a little nervous about movies showing overweight women for fear of how they’ll be portrayed. But I’d read good things about Brittany Runs a Marathon, a movie about a heavy young woman who decides to try to get her life in order and lose weight by running. So I decided to give it a try, and I’m glad I did. I had some quibbles with it (the whole house-sitting situation bothered me, for one), and I wasn’t excited by the early parts when Brittany was drinking all the t
As a single person, Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that much to me, and this year, it might not mean much to lots of people due to the pandemic. But if you can’t be with those you love, or you don’t have a romantic partner, here’s another suggestion. Do something you love. For some of us, this isn’t always easy to do. Like many, whenever I start doing something that has no “value” – i.e., it’s not producing income or doing something for others – I start to feel a little guilty.
One of the challenges with mindful eating, as with learning any new skill, is the desire to jump ahead to the point when you’re already good at it. After all, most of us who struggle with our relationship to food are perfectionists. If you want to do things perfectly, it’s hard to be patient with the idea of learning from your mistakes as you go. It also doesn’t help that American society is all about instant gratification. We’re not taught to go slow and steady. And if you’r