One of the things I like most about mindful eating is that it’s about making small, incremental changes. You don’t have to do everything all at once. You can work on things in baby steps, focusing first on whatever works best for you. Making changes in this way is more sustainable in the long run, but it does have a drawback. It’s harder to recognize progress. After all, taking 100 small steps will get you to the same place as leaping the length of those 100 steps in a single
One of the challenging parts of eating mindfully is that many other things can disguise themselves as hunger, or at least make you want to eat. Bored? Eating will give you something to do. Stressed? Food will distract and calm you, at least momentarily. Overwhelmed? Food is something concrete that you can control. Those are just a few examples, but you get the idea. If you eat when you’re not physically hungry, though, you have to be prepared for the consequences: · You’
When I was in my teens, whenever my mom brought up my weight, it was inevitable that she also talked about exercise. The implication, of course, was that if I just exercised more, I’d lose weight. That’s never been true, though, and some people are finally starting to realize it. Recent studies have shown that exercise does very little for weight loss, for a few reasons: · You don’t burn that many calories while exercising – you burn a lot more just through your basal metabol
Did you know that estimates indicate that the average person is exposed to 6,000 to 10,000 ads per day? That’s double the amount from 2007, and even if you’re not paying attention, those ads seep into your subconscious. A significant number of those ads are for food, but not just any food. In 2014, marketing for food, beverages, and restaurants came to $15 billion. And of that marketing, 91% was for fast food, sweets, snacks, sugary cereals, and sugary drinks. This all adds u
Like many people, I’ve been thinking a lot about Simone Biles recently and her decision to withdraw from some of the Olympics competitions. Her commitment to do what was best for her and her mental health has opened the door to talk more about mental health issues for athletes, which is sorely needed.
But since we all have our own challenges and may sometimes struggle with mental health, I also wanted to share some tips that everyone can use.
1: Take care of your body