Yesterday was my birthday, and unless I live to be older than 92, I’m now more than halfway through my life. I know many people who are already well past that halfway mark, and I’m honestly not too worried about it. But even if I’m not that worried, I still think about being at an age that seemed positively ancient to my teenage self. In many ways, being in my mid-40s doesn’t feel that different than my younger years, but there are a few notable exceptions. Relationship to fo
Do you ever find that a little while after you stop eating, you feel more full than you did after you finished your meal, sometimes even uncomfortable from too much food? Do you ever wonder why this happens? One of the main reasons for this is that if you’re out of practice with mindful eating, it can be very difficult to identify the point when you’ve had enough. This is especially true if you’re eating fairly quickly and the fullness cues haven't caught up to your brain. Un
I recently saw an Instacart ad that reminded me why it can be so hard not to turn to food when you need comfort. The ad starts with a text saying, “He broke up with me!” Then a reply comes: “Forget him! I’m here for you.” That’s a nice sentiment, but it turns out the reply wasn’t from a friend or family member, but rather from Instacart. The ad proceeds to show chocolate, ice cream, and another treat before saying, “Comfort Foods” and checking options for “Sweets” and “Snack.
I know the official No Diet Day was May 6, but the beauty of days like that is you can celebrate them any time. And hopefully, you will! If you’re not familiar with No Diet Day, I’m not surprised. It’s hard to learn about things like this with all the noise about diets. But here’s some background. Not Diet Day was started in 1992 by Mary Evans Young. She knew first-hand about the damage caused by diets and focus on body image since she had her own experience with anorexia. An
One of the things I didn’t realize at first about mindful eating is that I would likely end up saying goodbye to some of my favorite foods. Not because they were off-limits or had too many calories or points or carbs, but because I would discover I didn’t like them as much as I thought I did. For example, I used to love candy, particularly anything with chocolate. Snickers… peanut M&Ms… Charleston Chews…. Kit Kats… Reese’s Peanut Butter cups… Cadbury Easter eggs… and more. I