For the last several months I’ve been studying the concept of mindful eating. Recently, I was a guest blogger for a mindful eating website (www.eatq.com) so I thought I would share my experience with mindful eating and offer tips for you too.
My mother taught me to be honest, so…..one day this week was a total ZONK. I’ve learned over the years to be transparent when leading Weight Watchers meetings and coaching – and not pretend or presume that when one gets to weight goal, life is peachy. Last Wednesday, life for me was the pits. Here’s why:
Contrary to what I have believed in the past, having PMS is not a ticket to eat endlessly. (Sorry men, but this is an important mood to acknowledge – everyone gets crabby once in awhile). Wednesday was a crabby day for me. The good news is I have recently become aware of these girl-cravings (chocolate, grease, Diet Coke) and have made valiant efforts to ignore these cravings only to raid the refrigerator and all cupboards and cabinets in search of a suitable substitute. The unfortunate lesson has been that all efforts to substitute still left me searching for THE craving. Needless to say that over the years, I have prowled all kitchen surfaces and eaten a whole lot of things that didn’t meet the need, then ended up overindulging (read: borderline abusing) the craved item anyway. I seem to make progress little by little each month since I’ve been practicing mindful eating. So today I ate the craving but made a few small changes and am satisfied with the compromise. It was meeting night for my husband and I so (because I didn’t plan ahead) we ordered pizza and breadstix from our favorite local pizza hot spot. But here are a few changes I made:
I’ve also learned to acknowledge that days like this aren’t ideal, but are also far-and-fewer between. I have already forgiven myself for the slip ups, and acknowledged the lessons and adjustments I’ve made.
I started the day with Yoga (a new thing for me), and plan to end my day with a few minutes of peaceful prayer and meditation. I’m learning to be kind and patient with myself, even when the day didn’t go as planned. After all, a little kindness goes a long way in learning to love oneself again.
Kindness, forgiveness, encouragement. Three things I practice each day for better health. You should too.
Learn more about mindful eating strategies when you attend my free Inner Peace and Wellness Series on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Vera’s House in Newaygo. Visit my website for registration details and other upcoming events.
Sara Wolfsen is a Certified Health Coach who specializes in helping people make their own healthy changes by providing private health coaching, nutrition education and wellness classes, and gentle weight-loss guidance and support. Schedule your complimentary coaching session and learn more online at www.sarawolfsen.com.