September 17, 2014

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Being More Mindful in Eating and in Life

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I’ve written a few times about mindfulness and as the year of the mindfulness revolution winds down, mindfulness itself will keep going. With the latest stats on obesity increasing, it’s time we bring mindfulness more into the mix to help stave off the worldwide issue.

Most people are engaging in mindless activities which also leads to mindless eating. There was a time in most cultures and even in the United States where families were more mindful and we ate at the dinner table. What we see more of today are families that eat in front the television. There is no family talks going on, except talking about the show or sporting event they are watching.

Even when we are out at restaurants many are mindlessly using their smart device. They are not paying attention to scarfing down that bowl of appetizers. They forgot that they ate a large steak with fries on the side. And they may be thinking later on, “Did I really eat that large chocolate cake after dinner?” Like many people, you may be feeling guilty later of having expanded your waistline by a couple of inches (or more) soon after dinner. And you may not have realized you ate that much.

Such is the state of the Western culture. Obesity and mindless eating.

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Check out this Dr. Susan Albers site: http://eatingmindfully.com/

It’s time to bring mindful eating into your life. Be consciously aware of what and how you eat. Instead of meditating-squirrelrapidly woofing down your meal, slow down and chew more. Pay more attention. Make a note of what you eat and see if you can remember it later. Here are some additional suggestions to help you increase your awareness in eating and in life…

  • Keep a journal and document what you eat.  Being aware in this way will help with personal accountability and discipline.
  • Have a close friend challenge you in being more mindful.  Even use that friend as an accountability partner.
  • When you eat outside of your home, choose to eat healthy and even smaller portions.  Again, having a friend with will enable you to split a meal between you two.  I do that quite a bit.  It’s healthier and saves money too.
  • Slow down your life.  Instead of speeding along, stop and take notice of the moments.  Take a breath and take in your surroundings.
  • Get into mindfulness meditation.  This is the ultimate mental training for awareness and stress reduction.
  • Learn to stop reacting and instead, start responding.  Stop and think before doing.  Many times our emotions will get the best of us and this includes leading to mindless eating.

I hope these suggestions help you.  In fact, they will only help when you make a decision to use them and then take action.

You have the ability to take back control of your eating and your life.  Mindfulness is the key to beat mindlessness.  Just do it!

Cheers,

Bob Choat, “Transformational Master Black Belt” Black_belt.svg-sm
America’s #1 Mind-Body Transformation Expert and author of Mind Your Own Fitness

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September 14, 2014

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7 Things That Get in the Way of Willpower to Achieve Success

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For years I’ve worked with clients who had thought that willpower would help them succeed in whatever they do.  While it does work, it’s not sustainable.  Willpower is sort of like a piece of candy that gives you that instant feel good sensation.  It may last for a bit, but it dies down not long […]

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September 12, 2014

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It’s Your Attitude in Learning That Leads to Your Aptitude in Life

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I remember a Zig Ziglar quote years ago that said “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”  While this is true, it can be said that one’s attitude also will determine their aptitude when it comes to learning.  Learning is a process and what each of us brings into it will lead us […]

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September 10, 2014

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Going From Knowing to Know-How: Generating Thoughts into Action

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I remember hearing many times the famous quote by French philosopher and mathematician Rene Decartes, “I think, therefore I am.”  While it’s true that we can become something through our thoughts, it’s only part of the equation.  We think in school (at least a percentage does).  There are many people who think. The problem is […]

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September 8, 2014

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Breakthrough the Mental Challenges That Hold You Back

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Everyone one of us may have faced obstacles that keep us from moving forward. It happens to even world class athletes, millionaires and the average person. I know I’ve faced many challenges in life and lost. I also went back to them and refused to quit until I won. I realized it wasn’t the challenge […]

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September 3, 2014

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5 Ways to Living More Mindfully Every Day

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2014 is the year of mindfulness and was featured in Time Magazine.  Even though our ancestors of the distant past did just this for the most part, we’ve seemed to have lost this treasure.  Being caught of the pressures of modern society, being mindful is happening less and less. Sure, experts have preached of its […]

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September 1, 2014

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10 Ways to Help Eliminate the Emotional Stress in Your Life

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Driving on the freeways of the Los Angeles area can be pretty tough and stressful.  This is especially true during rush hour.  Sometimes I wonder how so many people can drive in traffic for hours a day.  This stress is wrecking havoc upon them.  Then when they get to work, they have to deal with […]

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August 29, 2014

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The Insider’s Secrets to a Stronger Foundation and Core

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In almost every single sport, building a strong foundation is important to sustaining success.  Once I grasped in my younger days in the martial arts, my techniques improved.  So did my fighting abilities.  If you look at the best fighters, they use all of their foundational and core strength to deliver a knock-out punch. My […]

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August 26, 2014

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15 Ways to Bring Fitness into Your Life

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Since my youth fitness has been a part of my life.  There were the times when I belonged to several gyms and fitness centers.  Those days are pretty much gone (other than training at The House of Champions and the Tempest Freerunning Academy).  Today, most of my training is via my bodyweight and outdoors.  To […]

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August 24, 2014

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21 Quick Tips to Live Healthier, Happier and More Fully Engaged Each Day

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Distress seems to rampant in today’s world.  It’s not just in the United States. I recently read an article where South Koreans drink the most alcohol of any nation in the world.  In fact, Russia is 2nd and they drink about half the amount of the South Koreans.  Both countries are listed among the highest […]

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