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This one is tough!!! I find that I give up quickly on this challenge. Time to be strong and to leave myself time to eat slowly and mindfully. It just takes sooooooooooooooooo much time!

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chop sticks! emoticon Man the weight would come off in my case cause nothing would end up in my mouth it would end up on the floor or on the table. emoticon

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Can see that I still really need to work on this one. My dinner tonight was on a small plate but after 9 minutes I was done. Wasn't really trying to keep track of time, but happened to see the time just as I was starting and when I was done. I would have liked to have taken at least 15 minutes - 20 would have been even better. Maybe I will try the chopstick idea.

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Eating slowly I have much work to do...I eat fast. I am interrupted by kids. Puting the forl down between bites is helpful along with taking sips of water. using a timer is not for me. My little man would think I am playing and the ring would call him. LOL. Eating at the table is still being worked on daily and at every meals. It is not easy to retain yourself but I will try. Today I brought some new small pretty plates and bowls for myself, I am thinking about making a crocheted table cloth for my table that has bright colors. My kitchen wall is brightly colored other than that the rest is made of pine.

When going out to eat it is easier. We both cut down on eating out. The only time I want to go out is Mothers Days But hubbie still inhales his food. That is not my battle. I used to be a vacuum cleaner when it came to food in the past. But not any more. emoticon

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I am feeling great! I have dedicated some extra time today & I have completed day 4,5,6.

So, this is the hardest one so far! Day 5 requires to eat slowly & mindfully. I was a waitress for almost 10 years, and I never had the time to eat. I have carried that thru to my desk job & at home. My husband and I frequently talk about how quickly I eat, and how slowly he eats. We are both trying to be healthier, and he is helping me with this one.

For two days now, I have tried to focus on eating slower & more mindful - tough for me.

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Day 5, Eat Slowly and Mindfully, this is one that I want to get really good at. Like everyone, I have a very busy schedule and I'm always eating in a rush, plus I like my hot food to be hot when I eat it. I catch myself racing to eat it so it doesn't get cold. How silly is that??? My hubby has even reminded me to slow down because he sees me eating so fast. I am going to practice, practice, practice and become a master at this! That's my goal!!

I give myself credit for putting down my fork at lunch today several times.

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Rose_Bud, great idea...chopsticks. I know I'd lose weight, because I don't know how to use them! I'd eat one grain of rice at a time. emoticon

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Yesterday I ate with chop sticks. I have several sets and I might just start using them, I am sure they will help me slow down and be mindful.
I might start setting a timer to help me slow down.

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But it will work! Keep doing it!

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11/5/11 9:55 A

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I am working on this today. For some reason it only is a problem at night usually at dinner I am more distracted while eating with the family. These past two days I caught myself eating standing up both nights. I did sit down when I noticed what I was doing. So I guess I am giving myself credit for that lol.

Honestly I want to follow this as closely as I can I am tired of being fat. I also don't really believe this will work for me but I am going to try anyway!

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Sitting at the table, slowly eating is SO BORING for me, lol! It was nice to relax though. I read a magazine otherwise it would've been hard for me to not chow down so I could get on to something else.

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I kept the tv off for breakfast this morning... not sure how much difference it really made (I had my favorite breakfast of a fried egg w/ extra white and whole wheat toast w/ banana so I always slow down for that... espeically the yolk!) but I'm going to try turning the tv off more often for meals

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How am I doing with eating mindfully these days?

Well, on the one hand I do often have the tv on in the background at home, including during meal. But I don't find it all that distracting... I definitely feel I still can focus on my food, eat slowly, take deep breaths, put my fork or food down (say, if its a sandwich) between bites so I'm not feeling rushed. I love it!.

For me the reminders are about taking a deep breath before I start eating, which then slows me down. When I find myself focusing on picking up the next bite rather than chewing and tasting the one in my mouth, I stop, breath again, put the food down.

I'm going to make more of a point at work, however, to move away from my computer when I eat. My practice is usually to use my lunch break to look at fun internet sites... I never eat while working! But I'm still often distracted by what I'm reading. I have another chair in my office I can sit in instead. I will do that tomorrow when I eat my lunch and my snack.

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I agree Dawn. Today is my day 5 and I had to stop myself several times while eating to remind myself.

I find that it does go with the eat sitting down and between the time I am sitting and not doing anything and trying to slow down, I start to stress that I should be doing something! It is almost detrimental to me...LOL!

I will keep working at it, but I agree it takes more than a day to make these changes.

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I did alot better on this one the seond day but it is definitely something I will ALWAYS be working on. I am just to dang busy. I am literally going to have to schedule time to eat so that I can slow down and enjoy my meals instead of just tossing food in my mouth :) I can do this. I have been eatting less just my making myself sit at the kitchen table to eat !

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sometimes it takes more than one day to "master" these changes-- this one requires real mindfulness!

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Well, today was my day five and I didn't really do a good job slowing down. It was just such a busy day that I really just didn't think about it. Tomorrow is going to be less stress so I will try again! Be Blessed, Dawn

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goes with eating sitting down....

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funny - so many of these steps seem to be about slowing down and enjoying food.

this is another one that my initial reaction is "aaaahhhh..." emoticon

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I agree, FREELADY. I figured that this technique would make food too important to me, but it is working! I actually started this first week over again partly because I had a mental block against paying close attention to what I am eating. But it helps me sort out what I really like and what satisfies my body's hungers. emoticon emoticon

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I'm working on this today. Started at breakfast and kept sipping water and tea in between bites.It felt good.

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If I eat slowly and mindfully, I notice how good healthy food tastes. And a lot of the junk is just losing its power!

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I love it, DRAGONROSE! I find that I don't like chocolate with sugar.

Even as a child I would nibble on the bitter chocolate baking squares. If it has sugar, I want milk in it, too, and one article I read says that milk de-activates a lot of what we eat chocolate for. I guess that also is why milk chocolate is OK for dogs, but not other chocolates.

And I don't do well with the cocoa butter; I do better with palm oils as long as they are not hydrogenated to any degree. emoticon
Works for me; I won't eat a quarter pound of bitter chocolate!

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I learned a couple things today while eating mindfully.

First, I really hate the taste of my usual breakfast - whole grain bread with natural peanut butter and a bit of honey. It was truly awful. I ate only half of it, and I will never have that again.

Second, I absolutely love the taste and texture of a Subway Veggie Delite with salt, pepper and oregano. I have eaten dozens of those over the last year, and this is the first time I really tasted the meal!

For someone who (supposedly) eats because I simply love food, I have missed a lot of enjoyment in the past. So glad I found the Beck Solution!

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My nutritionist gave me the tip to chew my food to a fine pulp before swallowing it for better digestion. She, also, endorses the idea of sitting down to eat not in front of the TV or computer to help your food digest better and to be more aware of what and how much you are eating.

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I will have to remember to take a few deep breaths before I start eating and then to chew 20 times for each bite so that it becomes a habit later on.

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I thought of this step last night when I was eating a veggie side I really didn't like. But I had prepared t and it was healthy so I kept eating -- and had to keep telling myself it was okay to break the rules for those 6 or 7 bites! I ate it as fast as I could emoticon all at once. THen I went back to my normal enjoying of my food.

One of the things I love is that I still enjoy food tremendously. I spent a lot of time thinking about meals and recipes, cooking, playing with new ingredients and tastes. So eating slowly and mindfully is a reward. Most of the time!

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Still not mastered this step !
Bur im aware if i didnt - lol - later

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this is a VERY tough step for me.

I think I'll linger on this one for more than one day.

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Another Challenge for me.


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I can't say I do this ALL the time now, but I do it enough that when I don't, I feel that something is wrong. emoticon

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I just blogged about this day...a tough one for me. I'm all for eating slowly, though it's a constant challenge for me, but for me I think mindful eating has a place but perhaps isn't for every bite. To each their own!

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I did ok with day 5 today. Usually I have a hard time with being mindful of what I eat but luckily today was not one of those days. And I went to the gym for the first time in a few months.

Sooo...I give myself credit that things went well today. :)

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I did ok with this. Not perfect, but not too bad. It's hard to step away from the TV, radio or computer while eating. This is a bad habit on my part. Tomorrow I'm going to make a point of leaving my desk and eating lunch outside.... away from the computer. I'm also going to make a habit of turning off the TV at dinnertime. There are just too many distractions to keep me from paying attention to what I'm eating. This definitely needs more practice.

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I did not eat slowly and mindfully today.
I did eat slow and mindfully on Saturday night.
I will be doing day 5 over until I get it right all day.
This could be a difficult one for me.
I eat too fast.
I think I will begin eating less; if I have to eat slow, mindfully and chew well.
It is my guess that is the idea.

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OldOwl - I think it should be WiseOwl! What a simple but great idea.

I'm doing this everytime I remember to. Sometimes it takes a few bites. Oh well, I'm giving myself credit for remembering eventually.
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I had to post a RC at the table to remind me to slow down. It just says SLOW DOWN
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This is another one that is going to take alot of practice. Just another part of mindful eating...while I am sitting down I am going to have to learn to chew and take time. This will be much easier as I going to be hurridly eating in the car or between patients or mindlessly noshing in front of the TV.

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It's such a habit with me I don't need reminders anymore. But if I were starting out, since I live alone, too, I would first of all make a rule in my mind to set the fork down in between each bite. (I don't do that, but it would be a way to start.)If I had a hard time remembering, I would practice a few meals with a timer set for every 2 minutes and purposely stop every time and either chew the bite I had more, of just wait a minute before I continued eating. I know many places say to not have distractions, but I sometimes get on the computer and even write posts such as these during meals. That way many meals stretch out to 45 minutes. I also like to scoop together a little vegetable with a small bite of meat or starch. This way I get the crunch, but I also have to chew it more. I've gotten so used to not swallowing until the food is very chewed up that I really don't like the feeling of swallowing it when it still feels whole or in big chunks in my mouth.

If I am very hungry, I sometimes drink a cup of broth while I'm preparing dinner. It takes the edge off without really dulling my appetite so that I still enjoy the first scrumptious bites while taking my time. Food really tastes the best when you're hungry. You'll miss the best bites if you rush them.

You have to want to make it a bit of a priority, too. I think if you'll force yourself a few times, you'll find that your meals are so much more satisfying that it will become more important to you, not just because you're supposed to but because that's the way you like it to be. We have to remember, if we love food so much, we really need to give it its due. That way we honor it, the experience, and ourselves. Everything loses it value when we have too much of it. emoticon

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It's so interesting. This morning I was in a quiet mood and eating my breakfast slowly and peacefully was delightful. And then this evening I was starving and I finished my meal in record speed!! I live by myself so there's no one to slow me down but myself. What kind of reminders do you use?

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Here is a quote from a site that came up when I researched how chewing is related to satiety:

"...Chew Your Food: Research has shown that obese people spend less time consuming their meals, and chew their food fewer times than people who are not overweight. Chewing stimulates the satiety center of the brain, which makes us feel full and satisfied. Chewing also triggers the digestive system to begin releasing enzymes and digestive juices. Chew at least 20 times per mouthful."

I started doing this years ago for all my food except what I binged on(!). Now 20 times is way too few. Long ago, (and I'm probably repeating myself here) a heard a nutritionist speak who said, "Chew your juice and drink your food." So I make just about everything except steak into liquid in my mouth. It takes some real discipline with oatmeal! but I have had a lot of success with increasing my mindfulness and savoring my food at most meals over the last six months. Several other things have also helped me greatly reduce bingeing, so I've slowly lost 13 lbs. without calorie counting, etc. (Don't mean to disrespect Beck; just wanted to say I'm not trying to lose fast.)

It helped me understand how important vegetables have become in my lunches and dinners. I thought it was the volume without a lot of calories, but I realized lately it is the time it takes to chew that contributes so much to my feeling I've had a meal. I don't say this is important to everyone. Obviously, some people are successful even drinking shakes twice a day. But part of Beck's beauty, I think, is that she does recommend that I get even more observant.

It doesn't mean I always HAVE to have lots of veggies. I realize also from Beck that I am a big girl and I can take deviations in my meals in stride. But chewing a lot is something that I can take complete control over. I'm used to being the last to finish eating in most social situations. But I know I have really enjoyed my food, and later I I'm very conscious in a contented way that I have had a meal and it's easy to wait most of the time until the next time food is appropriate. emoticon

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Day 5: Eat Slowly and Mindfully

This is a really hard one for me. I tend to eat very quickly usually being the first person done at the table. It is a combination of always feeling like I'm in a rush, allowing myself to be easily distracted, and just a bad habit. My goal is to unplug when I eat and taste each bite. Also, finish each bite before I plan to take the next bite should help me slow it down.

Today I will track my food and exercise. This I will do for myself.


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This one is an area where I have made some nice strides. I'm usually the last one done any more.

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ALICE DAY REVIEWS:

again i have to be CONSCIOUS! I can do this, and I have! I just have to be aware. I just slowly get out of the habit then I quit doing it. GET CONSCIOUS ALICE! :)

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I had to make a response card for this one. Although I think if I put my mind to it, I can eat more slowly, the trouble for me is the TV part. I have, especially since I live alone, always watched TV or read, or did SOMETHING while I ate. Honestly, after reading todays lesson, I realized that it might be why I have such a struggle with weight.

I definately am the type that will eat fast and say "hey...that wasn't anything...i should be full, that was a lot of food, but i'm not full at all...seconds please!"
That happens especially when I indulge in fast food. Which is a habit I am trying to break as well!

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I am pretty good at this to begin with. When I was little we didn't get "the really good snacks" often, so when we did, I would eat as slowly as possible to make it last longer! So the only thing I have to concentrate on is the mindfully part. I do have a knack for downing a bag of chips and wondering where they all went. So that's mainly what I'll be focusing on!

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Yes it is...and the beat goes on and on.

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THERE IS NO TEMPTATION TAKEN YOU BUT SUCH AS IS COMMON TO MAN; BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL, WHO WILL NOT SUFFER YOU TO BE TEMPTED ABOVE THAT YOU ARE ABLE BUT WILL WITH TEMPTATION ALSO MAKE A WAY OF ESCAPE THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BEAR IT.

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Meals - I should be OK with. I try to put this into practice anyway. The mindless snacking (and in front of the TV too emoticon ) is definitely what I will have to pay attention to.

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eating mindfully and eating slowly will go hand in hand. Keep practicing. Making special cards. But I have to be careful. I resist reading cards at first. I'll try not to make so many cards this time. Only made them when necessary. It sure is funny how you read something one time and find something new you never saw before.

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Eating mindfully. Must remember this one, also.

If man made it I don't need it! If God made it I can eat it!


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Today's my day five, and I appreciate the structure Beck puts in place. I've been trying to eat mindfully for several years, and that is fine, but sometimes I want to use food to numb out. I think I'm ready to leave that behind.


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Today I'm reviewing Day 5: Eat Slowly and Mindfully

This is still an easy step for me because I truly enjoy the eating experience. I have always eaten slowly but now I also eat mindfully. I am learning to really pay attention to what I'm eating, and I can say that I'm aware of the taste and texture of most mouthfuls.

It's easier for me to practice this behavior when I am eating a meal alone. When I'm eating with other people I need to remind myself to pay attention to what I'm eating and how much I eating as well as being aware of the taste of my food bite by bite.

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I think this is a hard one for our society. we are not taught to slow down and simply be. It is very hard for me, even if my four boys are leaving me alone, to just eat. I really want to do several tasks at once or I feel like I'm not making good use of my time.


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This is still not something I am doing consistently. My food plan is going well so I am not thinking about it much--but this is my back up plan. If I start having even little problems staying on track, I start doing this for every bite I eat. I know this works.

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this is one I have a hard time with. My husband (who I eat many meals with) is a SUPER fast eater. Also, I tend to eat either at my desk in front of the computer, or in front of the tv. Mindless eating. I think I am going to wind up staying on this day for more than 24 hours.

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I come from a big family and have a big family--5 kids. Anyway, I think I was trained early that if I want food, I need to hurry up and eat or it will be gone! I really need to do some major rewiring on this one even though I like the idea

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Here I am on Day 5, but I have been subconciously putting this one into action since Day 1. When I slow down and pay attention to what I am eating I feel full sooner, I really do. This is a BIG change for me, I usually wolf down my food. Being a mom of 3 and a teacher I have to eat quickly so that I can get on with whatever it is I am doing. It's hard, but I do see the benefits of this.

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I think I'm going to stick with Day 5 for the weekend. I've always been a fast eater. This will help me remember this lesson well. I've already made 3 Response cards on my own!

And do you know the first thing that came to my mind when I got to Day 5? Would you believe Remy from Ratatouille. Think about it. He takes a piece of food, puts it slowly in his mouth and slowly chews. And fireworks explode in the background as he savors the flavor. As he told his brother, "Don't hork it down". I decided to get a little Remy action figure to remind me to slow down. Silly, but hey, whatever works.

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This is one that I've practiced and continue to practice. It's hard sometimes, but the benefits are much better on my digestive system.

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My husband was just reading a buddhist book where they discuss meditational eating. Chewing for over 50 times/bite, not reading, not speaking to anyone. Pretty extreme! They say the more you chew the easier the food is on your digestive system.

I definitely struggle with this one, being a mom to 2 young children. My only escape during a meal is to open my running magazine or a good book, otherwise I feel like I'm eating at the zoo. But I'm trying to make a point of savoring each bite so I realize I've eaten a meal, then reading in between bites. It is something that I have to work on consistently though or I fall back into the mindless patterns.

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This is going OK but it is not great yet. I try to eat mindfully (consciously) and sometimes it works better than others. I do know that this one thing can significantly reduce the amount that I eat. When I really pay attention to what I am eating, I get satisfied much faster. For now I am content and will really stress this one if I hit a plateau.

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I'm trying to work on mindfulness in general. Eating mindfully is really a challenge. I'm more of a grab-n-go kind of girl. I think that's been part of my issue in the past though, I don't really think about what I eat or when.

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I have done this when using the conscious eating principles and it certainly helps to cut down on what I eat. Eating mindfully and checking in with myself on how I'm feeling and my satisfaction level really helps.

Otherwise I'm a shoveler who usually eats at the computer or while reading. Next thing I know I'm done and I can't remember really tasting anything.

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I hate this one. I feel like eating mindfully and slowly is like making a huge deal out of eating. I'm keeping it in focus too much. Then my mind starts to wander all over the idea of food and eating. That's the opposite of what I want. I don't want to food to be on my mind so much. I want my life to be my focus. I feel like being mindful of eating is the opposite of "Eat of live"

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This is also another tough habit that I need to break. I'm always the first one to finish a meal. I'm going to put the fork down and sip some water to pace myself. Also I'll try to notice other people and be the last to finish eating, not the first.

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This is a hard one for me. When I was younger, up through my teens I was a very slow eater. Someone was always telling me to speed it up. I started eating faster to keep up with everyone, but now I have a hard time eating slowly. I also find that when I am trying to eat more healthy I try to get it down a little faster since I don't actually enjoy fruits or vegetables. I try to think of it like taking a medicine that you don't have to like but you have to do. Unfortunately that doesn't work so well when you are supposed to take it slow and concentrate on each bite.

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This is something I have always struggled with. I ate on the run today- I ate Meal 1 in the gym locker room. I ate Meal 2 during a meeting and Meal 3 partially in the car. I am going to keep on working on this, but I know it will be very challenging for me as it always has been...which is probably why its always been so hard for me.

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ok, I'm still on Day 5 because I didn't do this part so well yesterday, nor did I sit to eat everything I ate... but today I'm doing so much better! I reckon I just needed this one to sink in a little better.

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I ate more slowly than usual tonight. I've always tried not to be a hunger hound... even when famished.

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Oh, eating slowly is very hard for me. Starting to slow down enough to remember to focus on the TASTE, which is so much more satisfying...and trying to not do other things, like use the computer and watch T.V. which is also difficult.


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The slowly part I can get if I remember to practice it.
Taste the Item, feel the texture.
Through past trails of mindful eating I found there were things that I was eating that tasted horrible, but I eat it so fast I didn't notice. ugh!

Eating slowly might help me because I notice that it takes me about 40 minutes to feel full. Dang that a long time.

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This is a huge problem for me.
I don't really like eating that much...so I kind of rush through it.

In spite of the fact that I eat for comfort, I don't really enjoy it. I'm the person who always loses weight on vacation because I'm not bored and I have so much to do, I'd rather do that than eat. And since I don't know the lay of the land, food gets hard to find and I'd just as soon not bother with more than I need to make it to the next "real" activity.

So this was awful. I slowed down my usual breakfast (cereal) and found that I didn't really enjoy it at all. It just wasn't any good. But couldn't think of anything I actually would enjoy and at least it wasn't actively unpleasant. For lunch, I ordered something that turned out to be actively unpleasant - so I stopped eating it. (Which is huge for me. I have great difficulty with not continuing eating, even stuff I don't like.). And the only thing I could think of was ordering something from a rival store to show the first store....to tell the truth, the rival store's offering was probably in the same class as the cereal (I wasn't going to actually like it). But I felt like I deserved _something_.
To my credit, I didn't go running to the other store.

Dinner was more of the same. I ate it, but thinking about every bite made me realize how much I didn't really like that food either.

Where do I go from here?

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Eating slowly and mindfully is a challenge to me, but I'm going to do my best, starting today. Sometimes I actually eat while I'm on the computer.
Insane! and watching television, that's the hardest habit to break. ...but what i really want to do, is take smaller bites, and chew more slowly and in a more thorough way! I've had this little battle with myself, in the past...about putting my fork down, between bites! Put your fork down, Ellen - one voice says. No, I don't want to, says the other one!
...so today, I'm going to try again, especially since a couple of times recently, I got too full at the end of the meal, not realizing I ate more than I needed to! It also helps if I eat a salad to begin with. Fills me up.


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I like that way of eating Deb, I will have to try eating slower and tuning out the news too.
I know I will be sitting at the table by myself but that's ok with me.
Here's to mindful eating.

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My husband likes to watch Fox News while we are eating too and that is one thing that probably won't change at our house. My plan is to do 3 simple things to slow my eating down. I do put my fork or finger foods down between bites and then when I finshed swallowing I wipe my mouth and have a swallow of water before I take the next bite. This isn't automatic yet but thinking about it takes my mind off the news cast, which isn't a bad thing, and put my focus back on my meal.

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I thought this one would be easy to dy, NOT.
For one thing, DH love to watch FOX news during dinner, so I listen while I eat. I may have to set a rule of no TV while eating dinner.
I have for the most part stopped eating while on the computer, so no more mindless eating their.
Putting down the fork between bites is a great idea.


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Day 5 - Here's where I am now. I call it Eating Mindfully.

I think that to start off, I'll try the old "put your fork/spoon/food down between every bite" idea.

I'm going to focus on that today. Hopefully, longer than just today, lol.

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This is hard for me at times. I will definitely need to work on this one.

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This is a tough one for me, too, but through SparkPeople I've gotten better at it. BTW, I read about the Beck Diet Solution, and decided to give it a read this week. I'm finding that it's message is very similar to the message delivered here at SP! Can't get enough of a good message, right? Anyway, Like others here, I've got the multi-tasking issues that stand in the way of Slow and Mindful Eating. For instance, during my workday lunch hour I drive to the gym, work out for 20 minutes, and drive back to the office. On the drive back is when I eat my sandwich. It takes a focused effort to chew slowly and savor each bite because I'm also driving. It helps that I use whole grain bread, so that it's very chewy and nutty. It also helps that I take very small bites because I sure as heck don't want to choke while driving (not that I'd want to choke at any other time....LOL).

Beck is a good exercise for me. It's reinforcing what I've been learning here at SP these last five months.

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When I was growing up, if you didn't eat quickly you lost out on seconds! But I'm a long way away from that. Seconds? What are those??! emoticon

After a year I still try to do this, not always successfully. Dh reminds me sometimes to breath and slow down. I try to remember to put my fork or food down in between bites. The best time to practice this is when eating my little treat splurges. I can still remember the time my housemate last year made carrot cake and left some for us. I cut a very small piece for myself and gave the rest to dh, ate it so slowly and savored every morsel. YUM! It makes me satisfied with less of the sweets and fats.

The one time I don't worry too much about mindless eating is the desk lunch. During the semester I'm usually too busy to overeat on week days anyway. I bring my lunch in pre-measured portions and often eat it in front of the computer during my one hour break between classes. The purpose of those meals is to refuel my body so if I don't have time to focus just on the food, I don't worry about it too much-- in fact my main concern is getting enough into my body before break is over!

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When I was growing up, if you didn't eat quickly you lost out on seconds! But I'm a long way away from that. Seconds? What are those??! emoticon

After a year I still try to do this, not always successfully. Dh reminds me sometimes to breath and slow down. I try to remember to put my fork or food down in between bites. The best time to practice this is when eating my little treat splurges. I can still remember the time my housemate last year made carrot cake and left some for us. I cut a very small piece for myself and gave the rest to dh, ate it so slowly and savored every morsel. YUM! It makes me satisfied with less of the sweets and fats.

The one time I don't worry too much about mindless eating is the desk lunch. During the semester I'm usually too busy to overeat on week days anyway. I bring my lunch in pre-measured portions and often eat it in front of the computer during my one hour break between classes. The purpose of those meals is to refuel my body so if I don't have time to focus just on the food, I don't worry about it too much-- in fact my main concern is getting enough into my body before break is over!

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I had to eat breakfast during class but I focused on the taste and amount. Did the best I could. Lunch was better I focused on my 2/3 grilled chicken sandwich leftover with buffalo sauce and it was TASTY!

Dinner- I will remain focused. Maybe even light a candle :-D lol

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Oh day 5 is today for me. This hasn't been an easy task so far today. I did good at breakfast but lunch was another story. I went to the gym during my lunch time so I had to eat while I worked when I got back. I tried to be mindful but I could have been better at paying attention to slowing down. Good thing it was healthy. I'm going to make sure I eat slowly and mindfully at dinner tonight.

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This step is also going to take some training. I tend to multitask when eating, so I know that's going to have to stop. It'll be hardest at school, when my lunchtime is usually the only time I have to get my "office" work done.

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I was not allowed to watch TV growing up so eating and TV are not an issue for me. Reading, however, is another story. I love to eat and read, and I know there are certain foods, like cheese, that I will gorge on. My plan is to try drinking while reading instead or making myself finish a chapter before succumbing to temptation. Other than that, I am generally the slowest eater at the table and I do take time to savor food at mealtime. It is the after-hours bingeing behaviors where I don't, but I am getting much better at controlling them.

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I have found that eating slowly and mindfully really lets you taste the food. If it tastes really good then you actually get the satisfaction of it and won't be left feeling like you still want something, i.e. something sweet. Also it allows me to become aware of things that I thought I like but when I slow down and be mindful I find that it is really not very good after all, like the hashbrowns at Jack in the Box that I used to get almost every morning. They really don't taste that good. I think I just like the crunch. So now I rarely eat them. Also I can eat just one hersheys kiss and eat it mindfully and the one satisfies my want for desert.

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Some of these principles take a little while to master. Give yourself time!

I usually try to have a salad with every meal and eat it first to help slow me down.

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I was on day 5 yesterday, and I was actually really disappointed with how I did yesterday. I could have done much better, but I guess I just have to work on doing better today.

I found it hard to eat slowly when I got past that point of reasonable hunger in the afternoon, and I let myself down a bit. Today I'll have to try to space my meals better so it doesn't happen.

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The really hot soup approach definitely works to slow me down.

 
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I have been trying to slow down but at times it is hard. I start out thinking about the food and the taste and the texture and before long I want to just gobble it up! I think I will go out and buy a fancy place mat and new place setting to help remind me that I want to experience the meal.


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When I used to practice yoga, the instructor talked about that. Really being MINDFUL of every bite or taste. He based on the Buddhist belief of being mindful -- in all things in life.

I like to try to be mindful of all things, but I'm a modern person, so I have a short attention span. I could never get into "being present" with every bite, every taste in my mouth. Not for me either.

If I could just stop binge eating- that'll be so friggin' awesome.

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I just got a book I haven't had time to start reading on Mindless Eating. I have to admit that whenever I looked at a book on Mindful Eating, I felt a little lost in all the things they wanted done. The idea of eating a raisin and contemplating the taste and feel of a raisin just didn't sound like me. But,the book I got helps with understanding why we eat more than we think we eat. Hmmmm, that's me!
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This can be difficult. I eat slowly easily, but the mindfully part is very important too. Being mindful of what you are eating and how much really opens my eyes to what I am doing - either eating healthy, on a binge, or making thinking mistakes (like "I deserve this" or "It's ok for me to eat this").

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This one is so tough for me. I have been actually trying it all week, although officially yesterday was the day on the programme. I can't wait to finish eating so I can get back on with other stuff. The other day I just didn't bother to eat because I didn't want the interruption of sitting down and eating. I notice sometimes I just stuff a big chunk of food in my mouth. I have had to stop myself loading my fork while I am chewing.

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This is tough for me since I find that I do not even pay attention to what I am eating. Hmmm Concentrate on what I am eating, chew slowly and eat smaller portions. I guess my fork is not a shovel and I should practice some good table manners here.

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The Beck Diet Solution reminds us that it takes up to 20 minutes for the brain to get the message from the stomach that it's full. In addition to slowing down, she recommends concentrating on what you are eating in order to increase satisfaction from smaller portions. In the long run she feels it's unrealistic to eat without distractions (her patients never stick to it) but she suggests practicing without distractions at first to learn how to eat mindfully even if you're distracted.


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This is another hard day for me. I eat mindlessly all the time!!! Lillian, your post was so funny about counting out, eating and enjoying your Girl Scout cookies. Maybe that is the way to start is to eat mindfully, no matter what it is, junk or healthy food. This is one I will always struggle with also.

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