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9/29/12 7:43 A

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Now that you are aware of this, try to commit to eating a 20 minute lunch, away from your desk, preferably some place calm (or outdoors). Try savoring your meal, noting the sensual experience of eating!!

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As you go through the day today, ask yourself this question: What's right? Notice it. Take it in. Allow yourself to be filled. ~ Geneen Roth

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain

"When we enter a state of mindful attention, the present moment, the now, eases open. And when it does, life pours in."
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9/29/12 3:47 A

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I eat too fast and take to big of bites. especially when i am at work. i get occupied with visiting at lunch or i shovel food instead of eating slowly.

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9/27/12 7:42 P

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Well, tonight I really overate and I'm here for my redo, to self-correct and get back on track.

Thursdays are proving to be hectic. I have to take my daughter to a late class, we get home late, I had a lot of extra work stress and felt exhausted and harried. I wound up eating dinner, in the car, on the way home, got a work call (with a headset), my daughter was talking to me at the same time. Oy vey, it was not a mindful meal at all. I then came home, and while my daughter was relaxing in the tub, I ate a second dinner standing up. The entire meal was healthy - veggies, brown rice, beans, but HUGE portions, gulped down, often standing or driving. And now my tummy hurts!

So here is my redo, which is also a predo for next week's late nights...

I drive home and my daughter has her dinner, because she is in the back and has a little lapdesk and can eat mindfully. But I just drive! Then at home, while my daughter takes her bath, I sit at my table and slowly eat my reasonably portioned out dinner. I enjoy it all and feel sated with just the right amount. Then I get my daughter out of the tub feeling healthy, clean and light. And we both go to bed early. EASY!!

This is my plan for next week on Monday and Thursday. My daughter will be fine and I'll feel great.

Now if only my tummy would feel better!


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As you go through the day today, ask yourself this question: What's right? Notice it. Take it in. Allow yourself to be filled. ~ Geneen Roth

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain

"When we enter a state of mindful attention, the present moment, the now, eases open. And when it does, life pours in."
Anne Glusker


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9/27/12 12:42 P

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People have always made fun of me for eating so fast. It started when I was younger and my mom (she is a sick woman and why I am the size I am) would want me to race her and see who could finish their food first. Took me up until last year to realize my mother suffered from a personality disorder and was sabotaging me my entire life in this and many other ways (i.e. she didn't want her daughter to grow up and be competition for her).

Anyway, also, when I was a teenager and had my braces, I saw that it was easier not to chew so much because my teeth and gums were hurting due to the shifting taking place. I don't know if any of you had braces or remembered what it was like, but I know chewing was a pain and it was just easier to gulp everything. I think this is another reason why I don't chew my food well and am always done before everybody else when I eat.

The food we eat is like a drug. Eat bite begins the digestive process and gives us that "high". Kind of like a smoker who takes the first puff-- it's always the best from what I hear. Same goes with food for overweight people, I would assume. That's why one of my first mini-goals is to really sit down and take my time and chew my food. Helps so much more with digestion, too.

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9/23/12 10:18 P

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I am so glad I am not alone in this. I eat alone alot because of it. When I have to eat with others it is aweful to be finished way before everyone else and know they were watching me. I must work on this because it is seriously effecting how I live life. I am so glad this group is here I was amazed to find it. Thank You

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MANDELOVICH's Photo MANDELOVICH Posts: 2,383
9/18/12 7:55 P

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Sounds like you have a great renewed intention and are well on your way. SP is great for the collective support!

Julie
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As you go through the day today, ask yourself this question: What's right? Notice it. Take it in. Allow yourself to be filled. ~ Geneen Roth

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain

"When we enter a state of mindful attention, the present moment, the now, eases open. And when it does, life pours in."
Anne Glusker


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9/18/12 7:25 P

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This is an amazing topic. OMG!! I eat like a pig, without the grunt, stuffing my food down like someone is going to take it from me. My husband is always, always saying something to me about how fast I eat and that he gets tired of eating by himself. This is a group I joined a long time ago and never bothered to look at any of the entries here. As a matter of fact, I stopped Sparkpeople all together, but I emoticon am back now. I can not do this alone. I can not do mindful eating for my next meal because I just had dinner. First thing in the morning I am going to begin my journey of practicing mindful eating and slowing down. A friend and I are going to the beach this weekend to see my sister. I will let you know how things go when I get back. Thanks for being here.

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MANDELOVICH's Photo MANDELOVICH Posts: 2,383
9/16/12 10:45 P

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Well, I had a slip up tonight. I definitely was gulping my food, in fact, I gorged at the Rosh Hashana dinner tonight. There was nothing mindful about it at all. But I'm self-correcting, and learning from this experience. I would have had a much better time if I had eaten a lot less, slowly, and savored each bite. Also, I ate so much more than those around me, it was embarassing. In fact, I ate fast all day and didn't really appreciate any meals.

It's time to get back to mindfulness. I'm so happy I have off tomorrow so that each meal can be eaten slowly and with careful attention.

Julie
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As you go through the day today, ask yourself this question: What's right? Notice it. Take it in. Allow yourself to be filled. ~ Geneen Roth

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain

"When we enter a state of mindful attention, the present moment, the now, eases open. And when it does, life pours in."
Anne Glusker


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9/16/12 8:49 P

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i sipped a lot of water this weekend. i drank some soda. did make a point od adding extra water and did not fill up my plates. i went for seconds, but by not filling my plate i did not eat until i was stuffed.

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9/11/12 10:20 P

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I am doing better. I am trying to enjoy food prep and time for meals. Most of the time I actually sit at the table and give thanks and very mindfully take bite by bite. Today, though, I comforted myself by sitting in the recliner and watching TV while I ate. The good thing about it is that I did not overeat and did not make bad choices. I did have a few cookies at a support group but that I allow once in a while because I do that so that I do not feel deprived. However, I don't bring any cookies into my home. It is a cookie free zone! That said, there are times when my girlfriend and I get together that we have a sweet treat. Last weekend was hard after I got out of surgery on Thursday evening. I had carbohydrate cravings through Sat and Sunday but started pulling out of it on Sunday. Now I have whipped myself back into shape and am on track again with the food. Chronic pain reared up today but no binging! Yay!

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9/9/12 6:38 A

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I've been focusing on my intention to slow down and eat mindfully every day for years. I have good days and days when I'm less skillful. I find that if I make my meals a priority and make sure I have at least 1/2 hour to eat, then I'm really successful at slowing down, taking small bites, chewing well, etc. But the busyness of life sometimes gets in the way. I try to do too much, saying "I can just check this or clean that" and then I have to rush and I gulp.
I'm so happy to have seen this post early on a Sunday morning, because now it's going to help me remember how much happier I am when I make my meal time as much of a priority as the rest of my life!

Julie
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As you go through the day today, ask yourself this question: What's right? Notice it. Take it in. Allow yourself to be filled. ~ Geneen Roth

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain

"When we enter a state of mindful attention, the present moment, the now, eases open. And when it does, life pours in."
Anne Glusker


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9/2/12 9:40 P

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I used to be a reasonably slow eater until I had my kids! I started shoveling my food when they were babies so I could eat my meal before they started to fuss, and now it's turned into a bad habit fueled by stress...I gobble when I'm anxious or strung out from work.
I am trying to take small steps: 1) notice that I am wolfing and stop to breathe 2) Don't put any more food on my fork until my mouth is completely empty! Sounds crazy, but when I slowed down and thought about what I was doing I discovered that I had another forkful poised at my mouth before I'd even swallowed what I was chewing! Very disturbing, since I don't want to be a glutton! Thanks for giving me a place to talk about this stuff! :)

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7/28/12 6:07 P

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don't worry..I'm still trying..well I don't know if I've ever really TRIED yet....to eat mindfully..and slowly...I'm going to make my first effort with dinner tonight...chewing everything for 20 seconds...I have always been a HORRIBLY fast eater...done before everyone else....

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7/26/12 9:35 A

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You are right about that. I think that hurrying for something special is really no fun at all. I am just used to eating so fast and not thinking about enjoying the moment. I am in such a rush to have the good thing that I do not enjoy it. Very good point. emoticon

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7/22/12 2:05 A

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"I'm in a hurry" or "have things to do"
are the reasons i mean excuses i use to eat to quickly without savoring or properly chewing food.

i need to start to think of treats as things to not have in a hurry but to enjoy slowly or to not eat.

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7/21/12 2:19 P

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I just grabbed a cookie that someone was offering and I think I would have liked it better had I sat down and had a glass of milk and took my time eating it. As it was I didn't think that it was that good and threw the second one in the trash. Like yogurt better, lol.
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7/21/12 3:31 A

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I grew up eating fast. i am used to having short lunches so i still eat fast. i am trying to work on being more mindful of how fast i eat and how i feel as i am eating. i notice i shovel stuff in my mouth when at work or before i go exercise because i am in a hurry to go do something else or go somewhere.

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7/20/12 6:02 A

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I, too, have gulped in the past and I had a binge this week where I gulped again. I do not like to gulp. But, I think that I have had too much sugar this past week which seems to make it worse. This past week I have not been very good at mindful eating. I had a little depression and some trouble with the fibromyalgia. I gave myself the wrong dose for one of my fibro meds and that threw me off. Pain can be hard to manage and contribute to feeling sorry for myself and allowing myself that window in which to self medicate with food. Emotionally, food is one of the last things I have left to stuff myself with. If I don't want to feel, I may as well eat seems to be sometimes. Though, I have to say that is not as bad as it used to be and I need to continue to try to be mindful and hope for better as I build new habits. One problem I have is that I often sit in my recliner to eat as opposed to sitting at the table. I have a crowded apartment and a small table which can be cluttered sometimes. When I want to eat right away it seems hard to find the energy to clean the table. But, the more I do that, the better off I will be. Mindful eating is such a great tool to weight reduction and getting rid of some of that monkey mind. Thanks.

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3/14/11 12:18 A

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I'm, still working on being more aware of everytime i eat. i have gotten better when i got sick. i have no craving so i found i have to surround myself with light healthy meal ideas so i get my nutrition. i've also been really thirsty so i am drinking lots of water.

although yesturday i did "gulp" or shovel. i also overat at supper tonight. but i think i will remember a simple lesson that i learned. i candump out ht extra.

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2/3/11 2:14 P

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I'm SOOO happy to find support. I've been trying mindful eating for some time now but I've never had an active support group who's actively trying the same thing.

I find I "gulp" when I'm too hungry - I'm too hungry to slow down and pay attention. My goal is to really be in tune with my body and eat before I'm starving. It'll take some major planning on my part.

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2/2/11 9:24 P

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i tend to eat quickly, although today i took a moment (or wrote down a quick note) before putting something my mouth. it helped me avoid a sugary snack because i realized i was not hungry.

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1/20/11 10:20 P

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I used to be the same way. it was so uncomfortable to eat slow. Just like everyone is saying, it takes time. I know thats not what you want to hear but taking baby steps like one spark-er said is a great idea.
I make sure i eat only at the table and dont do anything else except maybe read the paper or magazine- and even that may not be good. The more activities you do while eating the more you associate that activity with eating. Therefore when you do that activity...it makes you want to eat subconsciously.
Also cut your food into smaller pieces, you'll feel like you're eating more.
This one piece of advice resonated with me. Maybe it will with you too.
"Remember, once the food passes your tongue, the taste is gone. Take a few extra chews and savor the taste."

The reason I ate fast is because my food tastes so good so i wanted to get the next bite in to taste its goodness again. When I remember this then I remember to slow down and savor.
It all comes to psychology. You're not in the same situation you were once when if you didn't eat fast then you didn't get enough. So it doesn't apply anymore and it is ok to slow down.

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1/10/11 6:40 P

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be gentle with yourself it took me several months to "get it" and still sometimes i will realize i am wolfing it down again so have to really be mindful all the time. good luck

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1/10/11 8:48 A

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You have spent how many years eating your food quickly? And how long have you been trying to eat mindfully? It won't happen over night. Renee Stephens of IOWL says not to forget the 3 P's. persistence, patience and practice. I know it is hard to break a life long habit, but that is what these teams are for. SUPPORT! Don't give up. I have been doing great eating mindfully at home but take me out of my safety zone and i forget everything i have been doing! gulp woof and snarf! lol Just keep trying!

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1/10/11 5:15 A

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I imagine it must be hard to change habits that have been there for so long, you refer back to your childhood. Maybe break it up into concrete manageable steps? Such as mindful eating once / day, during a smaller meal such as a snack. And then increase it from there.
emoticon Great job tackling that habit!

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1/10/11 2:22 A

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I am so used to bolting down my food that it is almost uncomfortable to slow my eating down-all I can think about is getting that next bite in my mouth. Even when i force myself to chew every mouthful for 20 seconds to slow myself down, the whole time i AM JUST itching to shove more food in my mouth. it seems almost impossible for me to slow down. i was raised in a family with two older brothers--both football players, one six-three, one six-five, both in the mid 200's weight wise.If you wanted to get enough to eat, you had better cram it in as fast as you could when i was a child, and i guess i just learned to eat as fast as i can. my whole family is like that, my parents included. people are always amazed when they see me eat because they say they have never seen anyone eat so fast! I am trying to slow down and actually taste my food, but i am finding it really difficult as it is so different from how i have eaten my whole life. I know it will take time tto break the habit, but man, it is seeming liker a pretty unbreakable habit. oh, plus i ahve add, so "mindful" anything is rather difficult for me. I just can't seeem to settle down and let myself enjoy the bite of food I have taken. I don't taste it because i am so anxious to have the next one.
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