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This team follows a 4 week self-guided challenge that teaches the basics of mindful eating.
Do one challenge a week and post about your experience in the discussion threads in the CHALLENGES Forum. The discussion threads are broken down into weeks 1,2,3 and are stuck to the top of the Challenges section.
Week One's Focus: Slow down and become aware while you are eating. It helps to narrate to yourself what you are doing while you are doing it. "I am eating an apple, it is sweet" Also, try to incorporate simple mindfulness exercises, such as mindful breathing, into your day.
Week Two's Focus: Before eating, become aware of how your thoughts, emotions, and energy levels affect your eating. Ask yourself questions such as, "What is my emotional state right now?" "Am I eating just because I'm tired?" "Did I choose this food because it's nutritionally valuable, or because I'm craving it?"
Week Three's Focus: Learn to assess your satiety level accurately to defuse emotional eating or mindless eating. Allow your mindfulness to be your own personal sounding board to your decision making process. "Do I really want a larger portion?" "Is my stress causing me to crave this food, or am I making an informed decision that I will not regret?" Allow mindfulness to become a tool for insight into the difficulties you're having in life
Week Four and beyond: Take what you've learned and apply it to other areas of your life. Try out Mindful grocery shopping. Strengthen the mindfulness skills you've already started over the last three weeks--just like pretty much everything else in life, mindfulness has to be practiced. It's a simple and useful tool, but it must be sharpened in order to stay effective.
Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in.
Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out.
| Pounds lost: 63.0