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7/26/17 5:19 P

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Saw Dr. today. Things are looking good. Have to do an annual Medicare exam next week.

Marielle
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"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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7/25/17 5:11 P

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Congratulations on fitting into your jeans! Nothing tastes as good as being trim.
Trim people eat only when they are hungry.
Overweight people eat for any and every reason.


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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7/25/17 11:29 A

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In the book Mindful Eating by Jan Choozen Bays, Chapter 2: 7 kinds of hunger, it says:

Kinds of Hunger
eye hunger
nose hunger
mouth hunger
stomach hunger
cellular hunger
mind hunger
heart hunger

In addition
Hunger that is actually thirst

"After we learn to tune in to these different kinds of hunger, we can sit down and do a quick assessment before eating: On a scale of one to ten, what is my level of eye hunger? of mouth hunger? of cellular hunger? Once we know this, we can eat appropriately and satisfy all the parts of us that are hungry. We can thoroughly enjoy eating."

Marielle
Prescott, Arizona

"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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7/23/17 10:38 A

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I can get into and they fit--a pair of jeans I haven't worn for a very long time!! emoticon emoticon Also the 4 pair I bought and have been wearing are too big and hang on me!!!


Marielle
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"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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7/19/17 12:03 P

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Still maintaining weight. Hope you've lost more. I just received my cookbooks I ordered. One is Renal Diet Cookbook--low sodium, low potassium, and low phosphorus. Looking forward to trying some recipes.


Beginning weight 192-current weight 175--need to lose 40 more.

Marielle
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"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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7/15/17 12:18 P

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Great that you are maintaining your weight. I lost one of my three pounds and two to go. I have been looking at pinterest healthy snacks and everything looks cute and yummy.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
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7/15/17 10:16 A

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Hope yesterday went well for you. I am maintaining my weight. I drained the leftover chicken soup, added cheese and baked it. Very good.

Marielle
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"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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7/14/17 10:21 A

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Mindful Eating is:
Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing
opportunities that are available through food preparation and consumption by respecting your own inner wisdom.
Choosing to eat food that is both pleasing to you and nourishing to your body by using all your senses to explore, savor and taste.
Acknowledging responses to food (likes, neutral or dislikes) without judgment.
Learning to be aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decision to begin eating and to stop eating.

from the Principals of Mindful Eating section. I read it again. Wanted to be reminded and reinforced with my goal. I made Dirty Rice yesterday with ground turkey rather than what it called for. I used all fresh vegetables. It was really good.

I went to bed early so did not see your post last night.

Marielle
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"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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7/13/17 8:19 P

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We are back in business. It helps to be focused. Keep up the good work.
Another good day for me. I had a big salad for dinner.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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7/12/17 11:42 P

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I'm glad you had a good day. Hope those 3 lbs are gone soon.

Mine went pretty well too. I had lots of fiber again today--fruit and cereal, plus salad. It is really hard for me to get the 25 grams of fiber recommended.

Marielle
Prescott, Arizona

"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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7/12/17 7:59 P

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I love homemade soups! It is a good way to get in your veggies.

I don't know what clicked inside me but it was very easy to eat healthy today. I had no desire for goodies or seconds. Hopefully, my three pounds are temporary and will soon be gone.



Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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7/12/17 12:43 A

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Today I actually got 25 grams of fiber. Yea!! I made chicken soup for dinner. No salt. The family had to add salt to it. Very simple. I used the carcass of the roast chicken we had the other day and boiled it to make the broth, then strained out the bones and added onion, celery, carrots and green beans. Added pasta as the last ingredient and voila.

Good luck with your choices tomorrow!!!

Marielle
Prescott, Arizona

"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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7/11/17 11:37 P

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You made good meal choices today. I wish I could say the same. Tomorrow is a new day.
I have gained 3 pounds so tomorrow I have to do better.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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7/11/17 12:50 A

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I generally stay away from the limited foods on my diet. Sometimes I don't eat enough veggies. So I have to watch and make sure I get enough. I had a salad for lunch and fruit for breakfast but only a chicken sandwich for dinner. Surprisingly I have stayed away from candy, cakes, ice cream which are my downfall.

I'm sure you'll get back on track with company gone.

Marielle
Prescott, Arizona

"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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7/10/17 9:50 P

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Eating well for your kidneys is definitely a good reason. How did you do today? I also have to eat well so I do not get diabetic. It is so easy to say "I will eat better tomorrow." We had family for a couple of days and I strayed from my regular eating habits. They are gone so I can get back on track.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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7/9/17 4:36 P

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I was diagnosed with CKD3--for those with GFR (glomerular (glow-MAIR-you-lure) filtration rate) in 2009. My GFR is stable, but a healthy GFR rate is above 90 or 100. The flucuation for the #3 level is between 30-59. They've now separated into A to between 44-59 and B between 30-44. Up until April this year my blood test showed up between 43 and 66. In April the bloodwork showed 38 and in May it was 40. So there was a definite drop. My PCP referred me back to the nephrologist. She did an ultra sound (which show possible liver cancer & rt. kidney enlarged). So she did a CT scan with IV Contrast which showed benign cyst in liver and kidneys functioning in tandem. So my main concern would be to keep the kidneys from getting worse and having to deal with dialysis or transplant. Hope I didn't go on and on.

So my main reason for being much more mindful of what I eat is because of my kidneys.

Thanks!

Marielle
Prescott, Arizona

"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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7/9/17 3:33 P

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Hi Marielle. I eat pretty healthy but portion control has been my problem lately. Today, so far so good. Do you have kidney problems?

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
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Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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7/8/17 11:14 A

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Today I am focusing on eating "clean food". To me that mean food from scratch-not pre-prepared and packaged. I just more more books--one of "my failings." One is called "Renal Diet Cookbook: The Low Sodium, Low Potassium, Healthy Kidney Book"; one is called "500 15-minute Low Sodium Recipes: Fast and Flavorful Low-Salt Recipes that Save You Time, Keep You on Track, and Taste Delicious" and last one is "Clean Eating Cookbook & Diet: Over 100 Healthy Whole Food Recipes & Meal Plans". Should receive by July 18.

Marielle
Prescott, Arizona

"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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7/8/17 10:34 A

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I have mindfully ate more than I should these last few days. I think it is more about focusing on one's goals rather than the food. I also do better when I post as that helps keep me focused. Today I will focus on my health!

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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7/6/17 10:29 P

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Today I sort of fell off the wagon. I ate more than I intended. Hope it stops here.

I am still tracking meals, but have eaten more limited foods. Not what I want to do.

Marielle
Prescott, Arizona

"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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6/29/17 5:06 P

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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.

It would be helpful if I tracked each meal.

Edited by: IAMJOYFUL2 at: 7/3/2017 (12:03)
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I am doing pretty good on being mindful when preparing and eating food. Actually having a hard time getting enough calories because everything is from scratch and to make sure I get enough veggies makes me eat much less carbs, etc.

Marielle
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"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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Hi, so sorry for your loss.

Good for you on paying attention to breakfast.

I am doing pretty good. After dinner I wanted to nibble on something but didn't. It is getting easier to say "no" to emotional hunger. I keep forgetting to eat slower. I did remember once today so that is a start.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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6/28/17 12:13 A

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hi, had some bad news today. My ex-husband passed on June 4. The only reason I heard was that his annuity still had me as the beneficiary. Don't care for the money as long as I don't have to pay tax on it. His girlfriend can have it to pay medical bills or whatever.

I didn't eat much today: toast, egg & berries for breakfast, last piece of quiche for lunch and chicken sandwich for dinner. Not really hungry with everything going on. Need to eat some more fruit and veggies but it's already 9pm.

I did a good job paying attention to breakfast-not so much with lunch and dinner.

Marielle
Prescott, Arizona

"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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Awesome news that everything is normal. Usually we take normal for granted.

I have been paying attention to not only what I eat but to the choices I make during the day. Sometimes my mind is going a mile a minute and I am thinking of everything but in what I am doing. I have been meditating and I think that is a must for mindful eating.

I have been paying attention to what I eat but still need work on eating slower.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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The doctor never called so I wound up looking for the results on line and they released them. There is no mass, but a "simple right hepatic cyst". Everything was basically normal. It also saw the nodule I have in my right lung (diagnosed a long time ago-which is why I go to a pulmonologist).
I am irritated that the doctor didn't call me though. What if I hadn't looked up the results and kept worrying--very rude to my way of thinking. I may call tomorrow and let her assistant know.
Anyway--happy, happy.

Still working on paying attention when I make my food and somewhat when I eat. Trying to eat slower too.

Marielle
Prescott, Arizona

"Whatever choice we make, the outcome will provide us with a lesson. If we are attentive and aware, we will learn what we need to do next. In this sense, there is no wrong decision. The minute we make a decision, we are confronted with our next teacher." -Charlotte Joko Beck

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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That is a lot to pay attention to while eating. I seem to always be in a hurry so Week One's focus is good - slow down.

Last week I worked on paying attention to what I was eating. This week I am going to work on slowing down.

Did you hear from your doctor regarding your test results?



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Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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Sounds good--we'll keep with week one.

I've been reading the book called Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays. A quote: "Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention, being fully aware of what is happening both inside yourself--in your body, hear, and mind--and outside yourself, in your environment. Mindfulness is awareness without judgment or criticism."



Marielle
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We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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Yum. Sounds like a tasty dinner. Nothing wrong with eating while watching tv once in a while. I like to eat my salads while watching tv. Well we finished one week. I forgot I was working on eating slower but I did improve in being mindful of what I ate. Let's repeat week 1 as I think TIGERSEYEHEART might join us. This week I will work on eating slower.

Sounds like your test results might be good news. I wish doctors would give patients their results immediately so they do not have to stress any more than necessary. I, too, hope the news will be good.

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Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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Do we go to week 2 tomorrow?

Marielle
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I made a good dinner tonight: 1 cup shredded lettuce with oil and vinegar; baked chicken with Kirkland organic no salt seasoning; rice with butter; canned peaches with cool whip. Very tasty and very little salt. All are allowed on my "kidney diet". Have to limit fresh peaches or fresh pears--I guess they have too much potassium or phosphorus. Didn't eat very mindfully-watched TV.

I called the doctor and spoke with her assistant. Dr. Kim won't be in til Monday but what her assistant said was that there was nothing emergent or that needed immediate attention and that Dr. Kim would call me on Monday or early next week with recommendations. She was trying to reassure me since the test was for cancer. Hope the news will be good.



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We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ~Buddha Dhammapada.


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I love Chipotle dinners. Good job on resisting their tortilla. We make our own rice and beans. I rarely eat out because of the extra oil and sodium restaurants use. The last time I ate out with family, I found all the food too salty. It was like eating mostly salt. While dinning, I looked around the table and everybody was fine with the dinner. They eat out a lot and were use to salty food.

Hopefully, you get your test results today. It must be very nerve wracking.

Keep up the good work and do stay away from processed food as much as possible. It is hard to make your own bread or crackers. We have a bread maker and make bread occasionally but I find it hard to resist fresh homemade bread.

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My scan went well. I ate breakfast at 6:30 and drank about 24 oz water and then fasted from 8:30 to after I got home from test. I had to drink barium drink (2 containers) wait an hour, then they did the IV during the test. I had a bout of restless leg syndrome which drove me crazy yesterday evening. I did go out to get Chipotle (restaurant) for dinner and brought it home to eat. Got rice, chicken, lettuce, pico de gallo, fajita veggies. I did not get a tortilla because it had 600 mg sodium in it. Got one of mine at home to eat with it as the tortilla only had 150 mg sodium. I ate half of it last night.

I should get the results either today or Monday. I will call if they don't call me.

All in all I guess I was pretty thoughtful about what I ate. Still focusing on cooking and eating from scratch foods. Staying away from processed. I don't make my own bread or crackers though.LOL


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I wish you lot's of luck. When do you get the results on your tests? As we get older we are all susceptible to different diseases. Eating healthy food is one of our best defenses against disease.

I have been quite busy and haven't thought much about food. I am mindful on what I eat though.

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I am trying to eat everything from scratch but we have used so much convenience food that I am out of practice. My 2 daughters and 2 of my grandson's live with me. My oldest gs is in Portland, OR.

Today I had to really think to decide what to eat. Not sure I did the greatest job at it. I need to do better. I didn't eat until about 11 am. I usually have my tea and breakfast between 8 & 9.

I have a test tomorrow: CT hepatic protocol, with IV Contrast, to see if what they saw in the ultrasound has a "high probability" for cancer. Since I'm allergic to IV Contrast and test is for cancer I am a little nervous.

Anyway wish me luck!



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Grandchildren are a blessing!

I eat everything from scratch and I find it very filling. It must be because all the fiber is still in the food. Thanks for the water bottle idea. From that thought I remembered I use to measure my water in water pitcher. When the water was gone, that was it for me. Thanks for the suggestion. I can make things so difficult for myself sometimes.

Glad to hear that you are healing fast and didn't break any bones. It would help if we all walked with awareness. I have read that some car accidents are caused because people were texting at the time.

I haven't even thought of food lately and I forget to eat. Forgetting to eat hasn't happened to me since I was in a teenager. What happened that I went forgetting to eat to eating for any and every reason? How did so many of us become mindless eaters? Something to think about.

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I have 3 grandsons: one is 13, one is turning 15 in August, and the other is turning 21 in October. I have 2 daughters and they are all one of my DD's children. The other DD doesn't have any children.

Good for you for staying within your calories. After I got my latest "diet" from the dietitian I have no problem staying within the calorie range. I have to almost eat everything made from scratch except for breads and pastas.

I have a Nalgene Bottle that I fill twice a day and that counts the 8 glasses of water. If you got one that holds 24 oz-you could just fill it twice to make sure you don't go over.

I am healing pretty fast so I know that I didn't break anything. The scrapes look better and the bleeding has stopped (I take aspirin). I'm pretty happy about that. My hands/palms and arms are pretty bruised along with one on the side of my thigh just above the knee. I just need to walk with more conscious awareness.

I cooked dinner today. We had oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and "sweet" carrots.

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How nice that you got to celebrate your grandson's birthday with him. How many grandchildren do you have?

Good job on finishing one calorie under for the day. I stayed within calories. Today for some reason I had emotional hunger but I ignored it.

I did find myself remembering to eat slowly which I did.

I hope you are feeling better from your tumble in the woods. I think most of my accidents happen because I am not paying attention to what I am doing. Like my water quota. I mindlessly drink my water and can never remember how much I drank. This wouldn't be a problem if I didn't have to limit my water to no more than 6 cups. I started using pebbles to keep track of how much water I drank. Now I have to remember to move a pebble each time I drink some water.

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My grandson is 13 now. A real teenager. He is a very sweet kid. Love him to pieces.

Yesterday I mostly leftovers. Egg salad sandwich for Breakfast and Almond butter sandwich for 7pm snack-fruit for lunch & pasta & broccoli for dinner. Met daily goals for protein, fat, and carbohydrates. 1 calorie under for calories. Did not go over any.

I did pay attention to what I ate but did not pay attention to each bite and taste the tastes very mindfully.

I fell while walking dogs in woods. Tore up my right arm and hand pretty good. Think I sprained my left wrist or thumb and skinned up my knees, especially the right one. So I meditated on paying attention to my body. A little sore today.

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How old is your grandson?

Last night I mindfully decided to mindlessly eat a big salad while watching tv. It takes me a long time to eat a salad so I guess it is my popcorn substitute while watching a movie.

This morning I had the best breakfast. It wasn't so much the food but the atmosphere. I ate outside in the garden. It was very relaxing and enjoyable.

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I was really hungry at lunch so I paid less attention to the process as well as eating-so hunger definitely plays a role in food for me.

I haven't really structured a process for my meals. Tonight I will go to dinner for grandson's birthday. We are going to a Japanese restaurant for sushi. Sushi is definitely too salty but I will wing it as to what I will eat. They have sides of rice, 2 different salads, tofu, and vegetables either stir fried or steamed.


Follow up on lunch: I made an egg salad sandwich and had a small handful of potato chips. I usually choose to stay away from the chips.

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I, too, am working on eating slowly and doing a short breathing exercise before each meal which I completely forgot to do this morning. I was in a hurry to do some yard work before it got too hot. I put a reminder on the table so I will remember.

I am also working on eating at a table (no multi-tasking).

This week I will track and report how I did on the following:

1. 5 minute breathing meditation before each meal.
2. Eat as planned.
3. Eat at the table.
4. Eat slowing
5. Enjoy each meal.

For breakfast I ate a homemade oatmeal cookie while I was dressing, gulped a glass of milk and was out the door. I did none of the goals mentioned above.






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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.

I have been working on eating slower and being more aware of each bite that I take, when I eat. Working on ensuring that I am eating the "right" foods- the ones allowed on the diet given to me by the dietitian. I also try to do mindfulness meditation in the mornings. It includes labeling thoughts while meditating. After entering my evening meal I will report how I did that day.

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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.

I have also been working on identifying when I am truly hungry instead of just eating for emotional reasons. I will report at the end of each day how I did.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
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Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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I just checked the team leader's page, and she hasn't posted in four years. So this team is dead. There are also barely any posts. So this team is dead. Bye!

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I'm new to this team, and see it's not really being used too much. I see from this thread that this is the focus of this team - a challenge, which is set out in this thread "how this challenge works:"

http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_
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Then we're supposed to discuss each week in the appropriate week in the challenges forum. So I'm on week one, and here I am on the week one challenge forum.

This is this week's challenge from the above post:

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.

I'm trying to slow down and focus and it's almost impossible. So that's why I'm here to join this team - for help. I will check in on day one, which is tomorrow.

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Did well.

Edited by: IAMJOYFUL2 at: 4/25/2016 (10:35)
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Overdid it today.

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Finished Week 1, yesterday --On to Week 2, today--this site is excrutiatingly slow! Couldn't get on at all, last night. 8-/

Today is Day 1 of Week 2--let's see if things get better. 8-)

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From the negative: Golly, I'm hungry!
To the positive: I am doing great with this program!

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Wow what a great idea this challenge is! This is going to be very difficult for me as I have never considered being mindful during meals. I will definitely learn a lot in slowing down and becoming aware of me, my decisions and my surroundings.

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Mindfully eating breakfast made me feel lonely, so it was a struggle to stay focused on the meal.
Feeling lonely came in handy, though; gave me a negative thought to exchange with the positive: My French toast was excellent. 8-
Breakfast has always been my favorite dine-out meal, and at home I eat breakfast while reading the paper and/or doing computer stuff. That's why I felt lonely while doing this exercise. I won't mindfully-eat breakfast anymore--unless I have a lunch or dinner date that day--I like to start my day off feeling vital.
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Since I only just re-started, assessing my hunger levels is easy: I'm usually very, very hungry because I'm cutting back on calories.

Re-read the goals--Are we checking satiety levels before eating to see if we're still full/satisfied from the previous meal? Shouldn't we be checking satiety levels AFTER we eat?

For some reason this a.m.s breakfast was different because I wasn't very hungry, but breakfast is a must (diabetes), so I ate breakfast.

Right now I am very hungry, and it is snack time. This is where I have the most trouble--between 3pm and dinnertime--where I'm not empty-stomach hungry, but bored, lonely, anxious hungry.
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Good job Moomshine! How are you at assessing your hunger levels?

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It's a good thing I have two more meals to go today--thought about my breakfast, weighed and measured, than ate while trying to find Challenges on my iPad App --apparently they aren't there. One more thought and I would have remembered to put more thinking about my new pre-eating Challenge.
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Week 1, Saturday, 9 Jan 2016 - Friday, 15 Jan 2016
Thinking mindful thoughts.

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Eat slowly without any distractions once a day or more. 1 time per day 7 times per week
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Hi everyone,
I just joined! I started my mindful eating on Friday so I am on Day 3. I am feeling very good so far. I'm slowing down with what I'm eating and enjoying my food and realizing the place where I stop enjoying it and that's one of my signals that I don't really want it anymore. And I feel OK with that. Yesterday, for example, I enjoyed a can of Coke while reading. Usually, I would drink the entire can just out of mindless slurping while reading. But I paid attention to when I stopped really enjoying it and wanting it and ended up throwing part of it away. That's a big change for me.

I ran into some struggles with feelings of guilt today while going shopping. For the last 6 years, my food identity has been "the vegan girl". I gave up meat in 2007 (and never crave it) but in 2009, I decided I wanted to give up dairy and eggs also. I thought I was doing something good for animals and the environment but what I wasn't seeing is that it was detrimental to my relationship with food, which had already been pretty screwed up. I love dairy and eggs and the restriction of giving them up proved to drive me to periods of binge eating. It's amazing that I didn't see any of this until Friday when I started working on my relationship with food. I think part of it is the vegan community that sends the message that if you give up being vegan and start eating animal foods, you've failed and you're a bad person because you're causing suffering to animals. Many aren't like this, but the ones that are are pretty vocal about it. The irony is that even though I was "the vegan girl" to family and friends, I was actually not eating vegan for most of the time because my binge eating episodes always involved lots of dairy. In the last few months, I've been a "good" vegan for 3 days of the week and then binge ate on junk food (much of it dairy-based) the rest of the week.

So today when I went shopping, I bought dairy foods and eggs along with other things. I didn't imagine that this would cause me such anxiety and guilt but it did. I kept thinking that I was a bad person because I was buying products that cause animal suffering. But I got home and journaled a bit and realized that if I am to repair my broken relationship with food and with myself, I have to think about that first. I can't give to others if I can't give to myself, can I?

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I started my journey to overcome my bingeing/overeating. Currently I'm working on day 15.

I needed to become aware of my thoughts and emotions while preparing and eating meals (Week Two's focus), which helped in assessing my satiety level (Week Three's focus) and in my second week, I began relearning to savor, feel, taste and enjoy my food. (Week One's focus).

Although I haven't followed this challenge step by step (and it's only been 15 days), I'm amazed at how differently I think about food and the tremendous and positive impact it's made on me, resulting in better food choices and taking the time to enjoy the eating experience. I've also changed in that I don't see my journey as 'overcoming' bingeing/overeating but more of learning and discovering about myself.

I still have thoughts of bingeing and wanting to overeat, but now I have the option to think my way through it (knowing I have control), instead of just giving in (thinking food controlled me), like I did in the past.

Best wishes!

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RAWCOOKIE, The setting a proper place at the table thing is so important! I noticed my husband and I were eating way too much in front of the TV, something which NEVER flew when I was a kid. We started making sure the kitchen table was clear before dinner, and then I'd set the table and we'd sit down and eat. To make it extra special I light two taper candles and put a pitcher of water out to encourage us to mingle and chat. It has made a huge difference.

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I started off by reading half of Savor today, a book on mindful eating. I was very excited to get started since I've been doing mindfulness meditations somewhat regularly over the last year and I wanted to try a new type of mindfulness. The book suggested as its first exercise to savor an apple slowly, but I just got gum surgery :( and only had strawberries or bananas, so a strawberry it was! I really felt like I was savoring it properly. I was by myself in a quiet room, though, and my more social dinners with my husband or friends will really be the challenge.

There were some great breathing mantras in this book as well, one of which I used while meditating tonight. I'm considering the rest of this week my "test run" of mindful eating techniques while I finish up the book and my gums heal. Next week I am "officially" starting week one of the challenge, savoring at each meal.

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First full day on the challenge. I found that I seem fuller quicker when I eat more mindfully. I am eating slower, giving my body time to recognize the food. Its tough to eat without a distraction though. I am just not used to it. Bored with my own company...LOL
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today I vow to eat mindfully, to use all of my senses, and to enjoy every bite.

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Yes, I too have got into a bad habit of sitting eating at the computer.
I'm tackling this first week by doing 10 mins of Mindfulness meditation in the morning - I have a book called The Mindfulness Manifesto and there is a section on Mindfulness of Feelings - not surprisingly, eating comes in that section. So it's being in touch with myself that's the key to being in touch with what I'm eating.

I just read through this thread (most of it) and saw someone had set herself three goals for the week; I like them, so I copied them here:

1. aware of my food
2. thankful for my food
3. enjoying my food

It made me think.

I am going to make an effort to

1. Lay myself a proper place at the table, and sit down to eat
2. Say a sort of 'grace' - even if it's just 'thank you for this lovely meal'
3. Do nothing else while I'm eating - no texting, no reading etc

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I have a terrible habit of eating lunch (and sometimes breakfast too!) in front of my computer while I check facebook (and even spark people). Today my goal is to have my breakfast MINDFULLY without the computer.

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I have been in a mindless eating frenzy. starting week1 day 4 with good intentions.

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I ate lunch with no distractions, focused on the salad. Decided that my salad was boring. Drank my two shakes while doing other things, multitasking is hard on awareness training.

Week 1 day 2- shake with sparking, leftovers for lunch with no distractions, salad for dinner with no distractions.

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week one day one. My meals are all planned out. Two shakes and a chicken salad. I will report later on how I did in awareness.

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Well I went and got a Master's in Sustainability, with a focus on food systems several years ago. My main reason was to understand how we have lost our disconnect from our food and our land. So mindful eating is something I practice everyday, mostly.

One thing I notice is that for me to actually get all of my calories, I have to focus on eating all the time. When I am not putting junk in, I struggle to get my allocated daily caloric intake.


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I'm going to start week one challenge tomorrow. I have difficulty with awareness while I'm at work, I jump on the stress train every morning. I may set my alarm to go off during the day to help me remember to breathe and be mindful

My first goal is to loose 10% of my starting weight. Baby steps.


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I am still working on melements of mindfule eating. one of the ones gave a week 1 challangce of drinking a glass of water several parts of the day.
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during the work week this is easy. i drink 30-45 oz before 1130. i have a 20 oz bottle and a large mug that fits about 20-some ounces. i sip at one bottle till it s empry and keep filling up the mug.
weekends i dont sit at at desk and sip all day. but i do grab a water bottle when i wake up and start drinking, and i take a bottle with me if i have errands

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I am part of a pilot program. we met weekly with a nutritionist. i know what i am supposed todo, i am capable of doing the healthier choices but i don't either because i am tired, lazy or i mindlessly eat.
So my project is going to be tracking my mindless eating but mosltly my snacking. if i can be more aware of what i eat.

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I need to get my eating under control. i have attempted this challenge in the past but i goofed up and quit. my mindless habits are the big cause of why i am overweight and have not accomplished what i am capable of doing.
so today is a new beginning and i will keep working on a new goal where i am mindful about me eating and other habits.
Less cruse control through my life.

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Wk 1, day 7 (I don't like being the only one posting, so I just write over the last postings)
This is almost a habit. What I've realised is that I do a lot of mindfullness during food preparation, and even before eating out: I always post my meals & snax in the tracker before eating, then make any adjustments later. Doing that makes me feel like I'm pretty mindful of what goes into my mouth, already.
That having been said, we went out for breakfast this a.m., and I knew what I'd be eating. I really paid attention while I was eating, and I ate less than I intended because it didn't taste worth the 450 calories. I am so glad that I've joined this challenge, and I plan to finish it 2 pounds lighter next week!

Lunch was a bit different, I had wolfed down 1/3 before a gained control, then I analyzed taste, texture, etc., and it was a very good lunch.

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Dy 2 - Was a bit more successful/mindful today - I need to put post-its on my cereal bowl and placemat!
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Wk 1, Day 1 - this is harder than I thought - it's a good thing that I've been practicing. Dh will not eat unless we're in front of the tv - which is strange, because I had a hard and fast rule that we eat at the table with no tv while the kids were growing up. When they come to visit, they automatically set the table, and light the candles. They do most of the cooking, as well. 8-)
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I am happy to say...

Hubby and I are back to eating our meals together at the table... NO TV

when I am alone... I eat at table with no distractions... much more aware of what i am eating
and when I am full... is very helpful

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I also joined the team a little while ago, but now have decided to get really serious. I think that taking it one step at a time is a brilliant idea as we can sometimes become overwhelmed with thinking about too many things to do.

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I joined the team earlier but am just getting serious about this challenge. I have been slowing down and thinking about what I am eating.

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Hey Beth. I am making progress too. I need the reminders to get myself actually cooking and eating mindfully. No idea what i was thinking about while I made dinner today, but it is a healthy meal and right on plan.
I intend to be mindful while I eat it this evening. :)

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emoticon So far, so good today. With tempting foods out of the house and my mind in gear, I am making progress.


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Hi there Betrho. Yes that is what I do as well. I am much better when there is nothing in the house that grabs me and leads me astray.

I also eat one meal in the evening so that I do not have to go without and feel hungry. This is very helpful for me as I do not have a problem during the day at all.

I cooked quite mindfully today and intend to work on the eating mindfully as well. I have not eaten yet today.

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I'm with WISPY and MARTINE08. My challenge comes mainly in the evening, too. I'm working on not having access to foods most challenging to me (got rid of all the chocolate, sweets, and munchies in the house) as well as working to refocus my thinking on matters other than food. It's hard.



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Yesterday was my best day yet. Not only was I mindful when cooking and eating, I found myself in a place of the "present moment" many more times during the day. Enjoying such a lovely day is inspiring.

I agree with you Joyful, interesting I just drank a cup of tea and didnt even notice. I am going to make another one right now and savour every mouthful.

Happy day my friends.



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A couple of weeks back, I was enjoying my meals immensely. I took joy in the preparation,
made my meals colorful, pleasing to look at and savored each bite. My meals were 20 to 30 min of pure joy.
This morning I multi-tasked while I drank my green smoothie. My mind was elsewhere. emoticon
Back to my meal meditations.

A couple of weeks back, I was enjoying my meals immensely. I took joy in the preparation,
made my meals colorful, pleasing to look at and savored each bite. My meals were 20 to 30 min of pure joy.
This morning I multi-tasked while I drank my green smoothie. My mind was elsewhere. emoticon
Back to my meal meditations.

Edited by: IAMJOYFUL2 at: 1/6/2014 (23:51)
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Im with you Martine. I seldom think of eating at all during the day. Food just does not interest me. I guess it is because there is so much to keep me occupied. Then come evening and I relax my thoughts turn to eating.

I am finding that being mindful during the day about cooking and eating seem to be slowing me down. This is a good thing, because I was always a person who multi tasked. I am feeling as if something is shifting on the inside. Sure hope I am on the right track. :)

Wishing us both a mindful evening.

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I have had a mindful morning....now goal is to have a mindful evening! That is the difficult time for me. I like the idea of 'writing' vs eating since my mindless emotional eating occurs at night....then every AM is a new day....mornings are so easy



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Hi there Iamjoyful. What a lovely username. :)

Wishing you well in your plan.
I have been posting on another thread in this team. I just joined the day after Christmas.
So far I am pleased with the results. I am no where making making mindful cooking and eating all the time, but I am happy with the results when I do so.

Today is Week 2 day 1.
Have not cooked or eaten so far today. But am being mindful as I type of what I am doing and staying in the present moment right now. I just do this as often as I can remember, to recall my mind from wandering off on its own little thoughts.


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I want to lose weight but I do not want to say "no" to my emotional hunger. If I do not say "no" to my emotional hunger then I will probably gain a few ounces a day. Hmmmm! Insanity is doing the same thing but expecting a different outcome.

If I say "no" to my emotional hunger, I will lose an ounce or two each day. Not much but enough to lose 5 lbs by spring.

My program will be the writing diet. Instead of eating for emotional reasons I will write.

I will eat:
only when hungry
with awareness
with enjoyment
small portions
high nutrition/low calorie foods
smart substitutions
I will be more active
I will enjoy each day
I will post my progress daily.
I will reflect daily

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This is day1 for me and I am looking forward to savouring every bite.
I use a cycling plan of eating, low cal, low carb and may record my food here as well if that is allowed on this team.
So happy to be with others who are also using this method of eating.

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Although I joined the challenge several days ago, I am considering this week to be week 1. This morning I used many of the mindful eating techniques and found myself getting full and STOPPING. emoticon

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Yesterday went well for breakfast and lunch..then I started multitasking and lost my focus. Paying for it today with swollen joints due to over limits on sodium and not slowing down and thinking before or planning what goes in my mouth. Day #2 (today) will be much better.

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I have had two successful days of slowing down and eating my meals more mindfully. I find planning out what I want to eat and sticking to it works. I need to work on slowing down -Holly

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I ate my breakfast mindfully following the instructions. I did find it quite difficult not to do something whilst eating but did manage it. Lunch wasn't quite so successful. I had company for lunch and found myself focused on the conversation rather than eating (and so ate more than planned) A lesson learned. Someone else is coming tomorrow so another opportunity to practice

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I took your advice and ate a beautiful green salad with a variety of veggies at the table with no distractions. Surprisingly, I really did enjoy it more. I thought about all the different ingredients which ones I enjoyed more then others etc. I will do this everyday for (at least) one meal..

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i have been doing well at work with eating mindfully but i struggle right when i get home. i ted to want a sweet but i started trting to get myself out of the kitchen quickly so i am less tempted.

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Hi,
I'm trying this challenge, because I'm a grab and go eater. I never really pay attention to when or what I eat. I just grab what ever when ever I feel like it. So I think this challenge will help me a lot.

I'm not there yet, but I'm closer then I was yesterday.

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Hi,
I also try the mindful eating challenge. It feels good but can you decrease belly fat with mindful eating challenge?


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