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Yesterday was the end of the challenge for me, and it was a very helpful one: I learned that I was wolfing my food down without realising it. I am now in the habit of actually looking at my plate or bowl before I take that first bite. What really surprised me is there's a lot of food out there that really doesn't taste that good. We had fish and chips for lunch today - in the past I would have cleaned my plate out of habit. The chips weren't that good, so I ate a few (just to make sure), then wasn't even interested in the rest. I felt a little guilty seeing them there, but thought - why should I feel guilty?
Thanks for the Challenge. I'll be back if I start to slide.
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Close to the end of the challenge.
Mindful eating is now the norm.
Sometimes I get annoyed because being mindful means postponing the first bite, but I know this is important to do.
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Wk 3, Day 1- Mindfulness is now a habit, but I don't think 3 weeks is enough for reinforcement.
I think this Challenge is helping me to be stress-free. I don't know how that works, but something is going on up there. 8-)
Sometimes, I'd be resentful that I couldn't eat without reading, or tv, but I'd force myself, and the stress would just melt away.
Think I'll send myself daily emails to eat mindfully - of course by the time I read my emails, it's after dinner. OK. Maybe a post-it on my mirror at bedtime. 8-)

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Happy to report no slips today. Ate mindfully and chose foods wisely. I was so focused today I was not even tempted by the huge chocolate cake that showed up in our department at work!

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1/21/14 5:50 P

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I had somewhat of a slip yesterday with a bag of tropical trail mix. Thankfully, I caught myself before I devoured the entire bag. Am taking it slowly and more carefully today!

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I am learning that healthy eating involves one carefully thought out choice after another.

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I am working on the mindful challenges and much more aware of how I decide to nourish my body. Being mindful is still new to me but it makes me slow down and take in the scenery whereas before I inhaled my food resulting in a high caloric price tag & large sized clothes. For me this involves slow deep diaphragmatic breathing. When I see my chest and shoulders raise up and down quickly I try to stop and chill (be more mindful). -Holly

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i am still doing the deep breathing and eating slow and feeling every morsel in my mouth. I am doing ok but gained 3 pounds this week but not gonna give up for anyone or anything.

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It has taken me time to become mindful of what I am doing. I slip in and out of things sometimes without noticing what I am doing or experiencing.

I have added a mindful breathing practice first thing in the morning. I am learning to be aware of my breathing, thoughts, feelings and sensations. My practice is not about getting better but about feeling more.

Ah,

The time has come for me to move on knowing i can return here anytime.

Peace to you on your travels.

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I continue to return here, Mindful Eating Challenge.

I was away for 3 weeks on the east coast when my daughter had her first baby.

I cooked ate quite a bit of meat for the family. I didn't particularly enjoy it but did so anyways.
I found a vegetarian restaurant and enjoyed some tasty collard greens,potato & white bean soup and a vegetable pakora(if that is spelt correctly). I was in need of receiving such healthy and well prepared food.

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It is interesting how I return to old habits because of feelings that I have and don't want.
My mind races,
I can become overwhelmed with those feelings and lose my "mind".
My mind races,
One thought after another.

I come here,
I slow down,
I can see again.

I can listen,
I can hear,
If only for that moment.

I can..........,
I can continue,............
I can continue to be mindful and choose how I think and how I feel...........

I say thank you.


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2/21/13 7:48 A

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I continue on my journey of mindfulness.
The food that I choose to eat and how much I eat has been thought out in planning for food value and also flavour and also my desire to lose weight.

I am developing in other areas of my life too. I am setting boundries for myself and not pushing myself so hard that I lose sight of what is infront of me.
I am saying, "No, I won't do that." knowing that that is what is good for me at this time.

I am discovering what peace is.

A stormy sea on the surface but below the surface on the bottom is a little calm and movement.

Peace

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I continue to practice mindful eating and sometimes when I am worried and don't realize that I am worried - i eat mindlessly that bowl of popcorn with olive oil and parmasian cheese. I will wake up the next morning and feel the fullness from the night before in my belly.

I am practicing the habit of Courage,
I can become very fearful at times, I am feeling & accepting my fear.

I have found Joy and would like to have a little more Peace.

All in good time emoticon

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I notice that I have some clear thoughts when i awake first thing in the morning. I notice these thoughts and think of writing them down but I lay there and do nothing and the thoughts disappear.

I am kind of sad that I don't write them down as they are part of who I am.

Some day I will speak what I think and not be so afraid to do so.

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This topic seems to be all about me lately, no one seems to post in this place but me.

Oh well, it isn't all about me you know but I am glad to have this place to share what I am doing.

I am following a new food plan it is not just about what you eat, how much you eat and how many calories you consume. This plan pays attention to WHEN you are eating and what you are eating.
Meal spacing is every 3 or 4 hours. I began to have small meals every 3or 4 hours and noticed a difference in how i felt, meal time i am more relaxed and enjoy preparing the meal and have a moment to sit and relax before eating.
This is the 2nd weekwhat you eat and how much are totally different then last week.. Breakfasts are larger, snacks are fewer calories compared to last week. This morning I did not feel deprived I had lots of food on the list and liked not feeling deprived.
I would call the meal plan Shake it up. Each week the plan changes and you have to learn a new way of eating.
Exercise is included in what you do each day. I do my walk each day and a bit of yoga and water fit once a week too. Shaking it up and enjoying my food too.
I said in the beginning that this fits for me right now and i am happy.


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These past weeks have brought changes to me.

I am enjoying the food I eat, noticing my breathing helps me to stay calm and clear minded,
I am thinking about weight loss and don't really see great losses there. Disappointed emoticon because ......I think it SHOULD be easy and the pounds just drop off. emoticon

There is work to be done and at this moment I say to myself. "You have the time, You only need to make good use of it."

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I am learning that it takes repeated attempts to learn something new and noticing my breathing surely helps me be in the moment.

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I notice that I have been feeling fearful and frustrated these last few days because I was careless and left a frypan with 2 tbsp of oil on to heat and forgot about it. I pulled it off the burner and the hot oil burned my index finger at the second knuckle(about the size of a quarter) It is NOT a 3rd degree burn. Thankfully...
Today I will spend some time with this fearful part of me and also recognize that I need to do something physical as I recognize I am capable of doing other things besides working with my hands.

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A little scattered at times,
I have a place to return to.

Impatience and frustration
appear and disappear.

Focus, focus on this moment.
I have a place to return to,
I do not have to do things all at once.

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One step at a time.





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Noticing and learning to acknowledge and accept feelings that are stirred by those thoughts.

My mind is becomming clearer.

a doubt or worry pops in..........

I am learning I can change my mind and be more at ease.


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I find myself in retreat, not at a standstill but time for me to make some changes.

As 2012 comes closer to the end of the year, I am wanting to make the most of these last few day, these moments to begin to make some good changes that I would like to bring into 2012.

Today I want to be a little kinder to myself and also forgive myself for any wrong doing.

Peace to little me and to you too.

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satiety" defined Merrian-Webster Dictionary

1. the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity
2. the revulsion or disgust caused by overindulgence or excess

ah, yes I know this feeling of overindulgence.
i ate mindlessly in front of the tv last night.

Revulsion

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I want to make some changes and will use this focus to help me with these new challenges.

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



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I am learning & recognizing what I need to do so that I am not exhausting myself mentally and emotionally by thinking, "I HAVE to get this done."
I am learning to take a moment and step away from the pressure I feel and return in a little while to complete it.



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Sometimes I feel so angry BUT if i payattention to what I am doing that anger goes away.

It may surface at another time and that is ok too.

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My thought at this moment.Mindful eating helps me be close to true self.

Let there be peace

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12/14/12 8:46 A

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I like having this forum to follow others as they begin to eat mindfully.
I like having and open space to write what I notice about myself & eating mindfully.

I am beginning to move into a mindful eating pattern easily, and without thinking about it.



Oh, It feels like eating mindfully is less a challenge --- eating mindfully has become something I do.


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It is interesting how i can read something and it doesn't really sink or stay in my mind.
I read again the Principles of Mindful Eating.

emoticon no judgement as to right or wrong. Being present in the moment and witnessing and accepting what " simply is"

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Someone Who Eats Mindfully:
ē Acknowledges that there is no right or wrong way to eat but varying degrees of awareness surrounding the experience of food.

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Week 3, I feel heavy this morning, my weight has not changed in a bit.

It is easy to be mindful occassionally. It is easy to avoid things / habits that I need to deal with and change.
It is very easy to ignore a "Bad Habit." and..........continue doing what is familiar.


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I think I've learned everything I can from this challenge. A little support would be nice.

"Never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can." - Virginia Reed, Donner Party survivor


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Oops, I guess I already started week 3 last week. I need to spend another week on this one.

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Starting week 3 today.

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

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I was able to stop myself from eating last night (tv-watching), even though it looked inviting. I realized I wasn't hungry, I was just going to eat because it was there. How empowering this challenge is!
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week 3 i realised that there are some foods i actually didnt like and my tongue is now more sensitive to tatstes
and i actually genuinely enjoy my foods

Love your neighbour as you love yourself and not hate yourself and love everyone else...........learn to love you, you are beautiful.


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Week 3...I realized that I didn't post anything for week 2 and will have to go back and review so that I can post something there as well. Week 3 was interesting! I learned alot about myself and my habits...you know that the longer I focus on not eating for comfort and just mainly eating for fuel and when I am hungry the easier it is. I am sure that exercise and keeping the sugar and fat intake down to healthy levels helps but the awareness of what and why I am eating makes a HUGE difference in my life. I love feeling hungry.... The first time I felt hungry I thought something was wrong with me lol. It has been years since I have actually felt truly hungry. So glad for this challenge! Let's keep the ball rolling everyone!!

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Hi, Bluebirdsfly! I responded to your Friday night on the week two link. Hope you're having a good weekend after that experience.

For me, after such a busy day yesterday and a tough time getting to sleep last night, we didn't roll out of bed very early, just barely in time for a scheduled telcon (on Mother's Day, no less!) So by the time I got cooking, it was for brunch rather than for breakfast. I made poached eggs on whole wheat English muffins, and we had blueberries, clementines, juice, and coffee. The two foods I forced myself to eat slowly and mindfully were the poached eggs and the blueberries. With the eggs, I noticed most the flavor of the butter I had used to toast the muffins. Since we use so little butter, I really like to taste it. With the blueberries, I noted how variable the flavor is berry to berry. About the time I concluded the big berries had the most flavor, a small one provided a big burst of taste. All in all, eating slowly allowed me to savor all the flavors, and the clementines surprised me by being juicy rather than dry.

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Friday night I had a very interesting experience. I was at my adopted family's home (I have no relatives in Montreal) so I was with my girlfriend, her husband and three kids who I adore: adolescent male 15, two girls 11, 9). Going to their home for a meal is a particular treat because
my friend's husband is a vegetarian professional chef and eveything we eat is amazing.
So we were at the table, with my spirit twin (9 year old girl) at my side and all this amazing food was coming at me. However the 15 year old was not at the table and resurfaced about 20 minutes into the meal and created a loud, provocative argument with his father. I sat there, quiet, and continued to eat, tasting nothing.
I am noticing that it is very hard to mindfully eat when I drink wine, am in a noisy restaurant or when I am with my friends and their families who I adore. Anyone else struggling with this kind of thing or have suggestions????

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Hi Celia The bluebird has landed.
Congratulation Cathy Jo on completing the challenge for week 3.

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KathyJo is leaving, but BlueBirdsFly will be here soon. Had such a frantic day that I did not take time to practice mindful eating, and it's too close to bedtime to try now. There's always tomorrow....

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Lower sodium soups are very hard to find. I'm glad that sodium is not an issue with me.
I can't believe that this is my last day on week 3. I have learned so much from this challenge and I'm ready to see what Week 4 will involve.

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Thanks, KathyJo, I'll try the Mexican tortilla soup from Campbells. Sodium content has been my primary driver lately, because I don't see two servings from some puny little can. So when one serving has 600+ mg of sodium, and I know I'm going to have the whole can, that one goes back on the shelf and I move on. I've tried some really putrid soups in my search for lower sodium. emoticon

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I hope that I am posting on the right thread. I know what soup youi are talking about and it is now good. Try Campbells Healthy Choices soups instead. They are dellicious and do not taste like Chef Boyardee gone bad. LOL I like the Mexican tortilla soup. Actually, I like them all. They are tasty and with our challenge you can really taste the different flavors. I can't believe tomorrow is the last day for Week 3 already.

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Reposted from original Week Three thread, where the discussion originated.

Here's a different take: when I ate mindfully, I discovered I didn't like what I was eating. Today I again ate my lunch with my back to the computer starting with Healthy Choice Cheese Tortellini soup from my stash of quickie lunches (too many deadlines today). The first time I tried it, I thought it was okay, but I was probably multi-tasking at the time. This time, I found I really did not like the soup. The tomato-y broth was thin and watery, and the tortellini made me think of Chef Boyardee gone stale. I ate it anyway because, hey, the stuff ain't cheap. Then I thought I could salvage some of the mindful experience with my beloved clementines. Alas, these delectable fruits are past their prime. The remaining ones are small, dry, and flavorless.

Will post this to the "new" thread, too, but this is where the discussion started.

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Thanks, BBF, for keeping up our former thread with all its rich discussion, which sadly did not get transferred to this new location. I'm posting this in our wonderful, familiar thread and in this new place as well. Next week, I'll make the jump to the new section, if there's a place set up for it.

Today, you ask? Incredibly jam-packed. Just getting to the SP essentials. Today's mindful eating experience involved my simple lunch of Peruvian chicken. Not well-balance, but it had enough calories. I forced myself to turn my back to my computer and slowly chew each savory bite. Dang, it was hard not to turn around and sneak a peek at my screen.



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Okay, I used to eat mindless while I read. I had no idea what was going in my mouth or how much. I also didn't take any breaks during my meal to give my body time to adjust to the food so I would know if I was full or not. Then, I would have that too full feeling. I hate that feeling as it is so uncomfortable and makes me feel ill. Now there is a wonderful change in how I feel while and after I have eaten. I feel healthy and satisfied with what I have eaten. I also enjoy the tastes and textures of the different foods.

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That's great Kathy!

Tell us a bit about your experiences! What were some of the struggles you had at first? How did you overcome them?

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I am doing this challenge with every meal I eat now. I am amazed at how easy this has come.

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I am just totally amazed at the differance that taking breaks in a meal makes. I am even doing this when I dine out now.

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Other than dinner, I eat breakfast and lunch in segments. Breakfast, toast and coffee..........later a boiled egg or cereal then later on a fruit. Next thing I know it is time for lunch. Some might call this grazing...........is it? It works for me.

As over-weight as I am I hate the feeling of being full. I like bits and bites along the day. Mind you, I didn't get here over-night like most things, it occurred over time.

I think that I should do the same for dinner but it's not that easy to pull off mostly because I dine with my husband.

Greetings Kathy and Michael.

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I always use a small plate for my food and weigh and measure everything. I am learning this week to take a break half way between my meal to see how hungry I still am. I am also doing it again about 2/3 of the way through. It takes the body awhile to know when it's full and I am hate that feeling of being too full after a meal when I didn't realize that I was already full before I finished.

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Here is where we can discuss week 3. How is being mindful of your satiety levels improving your portion control? Do you have suggestions for others? Personal revelations regarding your own satiety levels?

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