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11/26/12 10:19 P

The way you eat can make a dynamic change that would seem to fit your wishes/goals.

I copied the Mindful Eating part of a post by EARTHSEAME
It was an enormous help to me and hope it is for you too.

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.

Someone Who Eats Mindfully:
• Acknowledges that there is no right or wrong way to eat but varying degrees of awareness surrounding the experience of food.
• Accepts that his/her eating experiences are unique.
• Is an individual who by choice, directs his/her awareness to all aspects of food and eating on a moment-by-moment basis.
• Is an individual who looks at the immediate choices and direct experiences associated with food and eating: not to the distant health outcome of that choice.
• Is aware of and reflects on the effects caused by unmindful eating.
• Experiences insight about how he/she can act to achieve specific health goals as he/she becomes more attuned to the direct experience of eating and feelings of health.
• Becomes aware of the interconnection of earth, living beings, and cultural practices and the impact of his/ her food choices has on those systems.


The Center for Mindful Eating has created the Principles of Mindful Eating. These principles are intended to guide professionals who are interested in mindful eating. The Principles of Mindful Eating are free to reproduce and distribute for educational purposes.

It is with appreciation and gratitude that we recognize the efforts of the following professionals who have been kind enough to donate their time and wisdom to craft The Principles of Mindful Eating.

* Donald Altman, MA, Mental Health Therapist and Author, Portland, OR
* Dh. Amala, Director Aryaloka Buddhist Retreat Center, Newmarket, NH
* Mark Blackwood, MD, Primary Care Physician, Durham Family Health, Durham, NH
* Frederick Burggraf, M.Ed., Author, Publisher DayOne Publishing, Maryland MD
* Lisa Dinsmore, M.S., R.D., L.D. Dietitian, Eliot, ME
* Marianne Evans-Ramsay, R.D., L.D., C.D.E., Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, S. Berwick ME
* Barbara Haine, MEd, RD, LD, Manager of Nutrition Services, Elliot Hospital, Manchester, NH
* Daniel Herring MA, LMHC, Director of Cornerstone Day Treatment Center, Haverhill, MA
* Megrette Hammond MEd, RD, CDE, LD, Author and Diabetes Educator, Dover, NH
* Jean Kristeller, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Director of The Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
* Dr. Paul Shagoury, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Manchester, NH
* Ronald Thebarge, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Brown University Prov., RI
* Char Wilkins, LCSW, Psychotherapist, W. Hartford CT
* Derreth C. Roberts, RN, MS, MSN, NP Integrative Therapies Manager, Dover, NH

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11/26/12 9:09 P

I have been working out for 11 weeks, had lost 6 lbs and 2% body fat and was very excited about it. I have had some physical difficulties which I am still getting testing done to find the source. Last test was an upper gi - yuck. That on top of having a sinus infection has thrown me off my eating and exercise regiment. I am getting back on track this week but continue to struggle with knowing how I should be eating, and picking not to eat well at times. I know that I shouldn't overeat, I just cannot over ride the want to eat something, over the need to feed myself for nutrition only and than stopping. I know that I shouldn't have so many carbs, I need to find a way to enjoy them, but in a smaller portion. How do you do it?
Thanks for any insight.

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