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Conscious Eating...The Quiet Way to Sustainable Weight Loss

Guestpert : Dr. Steve Taubman Category : Health, Fitness, and Beauty Tags : weight loss, natural health, body image, dieting, hypnosis, meditation, mindfulness, tips and tricks

Steve is a Doctor of Chiropractic, graduating valedictorian from New York Chiropractic College in 1982, and international speaker, and a bestselling author. 

 

Having endured crippling anxiety and low self-esteem early in life, resulting from bullying and abuse as a child, Dr. Taubman made it his mission to understand the nature of happiness and the remedy for emotional turmoil. His search led him to neurology, holistic health, mindfulness, positive psychology, and hypnosis. He now travels the world helping business professionals get out of their own way to achieve prosperity and inner peace.


As a mindfulness coach of twenty years, I've seen the power of mindfulness to transform a great many things in a person's life, not the least of which is the ability to gain mastery over one's eating habits, body image, and weight. Without dieting or even intentionally changing anything, anyone can become substantially healthier, thinner, and happier with a few basic tips from the world of mindfulness. You have to remember that we eat for a multitude of reasons; comfort, boredom, anxiety, negative self image, hunger for something other than food, etc. But when we allow those forces to determine when we eat, what we eat, and how much we eat, we're operating unconsciously... and we're seldom actually satisfying the craving behind the hunger! Here are three things you can do TODAY to start getting your weight under control while enhancing your enjoyment of the eating experience. 1. Slow down... don't take your next bite until you finish chewing the one in your mouth. Savor the flavor, leave the food on your tongue longer, and focus on the textures of the food in your mouth. Think of the eating experience as a form of meditation. Cherish the moment, and don't let yourself treat your meal as a chore. 2. Don't multi-task... don't read, write, watch TV or even talk while you're eating. Get out of your head and into your mouth. It doesn't matter what you're eating. Just make that the center of your attention while you're eating. In doing so, check in with your body periodically to see if you really need the next bite or if it's just going in out of sheer momentum. 3. Use smaller plates... most of us were raised with the unconscious mental program that you need to finish everything on your plate. After all, people are starving in Africa! The idea is actually ludicrous, and of course if you eat what your body doesn't need, that's just as much of a waste as if you'd thrown it out. But your inner voices will still try to convince you that you need to finish everything on your plate. So, until you develop the strength and precision to see through those voices, just use smaller plates! You absolutely don't need all the food you've been eating, and a substantial percentage of it gets eaten only because it's there. So, don't let it be there! If you observe these three simple rules, you'll become more self aware and less automatic in your eating habits. You'll also be managing your eating without stress or judgment. Although you may have several food choices that aren't ideal, you'd actually be better off continuing to eat them but now with greater consciousness than trying to force yourself not to between bouts of guilt ridden powerlessness as you wolf them down without enjoyment. Slow down, savor your food bite by bite, check in with your body to know when to stop, make eating a ritual rather than a chore, and outwit your inner glutton with smaller plates. You'll start to notice that your food tastes better, you feel more powerful, and you'll start to make better decisions about quantity and quality without effort!