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10 Day Mindful Eating Challenge!

You are Invited to Join the Mindful Eating Challenge

Are you ready to eat more mindfully this summer?  If so, great!  Join us June 1st for a 10 day challenge to kick start the summer.  During this ten day period, your task is to be mindful of everything you consume—snacks, meals, treats.   I’ll send you a tip and a daily challenge.  If you are not familiar with mindful eating, this will be the perfect opportunity to learn some of the basic skills and to give it a try.  Or, if you are an expert, a great time to practice your skills.  Don’t worry.  Mindful eating is not dieting.  Instead, it is paying attention to how you eat and breaking out of mindless eating routines.

A recent study on mindful eating in the journal Appetite *had 171 South Australian adults complete self-report measures on mindfulness and mindful eating.  They found that people who reported higher levels of mindfulness were more mindful eaters and reported smaller serving size estimates of energy dense foods.  Using the power of mindfulness helps people to manage how much they eat!  This is great news. 

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See Dr. Susan Albers' new book, But I Deserve This Chocolate: The 50 Most Common Diet-Derailing and How to Outwit Them. She is a psychologist for the Cleveland Clinic and author of five books on mindful eating including 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food and Eating Mindfully 2nd edition (order now!). Her books have been noted in O, the Oprah magazine, Shape, Prevention, Health etc. and seen on The Dr. Oz Show on TV.

 *Beshara M, Hutchinson AD, Wilson C.   Does mindfulness matter? Everyday mindfulness, mindful eating and self-reported serving size of energy dense foods among a sample of South Australian adults.  Appetite. 2013 Mar 30;67C:25-29. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2013.03.012.

Susan Albers, Psy.D., is a psychologist who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness. 

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