If you are one of the millions of people who are contemplating starting a diet on January 1st, you are invited to try something radically new this year. Instead, take the Mindful Eating Pledge which outlines five straightforward behavior changes that can help you shift out of holiday eating mode and onto a healthier new foot. 

Put simply, mindful eating is about eating with more awareness. This method of eating aims to stop mindless eating behaviors like unconsciously popping food into your mouth while watching T.V. or eating out of a carton of ice cream to ease stress. Studies show that reducing these behaviors can have a significant impact on improving your health and weight.  

The Mindful Eating pledge is good news for people who struggle to maintain their New Year's Resolutions. Outcome goals (I want to lose five pounds) lead to frustration and are quickly abandoned because they are long term and you can’t control whether they happen. Process goals (eat without distraction) is something you can take charge of and have immediate benefits in the moment such as enjoying food more and reducing the risk of overeating.

Here is a list of the five things you agree to do this year.

I Pledge To:

  • Eat Mindfully—be more aware of each bite I take
  • Pace Not Race—eat slowly and with intention
  • When I Eat, Just Eat—eat without distraction
  • Calm Without Calories—find true comfort and soothing without food
  • Eat Less, Nourish More—eat foods that nurture my body

Changing the way you eat isn’t easy. But doing it with intention and a smart strategy can make it simpler and within reach. So put away the diet books and calorie counting. Sign up to take the Pledge, and you will get free Mindful Eating Tools sent right to your inbox throughout the year. http://eatq.com/mindful-eating-pledge/ You can download the pledge and hang it up! Feel free to pass it on.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS APPROACH in Dr. Albers' new book, EatQ. Dr. Susan Albers is a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic and author of the new book, EatQ (HaperOne, 2013), Eating Mindfully, 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Foodwww.eatq.com She is frequently quoted in Shape, Fitness, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc. and has been a guest on the Dr. Oz show.

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