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Mindful eating is not a diet. There are no menus or recipes. It’s learning more about HOW you eat than WHAT you eat. Let’s face it. We have a lot of mindless eating habits that keep us stuck. Such as sitting on the couch watching TV absent-mindlessly munching on chips. Or, wandering into the kitchen to find a snack when you are bored or stressed out. The good news is that there are some easy ways to get started amping up your awareness (see infographic). Conscious awareness helps to shift you out of old habits.

Mindful Eating Benefits:

With my own clients, I have seen mindful eating transform a person's relationship to food from constant struggle to peace and joy. Here are some more benefits: 

-Weight loss

-Reducing binge and emotional eating

-Reducing snacking

-Diabetes management 

-Chronic eating disorder help 

If you want to learn more about mindful eating, visit NYT bestselling author and clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Albers website www.eatingmindfully.com for free downloads/information. 

References

Carrière K1, Khoury B2,3, Günak MM4, Knäuper B1. Mindfulness-based interventions for weight loss: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obes Rev. 2017 Oct 27. doi: 10.1111/obr.12623. 

Godfrey KM, Gallo LC, Afari N. Mindfulness-based interventions for binge eating: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Behav Med. 2015 Apr;38(2):348-62. doi: 10.1007/s10865-014-9610-5. 

About the Author

Susan Albers, Psy.D.

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

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