In this episode, we meet Lynn Rossy, PhD. Her book, The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution explains how mindfulness eating is the key to weight loss. With thousands of diet books on the market, you would think there wouldn't be a need for another one. Yet one thing stands true: diets don't work.
We may change how or what we're eating, but once we revert back to our old ways, the weight just comes back. What we should be looking for is something more sustainable. That's where mindfulness comes in. Being in the moment with your food allows you to enjoy it more and make sure your body gets appropriate signaling for when you are full.
Lynn has three steps to address health:
- Diet – Don't bother with a particular diet unless prescribed by your doctor.
- Scale – Avoid the scale. It won't satisfy you and is needless beating up on yourself. Instead, focus on how you look and feel.
- Goal setting
Mindfulness is about being in the present moment.
There are three components for mindfulness:
- Attitude (without judgment)
Approaching food and our bodies without judgment will allow us to get healthy and maintain balance in our lives.
The basics of mindful eating:
B – Breathe and belly check
A – Assessing your food
S – Slow down
I – Investigate your hunger half way through your meal
C – Chew thoroughly
S – Savor
Mindfulness eating allows you to enjoy your food completely, be in touch with your body's signaling, eat less, and feel full and satisfied. Mindfulness eating takes some practice, but with everything that takes effort, the payoff is significant. Give mindfulness eating a try and let me know how it went in the comments below.