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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Get Healthy Blog Hop

Alex CavanaughStephen Tremp, L. Diane Wolfe, and Michael Di Gesu have teamed up for the Get Healthy Blog Hop!

Bummed about being fatigued all the time? Not feeling as fit as you'd like to be? Here is a Blog Hop that can help us make 2013 a year that we can  get healthier.

The Objective: Share with everyone something you have done that affected your health in a positive way. 

I just attended my 20 year college reunion over the weekend, and I was amazed by how fit my peers looked. What am I doing wrong? I've always been a tall, athletic woman, and I know being thin isn't in the cards for me, but I'm displeased by some recent weight gain.

Change is HARD, and one change I need to make is to incorporate more mindful eating into my regimen. According to Lauren Todd, mindful eating is eating based on physiological cues instead of environmental or emotional cues.

After a long day of work I often plop down in front of the TV to eat my dinner. This is NOT mindful eating. We can't be mindful if eating while blogging, reading, or watching TV.

Here are some tips Lauren shares:

Tips Towards Mindful Eating

   Eat When Hungry.  More often than not, food restriction leads to subsequent binge-eating or, in some cases, serious eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia.

   Take Food in One Bite At a Time.  This process helps an individual to enjoy food and allow the body to process how full it is.

   Use All Senses to Focus on Food.  Eating slowly will allow recognition of tastes, textures, and smells, fostering a healthy relationship with food.

   Find a Good Place to Eat.  I admit that I have eaten more than a couple burritos waiting for the subway at the Park Street T-Stop. With all the commotion around me, it is difficult to truly concentrate on the food I eat. Snacking or dining in busy locations is not conducive to mindful eating.

   Say Good-Bye to Guilt.  Mindful eating is a way to reconnect with one’s meal in order to properly fuel one’s body. By eating mindfully, there should be no guilt associated with yielding to your body’s hunger.


We practiced mindful eating at my workplace by taking three minutes to eat three raisins. Try it some time! Mindful eating helps you recognize your hunger and fullness better, and reduces overeating.

Exercise has always been something I enjoy doing—especially swimming laps with friends. I know not everyone feels this way! I’m giving away an ebook of my New Adult swimming romance Streamline to celebrate my favorite form of exercise.

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Scribbles From Jenn said...

Mindful eating is a habit I definitely need to put into practice.

Anonymous said...

I read your post with interest, Paul McKenna's system runs along on the same lines. His books on being positive are great too.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Focusing on one bite at a time also slows you down - and you'll eat less because you'll feel full sooner.
Thanks for participating in our bloghop.

Shah Wharton said...

Great tips to look into. Thanks!

Shah X

Julie Luek said...

This is where I fail in my health. I workout fairly regularly but am not mindful enough of my eating-- slowing down, choosing healthy options, being thankful and listening to my own body. Thanks for sharing these great tips.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Not feeling guilty about food is hugely important - a good mention!

Anonymous said...

Hello. Great tips! Saying good-bye to guilt is a big one.

Shell Flower said...

I haven't heard of this, but it totally makes sense. I have really been working to get away from the computer and this goes double for eating there~

Suzanne said...

I agree about not feeling guilty. I've just 'fallen off the wagon' this weekend as it was my birthday, so I've just started again, rather than getting stressed about how much I have eaten :)
Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've heard really good things about that book. We need to think before we eat.

Michael Di Gesu said...

I really like the sound of this book. I have definitely slowed my eating and it does work. I feel fuller and more satisfied.

It's so hard in our crazy lifestyles to actually SIT and absorb a meal slowly.

Thanks for featuring this book, posting for the HOP, and the giveaway of your book...

THREE good things all rolled up in one!

M. J. Joachim said...

Change is hard. You're right. Eat when hungry and stop eating when full. These things make such a difference.

Anonymous said...

Carbs. I'm a carb junky. :D But I have been trying to be better. I try to eat when hungry and also eat in moderation.

Cherie Colyer said...

Great advice. I'm guilty of eating while I write, read, watch TV, clean (at least with this I'm burning calories as I chew), or chatting with others (and not around a table or I'd say I was doing something good). I'm going to try just sitting and eating. :)

Stephen Tremp said...

These are great tips! I think its important to find a good place to eat. The couch doesn't count though hahaha.

And thanks for participating in the Blog Hop!

Anonymous said...

Exercising is one thing I struggle with. I try to get in a workout five times a week, but I'm not that great with following through. It's hard for me to put down a book long enough for me to get to it. :-)

Thank you for having the giveaway; fingers crossed!

Best Wishes,
Lindsey V.

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