Awareness: A First Step To Healthier Eating & Living

With the holidays upon us, it’s easy to get busy.  And a recent article warns that busy lifestyles cause many people to over-eat without noticing. Brian Wansink, Ph.D., and behavioral scientist at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, calls this problem “mindless eating.” Dr. Wansink says the mind is to blame for over eating, not always the stomach.

“We’re a nation of mindless eaters. We do so many things during the day that when it comes to food we can just nibble and nibble and nibble, and eat and eat and eat.” Dr. Wansink said.

This has been a recurring theme in my life as it is for many of the folks I work with as a life coach. 

How often do you get so busy that you don’t know how or what you are feeling? The first step in  health management is awareness.   What am I doing? Why am I doing this?  How am I feeling and what do I want to do about it? Like, why am I eating this cake?  Am I still hungry?  Am I enjoying what I’m eating, or am I just shoveling it into my mouth as fast as I can because I’m tired or angry or whatever?  Sound familiar?

Simply asking yourself  questions about what you are feeling; not judging yourself, but just noticing –  is a first step toward better  life management.  

To read more about the specifics of the article,  “Mindless Eating — Food Psychologist Explains The Mindless Way People Overeat” visit  http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2007/1202-mindless_eating.htm

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