HCB's Journal, 23 August 2012

I just read an article about mindful and conscious eating. It discusses the need for each of us to recognize true hunger rather than eating without thought, out of habit, because of emotional upsets, or beyond the point of feeling full.

The article suggests you can practice recognizing physiological hunger by following these steps before you eat:

- Stop
- Close your eyes
- Take 3-5 deep breaths
- Place hands on your abdomen and focus on your internal stomach pouch
- Notice
- Ask yourself - Where is my hunger? What is my hunger?
Am I full? How full am I?

Last night we went to dinner, and today went to lunch. I ordered main dish green salads for both meals while resisting some of my favorite foods: pizza, french fries, burgers with the bun, etc.

Today I am grateful for:

- I am now on vacation until September 5th!
- My drive snd commitment to stay on track with food plan
- My FS Buddies who support and encourage me to continue
- "Butt-kicking" myself to a smaller size today
- My DH - who is my greatest "cheerleader"
- My Bengal cat companions named Bodhi and Ravi
- My work - which has meaning and worth to other human beings
- My connection to the Mother Earth and its entire splendor
- My physical health

Diet Calendar Entries for 23 August 2012:
937 kcal Fat: 22.71g | Prot: 90.18g | Carb: 101.08g.   Breakfast: Body fortress superadvanced whey protein powder, skim milk, water. Lunch: arugula, Grape Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, pita bread, water, Unsweetened Iced Tea, Equal. Dinner: sweet potato, chicken breast, yellow sweet corn, water. more...
2750 kcal Activities & Exercise: Shopping - 15 minutes, Driving - 25 minutes, Desk Work - 6 hours, Sitting - 6 hours, Sleeping - 4 hours, Resting - 7 hours and 20 minutes. more...
on diet HCB's own diet  


Mindful and conscious eating was probably one of the hardest things to learn, and I am pretty sure I still have not mastered it. I think it is a common struggle in America as we see food as a social thing rather than the fuel that it should be. Good post. 
23 Aug 12 by member: trumpeter26
I agree! It took me more than a month to figure out what real hunger meant for me, rather than my mouth just being bored. I know a lot of diets tell people to avoid being hungry, but I disagree to a point--it is very helpful to know the difference between needing fuel in your body or simply being a bit peckish. 
23 Aug 12 by member: Heidijoy
Your journal came too late for me. I am alone for the evening and just ate my dinner while on the phone with my Sister - remind me never to do that again.  
23 Aug 12 by member: BuffyBear
Interesting point, Heidi. I still remember my Microbiology prof saying in her best Edith Bunker voice, that it's good to always be a little bit hungry.  
23 Aug 12 by member: cerobit
Those are good ideas to ponder every day...thanks for sharing..love your gratefuls...Have a great evening...:O) 
23 Aug 12 by member: BHA
Conscious eating is what I've been doing for a couple of months now. I think it was easier to get into because I had already overhauled my lifestyle and food preferences. I don't measure or count anything and I'm still losing weight. Of course, the weight training is helping with the weight loss. But I totally endorse it as the way to go that you can live with for the rest of your life! 
23 Aug 12 by member: evelyn64
I have found herbal tea..iced or hot...to be the perfect antidote to those times when I am only slightly hungry, or just bored. enjoy the company and change in scenery!  
23 Aug 12 by member: yduj57
Mindful eating is definitely something that I still struggle with.. thanks for the reminder!! :) 
23 Aug 12 by member: erika2633
My journal entry two days ago was about mindful eating; great minds think alike, eh? Actually, it's a great topic and it sounds like it was a good article. It sounds like you did a great job making mindful food choices in very distracting situations ; cool!  
23 Aug 12 by member: crabby Kat
Good reminders for us all. I need to remember not to eat because I'm bored. i know I do that. 
23 Aug 12 by member: skwhite
Are you buddies with evelyn64? She employs the conscious eating strategies and does a fantastic job with some effective techniques. Keep up the great work and thanks so much - research assistant - for posting articles. These help a lot. 
24 Aug 12 by member: wiener4
great journal.. and definately food for thought. Hope your trip is going well and enjoy your vacation.. 
24 Aug 12 by member: pam-u-la


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