crabby Kat's Journal, 21 August 2012

Food as fuel vs mindful eating; I'm thinking that it doesn't need to be an either/or choice. I've been focusing on what foods would be the best for my body, but not always appreciating each bite. When I stop and take three breaths before I start my meal, it tastes better is more satisfying when I'm fully present for each bite.

How often do we squeeze in a meal, thinking about,planning, or even working on what comes next? Has anyone else ever 'multitasked 'their way through a whole bag of soy crisps? Plenty of protein, but a whole lot of ugh! I haven't done that one in years, but I started thinking about it as I was eating my breakfast & doing my weigh-in & my cat wanted me to play & I was thinking about a mound of paperwork on my desk...

So I stopped, took three breaths in and out, then ate my cottage cheese and yogurt. I really tasted the apple cinnamon and appreciated the texture of the cottage cheese. I remembered how my mom would have us mix cottage cheese into our yogurt when we didn't like smooth yogurt, and all the ways mom worked hard to make ends meet with five kids on Dad's income when we were young... then I took another breath and went back to eating my breakfast, mindfully. I'm satisfied, in more ways than one.

It's going to be a wonderful day.
144.2 lb Lost so far: 57.8 lb.    Still to go: 9.2 lb.    Diet followed reasonably well.

Diet Calendar Entries for 21 August 2012:
1456 kcal Fat: 21.70g | Prot: 103.42g | Carb: 228.84g.   Breakfast: Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original, Cottage Cheese (non-fat), Apple Cinnamon Non-fat Greek Yogurt. Lunch: Tuna and Bow Tie Pasta Salad, Low Fat Ice Cream Bars - French Vanilla Truffle, grapes. Dinner: Peaches, Red Tomatoes, Nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt, Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Basil, Yellow Mustard, Sandwich Thins - 100% Whole Wheat, Low Sodium Original 100% Vegetable Juice (5.5 oz), Black Forest Brand Ham, Blueberries, 1100 80650. Snacks/Other: Low Fat Ice Cream Bars - Chocolate Truffle, Caribbean Fruit Floes. more...
2215 kcal Activities & Exercise: Sitting - 4 hours, Housework - 1 hour, Desk Work - 1 hour, Shopping - 25 minutes, Driving - 40 minutes, Conditioning exercise (health club) - 1 hour, Resting - 7 hours and 55 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
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I'm guilty of doing that. I often eat at my desk when pressed with deadlines for work. You're right, mindless eating has got to stop. That's going to be my goal starting today. Thanks! 
21 Aug 12 by member: jenkie5
I love that you were brought back to this connection with your Mom and Dad, and growing up, when you stopped and were fully present. What a gift! It is a great reminder as I sit here drinking a protein shake post workout, and read through buddies journals....Guilty! 
21 Aug 12 by member: yduj57
Oooooh, let's let go of the guilt. One of the great things about mindfulness is acceptance, without getting caught up in blame, which just spirals around. So, I was preparing to eat my lunch, came online to record it from my Cookbook since it was the Tuna Bow Tie salad that I entered there last night, when I check on my journal and started reading it while eating.... I put down my Kindle Fire, took a deep breath, and enjoyed the flavors of Sungold tomatoes, fresh basil, whole grain bow tie pasta, etc. You two were my "bell of mindfulness", lol. Sometimes you HAVE to work through lunch, no need to feel guilty about that protein shake or healthy lunch; you need nutrition.  
21 Aug 12 by member: crabby Kat
I do fail, like the rest of us, on this, but I am proud of being militant about no TV during meals and eating at the table together. Sure we have fast food on road trips, but we managed to all sit together tonight even with swim lessons to get to by 6:30! 
21 Aug 12 by member: Heidijoy

     
 

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