Whole30 – It’s Still a Diet

It’s January, and so the diets just keep on coming. Some of them look like they are about mindful eating, but they’re not. Now it’s Whole30 (whole30.com). This is a modified version of Atkins (remember that?), South Beach, “clean eating,” etc. etc. – it has carbs (not grains), sweets (some fruit, but no white sugar) […]

Mindful Eating for Thanksgiving: Day 7 of 7

It’s actually Thanksgiving Day evening now, and so however you could incorporate mindful eating into the day has happened. Perhaps you’re pretty happy with the balance you were able to maintain when faced with the combination of social time, special foods, and a focus on eating. Or perhaps you didn’t. Here’s where the RAIN approach […]

Mindful Eating for Thanksgiving: Day 6 of 7

What happens when we meet ourselves right at the point of a mindful eating decision? One image of the mindful approach is to imagine that we are taking our relationship to food off autopilot. It’s pretty typical to eat without fully noticing what we are doing in the moment. Even if we start out with […]

Mindful Eating for Thanksgiving: Day 5 of 7

the brain

Mindful eating invites us to combine inner wisdom – for example, feelings in the body and the senses, with outer wisdom – for example, the energy- and nutrient-density of foods. Yesterday’s post on mindful moments spoke to cultivating and beginning to trust our inner wisdom – the sensory experience of eating, the physical feelings in […]

Mindful Eating for Thanksgiving: Day 4 of 7

The foundations of mindful eating is mindfulness practice. Despite the spread of mindfulness approaches and trainings all around us, there’s still no question that establishing a regular mindfulness practice for most of us is, well, mostly not happening. Finding that 10 or 15 or 30 minutes per day to sit in stillness in a quiet […]

Mindful Eating For Thanksgiving: Day 3 of 7

tree branches

Let’s talk about food rules. This topic easily joins up with restricting and with bargaining. It’s pretty common to have your personal food rules. “I don’t eat [food categories: carbs, bread, pasta, sugar, etc.]” “I’ll have a cookie now, and then I’ll only eat salad for dinner” “I’ll skip breakfast so that I can eat […]

Mindful Eating For Thanksgiving: Day 2 of 7

We take the time to prepare a healthful, tasty, and beautiful meal. Engaging all the senses – smell, taste, sight, sound, touch – that’s the key to truly enjoying our food. Part of that enjoyment is fully experiencing the meal, including when we are approaching fullness. How do we notice when we are full and […]

Mindful Eating for Thanksgiving: Day 1 of 7

Each of us feels hunger cues in different ways due to our unique needs and bodies. In Mindful Eating, some common hunger cues that people report are stomach noises, an empty or hollow feeling in the belly, increase in saliva, several hours from last meal, light headedness, low energy. If too hungry, can lead to […]

How Can I Practice Yoga Consistently?

Friends, we all know that the benefits of yoga accrue based on consistent practice, this goes without question. (Here’s an excellent roundup of the considerations for how long-how often to practice based on goals.) No matter, though, what frequency meets your goals, I hear week after that week that most yogis find it very challenging to […]

Foot Cramps during Yoga Class

Some participants in a recent yoga class had challenges in supported Reclining Hero pose due to foot cramping. I passed out some rubber balls for foot massage, which some are already using. Rolling the ball across and up and down the foot – just like a foam roller for the back – helps to release […]