It seems every parent I talk with is having struggles with mealtimes and picky eating. It's not uncommon to hear that a child won't eat anything except four or five select foods. I've come to realise that parents today have a cultural phobia of previous generations' "clean your plate" approach to eating. Unfortunately, the permissive … Continue reading 8 Tips to Curb Picky-Eating for Better Learning & Behaviour
After I went on a clutter purge, I felt incredibly vulnerable. I was shocked that discarding could have the emotional charge that it did. I had all sorts of phrases circulating around my mind that were all filled with "what if...", "but maybe...", "suppose I need to..." and the all-pervasive "what if I regret it?"
As Within, So Without My last post was about the impulse to fill emotional voids with the physical: be it food, shopping or not being able to let go of possessions we have acquired. In my experience, being able to let go of what no longer serves us is directly linked to being able to … Continue reading The Mind-Body-Space Connection: How a Clutter-Free Home Can Shape Your Eating
I have written plenty in the past year on mindful eating and how one can learn about their relationship to food—why they are eating and how they use food other than for physical nourishment. As I have described in previous posts, determining why we are eating and checking in while eating to determine our level … Continue reading True to Yourself Eating- Learning to Eat Mindfully, Joyfully and Skillfully
I have been excited to write this post for awhile. In the last few months several people have shared their New Year’s Resolutions. Most of the resolutions I have heard are centered around diet, weight-loss and fitness. Is it any surprise that the most common New Year’s resolution is to diet? Many of us hold in mind those inspiring people who were a weight loss success and hope for the same ourselves this year.
1) Ditch Poverty Mentality - In my last post, I talked about using skillpower instead of willpower to eat well. We may be tempted to want to eat a lot during the holiday season because we fear missing out on such great food that isn’t around every day of the week, but is that really … Continue reading Skillpower to Wrap Your Mind Around Holiday Eating
My last post, Eating Well During the Holidays - Getting to the Root of the Matter, described how to address the underlying triggers of overeating during the holidays. Now that you are aware of emotional and stress eating and their triggers, you no longer have to be hijacked by your emotions and cravings--you can choose. … Continue reading Eating Well During the Holidays – Skillpower Not Willpower
Despite the positive associations that the media portrays about the holiday season, the holidays can be an incredibly stressful time. Between the shopping, spending and socializing with loved ones, as well with those who rub us the wrong way, the holidays can bring out our worst. While most of us manage not to ‘act out’, … Continue reading Eating Well During the Holidays – Getting to the Root of the Matter
1) Eat slowly – This is the key to mindful eating for so many reasons. Eating slowly not only decreases the amount of food you are eating and enables you to feel full on less, but it also enables improved digestion because your body is in a more relaxed state. Eating quickly stimulates your parasympathetic … Continue reading Replace Overeating with Conscious Eating – Press the Pause Button
In my last two posts I talked about the importance of mindful eating as well as the importance of being compassionate with ourselves as eating healthy becomes a practice instead of a quest for perfection. Eating mindfully, helps us to slow down which in turn makes us more conscious of what and how much we … Continue reading Mindful Mealtime Practices