Did you know that if you need to lose weight, it’s was not necessary to deprive of food, but to reconcile with it? This is the thesis of “Eating mindfully,” the book that will lighten our bodies and minds! While I strongly recommend you read the hole book, here you can find some basic principles, from it, that will help you lose weight easier.
Meditate! Any diet is doomed to fail. That, it’s said! What to do? Cry, throw things at your mirror because your jeans are too small? No, just forget everything you think you know. This is perhaps what is so revolutionary about “Eating mindfully” (ed. Les Arenes, Published February 28), the book published by Jan Chozen Bays, a pediatrician and Zen teacher. His method? It is based on the feeling that we tend get when we talk about food. Find the instinctive relationship with food that was lost ages ago! This is the first step to lose weight faster and easier.
Until the age of about 4 years, a child spontaneously knows if he is hungry and when he is full. Then there are compensations, habits, the “must” and the power of the mind over the body … The result is an emotional cacophony at the expense of food sensations. And this is where January Chozen Bays. Convinced that “the problem is in our thoughts and in our emotions, in our brains and in our heart”, this amazing woman who conducts supply mindfulness workshops in a monastery in Oregon, has begun put his method for everyone.
Practical, effective, stimulating and delicious, without guilt or restrictions, it is called a great success because it is for all eaters. Psychiatrist and psychotherapist, author of “Eat in peace! “(Ed. Odile Jacob), Gérard Apfeldorfer, who prefaced the book by Jan Chozen Bays, admit” regret not [the] writing, because food is closely linked to feelings. Reconciliation with the body is essential. Cease to make war! “
Now, weight loss will go through the flavors, textures, colors, fun, insight and envy. The principles of mindful eating and the keys to finally calm to plate report.
How to lose weight with your mind
HUNGER WHAT? Hunger, yes. But what is hunger? And how to satisfy it? As Jan Chozen Bays says, “everything starts with hunger.” The question is how and with what because if it is a protean sensation, responses can and should vary.
HUNGRY EYES: What gives you hunger when your stomach says “stop”? You salivating in front of a cookbook? This is the “hungry eyes”! To satisfy: – Treat food presentation with care, a nice table stands for itself alone. Next, look closely at our plate before eating (not the iPad or iPhone screen) . As soon as possible! The eyes “eats” the landscape, a photo … (rather than high).
HUNGER NOSE: humans distinguished ten thousand odors, he savors his largely food with its smell. Pastries or grills … your hunger is often triggered by fragrances. To satisfy: – Before eating, smell your plate, much like you would with a vin. During the meal, remain focused on the flavors, you smell.
HUNGER MOUTH: it corresponds to the desire of pleasing textures, feel dependent on genetic factors, family and cultural. Our mouth is addicted to sensation. To satisfy: – Vary the textures of the same food as in Japanese cuisine where you eat sticky, crunchy, etc
HUNGER STOMACH: empty, cramps, gurgling used to describe the hunger, although we rarely run out of food today! To satisfy it, you must: – Distinguish between real hunger and signals “reflexes” conditioned by three meals daily- Do not confuse hunger and anxiety often causing cramps.- Eating slowly remaining attentive to our stomach signals. Almost everyone eats too fast – Stop at mid-meal to reassess his hunger (it’s one of the benefits of adults on children: the right not to finish the plate! )!.
HUNGER OF CELLS: need broth for flu? Want chips in the summer? These “hungers” may be the expression of a physiological need. To distinguish these real needs of the body, we have to listen. Before eating, ask the body what it needs (he really needs chips?). Always drink a little water before eating because thirst can be interpreted as hunger.
HUNGER OF THE SPIRIT: “I have to eat three dairy products a day,” “The egg yolk is unhealthy” … The hunger of the mind has its origin in the thoughts. Between absolutes and opposites, it is influenced by what we read and hear. To restore a harmonious relationship to food, this is relativized hunger, failing to satisfy it.
HUNGRY HEART: Strawberries picked in summer … The hunger of these foods is the expression of a need for love and benevolence. Research shows that they are eaten to fill an emotional void, rather than to fill the stomach. So we must nourish our heart. Next, do you want to eat or drink between meals? One has to wonder about his feelings just before this. Do you need reassurance? A small portion can be a “security blanket” food and slowly savored. Rather than eating, call someone you love, listen to music, go for a walk … In short, pamper yourself!