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Eating Mindfully

Listen to Yourself: Are You Hungry?

Jacqueline Gikow | Posted 06.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Jacqueline Gikow

Do you eat because it's time? Do you eat because you're angry, bored, sad, tired, etc.? Do you eat for comfort, reward, celebration, etc.? Do you ea...

Creative Mindful Eating Tips for the Holidays

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

It's not easy to eat mindfully during the holidays! The good news is that it is possible. Here are a few simple psychological tips that can help you avoid overeating while still mindfully eating the foods you love.

Are You an Adventurous Eater?

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 07.27.2016 | Taste
Dr. Susan Albers

See one of my favorite pictures from my group trip to China last year. Check out this menu. There are over 240 food options! Some items were famili...

Emotional vs. Physical Hunger: 4 Ways to Tell the Difference

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

Here are four questions to ask yourself when you need to spot the difference between an emotional tug for comfort and a genuine need for nourishment. The good news is that with some practice, you can become an expert at decoding the meaning behind your cravings.

Bored, Blue or Blah? 4 Ways to Cope

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

Do you munch when you are bored? Most of us do! Here are some easy, scientifically researched ideas on how to beat boredom eating.

What Happens Next? When Your New Year's Diet Isn't Working

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

The good news is that you can optimize your basic nature. In addition to genetics, certain attitudes and lifestyle behaviors also contribute to you finding and settling at your healthy weight.

9 Tips For Avoiding An All-Out Halloween Candy Binge

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

Many of my clients ask this time of the year how to cope with bags full of candy hanging around the house calling their name. Yes, it's hard to eat those little snack-size bites of candy mindfully! The good news is that it is possible. I interviewed a few experts to find the scoop on their best Halloween candy-coma prevention tips.

Best Mid-Morning Snack to Keep You Satisfied and Energized

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

Do you need a recommendation for a mid-morning snack that will keep you satisfied until lunch? You work hard and need something to keep your energy u...

5 Ways to Be the Most Mindful Version of You

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

The word "best" can apply some internal pressure and adds an element of judgment. Mindful, by contrast, encourages action and a way of being. Here are five important aspects that can help you to be the most mindful version of yourself!

This Table For Two Forces You To Be Mindful

Fast Company | Adele Peters | Posted 07.07.2014 | World

If you have trouble resisting the impulse to check your smartphone while you’re out with friends or having dinner on a date, this table might help: ...

How to Leave the Last Bite: Sneaky Food Experiment #3

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

What creates so much internal pressure that it is uncomfortable to leave food behind? For some of us, it's the concept of waste. Several friends gave examples of parents who applied guilt by reminding them that there were hungry children in the world.

How to Mindfully Eat a Scorpion

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

The next time you encounter a new food, try to do it mindfully. Be open minded, jump in and embrace new things. Even if you don't try a scorpion, feel free to try a healthy new snack or a new fruit.

Looking Deeply Into Your Plate

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

Eating can take on many different forms, depending on how much attention is paid and where that attention is placed. Through the practice of mindful eating, we strive to avoid these types of autopilot mealtime scenarios by reserving a time to focus only on our food.

Why Mindful Eating Is So Hard and Why You Should Do It Anyway

Dan Fleshler | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Fleshler

Meditation has provided me with one key to mindfulness, which is to not make judgments on the thoughts and emotions that well up. Just note them (and feel them) and turn back to the designated object of attention.

How To Cope With Food Cravings

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 03.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

A new study suggests that a short bout of exercise can reduce chocolate cravings. Exercise has so many health benefits, so when you get a craving, especially when you're not hungry, a brisk walk may be all you need to let it pass.

40 Brave Acts of Health and Wellness

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 03.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

Whether it is boldly marching into a new yoga class by yourself or calling the doctor to schedule a test you've been avoiding, you often have to muster up all your courage to step outside of your comfortable box and tread into uncharted territory.

5 Effective, Tactful Ways to Say 'No!' to Overeating

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

Picture this. You are at a holiday party. A relative pushes a humungous piece of pie topped with whipped cream into your hands and says, "Have another piece, it's a holiday after all. You can afford to eat more." How do you respond when you are really not hungry? Try these tips:

It's Just Food!

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

Finding a balance between eating for nourishment and enjoyment is tricky this time of year, but it doesn't need to be a test of willpower.

Eating Is Rebirth

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 12.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

As you sit down to your next meal, recognize yourself as your own creator. Feel the freedom and the responsibility that come with this act of eating recreation.

Sneaky Food Experiments, Part II: Do You Want Fries With That?

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

Will offering people the option of a salad or vegetables reduce French fry consumption? It's likely that it may have a small impact. In part, the power of suggestion is pretty powerful.

The French M&M's Experiment

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

In a nutshell, this experiment was all about location, location, location. Would these "subjects" eat more M&M's based entirely on where the M&M's were located in the chateau?

4 Emotional Intelligence Tips to Use at Work (And in the Kitchen!)

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 11.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

Finding someone who can share their tales of resilience can give you an emotional boost. Wise words of advice and comfort can go a long way in helping you pick up the pieces and give it another try.

1 Simple Way to Cope With Chocolate Cravings

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 10.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Albers

Putting just a small effort into eating something -- including chocolate -- can significantly reduce the amount you eat.

Four Fabulous Lessons on Eating from Julia Child

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 10.19.2013 | Books
Dr. Susan Albers

As I wandered around a bookstore waiting for a flight to Paris for work, I couldn't believe my good fortune in discovering the biography of Julia Child entitled, Dearie, by Bob Spitz.

Mindful Eating Is Just a Fad (And Other Myths)

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 08.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

Unfortunately, the phrase "mindful eating" is being misused by some people as a way to talk about restricting food intake. That is a fad -- and it is not what mindful eating is all about.