YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: BETTER WAYS TO DEAL WITH STRESS

1. Eat healthy food that provides good energy

2. Exercise

Three reasons: for stress release, calorie control and to help control your blood sugar.

3. Walking

You can walk it out: something we can all do. Do this outdoors.

4. Yoga

Exercise and Meditation combined: We recommend Hatha Yoga: a very gentle slow-paced form of yoga.

5. Massage Therapy

6. Psychotherapy

This is a life journey of introspection. This will not necessarily make you feel better, but will teach you to face reality. Psychotherapy can take many forms including psycho-dynamics and hypnotherapy. The question you need to answer is: what does bingeing do for me? Hard as it may sound, it does something for you.

7. Mindfulness

We sleep, walk and live in automatic pilot mode most of our lives.  We go through our daily activities totally unaware of what is really going on around us.

Instead of paying attention to the present moment, we allow our minds to dwell on the past and fantasize about the future. Above all, we convince ourselves that all will be well when we are thin!

We worry about things we have no control over. We fill our minds with judgements and opinions about people and ourselves. Meanwhile, we miss all the sights, smells and tastes of the world. We eat our food mindlessly. Mindfulness is a moment by moment awareness. We concentrate on what is happening right now. The brain is wired to handle routine tasks without much thought. That applies to eating too. When you do these on auto pilot, you eat mindlessly.

“Being mindful is paying attention in a particular way on purpose in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is living in the now. Mindfulness is simple and ancient: awareness intentionally and non-judgementally in each moment.  It can apply to an inner experience of bodily sensations, emotions, thoughts and related mind-body states. Usually, we have so many food-related stories on our minds: calories, Carbs, Low GI and should I or should I not be eating this or that!

We do not take time to taste our food! Or are you multitasking? Doing everything and missing doing one thing? We must feed our bodies and treat them with kindness and respect. Success can only come if we tackle the deeper underlying causes of food obsession.

  • Mindfulness is a conscious approach to being in the present moment – an elevated awareness of your surroundings and yourself. It is a vivid perception of your choices, strengths and potential.
  • Mindfulness is empowering yourself and optimising your energy to live a balanced, healthier and better life, each day.
  • It is about being in a more balanced relationship with self, eating and your body.
  • Mindfulness is about paying attention as you eat.

Those of us who struggle with food are almost always caught in the mind-body split.

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