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Clearing the Confusion about Mindful Eating

By Rebecca Johnson

If you’re like many people, you may be wondering, “What exactly is mindful eating? How does it help? How can I learn more about it, or help others learn about it?” With the explosion of interest, there is also confusion about mindful eating.

What-is-mindful-eating?Contrary to popular belief, mindful eating is not “just” eating with awareness. Although being present while eating is important, mindful eating can encompass the entire process of eating: awareness of body cues; recognition of non-hunger triggers for eating; selection of food for both nourishment and enjoyment; eating for optimal satisfaction and satiety; and using the fuel you’ve consumed to live vibrantly. This broad application makes mindful eating a powerful tool for creating a healthier, happier relationship with food that supports total well-being.

Our recently published white paper, Mindful Eating: A Practical Approach to Optimal Eating and Health, was written to shed light on the concept of mindful eating and offer a resource for those interested in learning more about it. It provides a practical description of mindful eating, clears up common myths and confusion about mindful eating, explains how it helps individuals across the health spectrum, and describes a model for implementing mindful eating in virtually any setting.

Check out this one minute video for a sneak peek of Mindful Eating: A Practical Approach to Optimal Eating and Health, or download the complimentary paper now.  Feel free to share with others you think may benefit – and leave your comments on the video or white paper here.

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About the author

Rebecca Johnson is a leader in the health promotion industry with more than 20 years of experience in diverse roles. She is a licensed Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Program Facilitator and Coach and advocates for the use of mindfulness-based and weight-neutral programs in the workplace. Rebecca also serves as a consultant for organizations ready to leverage the power of organizational development and employee wellbeing to create truly thriving cultures.

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