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8 Ways Mindful Eating Can Help You Lose Weight

How often do you work through lunch? 

Do you eat or drink breakfast in your car? Are you stealing bites of dinner while folding laundry and watching the evening news?

We may stop to wonder sometimes: what happened to formal meals at the table? In today’s fast-paced culture, we rarely give ourselves a chance to sit down and eat – and only eat.

Instead, we’re often multitasking - as if eating and enjoying a meal isn't enough. We somehow can’t justify eating as an act worthy of full attention.

Would it change your mind, however, to know that eating mindfully can actually improve your weight loss success by influencing your physiological and emotional responses to eating?

We all know that “what” we eat is important when we’re trying to lose weight and become healthier. Mindful eating, however, lets us consider “how” we eat - specifically how our eating habits and environments influence our experience of food and our bodies’ responses to it.


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Dinner for Breakfast?

Eating breakfast is a staple of a Healthy Way of Life.  It sets the tone for the entire day, whether that means suffering through a caffeine and sugar-induced roller coaster, a whole-grain provoked “loosen the bloated belt” kind of day, or smooth sailing with consistent energy after a balanced, real-food based meal.  Breakfast doesn’t have to be limited to the old standards you may have long since grown bored with.  After all, did the General of the mills order you to eat cold, crispy gruel every morning?

Breakfast, just like other meals should promote a rise in energy, satisfaction, and readiness to tackle the day’s tasks.  To accomplish this most smoothly, we need to include proteins, fats, fibers, and appropriate carbohydrate choices from the least processed foods we have access to.  Below are a few creative, non-traditional breakfast ideas you should try out next time you watch the sun rise. 

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5 Keys to Overcoming the Inconvenience of Eating Well

Written by Tom Nikkola - Director of Nutrition & Weight Management

Being unhealthy is far less convenient than eating well. As a health and fitness professional, over the years, I’ve ended up in countless conversations with people about nutrition. The conversations often start out about a specific nutrition topic and then moves to the question of "what do I eat?" I often share the Life Time Nutrition Position, and the response is almost always the same, “I just don’t have the time to eat like that.” Unfortunately, the perception is that eating “real food” is much more time-consuming than it really is. What follows are five keys for getting over the mental hurdle of “eating well is inconvenient”.

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