Friday, June 12, 2009


Training = 4.45 am Back/Triceps + 15 mins elliptical, 10 mins bike, 5 mins tready

Feeling = There's been times in all our lives where, without realising it, we've eaten way too much and felt stuffed to the hilt. It hasn't been a conscious decision to consume so much, it just happened. Maybe it was the voice inside your head telling you to keep going, eat more or maybe it just tasted so damn good that you didn't want it to end. This is called mindless eating and we do it for the wrong reasons, with no sense of control and with little consciousness or thorough enjoyment.

The aim to getting to or staying in your ideal body shape is to eat mindfully. Be present and in the moment. Ask yourself "where am I?" The answer - here. Then "what time is it?" The answer - now. Involve your devoted attention to what you are choosing to eat, how much you are eating, and noticing all the details of the food; the appearance, the taste, the texture, the smell. Use all of your senses to savour the food.

Take your time. There's no rush. We live in a country where food is plentiful, where that trigger/special/treat food will still be there tomorrow and the next day. Chew the food, put your knife and fork down between bites, drink water after each mouthful, engage in conversation if you are in company. And remember it can take 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are full, so if you think you are still hungry wait before consciously deciding to eat more.

When it's meal time do nothing else but eat. No TV, no computer, no reading, no work, no kids (unless of course they are the company).

Food does not have feelings. What you are eating is neither good nor bad so stop psychologising food. What we should consider is whether eating a particular food is helpful or unhelpful in terms of our goals. Once you have made the decision to eat x,y,z, accept that you have chosen to eat it, enjoy it and do so mindfully.