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What am I hungry for?

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Sharon is not only a yoga student and Yoga for Mindful Eating student, but also has fast become a blogging colleague! Here’s an except she wrote about her personal journey in mindful eating. My hope is her inspiration is yours.

“Over the course of the last year, I immersed myself twice in Diana’s Yoga for Mindful Eating series. I want to share a bit of my discovery.

In my work as a Life and Career Coach, I help clients make changes in the way they work, communicate, and manage themselves, including more effectively managing their own balance.  My learning process in Diana’s class has made me a better coach.

One of the biggest changes I’ve made as a result of the classes is this one:

I learned at a very deep level that when my relationship with food starts to deteriorate, it generally means I’m truly hungry for something that has nothing to do with food.  It means I’m out of balance in some essential way.

Often, my imbalance is from working too much and feeling stressed from the pace.  If that’s the case, what I’m truly hungry for is calm, relaxation, some kind of antidote to my workaholic tendencies.  Getting a massage works well for me, for example.  So when I’m starting to lose my grip in the food arena, sometimes a massage is just the ticket.  It makes me feel cared-for and pampered in the most tender and healing ways.  In the days that follow, my speedy, jacked-up eating behavior starts to wane. I start craving things like ginger tea instead of cheese and crackers, or I start making time to read whatever book I’m currently reading.

Other times my imbalance is about isolation.  When I work with a client, I create a powerful connection with them, which is deeply rewarding.  But it’s not a substitute for connection with others in my personal life.  Sometimes my declining behavior with food signals a need to spend more quality time with my husband, my friends, my sister or other members of my inner circle – which I can make happen.

Prior to taking the course, I understood intellectually how these things might be connected, but it wasn’t until I took the course that I experienced it at a very deep level.  I get it now, and I’m getting better at quickly taking action to restore the balance.

Restoring work-life balance doesn’t always require massive change. Sometimes small course corrections can make a huge difference.”

When dieting, KISS

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Old Way: Weigh and measure for exact proportions of carbs, protein and fat or your body won’t work. Calculate and count to the last calorie or you won’t lose weight – don’t go one over or under. Space out meals, preferably 5-6 small meals a day, to ensure metabolism burns high and blood sugar is level for smooth sailing through your day. Disregard your hunger – eat only at prescribed and scheduled times. Don’t eat beets or carrots or sweet potatoes or avocados. Minimize fat to the least amount you can tolerate. Sugar subs only, never sugar.

In Appetite, published online 9.12.09, researchers say complex diets with rules and calculations are set-ups for failure in weight management. Pick an uncomplicated plan so you know you can stick to it not only in the short term, but forever. Keep it simple, silly. Try this…. (more…)

Electronics – Argh!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Young woman sitting on sofa using TV remote

For months now, whenever I want to increase the volume on my TV, I have to get my blanket-clad body up out of my comfy chair and walk the few feet to the TV to manually adjust it. Finally, a trip to RCN for a new remote and I’m all set. Or so I thought. Programmed it according to the directions, nada. Now what?

Turns out, there’s a little hidden circle on the bottom of the TV that receives the signal from the remote to tell it to change the volume, turn off the TV and cable box at the same time, those sorts of things. I had discretely placed a beautiful Zen clock in front of the signal, thinking is a natural thing to do. That eliminated any careful conversation between the remote and the TV. Who knew?

Covering up the ability to receive important signals is what we do when we eat in the absence of hunger. Like when we’re bored, distracted by a movie, upset, or socializing. (more…)