Monday, February 1, 2016

'Healthy Thinking for Healthy Weight,' sharing an article from University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine

Good morning,

Today we are sharing an article written by Delia Chiaramonte, MD from the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. This is great, quick read for anyone out there who is working on bettering themselves and may struggle with one of the aspects, weight loss. Not only can these tips apply to weight loss, but also having a more positive outlook in general!  Take a peek!
Visit: http://www.cimtransformingwellness.com/health--wellness-blog/healthy-thinking-for-healthy-weight

Focus on Abundance, Not Scarcity​

  • When you focus on what you cannot have you tend to feel deprived which makes you want to treat yourself, leading to even more overeating.
  • Focus on adding healthy things (e.g. tons of veggies) instead of taking things away.

Avoid Black & White Thinking

  • Black & White Thinking is common with high achieving people, but it can sabotage your healthy efforts.  When you strive for perfection but fall short, black and white thinking causes you to give up completely.  Just because you had a bite of a donut doesn’t mean that you should have the whole thing!
  • Go for compromise instead of ‘all or nothing’ – have two bites and then stop.

Banish Guilt

  • Guilt makes you feel bad about yourself, which can lead you to overeat in an attempt to self-soothe.
  • If you are going to have a treat, really enjoy it.  If you’re not going to enjoy it (by stuffing it quickly in your mouth and then beating yourself up about it), don’t have it.

​Savor the Experience of Eating

  • When you are eating, be in the moment with your food!  Turn off the TV, don’t get caught up in thoughts of all that have to get done – pay attention on purpose to the smell, taste and textures of your food. 
  • When you eat in this way, sometimes called mindful eating, you are likely to eat less while still feeling satisfied.

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