Mindfulness can reduce anxiety... and belly fat?
We all know that the effects of meditation can be felt in myriad aspects of our lives: deeper connections, increased ability to focus, and a greater sense of calm. But have you ever considered what your mindfulness practice might do to your waistline?
A recent article in PsychCentral.com suggests that those who commit to a regular mindfulness practice are better at discerning the difference between actual hunger and the many other reasons we're compelled to eat. Sometimes we simply nosh on what's around and available or don't want to turn down what's offered to us, or else there's the big culprit: emotional eating, which happens when we’re angry, anxious, depressed or bored.
Jean Kristeller, PhD, president and co-founder of The Center for Mindful Eating concludes in her study, published in this month’s Monitor on Psychology, that we have become disconnected from feelings of hunger and satiety.
To learn more about what helps stave off the emotional eating and how to get re-acquainted with your senses, check out the article here, which describes techniques that Kristeller teaches in a 10-week course on Mindful eating, which guides students to find satisfaction in quality, not quantity.
Other recommended reading includes "Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life", from our Wanderlust Whistler Speakeasy Speaker, Dr. Lilian Cheung, who co-authored the book with Thich Nhat Hanh. Want to begin to practice Mindful Eating now? Download Chapter 2 of "Savor", which includes Dr. Cheung & Thich Nhat Hanh's "Apple Meditation".