Mindfulness and weight loss

Marion Foreman

Mindfulness can help your mind and your waist!

Marion ForemanLots about ‘Mindfulness’ in the press recently – there is even an all-party parliamentary group on Mindfulness. It’s moved from New Age fad to mainstream according to Madeline Bunting in The Guardian. Well, what’s it about? Madeline says it’s about being in the moment. NICE recommend it for depression; it’s a work out for the mind just as much as jogging is for the body.

There are excellent books that give you great hints on how to be in the moment. It’s about focusing on the ‘now’ not dwelling on what has been and what might be. It is said that we spend so much time worrying about what has gone before and catastrophizing about what might happen that we have ceased to enjoy and relax into the present moment.

Why am I mentioning all of this? Because ‘Mindful Eating’ is key to weight management. How often do you eat something and barely notice that you have? Food is grabbed and swallowed – your head doesn’t get a chance to register that your stomach is full – and if you are not mindful you can easily take in way more than you need. How often do you just eat? Not watch TV and eat, not read and eat – just simply eat. Move your food away from your desk, make eating an occasion – really taste it and experience the flavours  – you will find that you eat less and enjoy more!

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About Marion Foreman

I fall neatly into the ‘women who weren’t born yesterday’ category. I grew up in a turmoil of Guardian fuelled feminism. I went from ‘little woman’ to independent person in a decade. I began my nurse training in the early 70s in the midst of a male dominated university town. I convinced myself that my views must be wrong as the ultra clever men didn’t agree with me. It wasn’t until I did my degree with the OU that I realised that I had a voice – and a legitimate voice at that. Four children and three husbands later I have found my place in the world. A place that simply says that I am who I am, that I can choose my own path in life and choose those who walk with me. I have learnt that equality means making and taking opportunities, not feeling compelled to ‘do it all’.