Mindfulness: the “ultimate habit”

mindful eating changes everythingMore from The Weight Escape  – can you tell that I’m liking this book?

“Mindfulness is the antidote to the modern fight or flight syndrome. It enables us to shift into an alternative pause and plan mode…and to respond with intention or purpose. Mindfulness gives us the mental space to ask the question, “What do I want to do in this moment?” or “What do I want to stand for now?” It helps us insert a mindful pause between our impulse to eat and the action of eating. Just one mindful breath can be all we need to gain control of our actions” (p. 132).

The authors call mindfulness the “ultimate habit,” and I’m inclined to agree, as a psychologist trained extensively in MBSR and other mindfulness-based approaches. Mindfulness training is now the foundation of every intervention I offer my clients. As I develop an updated, comprehensive EAT curriculum to teach beginning in October, you can bet that it will be at the heart of what I do, at A Mindful Meal!