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SONY DSCIs mindful eating a practice that is beneficial to everyone, or is it just for the wealthy, the self-indulgent, or the foodie few?

For a number of years, I’ve actively promoted mindful eating as a helpful set of practices which can increase awareness, pleasure, and balance in our relationship with food. ¬†I believe mindful eating practices benefit everyone, and a growing body of research¬†supports this conclusion. At the same time, I need to keep working on conveying a more inclusive message.

I haven’t explicitly addressed the reality that many women regularly face: a reality where they have little time for meal planning or food preparation, limited resources to purchase the foods that might be received best by their bodies, or little support in a life that already overflows with responsibilities to children, employers, aging parents or other family members.

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The thing is – and folks, you’ve heard me say this before – it’s not just about meal planning or food choices. It’s not simply about willpower, or a lack of knowledge regarding basic nutrition (although we do sometimes hold some distorted beliefs about “good” and “bad” foods). It’s about how we approach our experiences of eating in general, and about our relationship with our bodies, as well. (more…)

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