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Mindfulness | 5 Ways Mindfulness Can Serve Your Weight Loss Goals

If you’re reading this blog, good! This means you’re taking time to understand mindfulness, which is key to getting you through the crazy holiday season and stepping into 2018 like a champ. It's also a valuable practice if you've got any weight loss or nutrition goals around this time of year. For those of you looking for some nutritional guidance, here are 5 simple ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily eating habits. I promise you, it will change the way you look at food and experience life.  

 There are powerful benefits to practicing mindfulness.  Reach out  to learn more on how you can zero in & achieve the goals you’re working towards.

There are powerful benefits to practicing mindfulness. Reach out to learn more on how you can zero in & achieve the goals you’re working towards.

1. Enjoy Every Bite. 

 Welcome a sense of meaning or tradition to each meal by sitting down to fully taste each & every bite. 

Welcome a sense of meaning or tradition to each meal by sitting down to fully taste each & every bite. 

Try to set aside your meal times so you can sit and intentionally enjoy your food. Don’t eat dinner with your phone on the table, the TV on, or your computer. Turn off all distractions and really, truly eat your meal. Enjoy the space and the flavors of the delicious, healthy meal in front of you. By shutting down the noise of social media, texts, and busy distractions, you’ll feel more satisfied with your meal and - get this - you’re less likely to overeat. #Taste

2. See the Beauty in the Food You Eat.

 Fill your plate with colorful, nutritious foods. Taste with your eyes. Appreciate what is in front of you. 

Fill your plate with colorful, nutritious foods. Taste with your eyes. Appreciate what is in front of you. 

Next time you’re at the grocery store, admire the colors, textures, and shapes in whole, nutritious foods. It might sound silly, but there is so much beauty in the food we eat, and we often take it for granted. Also, try to incorporate a wide array of seasonal fruits & veggies into each meal for visual appeal, such as: bright pomegranate seeds, ruby red beets, golden butternut squash, green brussel sprouts, brilliant orange mandarins & grapefruits. These are just a few of the foods that will benefit your body & mind during the winter months. #See

3. Listen to the Sounds Around You. 

 From bell-ringers to music to laughter among friends & families, there are so many sounds to hear.  

From bell-ringers to music to laughter among friends & families, there are so many sounds to hear.  

Take time to pay attention to the sounds of your surroundings while you're eating or enjoying a beverage. Whether you're grabbing a quick lunch at the Milwaukee Public Market, having dinner & drinks with friends at your favorite local restaurant, or enjoying a meal in the comfort of your own home, soak in the sounds of the season. Allow your meal to become an uplifting experience during your weight loss journey. #Listen

4. Intentionally Feel Grateful for Your Life & Body.

 Invite positive, purposeful influences into your life, like inspiring books, meaningful (non-gossipy) conversations, and time for reflection. This may help you slow your pace, which will help you slow down when you eat.   

Invite positive, purposeful influences into your life, like inspiring books, meaningful (non-gossipy) conversations, and time for reflection. This may help you slow your pace, which will help you slow down when you eat.   

Cold days & snowy nights often tempt us to reach for comfort food, which is fine; however, we need to be careful about overindulging as this leads to unwanted weight gain. Instead, slowly consume these warm, hearty dishes, like: casseroles, stews, and shepherd's pies. Feel the comfort they bring to your body. Take a moment to express your gratitude for the ability to feed your body & soul.

It's also helpful for some people to keep a gratitude journal. Each night before bed, write down three things you're thankful for - and be truly thankful. It can be as simple as “Today, I am thankful for my warm home, healthy food, and my strong body.”#Feel

5. Smell the Spices. 

 Aromas can bring about a sense of wellbeing and elicit happy memories from holidays past. 

Aromas can bring about a sense of wellbeing and elicit happy memories from holidays past. 

Next time you’re cooking, smell the spices you’re using and take a moment to enjoy the memories they may bring to you. Certain herbs & spices immediately bring back nostalgic memories, especially around this time of year. Rosemary, sage, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and other aromatic elements will also lift your dishes to a new level (without adding unwanted calories!). #Smell

Mindfulness & Your Weight Loss Journey.

To me, mindfulness is a mental state achieved through intention and it takes practice! When it comes to your weightloss journey, try focusing on the present moment - the taste, the sight, the sounds, the feelings, and the scent - I know it will make a positive difference in your life. My goal as a Running Coach and Personal Trainer is not just to help you run marathons or get in shape – it is about guiding you to health. And, if I can help you experience a state of mindfulness, I believe you can accomplish whatever goal your heart desires. 

Reach out to learn more. I'd love to be your coach.

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Karen Berenson