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Weight Loss Imagery, Mindful Eating & Better Health

17 Sep

Check out these benefits of mindful eating!  They include stress reduction, better health, greater enjoyment of the food we eat and, in many cases, weight loss too. Stephanie Vangsness, R.D., L.D.N., C.N.S.D. of Brigham and Women's Hospital writes about how changing the ways we eat can have a tremendous positive impact on our health. “It may come as a big surprise to learn that "mindless" eating, or eating without awareness, can have negative health consequences. Overeating and obesity are perhaps the most significant health problems caused, at least in part, by mindless eating.”

“Eating while multitasking, whether working through lunch or watching TV while eating dinner, often leads us to eat more. On the other hand, eating "mindfully," savoring every mouthful, enhances the experience of eating and keeps us aware of how much we take in.”

Read more about mindful eating here.

Incorporating guided imagery for weight loss can add a powerful tool to help you lose weight and increase self esteem. Our bestselling Weight Loss meditation includes dynamic imagery on the biochemistry of converting fat into energy, and it addresses emotional eating and addictive eating issues, too.

The weight loss audio can also make you feel less interested in eating unhealthy foods. Several people have reported that their usual delight in fatty foods was gone. Others became much more aware of sensations of fullness, because the imagery encourages much greater body awareness and a deeper, more collaborative relationship with the body.

The Weight Loss imagery definitely has a track record for decreasing the impulse to eat compulsively, out of anxiety or depression, because it's a calming, uplifting and empowering experience for most people. It can also fuel the desire and willingness to stay with a weight loss program. That's a great use for this weight loss imagery – to supply continuing motivation.

Other resources that complement the Health Journeys Weight Loss audio beautifully: Martha Howard’s superb Freeing Yourself of Excess Weight and David Illig’s skillfully rendered Ericksonian Hypnosis; Weight Loss Strengthening.

Here are a couple of tips to bring a mindfulness-based approach to the way you eat.

  • Slow it down - Overeating is easy to do when you eat fast, because it takes your body about 20 minutes to register fullness. Take the time to fully experience the meal you are about to enjoy.

  • Education and Behavior - One study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that women were eating 297 calories less per day after completing a six week Mindful Eating program.

  • Don’t Multitask - Don’t read the paper, watch TV or answer emails while eating. When you are not paying attention to what is on your plate or in your mouth, it becomes very easy to eat too much or too quickly.

Additional Mindful Eating resources:

Mastering The Mindful Meal

The Center for Mindful Eating

If you are looking for online weight loss help, the SparkPeople web site provides helpful, free weight loss and healthy eating tools (signup is required). A review of some other affordable ways to lose weight can be found here.

Take care and be well,
The Health Journeys Staff

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award