Tag Archives: eating

A Sneak Peek at a New App Addition!

A new version of “In the Moment – Mindful Eating” will be added soon.  Included will be a new “bubble” giving users an opportunity to choose to “just stop” – in the spirit of self-compassion of course!  This video, which is totally adorable, will be included.  Can’t we all laugh at this and see a little of ourselves in it?  Can anyone honestly say they have never been in Frog and Toad’s shoes before?



Media Coverage for “In the Moment – Mindful Eating” App

The Milwaukee Business Journal published a story about my phone app yesterday in their online edition.

More exciting app news:  the Android version is almost finished and will be available at Google Play soon!


Help Me Stop!!

Do you find yourself saying – screaming?! – these words (silently, or maybe not so silently) to yourself?  Want to change a habit?  I do.

Most of the habits I hear about people wanting to change are related to eating.  “I need to (want to, have to, DEFINITELY should, etc.) stop . . . . (eating after dinner, eating while watching TV, eating cookies, eating chocolate, . . . . )  Sound familiar?  Although I am not currently having trouble with food cravings, there have definitely been times in my life when I have, and I understand it.

My problem?  I have been having trouble shutting off my brain at night when it’s time to go to sleep.  I know at least part of the problem is the stimulation of tech devices (computer and phone).  I sit down to dinner, hear that little “ping” from my phone and make a note to check e-mail after I eat.  I start reading a book and think, “I should really send just one more e-mail to . . . ”  The list of distractions and “could do” list just gets longer.

So . . . I have decided to shut off my phone and cover my computer after 6pm.  So far it’s working.  I did go to the computer once or twice (“I’ll just check the weather”), forgetting my promise to myself, but the fleece jacket over my computer stopped me in my tracks – an effective reminder!

I recommend similar reminders for eating triggers.  A fleece jacket (or a sticky note) on the TV would remind TV munchers to consider their choices instead of mindlessly grabbing the bag of chips.  Whatever works to get a new habit going!  It does take some time to form new ones.  When starting the process, an obvious reminder of the commitment helps, simply because the brain is not yet considering options to the usual mindless routine.  That’s what makes habits hard to break – they are mindless.

If you have creative reminders of your own, please share them.  I would love to hear what works for you!

How My Computer Looks After 6pm

How My Computer Looks After 6pm

Think you are destined to live out a set genetic destiny? Think again.

I am a big believer in the power of our thoughts – and the actions they create – to either make us healthier or sicker.  The environment is constantly acting on our genes to create our health status, and part of that environment is the quality of your thoughts.  Are your thoughts defeatist or hopeful in nature?  Are they leading you in the direction of a healthier lifestyle, or are they convincing you it’s not possible?

If you would like to be healthier  – who wouldn’t? – I think you will find that Deepak Chopra knows a thing or two about this.  His recent blog post is very encouraging, and much to my liking, also based on solid research about the human body.

Are you missing the YUM?

My brother-in-law told me a story yesterday that I keep coming back to, thinking about, and appreciating the gentle reminder it provided.  Nearly all of us, myself included, can use a gentle nudge back to the YUM we are missing every day.

While preparing to enter the pool for his regular lap workout, my brother-in-law noticed a young child beginning her private swim lesson nearby.  She winced and wiggled, not at all comfortable with this new, wet, anti-gravity environment.  The instructor calmed the child with a soft voice and a gentle hand, encouraging her to lean back and relax.

At first, she resisted, not trusting this unfamiliar position in the water, but slowly she relaxed and settled into the instructors supportive hands.  Then the smile appeared, broad and bright, silently screaming, “I did it!”

My brother-in-law soaked it in, enjoying the landmark moment, probably also remembering similar times with his own children.  He turned around to see the child’s mother, anticipating the joy she must have felt.  Unfortunately, she missed it completely, her hands moving rapidly over the keys of her mobile phone, eyes turned down to look at the screen.

I taught a class about tasting and savoring food just a few days ago.  The challenge to stay mindful is no different – or any easier – than remembering to enjoy the many simple pleasures of everyday life when constant distractions get in the way.   We miss a large amount of eating enjoyment by neglecting to be present as we eat!

The taste of food can be such a pleasure, yet how often do any of us fully appreciate each bite?  Just as it is an impossible goal to be totally present in our lives at all moments, we will never taste every bite, yet it certainly helps to remember to try once in a while.  This alone can make less feel like enough.

Pleasure Seeking

Just for Luck . . .

I’m now getting ready to start development of an Android version of my phone app, In the Moment – Mindful Eating, which is already available for iPhone in the App Store.  It never hurts to carry a good luck charm around with me . . .


Hopeful Thinking: What a Great Strategy for Healthier Eating!

A recent e-mail from a client sounded like a series of apologies:  She has been struggling to get back on track with her eating.

“I didn’t . . . , I wasn’t able to keep my commitment to . . . , I have really struggled . . . “

Then I got to the last sentence, and thought, “YES!  That’s great!”  A simple word makes such a difference.  That word is “yet.”

“I keep saying I will eat right tomorrow, but that tomorrow has not come . . . yet.”

Brilliant word!  “Yet” is filled with hope and promise.  It leaves the door open to improvement.  That makes a world of difference.

A Preview of My New iPhone App

It’s called In the Moment – Mindful Eating, and it’s available at the App Store.  Here’s a preview:

I apologize for my poor filming skills!  If you would like a clearer view of the examples above, just go to the App Store.  I am grateful for your feedback.

Moving forward feels so much easier than backtracking . . .

This applies to more than just what happened recently on my way to the gym.  Let me explain.

My husband and I headed out to the gym together, with everything we needed for a quick workout . . . except – oh no! – my running shoes.  I discovered the oversight when we parked and I gathered everything:  Purse?  Check.  Phone?  Check.  Shoes for my workout?  Hmmm.  Gotta go back home.

That’s what this winter has done to me.  On the positive side, I am wearing boots more often; in the past, I have worn shoes and ended up tracking water and salt all over.  On the negative side, . . . well, my boots are really not the best for the treadmill.

As I drove back for the shoes, I had plenty of time to think.  I was irritated, really irritated!!  It was only 20 extra minutes, not a terrible delay, but it felt excruciating.  Why?  I decided that it was because I was back-tracking, moving away from my destination, not toward it.  (Interestingly, I had a huge mental shift in the 30 seconds between parking the car and heading back to the gym.)

I think it’s all about forward movement.  It just feels so much more positive and productive.   Even so, it is helpful to remember that we may actually learn more as we watch ourselves moving away from it.

This is true of any goal, but because I am a nutrition professional, I am especially interested in how this affects nutrition and health goals.  It feels wonderful to be “in charge” of choices, moving toward a more positive health state:  lower weight, lower cholesterol, or anything else.

The difficulty arises when something causes a change of course, and suddenly the goal looks very, very far away, and seems to get fainter and fainter the farther away it gets.  This is part of the process, but getting back to forward movement is the only way to get there.  What can you learn from the experience?  Learn something, or remind yourself of what you already know, and then turn that car around!

There is no sense in lamenting whatever caused the detour – in my case, forgetfulness – because it is over.  I could have given up and curled up at home with a book instead of going back to work out, but I turned around right away.  A few silent curse words and a tiny kick of the snow bank with my thick snow boot, and I was headed back with my shoes.  I even found myself thinking, I’m glad I have my boots on now, because that would have hurt if I had my running shoes on.

The Best Diet for 2014

Gotcha!  I knew I could catch your interest with a title like that!!

Are you still looking for IT – the plan that will do it for you this year, the ONE that will help you meet your New Year’s resolution (the same one you make every year, to lose X number of pounds, maybe by a certain date)?  Despite the mounting evidence against dieting in general, and against a specific effective plan for everyone, the diet industry will still take buckets of our money again this year.

Are we nuts?!  No – but we are feeling desperate.  And those claims are oh-so-tempting, aren’t they?

Can I talk you into reading a recent article from the Wall Street Journal?  And can I convince you that your own experience has probably already taught you much of what is mentioned in it, making an even more compelling argument for knocking off the nonsense and beginning the real work of changing your lifestyle habits in a more permanent way – and following a plan chosen with great thought about your life situation, taste preferences, and physical needs?

This way of choosing does not mean reading an ad, watching an infomercial, or even falling hook, line, and sinker for the testimonial advice of a friend who just lost 20 pounds in a week and a half – all while in the midst of the most recent panic attack over your last visit to the bathroom scale.  The sane way of finding your “plan” involves sitting down in a calm environment, perhaps breathing deeply and centering for several minutes first, and then asking yourself for real answers about your overall needs and what is realistic to expect.

Then, and only then, can you find the plan that fits you.  Not sexy, not fast, and not a profit center for the diet industry, but hey, it just might work!