Mindfulness: Your Best Friend When it Comes to Cravings, Binges, and Stress

The reminderLet’s start with a simple description of Mindfulness so we’re all on the same page…it’s that moment you consciously realize you’re doing something you don’t want to be doing…like eating. We all do it and it is simply a habit…but it can be easily changed!

Let me share with you a personal story with you about my own experience with mindfulness…I think will help put things in perspective. The other day I was chatting with my fellow Optimal Health Guides and Stephanie started talking about a member of hers who uses “the hair tie mindfulness” practice. What? I’ve never heard of this…I wanted to learn more.

When I asked her to tell me more, she said, “Every time you’re having an intense craving or in the middle of a binge, take a rubber band or hair tie and move it from one hand to the other.”

It seemed so simple, but something about it stuck with me. That evening, after I had settled into my silky soft bed I decided to have my FAVORITE childhood snack…Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies. As I lay back on my fluffy pillows, breathing deeply to relax, I started savoring one cheddar bunny at a time, enjoying the satisfying cccchhrrunch! The bunnies are a golden yellow and the salt and the cheese really does it for me. I love cheddar bunnies!
However, I usually have NO control over how many bunnies go down the hatch. Then all of a sudden I remembered what Stephanie said about the hair tie. So in between handfuls, I switched my hair tie from one hand to the other. In those few moments, I had time to reflect on why I was eating while I was looking at my handful of cheddar bunnies.

I blink a few times, take a deep breath, and in that moment, I realize I eat when I’m under stress. I made a choice in that moment to take a deep, deep breath instead of eating more cheddar bunnies.

Mindfulness is paying attention to the color…the taste of the crackers…the texture of what one is eating or doing at the time. Mindfulness is the awareness that I am eating during stress. Mindfulness is a powerful tool to help you create new neuropathways in your brain that can lead to lasting change. I immediately became mindful about the cheddar bunnies and by simply moving the hair tie it caused me to break that pattern. It worked!

Are you ready to create lasting change for yourself…one bite at a time? I’m right there with you…one breath and one bite at time. When you become aware of what you’re doing, you have the opportunity to choose something new and different.

Mindfulness can help lead you to a different choice…it worked for me and my cheddar bunnies so I believe it can work for you. Give it a try. Tell me what your craving is…share your story and let’s be mindful together and help each other move beyond the cheddar bunnies!

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