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Listen to your body, it always knows the truth

7 March 2019 – Last October, I was diagnosed with a dairy allergy. Nothing too serious but eating dairy causes an immune system reaction in my body so definitely best avoided. I was surprised at the time (and a little bit devastated) as I had milk in my tea and ate yogurt and cheese most days. Surely this couldn’t be accurate, I was fine eating dairy products because I had no symptoms. Or so I thought…  Continue reading…

How to practice Mindful Eating

21 February 2019 – There are four key steps to Mindful Eating and when applied to food, they teach us how to be present while we eat. It sounds so simple, yet it seems we have forgotten how to do it, and I believe this lack of awareness is at the root of our increasingly unbalanced relationship with food and eating. Practice the four steps below and a world of discovery, joy and satisfaction with food, eating and drinking unfolds before us – a world that has quite literally been hidden beneath our noses!  Continue reading…

Why diets don’t work: a Mindful Eating perspective

2 January 2019 – Diets don’t work. A controversial statement for this time of year, perhaps, but it’s true that diets don’t work for the vast majority of people. And if you’ve experienced the merry-go-round of hope, deprivation and control that leads to weight loss – only to be followed by struggle, rebellion and the disappointment of regaining the weight – you also know that diets don’t really work.  Continue reading…

Find beauty and peace with Mindful Walking

29 December 2018 – The days in between Christmas and New Year are unlike any other, and among my favourite days of the year. Once Christmas lunch is on the table, I can relax, knowing that the annual festive event has been successfully delivered. The frantic ‘doing’ of December in the run-up to Christmas can give way to ‘being’. It is the ebb and flow of life – activity followed by calm – played out in just one month. And what better was to return to calm, and make the most of the winter light, than by walking in nature? Continue reading…

The Eight Hungers of Mindful Eating

05 December 2018 – One of the essential aspects of Mindful Eating is becoming curious about the sensations of hunger. When working with my Mindful Eating clients, we explore the sensations of hunger in detail: what does hunger feel like, where does hunger live in the body and what causes hunger to arise? The first stop is always the rumbling tummy. A feeling of emptiness and the occasional growl is certainly one manifestation of hunger, but as most of us eat when we’re not physically hungry there must be other forces at play. There are many reasons that compel us to eat and drink: these are known as the Eight Hungers.  Continue reading…

The power of Mindful Eating

17 November 2018 – When we were children, our intuitive sense of when and how much to eat prevailed. Meals were re-fuelling stops in between the important business of playing, exploring and being a child. However, as we grew older, food began to serve many purposes and the simple relationship between hunger, eating and satisfaction became wrapped in complex thoughts and emotions. We all have to eat yet, for so many of us, food and eating is no longer a source of nourishment and pleasure, it’s loaded with despair, anxiety and guilt. We need to take a fresh look at this increasingly widespread form of suffering and I believe Mindful Eating is the answer. Continue reading…