Develop the Attitudes of Mindfulness

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Living mindfully can help us live better for healthy weights, to manage Type 2 diabetes, to eat healthfully, for whatever our health objective. It can help us find the humor in it all, too, by opening our minds to what is.

Consider these attitudes of mindfulness, adapted from Full Catastrophe Living, by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Attitude Living It
Non-Judging Assume the stance of an impartial witness to your own experience. Be aware of your impulse to judge and how preoccupied you are with liking and disliking.
Patience Allow things to unfold in their own time. Allow yourself to unfold in your own time.
Beginner’s Mind To see the present moment, cultivate a mind that is willing to see everything as if for the first time. Try to let go of expectations based on past experience. Be open to new possibilities.
Trust Trust yourself and your own basic wisdom and goodness. Honor your feelings and your intuition.
Non-Striving You do not have to achieve or excel—there is no goal other than for you to be yourself.
Acceptance This refers to seeing things as they actually are in the present. We waste a lot of energy denying and resisting what is already fact, decreasing energy that could be used for healing and growing. We can be assured that whatever is present in any moment will change.
Letting Go This is about non-attachment. Often there are certain thoughts, feelings and situations that the mind seems to want to hold on to. Try not to let the universe depend on you making it happen. There may be strong attachments to wanting things to be a certain way.
Generosity Tune into your basic worthiness. Treat yourself with kindness and compassion. We may be more generous with others than with ourselves. Give yourself the gift of stillness.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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