Take “amazing” for example. My friend told me the other day that the scone she was eating was “A MAZE ING”. I thought to myself, really…amazing? I wondered if she knew that amazing is defined as causing great surprise or wonder; astonishing.
Wow, I thought, a scone causing great wonder.
Another one that gets me is “awesome”. That one gets thrown around a lot, and the number one synonym for awesome is “breathtaking”. I once counted the amount of times in one conversation a friend used the word awesome to describe her day.
I thought to myself, wow…15 breathtaking things have happened already today and it’s not even lunch yet. Ha!
What People Don’t Get About “Mindfulness”
And that brings me to the word “mindfulness”. A word that’s common in everyday language today, but was rarely (if ever!) used 50 years ago – check out the chart below to see in n-grams the number of times the word “mindfulness” is used in books, spanning from 1800-present. “Amazing”, right?
(Image via Google Book’s Ngram Viewer)
I often hear women say “I try to be so mindful about what I eat by reading labels [and/or] measuring my food” or “I try to be mindful about the diet that I’m on so that I don’t fall off the wagon and eat the ice cream or the pizza”.
See where I am going with this? The definition of mindfulness as stated by Merriam-Webster is:
[quote]The practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.[/quote]
Cool definition, right? If you read it a couple times you might notice (or maybe you even picked up on it on the first read through): complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences. That then implies that it’s not about external information, we might even be missing the point if we invest ourselves in what someone or something else says is right or wrong.
If we invest ourselves in the external – someone else’s diet rules or recommendations of what is a ‘good’ food or what a ‘bad’ food is or what’s deemed as ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’ – it’s all too easy for us to lose sight of the true meaning of mindfulness.
Again, mindfulness is: “maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences.”
Using Mindfulness for Healthy Eating & Weight
We believe in that definition here at Green Mountain at Fox Run, and we don’t lose sight of it. We don’t create strategies or tools that might pull us away from the essence of creating a mindful practice.
For example, you don’t need to be sitting at your dining room table with a placemat using your grandmother’s china and the silverware you got 35 years ago on your wedding day with a vase and a carnation bud in front of you in order to eat mindfully. We get it.
The practice of mindfulness can take place anywhere, at any time, with any food. We stay true to that because we’ve met plenty of women who come to Green Mountain and focus so much on what they are “supposed” to be doing in order to be mindful, that it seems like this attempt might be another means to an end.
Ready to give our version a try?
Mindful Eating For Women Who Struggle With Weight Webinar
Join us for a one-hour webinar where we’ll discuss with you the true practice of mindful eating and how we can incorporate it into our daily lives.
During the webinar, we’ll:
- Learn what “mindful eating” really is – and how it allows you eat what you want to help you create and maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Break down the practice of mindful eating into practical steps
- Practice an essential mindful eating exercise from our Normal Eating Restructuring ProgramSM
- Discuss how, by using our intuitive wisdom, we can begin to shift away from the “diet mentality” into a way of eating that is built on choice and confidence
For the mindful eating exercise, we recommend a handful of raisins , but nuts, grapes, or even potato chips will work – really anything you can eat small bites of.
We’re looking forward to having you all take part, so bring your little pile of food, your thoughts and your questions! If you have questions about mindful eating now, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to address them during the webinar and be sure to register now.