“I wanted to tell you about my experience with the 30 Day Mindful Eating Challenge that I did in November. First, thank you SO much for taking the time to create and do this challenge with us! I learned several new skills, and also was able to recognize and stop some negative habits. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me, as I am 6 months post VSG. I have been working on being a more conscientious eater, and this challenge helped me by giving me very direct, specific steps to follow.
You made this challenge fun, and I looked forward to my notification each morning telling me what that day’s task was ( and I miss it already!). Before I even got dressed, I would look at my Facebook to see what we were working on. That being said, it WAS a challenge! Having one task a day doesn’t seem difficult, but we are working against all of our lifelong habits. That’s quite a thing to overcome! There were several challenges that I enjoyed and practice regularly. And now eating with my family is more enjoyable because we incorporate the mindful eating skills during our meal too!
There were many great ideas that you gave us, but the most important part for me was the feeling that we were doing the challenge and you were in it with us. You showed us new skills, and you cheered us on the entire time! I appreciate that so much, and I hope you get to help many other people who may need a little direction to be more mindful eaters.
I feel like I’m making thoughtful choices, and that I’m putting more thought into what I’m choosing to eat. This doesn’t mean that I’m making perfect choices, but I’m thinking about what I’m feeling before I eat and that I’m taking the time to focus on where my food comes from and what my body is doing for me vs. what I’m doing for my body! This isn’t something that I’ve always done, and it’s been really interesting to see how this is changing my feelings about some of my foods.
I’m loving this challenge and I committed to really working the daily challenge everyday. I’ve learned so much about what I am doing right and wrong when I eat. The most important thing that I’ve learned is that making good food choices is necessary, but making good EATING choices is also imperative in healthful living. I never realized that there is a difference between food choices and eating choices. Thank you so much for creating this 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge I hope all the participants get as much out of it as I did and I know our group did! ”