Day # 29

MOST CHALLENGING EATING SKILL.


CHALLENGE BREAKDOWN


Today I will revisit my most challenge mindful eating skill or skills on another level of awareness and mindfulness.

It wouldn’t be a challenge if we didn’t revisit our challenging skills in the final stretch.  Observe how far you’ve come from day one and just know that these eating skills will be a work in progress, but perhaps one of the most worthy that you’ve experienced in a long, long time.

I know my most challenging eating skills include a hard habit to break: snacking while prepping food. This is a habit that started from dieting and waiting too long to eat between meals (because I was afraid eating would cause me to gain weight).

Ignoring my true hunger cues would cause me to be REALLY hungry. The trickle down effect of that led me to eat while chopping veggies or making food. I couldn’t even wait until I made my meal or snack! And then this repeated pattern of eating while prepping just naturally evolved into a mindless habit.

In the morning, when I’m not even very hungry, I cut a fresh apple while prepping my morning green juice, and mindlessly started to slather it with nut butter. But if I have the apples pre-cut and ready to throw into my juice as an efficiency technique, I don’t do the nut butter thing.  Isn’t that funny? 

So my personal MEG (Mindful Eating Guideline) is to pre-chop them on the weekends to prevent the mindless counter snacking while prepping.  Does it happen 100% of the time. No. When I do, I don’t berate myself. I just recognize that this is an old pattern that is going to take some thought and effort. I also ask myself these key questions: how do I feel about eating at the counter and do I even WANT to change this behavior?

Additionally, after long days (especially Thursdays) I have to be mindful of falling into the “I deserve a big hearty meal because I’m in the home stretch of the week let’s celebrate” mindset. That’s fine if I choose to eat that way, no judgment, I like to consider how I will feel after the meal. If I have more work to do, I don’t like to struggle with a food coma. So another MEG (Mindful Eating Guideline) I like to incorporate is to assess my hunger levels (using the 1-10 hunger/fullness scale) before meals so that I can get a pretty good estimate of recognizing how much food to put on my plate to feel satisfied.

The pantry nibbling has significantly decreased to almost 1%, if that, and I consider that a positive shift! Nibbling while standing in the pantry was one of the first mindless eating habits I became aware of during my initial mindful eating journey.

Since we don’t emphasize your success on the scale as a metric to measure progress, you will want to pay attention to how your old mindless habits shift during your journey. Your evolution of creating a more balanced and sustainable relationship with food, deleting toxic diet culture behaviors and habits, while reframing diet beliefs are ESSENTIAL to recognize as progress + success.

Today, think about what challenge or challenges were particularly difficult and revisit that one or as many as you feel drawn to work with.

RIGHT WHERE YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE


Ok, put your best foot forward with this one.  We are in the home stretch and you have to remind yourself that you are doing the best job that you can. You have the option to evaluate your day on a scale of 1-10 to see where you rank.  Then push yourself a smidge to get to the next level…. get out of your comfort zone.  Nothing good ever happens of sitting and marinating in that place!  And remember, you are exactly where you are supposed to be 🙂  I’m proud of you for sticking in with the challenge…..


This challenge has made me cognizant of what is going on before I eat. I have to clear my mind and focus in on the food and intentionally eat mindfully + concentrate on incorporating all of my personal mindful eating guidelines. I’m becoming more appreciative for what my body goes through daily and becoming more appreciative of the food I eat and it’s role in my health, energy, and vitality!!!

— Eric S, Marietta