Dr. Susan Albers is a psychologist specializing in weight loss, food and diet related concerns including emotional eating and eating disorders. She is also author of such books as 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food. These books are so valuable as they teach us skills we will need to maintain our weight for a lifetime. She has a new edition forthcoming of her classic; Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food and it will be published on May 3, 2012. Along with her books she has a wealth of online resources including the Web site EatingMindfully.com and a blog at Psychology Today.
Hanna Brooks Olsen of Blisstree conducted a terrific interview with Dr. Albers, in which she goes into great detail on what it means to eat mindfully. She notes that in making this shift you may actually start to find yourself leaning more towards a healthier diet. These methods work for any diet — weight reduction, weight management, whole foods plant-based diets, etc. The process is still the same.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview.
How does eating mindfully relate to the environment and issues of sustainability, in addition to just health and nutrition?
Becoming a more mindful eater often goes hand in hand with concern about the environment and sustainablity. When you tune into your food, you start to think more about where it comes from. Being more mindful about what and how much you eat has a direct impact on the carbon foodprint you create. I wrote a blog article for Psychology Today entitled “Movie Therapy for Mindless Eaters.” It gives some examples of movies that can help you be more mindful of the connection between your body, health, nutrition and the environment such as Food Inc., Forks Over Knives and Fast Food Nation.
Although you can eat anything you want, with mindful eating it is likely that you will choose not to eat everything. The more you tune in to what and how you eat, the more particular you become about what you consume. A woman in one of my workshops told me a story about potato chips. She used to love them. Then one day she volunteered to make sack lunches for a school. For an hour, she put potato chips into bags. She recounted how greasy her hands felt at the end of her shift. Her skin was saturated with oil and she couldn’t seem to scrub it off. Prior to this, she had never tuned in to the sensation of touching the potato chips. After this, she looked at them in a brand-new way.
You can read the full interview at Blisstree.com
The video below briefly outlines the mindful eating principles. As noted, Susan Albers’ highly anticipated updated edition of the book Eating Mindfully is due on May 3, 2012. Also check out her Facebook page for more resources including updates on her media appearances.
Let us know what you think. Have you tried these approaches and if so, have you benefited?
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