Drink Your Food and Eat Your Drink
“The faster you eat, the more likely you are to overeat.”
Gandhi once said that "we should drink our food and eat our drink". What he was saying is take time and chew your food and take small sips of water. In general, people tend to eat too much, too fast and for all the wrong reasons. You won't get sunk by bad eating habits if you take the time to understand what you're doing wrong. It takes time for the body to tell the brain that it 's full. So the faster you eat, the less likely you are to feel satiated, and the more likely you are to overeat. Slowing down and learning to pace yourself, will almost certainly result in fewer calories being consumed, says Edward Abramson, Ph.D., professor of psychology at California State University in Chico, and author of To Have and to Hold: How to Take off the Weight When Marriage Puts on the Pounds (Kensington Books, 1999).
- If you're eating because you're ravenously hungry, drink a glass of water before you start to eat," advises Joy Bauer, MS., RD.,CDN., from Joy Bauer Nutrition in New York City. If you're simply a gobbler, gulp a beverage in between every bite and chew.
- Dim the lights, put on some slow music, light some candles and make your meal a sensuous event that stretches over a few hours.
- Put down your fork from time to time and take a minute or two before you start eating again.
- Make your meals a fun occasion, something you look forward to enjoying leisurely. Perhaps look to the dinner hour as a time to sit down with the family and catch up on the day's events. Having a conversation or telling a funny story will force you to slow down.
Good food for thought!
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See Things The Way You Want Them To Be
You know what you are today
but not what you may be tomorrow.
Use your imagination and look at things as they can be.
You can do anything you wish to do,
have anything you wish to have,
and be anything you wish to be.
You don't know what you can really do until you try.
All you have to do is to act on your dreams.
You have the power within you to do things
you never dreamed possible.
You would amaze yourself
if you did all the things you're capable of doing.
This power becomes available to you
as soon as you change some of your beliefs.
Success begins in your mind.
Exercise and Get Your Head Together
If you can make the leap to regular physical activity, you will reap many benefits for your mental health, including:
Not everyone struggles with mental health issues, but everyone faces stress in their lives. Dr. Diane Stoler, a sports psychologist, works with her patients to develop emotional and physical flexibility. She advocates exercising to reduce stress: "By exercising, you break the cycle of stress. You're releasing chemicals, changing the brain waves and staying in the present. You are staying focused, not thinking about your next deadline. You can't relax and be tense at the same time." Stoler says the movement of major muscle groups through exercise can reduce worrisome thoughts that cause stress.
A Brighter Outlook
Psychologists have found that exercise is a successful alternative for treating depression. Just think what it can do for those who only suffer from an occasional bad mood!
Psychologist James Blumenthal, Ph.D., and colleagues at Duke University conducted studies of patients with major depressive disorders. They were treated with medication, exercise and a combination of the two. The study concluded that patients receiving any of these treatments were significantly less depressed and approximately two-thirds were no longer depressed. Follow-up studies revealed that patients in the exercise group were more likely to be partially or fully recovered than those in the medication or medication plus exercise group.
To attain the psychological benefits of exercise, the Association for Advancement of Applied Sports Psychology states that even a brief walk at low intensity is advantageous. To reduce depression or anxiety, effective exercise programs should last longer than ten weeks and occur three times per week; 15 to 30 minutes per session for depression and 15 to 20 minutes for anxiety.
A Sharper Mind
"Exercise can also help you to be more alert and increase your ability to learn," says Stoler. "If you are in a relaxed state, you have a better ability to stay in the present and remember things."
"Exercise creates new synaptic connections. If you don't use it, you lose it," she says. "A person at 70 or older can have the same mental capacity, barring any degenerative disease, that they did when they were younger. Exercise maintains what I call the plasticity of the brain. There is no reason not to think as sharp and fast as you age." Regular physical activity does much more than keep off unwanted pounds. "Exercising the body exercises the mind," says Stoler.
Finding Your Moments of Silence
“Practice silence and you will acquire silent knowledge. In this silent knowledge is a computing system that is far more precise and far more accurate and far more powerful than anything that is contained in the boundaries of rational thought.”
-- Deepak Chopra
When I was being taught Vipashyana meditation, I was guided to experience the stillness that naturally arises in the moments between the in and out breaths. And Eckhart Tolle recommends becoming aware of the spaces between words. He says that stillness brings awareness of silence, and it’s in the silence that we can experience being fully awake. Consciousness is beyond thought activity. There’s more power in the gaps between the words than in the words themselves.
“In the sweet territory of silence we touch the mystery. It’s the place of reflection and contemplation, and it’s the place where we can connect with the deep knowing, to the deep wisdom way.”
-- Angeles Arrien
Low Glycemic Sugar Free Tofu Blackberry Shake
Carbs Per Serving: 12.75 g
Prep Time:<10 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Ah, the incredible soybean - here is a drink loaded with calcium, and protein and it has about half the calories of a regular shake. Try replacing the regular sugar with fructose.
1 (12.3) package silken tofu
1 cup blackberries, raspberries, strawberries or blueberries - fresh or frozen
1 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Use this basic formula for many fruits - vary with spices.
Total Calories: 432
Calories Per Serving: 108 serving size 1 cup
Total Fat Per Serving: 1.875g
Saturated Fat: 1.00 g
Cholesterol Per Serving: 4.0mg
Sodium Per Serving: 39.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates Per Serving: 12.75g
Dietary Fiber: 4.4
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