July – the freedom month!

by Dr. Ellen Cullman, FLT Columnist

My fantasy is to be on David Letterman and share the top 10 ways the practice of mindful eating gives you freedom! However, that is just a fantasy. I’ll make it real in this July column as we celebrate our country’s freedom and independence as a nation.

1. The practice of mindful eating gives you the freedom to let go of unhealthy yo-yo dieting and teaches you a wholesome weight management approach that has you in charge.

2. The practice of mindful eating gives you the freedom to eat what you want without judgment, guilt, or shame.

3.  The practice of mindful eating gives you the freedom to eat with awareness and discernment of whether you really want another bite of what you are eating.

4. The practice of mindful eating gives you the freedom to eat when you are physically hungry because you are making decisions based on your body’s hunger cues.

5. The practice of mindful eating gives you the freedom to pay attention to your body’s hunger cues even when you are in front of food or think about food all day.

6. The practice of mindful eating gives you the freedom to resign from the “Clean-Your-Plate Club” because you learn to stop eating when you feel satisfied.

7. The practice of mindful eating gives you the freedom to eat what you want most as you respond to your mind-body’s natural cues for nourishment and pleasure.

8. The practice of mindful eating gives you the freedom from painful, uncomfortable and overstuffed feelings that come from ignoring your body’s cues of fullness.

9. The practice of mindful eating gives you the freedom to move your body in wholesome therapeutic ways and to enjoy physical activities.

10. The practice of mindful eating gives you the freedom to intuitively listen and respond to your mind-body and nurture your courage to trust its expert wisdom.

Just as our nation’s forefathers demonstrated the courage to follow their inner convictions and wisdom to form a free and independent nation, so you, as you courageously begin the practice of mindful eating, can begin your journey to freedom and independence from the tyranny of eating mindlessly.

Dr. Cullman welcomes your mindful eating questions. Without disclosing your name, she may answer your question in an upcoming column. The Fall Mindful Eating Workshop begins on September 6th at 975 Commerce Dr. in Perrysburg. Call 419-494-7699 or email mindfuleatingcoach@gmail.com for information or to schedule an individual appointment, presentation, or seminar with The Mindful Eating Coach.