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Every mind and BODY needs mindfulness.

One of the healthiest habits you can explore to help your body maintain a healthy weight is to practice mono-tasking when you eat.

When you eat, eat. That’s it.

It’s rare these days to just eat when we eat. We check emails, work through lunch, eat in the car while driving, stand at the kitchen counter, watch TV. We are constantly multitasking thinking we are using our time efficiently. Unfortunately, our bodies perceive this lack of focus on one task as stressful.

Under the stress response our bodies will decrease digestion, increase fat storage and not allow our bodies to build muscle to conserve our energy for the “emergency.” Our brains don’t differentiate between real or perceived threats such as your thoughts.

When we just eat when we eat, we can give full attention to our meals, slow down and eat under the relaxation response.

Keep it simple. If you normally eat in 5 minutes, try adding another 5 minutes for a 10-minute meal. Other ideas: Put on some relaxing music, sit down at the table, light a candle and truly enjoy being nourished.

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Tanya Mark
Tanya Mark, “Health Energist,” brings her enthusiasm and love for life into her work as a Mind Body Nutrition and Dynamic Eating Psychology Lifestyle Coach. She’s been a lover of wellness all her life and over her career has been a massage therapist, exercise trainer, holistic nutritionist, and more recently added dynamic eating psychology and lifestyle coaching to her toolbox. She doesn’t believe in quick fixes, diets, meal plans or defining you by a number on a scale. If you eat well and exercise (or try but can’t make it a sustainable part of your life), and still struggle with food, weight, body image, fatigue or any other symptom your body is communicating, there is another way, and it doesn’t involve punishing strategies. What’s her secret? She explores who you are as an eater, the person doing the eating, so you can tap into 100% of your calorie burning potential and lose the “weight” – for good.

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