Category Archives: Food and Diet

Teach Your Children Well: Family Eating Habits

When I was working in the Marriage and Family Therapy field, we had a guiding principle when it came to treating children: generally speaking, children’s problems are best addressed at the family level. This doesn’t mean that a family is always to “blame” for the child’s problems. Rather, it means that the solution will be most… Read More »

Does Slow and Steady Win the Race?

Some diets promise rapid weight loss. Others aim for a slower pace. Does the rate at which we lose weight have any bearing on whether we keep it off? This is a great question. Conventional wisdom has long held that slow, gradual weight loss is more sustainable. However, a new study questions that wisdom: regardless… Read More »

That Donut Will Cost Me How Many Miles?

One popular dieting trick is to quantify how much activity is required to burn off certain foods.Most people underestimate (or don’t even know) the amount of calories in their food, and overestimate their activity level. People assume they expend far more energy than they actually do while exercising. And to top it off, people treat… Read More »

Which Diet is Best?

The best diet is a whole foods diet, with foods eaten as close to their natural state as possible. Rather than eating out or buying packaged foods, cook your meals from fresh ingredients. Do not obsess over calories, but rather be aware of calories (they are not as important as we have been led to believe).… Read More »

Hunger, Craving, and Desire

Let’s use the practice of mindfulness to explore the difference between genuine hunger, craving, and desire. Hunger is your body’s signal that it is time to eat. This is natural and good. However, many people experience the physical sensation of hunger and view it as a state of emergency, and respond in an out-of-proportion way.… Read More »

How To Be a Mindful Eater

Here are five ways to bring mindfulness into everyday eating: 1. When you eat, eat. An old Zen adage can be loosely paraphrased as follows: When you walk, walk. When you chop wood, chop wood. When you boil rice, boil rice. As much as possible try to avoid eating while doing other tasks. It is… Read More »

Food is Rarely Just Food

Food is often a symbol of other things, such as love, celebration, gratitude, conformity, cultural identity, gender conformity, etc. Our weight is also not simply about pounds. It can have symbolic meaning. Let’s look a little further into this by contemplating some questions: What else is food a symbol of for you? What does your… Read More »