Category Archives: Mindfulness

Sugar Addiction

Check out this article in today’s New York Times about sugar addiction. Many people who struggle with overeating are really responding to an addiction to sugar. There is a real physical dependency that contributes to our difficulty in giving up these foods. The first step to tackling this problem is to mindfully tune in to what… Read More »

What Mindfulness is Not

Do you have to meditate or become a Buddhist to live a mindful life? Will all of your stress go away if you practice mindfulness? Isn’t mindfulness just the next new fad? Should you try to “clear your mind of thoughts?” The answer to all of those questions is “no.” Awhile ago I wrote a… Read More »

Evidence for Benefits of Mindfulness Continues

The history of using mindfulness to address a variety of medical and psychological conditions dates back about 35 years. It traces its roots to Massachusetts General Hospital’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. This method, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, has been studied extensively and has shown consistent and impressive results in treating a range of medical… Read More »

Weight Loss Plan for Thanksgiving

There are hundreds of practical articles and tips out there to help people handle Thanksgiving—and those are all great. However, I’d like to approach things from a slightly different angle: how to train your mind. Think of this post as a helpful “add-on” to whatever strategy you already have in place for the holiday. Shifting your… Read More »

What to do When You Fall Off Your Weight Loss Plan

Or “How to Start a Weight Loss Plan Even if it is the 100th Time You’ve Tried” Consider the following quote from meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg: “It is never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it… Read More »

Nature and Weight Loss

Massachusetts General Hospital has a program where its doctors write prescriptions for outdoor activity as a way to improve health (Outdoor Rx). This is one of those “Wouldn’t it be nice if…” moments that has actually materialized. “Wouldn’t it be nice” if doctors handed out prescriptions for walking the dog, hiking, or playing catch rather… Read More »

Responding to Internal vs. External Signals to Eat

“If you don’t like your world, change yourself (in a positive way). By virtue of changing yourself, your world will change…” This simple axiom can be very powerful. Research has shown we make over 200 decisions about food every day. Most of these decisions are driven by external factors. In our fast paced, sedentary world… Read More »

Mindfulness for Health

The study of mindfulness as it relates to health is an exciting, emerging field. This study discusses how mindfulness affects a variety of health outcomes. I love the way the researchers define mindfulness: “Mindfulness is defined as a person’s awareness of his or her mental and physical states — one’s thoughts, emotions and needs.” Too… Read More »

Coaching: Is There an App for That?

I love the idea of using technology to help people lose weight. My philosophy is: if it helps, why not give it a try. Everybody’s toolkit is different, and some are more tech-centered than others. The weight loss start-up Noom has several good apps, including a free pedometer for your phone (which I have), and a… Read More »