Many of our unhealthy eating habits can be attributed to not just what we eat but also how we eat it. The idea behind conscious eating is to instill smart eating practices now that will carry you through the rest of your life -- so the way you select, prepare, and enjoy a meal actually makes you healthier.
Reversing unhealthy eating habits is not about following hard-and-fast diet rules. Instead, it's about cultivating a new, conscious approach, one that starts with listening to your body.
Finding your way back to a healthy relationship with food starts when you reconnect with both your body and your emotions. That entails the deep work of learning to recognize and experience your feelings, and the practical work of finding strategies to replace the habit of turning to food for comfort. It also means recognizing and undoing the lessons of a culture that teaches women to mistrust their bodies.
Failure to indulge is a serious violation of Party Law. But, as anyone who's powered through a bowl of guacamole and a pitcher of Champagne punch knows, too much of a good thing can suddenly feel bad. These seven steps will help you keep your reveling in check.
Flung open and shut several times a day, the typical fridge serves as our own personal vending machine -- which we gravitate to, like nails to a magnet, when our stomachs start growling. But with most setups, we reach for last night's takeout, perched on the top shelf, instead of the fresh vegetables and fruits, bagged and buried in the crisper drawers. Learn how tweaking your refrigerator setup can help you eat healthier.
Talk to food psychologists and you'll hear that learning to respond to your body's natural sense of physical hunger, and subsequent feelings of fullness, is a powerful tool for maintaining a healthy weight. But talk to women of all shapes and sizes, and many of them will tell you they fight hunger and, in some cases, fear it. Learn our tips for making peace with your stomach.