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Edie Shaw-Ewald on Simon and Garfunkel

A message from Edie Shaw-Ewald, Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer Specialist:

Simon and Garfunkel are coming to Halifax soon – would love to see them play a few tunes – especially Bridge over Troubled Waters and my favourite, The 59th Street Bridge Song (aka: Feelin’ Groovy!).

I have my own version of the words, and it goes something like this:

“Slow Down, you eat too fast
you gotta make the meal laaaaast,
chew, taste, enjoy your food…
life, I love you…
feelin’ healthy!!
bada bada bada bada bada”

There is a lot of mindless munching going on in our society these days. Eating quickly and eating everywhere while multitasking is the norm; while sitting down to really enjoy a meal seems to be the exception.

Research is showing that this lack of awareness during eating is hurting our health. Why? Because it tends to lead to overeating and less than healthy food choices.

Mindful eating can lead to better food choices, weight loss and an improved state of health.

The WAY you eat really will make a difference in what you eat, how much you eat, your digestion, your weight and your overall health!

Practice these techniques to mindful eating:

– Before you start to eat; notice whether you are hungry.

– Make sure you are sitting at a table and your food is on a plate or bowl (not in a box).

-Acknowledge the work it took to get the food to your plate. Notice the food’s colour, smell, amount.

-Digestion starts in the mouth, so chew your food well. Put your fork down between bites. Notice the taste and texture of every bite and pause between bites.

-Check in with your level of hunger during the meal; it takes 20-30 minutes to get the signal to the brain that you have had enough to eat.

Health and Happiness,

Edie

Edie is a regular contributor to the Bedford Beacon.

Edie believes in using real and natural foods to achieve the healthiest body and mind that we were meant to possess.

She will provide you with the tools, support and the plan you need to live a healthier lifestyle!

For more information on Edie and all that she has to offer visit nutritioncoachedie.com.

Join her blog at nutritioncoachedie.blogspot.com.

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