Search
Search
Generic filters

Ready to change your life?Start Now! Contact Us

Changing From Within: Learn to Break the Cycle of Unhealthy Eating Habits

August 16, 2017

By Jocelyn Weiss, PhD, MPH and Meg van Staveren, MPH, RD

It’s easy on occasion to eat too much, eat too quickly, eat for comfort, or choose junk food. But for increasing numbers of people, this behavior is the norm, not the exception. Every year millions of Americans vow to lose weight and get healthy but aren’t able to overcome the largest roadblock to these changes—ingrained eating habits. Most diets don’t address the roots of unhealthy behavior, and they also can damage self-worth as those trying to lose weight repeatedly cycle through success and relapse.

Ditch the diet. It is time for a new paradigm for eating and health. Dismantle your old patterns and embrace new tools for making healthy choices that foster your deep, internal motivation for nurturing your body and achieving a healthy weight. Incorporating principles of mindfulness into your daily eating habits has been show to result in healthier eating patterns. These mindfulness principles can be incorporated in a variety of ways.

Noticing When Habits No Longer Support Your Values and Goals

Connect to your core values and vision of a healthy you. Changing habits and long-standing patterns is not easy. Having a clear picture of the health you want, and why you want it, serves as a powerful intrinsic motivator to leave behind your old patterns and embrace new ones.

Recognizing When Emotions Influence Your Food Choices

Tune into your thoughts, stressors and emotions to help recognize when you are stuck in a reactive cycle that leads you to overeat or make unhealthy food choices.

Identifying External Triggers Versus Hunger Cues

Notice whether you are eating based on actual physical hunger and nutritional needs, or if you are making unhealthy choices based on the external triggers surrounding you (such as social eating, advertisements, workplace influences and others).

Engaging in the Experience of Eating

Slow down. Take time to pay attention and enjoy the experience of your food choices by noticing flavors, textures and aromas. In doing so, your body will more easily sense when it is both full and satisfied.

Consider Registering For a Changing From Within Course

To delve deeper into ways mindfulness can transform your eating patterns and support your health and wellness goals, Duke Integrative Medicine offers Changing From Within. This 8-week course will help you learn to bring close attention to your mind, body, behaviors and patterns related to eating. You will explore the many variables that drive our habits—including stress, unhappiness, and even unconscious beliefs—and develop a road map for sustainable change.

The group support and personal mindfulness skills you will develop in this program can provide a pathway to achieve a healthy weight that can be maintained for a lifetime. Loaded with concrete meditation exercises, behavioral techniques, nutrition advice, and meal-planning charts, this course provides the tools to avoid cravings, stop emotional overeating, and figure out when you are full.

Lasting weight loss and healthy living begin in the mind. Are your ready to learn how to re-program your body, make healthy choices, lose weight, and keep it off for life? Click here to learn more about Changing From Within.

SUGGESTED POSTS

Your Guide to Nutrition and Metabolism

Content curated by Kenlyn Young, LDN, MS, RD, Dietitian, Duke Integrative Medicine. Support and optimize your metabolism with ""Your Ultimate Guide to Nutrition and Metabolism." This e-book shares in-depth information about your metabolism and ways to support and optimize it. Download the Nutrition and Metabolism Guide   About ...

READ MORE

Feeling 35 Years Younger After Partnering With Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center

Deana Doub, from Hillsborough, NC, partnered with the Duke Lifestyle & Weight Management Center to help her lose more than 60 pounds. Deana's goals included weight loss, increasing exercise and fitness, and finding a balanced diet that would work for her. Deana was thrilled to work with Christine ...

READ MORE

Four Factors that Can Improve Your Metabolism

By: Kenlyn Young, LDN, MS, RD, Dietitian, Duke Integrative Medicine. Metabolism is so confusing and frustrating, right? Common questions asked, "Why can't I lose weight? Why is my metabolism so slow?" In simple terms, "Metabolism is the internal process by which your body expends energy and burns calories. It runs 24/7 ...

READ MORE
BACK TO POSTS

For more information about

Duke Integrative Medicine and our various services and programs, please join our mailing list.


error: Content is protected !!