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How to Avoid Stress Eating & Holiday Weight Gain

Beware of the temptation to blow off healthy habits during the holiday season. By staying on track you will start off the new year strong! Have specific goals: Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetable every day Continue with physical activity routines Plan for reliable periods of rest and relaxation Let go of unrealistic expectations for a “perfect” holiday, “perfect” decorations, being the “perfect” host or hostess. Top 6 strategies for keeping healthy behaviors in place through the end of the year: Stay ahead of the hunger and have healthy snacks around. Plan for special “treats” rather than “cheating” and eating because you are stressed. Plan out what your day will look like the ni

When Food is Love

"I need a treat!" ... Sounds familiar? Do you reach for food when you are stressed, under pressure, maxed out? Have you been turning to food for emotional comfort? It is human nature to seek relief in strenuous times. We all need to calm down, relax and slow down after being challenged in one way or another. Reaching for food can be a quick fix providing instant comfort. A few minutes later, however, you are still confronted with having to deal with your feelings plus the added guilt caused by overeating. You are not alone... Using food as a mood regulator is very common. Here are some alternative strategies: Pause, place your hand on your heart and take a few deep breaths. Be gentle with yo

Why You Eat is as Important as What You Eat

Why do we eat when we are not hungry? Using food to feel better is very common and causes unwanted weight gain, feelings of guilt and a sense of losing control. Emotional overeaters need to learn to separate hunger from other needs. Ask yourself: “What am I really in need of right now? How am I feeling? What challenges do I face? Am I angry? Am I lonely? Am I sad? Am I bored? Am I feeling unappreciated?” It takes courage to assess what is going on inside of you. Looking at your true feelings will help you break the vicious cycle of eating instead of feeling. Focus on your overall well-being. Eliminate chronic stressors and negative influences in your life. Add positive things to your life li


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