March 2011 E-News
Mindful Eating Satisfies the Body and the Mind
Can eating imaginary M&Ms® lead to eating fewer real M&Ms®?
Yes, according to a study published in the December 2010 issue of Science. (Dr. Oz, Dr. Michelle May, and Gary Wenk Ph.D. discuss the possilbe applications of this research on the Dr. Oz Show on Monday, March 28th; check your local listing.) The study hypothesized that visualization allowed subjects to habituate to (lose interest in) eating the candy, and therefore eat less when they ate the real ones.
Photo credit: Dr. Oz show/Sony Pictures Television
Thought for Food
We're bombarded with information from both the environment and our internal state. Habituation allows us to tune out unimportant stimuli when the novelty wears off so we're not constantly overwhelmed. For example, you may notice the sound of a fan when you initially walk into a room, but soon it becomes nonexistent.
When you eat while you're distracted, you may not habituate to the food as you eat it. Instead, your hand may continue to move to your mouth automatically and unconsciously. At the end of eating, you'll feel stuffed but strangely unsatisfied. In the study, people who visualized themselves eating 30 M&Ms® or 30 cubes of cheese ate less of that food.
Even if you're not willing to eat 30 imaginary M&Ms® first, by eating each of the real ones mindfully - with attention to the appearance, the aromas, the textures, the flavors, even the movement of your hand - your brain can take in the information and feel satiated.
We call that eating what you love, and loving what you eat!
Eat Mindfully, Live Vibrantly!
Michelle May, M.D.
P.S. Did you catch our quotes in the April issues of Health (page 43) and Parents (page 52)?
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Mindful eating, mindful living
Read about Deanna's journey of self-discovery...
Deanna had yoyo dieted since high school then discovered herself on her journey of mindful eating. She's lost 30 pounds so far "without trying," but is more focused on the awareness and freedom mindful eating has brought her. Read more about how Deanna is shedding more than just her past...
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Indiana Dietetic Association
April 14, 2011
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April 15, 2011
April 30, 2011
Valley West Community Hospital Mindful Eating Experience
May 10, 2011
Pennsylvania Bankers Association
Boca Raton, FL
May 14, 2011
1st Annual Applachian Health Summit
May 19-21, 2011
Million Dollar Round Table 2011
June 6, 2011
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Rotorua, New Zealand
June 10-13, 2011
National Speakers Association of New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
June 14, 2011
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Big Sky, Montana
July 24, 2011
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Kansas City, Missouri
July 29, 2011
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September 19, 2011
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