Monday, August 26, 2013

How Meditation Helped My Overeating

Oprah Winfrey was on David Letterman last week when she revealed on the show, "Well, actually, I brought meditation to my whole company ... in 2010, because it makes for a better environment when everybody is focused and of one mind and doing well."

My life is certainly not as glamorous as Oprah's or the other celebrities who meditate (Gwyneth Paltrow, Russell Simmons, David Lynch, Miranda Kerr and Ellen DeGeneres) but I have found meditation as a path for me to be more aware of why I eat and what I choose to eat.
It has been a long windy road to come to the understanding of when I feel full while eating and to ask myself why I am going for another snack.

Starting from a young age, food was like a friend that was always there. My parents were divorced when I was six and after they parted ways, I was being shuttled from one parent's home to the other. During the week I would be with my mom and every second weekend stay with my dad (in another town).

Looking back now there was always food, wherever I may be and whatever was happening around me. The habit of turning to food as an ally stayed with me as a young adult. Trouble with a boyfriend? You could find me in sweat pants, late at night touring the bulk chocolate section in the local grocery store. Celebrating a new job or event, then it would call for ice cream of other food to ring in the news. During these years there was a clear disconnect between me and food, we had a dysfunctional relationship.  (MORE)

Source: Huffington Post

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