A Mindful Eating Meditation to Manage Food Cravings

This meditation by Jamie Zimmerman, M.D., will help you learn to handle food cravings with greater awareness and intention.
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This meditation by Jamie Zimmerman, M.D., will help you learn to handle food cravings with greater awareness and intention.
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This meditation will help you learn to handle food cravings with greater awareness and intention.

Mindful eating is a practice that allows us to tune in to the body’s needs and be thoughtful about how we nourish ourselves. By fully appreciating a food’s flavors and textures and being in the moment while eating, we open ourselves up to a deeper level of enjoyment, and it becomes easier to make better choices. But what happens when you just really, really want to dig in to that piece of chocolate cake?

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Mindful Eating Meditation

This meditation by Jamie Zimmerman, M.D., will help you learn to handle food cravings with awareness and intention. You’ll use the acronym STOP to help you through moments of fear and weakness. “S” stands for simply that: stop. “T” stands for "take three deep breaths." “O” stands for “observe." “P” stands for “proceed," in a way that supports you and those around you. You’ll use this acronym to understand where the craving is coming from and what it means. What thoughts are going through your head right now? What is your craving telling you? What do you imagine will happen if you act on the craving? Breathe deeply and allow yourself to discover what you truly need.

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