"Research about the effects of mindfulness is becoming ever more robust. Studies suggest that having an awareness of your own physical and mental processes could lead to benefits ranging from lower stress to a protected heart. Now a new study suggests that mindfulness may have an impact on the physical body, showing that people with mindful dispositions have less belly fat and are less likely to be obese.
The research, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, looked at 394 people close to age 50. The men and women are part of the long-term New England Family Study, and researchers have been following them since they were in their mothers' wombs. In the study, the researchers assessed the dispositional mindfulness of the men and women using a standard questionnaire called the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS). They also looked at other markers like body fat and weight.
The study authors found that people with low levels of mindfulness had a 34% higher prevalence of obesity compared to people with high levels of mindfulness. They also found that people with low levels of mindfulness had about a pound of extra belly fat compared to those with high levels of mindfulness."
When I ask people how do they feel about food, the usual answer is, “I love food.” And that is true. We love food - the sight of it, the taste, the texture, and the smell. What’s not to love?
But then, when the meal is over, why do we treat food like an enemy? Why do we rush to remove it from our body via unnatural means such as cleansing?
Our body doesn't like unnatural means. All it needs is a healthy amount of roughage - 10 servings of fruits and veggies and some whole grains every day.
I have a very good relationship with food. Food is my trusted friend and partner. We live in harmony. So can U!
TheEatApp makes me focus on food and on how I eat it. When you give food your undivided attention, it responds in kind - no more weight gain, indigestion, or chronic diseases.
I choose the food I eat wisely, but I don’t restrict myself from eating anything. I developed simple techniques that allow me to stay in control practically effortlessly.
The hot summer is raging in the Bay Area, and I love it.
When the temp is 90 +, chilled soups come in handy. Behold #gazpacho - the marvel of Andalusian cuisine.
The essential ingredients of gazpacho comprise bread, olive oil, garlic, vinegar, and salt. Classic!
The true colors of gazpacho: white, red, and green. White is the basic color; red is due to tomatoes; green is made up of some green stuff, e.g. green peppers.
For fun, add some unorthodox ingredients to the traditional ones, such as melon or strawberries. Improvisation is sweet!