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Preventing Obesity: Self Care For Parents

There are steps you can take in an effort to prevent obesity for yourself and your children and loved ones. In taking care of yourself you are providing a powerful role model for your children to follow and are also ensuring theirs and your success in life. One step that you can take to do this is through mindfulness.

As a society we have the tendency to multitask endlessly. To do one thing and only one thing at a time is unheard of today, this is especially true with eating. I have seen people walking down the street eating an entire meal out of a styrofoam container. We eat in front of the television and in front of the computer. We have been trained as a society to eat while doing something else like the movies, sporting events and every other event imaginable. 

Aside from multi-tasking not being good for the brain it is defintely not good for eating habits because it takes our attention away from eating. Studies have shown that when people eat in this way they consume more food. When you think about it this makes sense.

When you are not paying attention to something, important information is passing you by. You are not conscious and since you are unconscious you are not aware of when your body is giving you cues of when it is satisfied and full. This is very important because you are putting more calories into your body than you need to.

When you are putting more calories into your body than you need the rest of the calories turn into fat or  excess weight. This creates a problem for you as you then try to figure out what to do with the extra weight or how to get rid of it.

One way that this all can be prevented is by being mindful when you eat. Make eating your meals a pleasurable experience for you not just something that you have to do. Take the time to set aside time to prepare and plan your meals and then sit down and enjoy them.

Lastly, I totally understand that we have made this a habit of eating on the go and sometimes not eating at all. We get to understand this and not beat ourselves up but take small steps a little at a time to build success and consistency. Try it and let me know how it turns out for you.

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