Eating as an antidote to stress or boredom, whether or not I'm hungry, often eating until the point of being overfull (mostly in restaurants or social situations). The Challenge skills helped me understand my eating behavior drivers and stop them, while still enjoying food more than ever! The mindful principles I adopted have enabled me to eat more healthfully and truly enjoy food on another level. PS: I did this challenge to develop a healthier relationship to food rather than to lose weight, but I did notice my clothes getting a lot bigger. Wow, a big shift is I learned how to pay attention to my body and (most of the time) eat when I’m hungry, and stop before I am stuffed. Double wow!
This 30-Day Challenge has completely changed the way I eat and approach meals. For the first time in ages, I sit down at a table with no distractions. I focus entirely on my meal, savoring even the simplest food as if I was eating in a fancy restaurant. I don't feel obliged to finish what's on my plate anymore. I stop eating when my stomach tells me it's full (hello Intelligent Belly Wisdom) and pack up any leftovers for my next meal. By following the hunger cue learned in the Challenge, I feel more energetic and less stuffed after meals! I feel like I recovered the full pleasure of eating, even for simple foods!