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Mindful Eating For Dummies by Laura Dawn

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Chapter 1

Discovering Mindful Eating

In This Chapter

arrow Defining mindful eating

arrow Exploring your relationship with food

arrow Understanding mindfulness

arrow Discovering the mind-body connection

arrow Looking at the beauty of the now

At first glance, mindful eating may sound simple. And at its most basic level, it is simple, yet mindful eating is also extremely profound and goes far beyond merely slowing down or removing distractions while you eat.

In this chapter I lay the groundwork for the chapters to come by exploring in-depth what mindful eating actually is, uncovering its roots in the art and practice of mindfulness, and looking at who can benefit the most from incorporating mindful eating into their everyday lives.

Exploring the Different Slices of the Mindful Eating Pie

To help you understand what mindful eating is and how it can help you, check out the opposite side of the coin and examine a few mindless eating scenarios. See if you can identify with any or all of the following situations:

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