In This Chapter
Finding the middle way with your diet
Discovering the benefits of keeping a mindful eating journal
Exploring the four A’s of changing mindless habits
Setting realistic expectations and identifying your goals
Your brain is incredibly adaptable when it comes to learning new skills. It can override old, mindless habits and embrace new, mindful ways of living and eating that are more supportive of your health goals and well-being.
In this chapter I prepare you for the mindful changes to come, looking at how you can lay the groundwork for a successful journey from mindless to mindful eating.
Extremism. You may be very familiar with it. If so, you’re not alone. Extremism is quite common in our culture as many people struggle with an all-or-nothing mentality. For instance, extremism in eating can result in yo-yo dieting, which is an unpleasant cycle to get caught in. This type of eating pattern leads to the familiar oscillations between: