“My comfort food is made from scratch steel cut oatmeal. It’s delicious, easy to make, and just what I need on a cold morning.” – Clinton from League, TX.
Celebrate National Cereal Day, March 7th!
Top 3/4 cup cooked oatmeal with sliced bananas, sprinkle on cinnamon, and drizzle with a teaspoon of honey. 5 SmartPoints value.
JUST FOR FUN: “Want to know more about yourself?” Go to personality testing, info to take the Big Five Personality Test, which assesses – among other traits – how conscientious, open, and agreeable you are.
JUST REMEMBER THIS….Losing weight can improve your memory, suggests the results of a Swedish study of older women. After weight loss, the region of the brain that help identify and match faces show more activity – and regions that are linked to recall episodic memories showed less, which scientists think indicates more efficient retrieval.
Meal-Planning Move Member Tip: “I batch-cook steel-cut oats in my rice cooker. I divide it into half-cup portions, then freeze it for a yummy, reheat able breakfast.” – Sue from Mesa, WA.
HANGRY – adjective – bad-tempered or irritable as result of hunger. Sample sentence: Planning meals helps me avoid getting hangry.
THOUGHTS FROM A LEADER
- “I’m a busy mom of four, but I love my FitBit: I get 8,000 to 13,000 steps a day and as many flights of stairs I can.” – Bosalia.
- “I plan meals so I know that if an unexpected ‘food magnet” draws me to something else, I’ll make the right choice.” – Steve.
Picture This: Mindfully Eating.
It helps you stay in control, enjoy food more – and lose weight.
The benefits? You’ll eat less – and enjoy it more.
Do you remember what you ate for dinner last night? (Bonus points if you tracked it!) How did it taste? Distracted eating is more common than ever, thanks in part to our ever – present electronic pals: the smartphones, computer, tv. But they’re not the only attention grabbers. Think of all the times you’ve eaten when . . .
- Reading a book
- At a sports event
- Working at your desk
- In a meeting
- On the phone (and yes, the other party can hear you chomping)
- Talking with a coworker
- Standing in the kitchen
- Doing _________________(Fill in your own)
That’s a lot of distraction! When you’re doing something while eating, chances are good that …
- You don’t taste your food
- You don’t pay attention to PointPlus values
- You lose sight of portion
- You eat something that you might not have intended to
- You eat past the point of satisfaction
- You ________________ (Fill in your own)
But there’s a fix that’s simple, pleasure, and effective: being mindful – neither worrying about the future nor rehashing the past. You just are, in the moment, here and now. And that can help you eat wisely and well.
Mindful Eating Means You …
- Eat more slowly, because the food (not the TV, the road, the chatter) is the focus.
- May take in fewer PointPlus values.
- Are more likely to enjoy your meal fully.
- Can leave the table (you are sitting at a table, right?) feeling satisfied.
- Feel more physically comfortable after the meal.
Along with your own ideas, and ones you hear in your meeting, here are a few more small actions that can help train your attention on your food:
- Don’t just turn off your cell phone; put it out of reach and out of sight.
- Leave the serving dishes on the counter on in the kitchen, so you must be consciously choose to go back for more.
- Take small bites and chew well.
- Always sit when you eat.
Paying Attention Pays Off
Tune into mindfulness regularly – not just during meal times- and you boost your mental and physical well being, according to research. Being mindful regularly …
- Can help diminish anxiety, depression and stress.
- Can help strengthen memory and attention.
- May increase productivity and innovation (Google sometimes begins company meetings with a one minute mindfulness exercise!)
- May even help you live longer, in a way, because you are simply more present for more moments in each day.