But I’ll take the hand of those who don’t know the way,
who can’t see where they’re going.
I’ll be a personal guide to them,
directing them through unknown country.
I’ll be right there to show them what roads to take,
make sure they don’t fall into the ditch.
These are the things I’ll be doing for them—
sticking with them, not leaving them for a minute.” Isaiah 42:16 MSG
Thanks for coming along on these first steps toward a more mindful way of looking at our nutrition. First of all, let’s be thankful that we have the privilege of thinking about our food choices. We actually HAVE food choices; not everyone does. And for that privilege, we are grateful.
I will offer a suggestion for mindful eating each day as well as spiritual inspiration to support you. Feel free to personalize this week to meet your needs. It’s not my intent to add any extra stress to your life so take what serves you and leave the rest for someone else.
You know yourself best. What works for me may not work for you. Make it your own, but do own something each day. Each day, do something new or different. Remember, if you keep on doing the same thing you have always done, you will keep on getting the same thing you have always got.
Time to Plan
Today come up with a plan. What does your week look like? Do you have any social engagements that will require you to eat out? Are you traveling? Entertaining at your home? These are all opportunities to develop new habits and a new way of thinking about eating. They require planning. And that is what mindful eating is about, having a plan so that you don’t just stand in front of the pantry and graze. Once you know what your week looks like, you can better plan your trip to the grocery. And that comes tomorrow! Find a new recipe or two to try to shake things up a bit. It’s more fun that way. Make a plan, make your list, grab your coupons. Tomorrow we shop.
Testing the REPLY tool! 🙂
Welcome, friends, to Day One. And the first thing, right off the bat, is THINK. I am thinking about my grade school reunion next Saturday. I am planning on limiting my alcohol intake to one drink. And avoiding the inevitable bowl of chips and pretzels.
I’m traveling with hubby on business! I always pack our lunch. Today it was chicken salad in celery sticks . Also blueberries both eaten in car!
Just fished a burger only with no bread! Amazing.
Did have a half of a beer!
You guys can make the right choices and still eat out!
You are so smart to pack your lunches. Way to have a plan!
I’ve already started today. I usually eat 3 full meals, but today I just had a piece of fruit and protein barker lunch. Dinner I cut my portions in half.
My down fall is usually large portions or seconds. I have to remind myself to not get seconds or at least with 2o minutes. That’s when I realize I am full and don’t need it. Thanks for the motivation Sherri. I need to fit into a MOB dress by February.
Big portions can be a killer and we are definitely going to address that this week. I love your 20 minute rule
You’re a beautiful, inspiring lady Sherri & we are blessed by you! My plan is to eat 3 well-balanced meals & prioritize my healthy meals like I do for my children. With this approach, I plan to think before eating instead of just approaching the pantry like Cookie Monster because I realize I have barely eaten at 4p.m.
Put your own oxygen mask on first, right Mamma Leah? And you bless me right back!
Reading this with a late dinner. Turkey, cheese sandwich. No sauce. Carrot sticks and bubbly water. And a few nacho chips. Must have needed salt.
Funny how our bodies crave it sometimes.
Trying to plan healthy eating for the week, mixed in with chaos. Taking time to just breathe, not stress eat. We are preparing for the worst, but praying for the best with Hurricane Florence headed towards us on the East Coast. My husband is coming home next week from his yearlong overseas mobilization. Praying for strength.
Anxiety and stress can indeed throw us a loop and our plan can be hard to hold on to. Today is shopping day. I bet the stores are packed where you are in Virginia. Are you gong to make it out?
Yes, the Annapolis, MD, stores were already quite busy Sun and Mon. As the storm track updates, our risk is lessening. The Navy base in VA is evacuating, so my husband will report there from overseas once the base is fully operational again.
Oops..i relocated you to Virginia!Hurry home Sean!
Funny how things work, is it odd or is it God someone now passed used to whisper to me. I hadn’t read this post until now when I read today’s and thought, let me go back and start from the beginning. I did reigned in shopping yesterday at Kroger as I’ve just started a Diabetes Prevention Program. It’s a struggle ladies for me to use food as intended instead of an emotional steam valve.
The first step is taken…at least you recognize what you are doing when you use food to feed your emotions.