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Relaxation/Meditation Helps Curb Cravings

May 24, 2008
Eating better and losing weight has a lot to do with what you put into your body. But it also has to do with your emotions and state of mind when you are eating. In fact, your level of relaxation when you are eating may be one of the biggest contributors to whether or not you have food cravings and are able to lose weight at all.

Relaxation and meditation have two important roles when it comes to curbing cravings. The first is biological. Recent studies have shown that there is a strong link between nutrient absorption and your stress levels while you are eating.

For decades leading diet doctors have tried to figure out why people in other countries like France and Italy can eat seemingly "bad" foods and still stay thin. It turns out that your emotional state can effect how your body absorbs nutrients. Eating in a relaxed, enjoyable environment allows you to get what you need out of your food.

One of the major reasons you experience cravings is because your body isn't properly using the nutrients that it is receiving. If eating in front of the tv, eating while you're stressed or eating quickly means that you'll have more cravings, shouldn't you take steps to slow down and relax while you're eating?

Eating in a more relaxed manner may take some getting used to, but the results will be well worth it. By incorporating relaxation and even a bit of meditation, you'll be able to use your food more efficiently and reduce your cravings. You can start by having real "sit down" meals. When you take the time to relax while you are eating, you'll be able to really enjoy your food and digest it as well.

When you eat a meal or a snack, make sure to take your time and relax. Enjoy your meal as you are eating it, and don't rush through the process. Remaining relaxed through the meal is very important to digestion. If you eat on the run or when you're feeling sad, angry or stressed, you'll end up having food cravings shortly afterwards.

Relaxation can also have an effect on your ability to deal with cravings as well. Often times, cravings are just a result of being bored or being stressed out. You can use meditation and other relaxation techniques to help you curb cravings.

If you've never meditated before it may seem intimidating. Really it's nothing more than just sitting in a quiet spot and focusing your attention on something fixed. Some people try to think of one word like "peace," and others try to clear their mind entirely. It's up to you to find what's most pleasing and relaxing for you. The point is to find a method that helps you get your mind off of food and on to what is really important, your relaxation.

Meditation, no matter what form it takes, is a terrific substitute for succumbing to cravings. Any steps you take toward relaxation will help you reduce your cravings and fulfill your weight loss or eating better plans.
About the Author
Are cravings for sugar, salt, junk food, sodas, and coffee running your life? For over 20 years, Diana Walker, the Cravings Coach, has assisted people like you in using natural, safe options for creating vibrant health. Check out Diana's newsletter, blog and podcast at http://www.thecravingscoach.com/blog and http://www.diana2.com
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