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Here are summaries from three of my posts that received the most notice this past year:

Use Mindful Eating vs. Mindless Eating

Is this one of those days when you have so much to do you eat whatever is available? Without thinking and not even knowing what you are eating? Is it just “time to eat” and you sit down, grab your food, a book or the paper, watch TV or check your messages, and go through the motions?

It takes effort to be fully present to plan and choose healthy food. One needs to pause and take a few deep breaths to connect body and mind and become more aware of what is going on.

Mindless eating can lead toward food binges, sugar cravings, and overeating. Being more mindful of what we are eating while avoiding mindless eating is a worthy goal.

Response to “Use Mindful Eating vs. Mindless Eating”
“I’ve been attending meditation sessions every week, where mindfulness is an important aspect of the lesson. The teachers have often suggested exactly the points you bring out in your article: “to be more present at mealtime. To eat slowly and be mindful of the taste…” Also to eat without the distraction of the TV or the newspaper. Thank you for reminding me about the importance of mindful eating.”

You’re Fine Just the Way You Are

One of the greatest gifts of all is to hear: “You’re fine just the way you are.” There is so much comparing body features to super models and being unhappy with looks, hair, whatever. It’s so good to hear this – especially from your Mom or those close to you. Those may be just the most wonderful words imaginable: “You’re fine just the way you are.”
Read more about this here:
Then read the whole story about a different sort of bullying – one that is just as hurtful as being pushed, or other aggressive forms of bullying here:

To make the day for children and others, just use these these magic words: “You’re fine just the way you are.”.  The family really does play a crucial role when it comes to raising emotionally healthy and confident children.

New Ebook: Kids Cooking and Learning Through Food Activities

Thanks to all who downloaded a FREE copy of  Amy Houts’ ebook, Kids Cooking and Learning Through Food Activities.

With over 3400 FREE Kindle Amazon downloads during the 3 day promotion, we thank you for getting the word out.  May this little ebook inspire you to encourage your child in meaningful kitchen “experiments”, activities, and food preparation jobs.

At one point the book ranked #1 in the FREE book in Kindle Store.

The promotion is over but the ebook continues to be available on Amazon for only $2.99, considered a real bargain. You can place it on your reader, including your Cloud reader and have it instantly at your service.

To happy and healthy cooking and eating in 2014,

Lee Jackson, writer and entrepreneur

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