Guide to Mindful Eating

The twelfth Healthy Habits challenge: Eat mindfully, be thankful. Learn two ways—in this busy season and throughout the year—to find joy in food and to share that joy with others.

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Eat Mindfully, Be Thankful

The last 11 of our 12 Healthy Habits program have focused on the tangible and practical—better diet choices, more exercise, and cooking. The last Healthy Habit is less about doing and more about being—being mindful and thankful in a season that, despite the barrage of commercialism, is still about both of those values.The two themes are interconnected. Mindfulness can help lower the anxiety associated with food during the holidays, a time when food should be about unity, love, friendships, and family but is often a source of stress. Second, thankfulness brings the "giving" theme back to center stage, because the natural by-product of a thankful attitude is a desire to share with others. Both are part of a healthy, well-rounded life all year long. But in this busy season, it takes a little extra mindfulness to keep them a priority.

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How to Eat Mindfully

Learn to appreciate every bite.

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Homemade Holiday Food Gifts

Enjoy the warmth and friendliness of your own home while your prepare presents you know will please.

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Jill Carlson

Healthy Habits Graduate: Jill Carlson

Jill Carlson, third-grade teacher, Chicago, Illinois, shares her tips for eating mindfully.

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Susan Albers

Healthy Habits Hero: Susan Albers, PsyD

"Too often our minds are on the next bite before we experience the one that we have." —Susan Albers, PsyD

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Gretchen Holt Witt: Founder of Cookies for Kids' Cancer, Califon, N.J.

Stories of Grateful Giving: Cookies for Kids' Cancer

A mom turns grief into public awareness and research funding, one cookie at a time.

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Julie Evarts: Silent auction charity dinner hostess

Stories of Grateful Giving: Charity Dinner Party Hostess

She turned her love for entertaining into charitable fund-raisins success.

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Karen Leuschel, Barb Senger, Corky Wilcox: Team Bake

Stories of Grateful Giving: Team Bake

For these three, baking is a way to comfort families facing a battle with cancer.

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Susan Vosmik: USO volunteer

Stories of Grateful Giving: Home-Cooked Meals for Soldiers

While her son serves in Iraq, she serves up home-cooked meals to returning soldiers.

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