Do you have questions on Mindful Eating?

Do you have questions on Mindful Eating?

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By Dr Irwin Lim, Rheumatologist

I want to highlight the blog of our dietitian, Chloe McLeod (visit site).

Over the past few months, Chloe has been writing about mindful eating, to help translate scientific information about nutrition into practical tips about what foods can help you optimise your health and wellbeing.

Having been in the game slightly longer, I’ve been trying to help her with some advice regarding the mechanics of blogging. However, what all bloggers need is encouragement, and that comes in the form of an interested reading community and engagement.

If you are at all interested in what you put in your mouth, and you’d be a little strange if you’re not, I’d encourage you to visit her blog. Examples of recent posts include:

You must have questions on food and nutrition you want answered.

Please leave a comment and/or request for her, and I’m sure Chloe will endeavour to try and answer these in a future post.

Dr Irwin Lim is a rheumatologist and a director of BJC Health. You should follow him on twitter here.
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  • Jeanette

    I read the one that is relevant to me…Can diet really help my arthritis …and I would really love to know how to lose 5 – 10% of my body weight when I am taking high dose steroids and extremely mobility impaired. Any suggestions would be very welcome as I even tried replacing all meals with optifast shakes (VLCD) without success.

    • Chloe

      Hi Jeanette, Great question! This must be so frustrating for you, because it IS difficult to lose weight when high dose steroids and lack of mobility come into play. There is definately a few things you can try though. Without knowing anything about your current intake, I will just provide some general suggestions. My first suggestion would be to make sure that the majority of what you consume is made up of vegetables and salad vegetables, ie atleast half of your plate at lunch and dinner. This way you will be filling up on nutrient rich, low energy options. Secondly, ensure to include legumes and lentils- at a minimum of 3 times per week, if not more. These are also low in energy, but rich in fibre and low GI thus again will assist with increasing fullness whilst reducing caloric intake. Plus there is heaps of other health benefits. Check out my colleague’s video about them here: http://www.youtube.com/watchv=qb6CzgsHTFs&list=UUyIXbjbXb2iCtxFzB9ahAEw&index=12 Thirdly, ensure to eat slowly and mindfully, making sure to chew your food, pay attention to what you are eating. It takes your body about 20minutes to realise that it’s full, so eating quickly makes it very easy to eat extra. Finally, skipping meals, or not eating enough (as odd as it sounds) can also wreck havoc on your metabolism by slowing it down (see video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JCC2vYFOWk&list=UUyIXbjbXb2iCtxFzB9ahAEw&index=4 ). Further to that, dehydration of as low as 2% can slow your metabolism down, so drinking plenty of water is also essential, and can also help to reduce hunger. I am planning on writing another blog soon about mindful eating, so keep an eye out for it. I hope this has helped Jeanette, let me know if you have any other questions! And thanks for the plug Irwin! :) Chloe

      • Jeanette

        Thanks Chloe, very helpful indeed. :-)

  • Jeanette

    the dish in the photo accompanying this blog looks delicious!