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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Best Strategy for Eating Healthier in 2015

This year I am giving you an alternative approach to start eating healthier. Mindful eating (being more aware of mindless eating habits) provides a sustainable, long-term solution to stop overeating, quit feeling guilty when you eat and to feel comfortable in your body again.  How do you get started?

Stop stress eating and make healthier food choices by taking the free “Mindful Eating Pledge.” Here are five important behavioral steps you can take to significantly improve your eating habits today without starving or struggling:

1. Eat mindfully: I will be more aware of each bite.
2. Pace, not race: I will eat slowly and with intention.
3. When I eat, just eat: I will eat without distraction.
4. Calm without calories: I will find true comfort and soothing without food.
5. Eat less, nourish more: I will eat foods that nurture my body.

Changing your eating habits is not an easy task. However, doing it with intention and a smart strategy can make it simpler and within reach.


Susan Albers, Psy.D., is a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness. After obtaining a masters and doctorate degree from the University of Denver, Dr. Albers completed an APA internship at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University in California. Dr. Albers conducts mindful eating workshops across the country.

Dr. Albers is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and the American Psychological Association, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and National Eating Disorders Association. Susan enjoys spending time blogging, jogging and walking (she is a New York Marathon, Bolder Boulder 10K & the San Francisco half marathon finisher), watching the Sundance Channel, and traveling.

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