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alex wild

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Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« on: June 22, 2011, 07:05:34 PM »
People who meditate are probably more likely to eat healthy than people from the general population. This is probably because of their personality types, however, I wonder if meditating would make people from the general population more likely to eat healthy. Did meditation help you eat healthy?

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Re: Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2011, 01:42:13 PM »
I could say that i had tried to meditate before but not that successful kind of meditation since it is hard for me to concentrate. I think meditation could help us release tensions, stress and clear our minds. Having a clearer mind could have the thinking that it is right to eat healthy and so there is a possibility that through right thinking, a person could engage himself in eating healthy foods and have good lifestyle.

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Re: Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2011, 07:35:39 PM »
I tried a sort of prayer meditation to get me through times when I was craving food but not actually hungry. I wouldn't say that it helped me eat healthier but it did help me get through the times of cravings that were not hunger. The only problem I found with it was when I began using it at the beginning of my workout plan and health plan. I would do meditation chants or prayer until the cravings passed. That worked but it could sometimes take up to half an hour which cut into other things. I think it may work for some people but some people may not be able to work it into their lives as a suitable way to help them eat healthier or get through the cravings.

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Re: Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2011, 09:07:17 PM »
I believe that when you mind is healthy your body will automatically follow.  Meditation also teaches you how to control your mind on a more spiritual level.  If you can learn to do this then it will help you to control your eating.  Also, to get to a powerful meditation experience you need to clean your body as well as your mind.

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Re: Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2011, 04:32:03 PM »
Yes. Healthy mind, healthy body.

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Re: Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2011, 10:51:34 AM »
There is so much advice "out there" about food and diet that it can be dizzying to follow. Whatever our individual situations and current habits, it makes a great deal of sense to personally explore the field of diet so that we might make wise decisions. The food we eat definitely has an effect on body, mind and emotions, which in turn effects our meditations.


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Re: Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2011, 06:49:06 PM »
People who meditate are probably more likely to eat healthy than people from the general population. This is probably because of their personality types, however, I wonder if meditating would make people from the general population more likely to eat healthy. Did meditation help you eat healthy?

You've provided the key to your own answer. "People who meditate are probably more likely to eat healthy....because of their personality types."

The kind of people who are inclined towards meditation are the kind who will want an overall healthy life. It's more than likely these people were already doing a number of things towards a healthy, better lifestyle even as they began meditation.

When you come to the general population, however, it's debatable as to how you would approach the matter. Would you ask them to meditate in order to eat healthy? I don't think it would work. There would be two problems in this.

The first is to convince people to meditate who are not inclined towards it. The second is that meditation is not meditation if it is directed towards achieving some specific goal. That becomes more positive thinking, or self hypnosis, or auto suggestion.

Meditation should begin with a desire for general peace and well being. It leads to other changes in your life as a matter of course, without the necesssity of specifically targeting anything.

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Re: Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2011, 03:44:02 AM »
I think regular meditation can also help you eat healthy by improving your self discipline. If you find the discipline to meditate every day for 10 minutes, it's easier to find the motivation to eat better and make healthier choices.

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Re: Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2011, 08:48:48 PM »
For me, meditation helps increase awareness and mindfulness.  I tend to make better choices in eating after I've meditated because I focus more on what I'm putting in my body.  The same effect can be achieved without meditation, but I would certainly say it's helped me.

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Re: Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2012, 10:40:38 AM »
Meditation helps you to become better acquainted with both your mind and your body, as some techniques require you to concentrate on specific areas of the body. So it probably follows that most people will make healthier food choices as a result of meditation. Personally, I find distraction a good technique when I crave unhealthy foods. That distraction may take the form of meditation, so yes, it is helpful.

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Re: Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2012, 12:13:18 PM »
Meditation is helpful to boosts your concentration, produces persistence and it also helps your body and spirit. Meditation helps you in various way with eat healthy. I feel that, if your mind is healthy your body will automatically follow your spiritual way.

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Re: Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2012, 12:05:43 AM »
I had not thought this way regarding meditation. I guess it could be that you are now more aware of your body once you start meditating. Perhaps it makes you stop and think about many things including what you put into your body, along with learning to control your stress level.

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Re: Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2012, 08:50:21 PM »
I agree with what Socrates II said. This isn't a cause-effect situation of the meditation -does- this, this, or this. It's a correlation between someone who might be more likely to meditate is also possibly a person who would be more likely to eat healthier, take better care of themselves, etc.

I don't think you could just randomly put out there that "hey, meditating makes people eat healthier, so go do it!" and that people would actually do it...or benefit from it.

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Re: Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2012, 11:00:49 PM »
I agree with what Socrates II said. This isn't a cause-effect situation of the meditation -does- this, this, or this. It's a correlation between someone who might be more likely to meditate is also possibly a person who would be more likely to eat healthier, take better care of themselves, etc.

I don't think you could just randomly put out there that "hey, meditating makes people eat healthier, so go do it!" and that people would actually do it...or benefit from it.
You're right Jessi - there are more layers to meditation than are immediately apparent. It's not just a question of saying 'I'm going to meditate and then I'll eat healthily,' it's a gradual process, rather than something you just decide to take up, like crochet or pottery.

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Re: Did meditation help you eat healthy?
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2012, 09:52:39 PM »
I personally have never had any indicators in my personal life that meditation directly has caused me to eat healthier. I do think you're right about the fact that people who are meditating are probably more likely to be predispositioned to living a healthy lifestyle, though. Of course there are practices out there that have made connections to meditation-type practices and changes in dietary needs, such as people who purport that they require little to no nourishment as a result of sungazing. A similar concept of taking in nutrients via light is seen is Breatharianism. I'm not saying I think either of those is a healthy lifestyle or diet by any means, but they certainly show that many people have made correlations between meditating and diet changes!


 

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