November 10, 2016 • Volume 9, Issue 50 • Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines
Chew on this
According to health psychologist Lynn Rossy, PhD, “You can eat anything you want, as long as you do it mindfully.”
Rossy has been researching mindfulness-based interventions for stress, depression, and other issues for nearly 20 years. She founded the Mindfulness Practice Center at the University of Missouri
and developed a program called Eat for Life to promote a more conscious, holistic approach to diet—as in overall food intake.
She says diets—as in, restricting what you eat based on this or that plan—don’t work long-term “because they do not help people access their own internal wisdom about how to eat.”
Mindful eating involves paying close attention to inner feelings of hunger and fullness and the appearance and appeal of the food in front of you. A deep breath plus gut check (literal and metaphorical) lets you decide if this is something you really want or need at that moment. Chewing slowly and pausing between bites helps you savor what you consume and stop before you overeat.
Mindful eating also helps people recognize other kinds of needs that drive eating for emotional reasons. Our writer Kelly James-Enger looks at that bigger picture in “Food vs. Feelings.”
The story explores why we’re wired to take refuge from uncomfortable feelings in comfort foods—and offers five strategies for breaking free from the emotional eating cycle. Read more >>
Understanding suicide attempts
OCTOBER 5, 2016, NEW YORK, NY—The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is promoting International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day events worldwide on Saturday, Nov. 19. Survivor Day allows people affected by suicide loss to gather at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding.
Family and friends are often bewildered by suicidal thinking and attempts during bipolar depression. A bpHope Forum blog by Penny Nichols provides illumination. She starts by explaining why it’s not helpful to tell someone in the grip of a bipolar episode not to make a permanent decision for a temporary problem: “As a person with bipolar II, when I have contemplated suicide it is when I am far beyond any rational thought.” Read more >>
Although it has become much more common, diagnosing bipolar disorder in children and teens poses special challenges, including misdiagnosis due to other conditions that share the same symptoms. Read more >>
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