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Mindless eating: 6 steps to help refocus

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Now that fall is here, mindless eating is creeping in as the Kansas evenings get dark and cold. Mindless eating is something that all of us do now and then. The pattern usually strikes right after work or as we are winding down before bed. Oftentimes, it is on the weekends when we get some down time and don’t know what to do.

Excessive mindless eating can cause one to overeat and to gain weight. If you are struggling against the urge to snack mindlessly, consider the following distractions instead.

Healthy mindless eating distractions

Food addiction is real

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If you hear someone talking about food addiction, they are probably not referring to spinach or grilled chicken. Instead, it is the highly-processed, extra palatable foods many of us reach for. Food addiction is not just a sudden craving, it is a serious problem that if left unaddressed, can perpetuate prolonged issues with weight and nutrition. 

How do we become addicted?

Manage weight loss using an objective lens

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It can be hard to manage your weight and health without emotions getting in the way! It is a tough journey to navigate, isn’t it? There is value in remaining objective and making sure that health, not appearances or perceptions, is your priority. These tips can help you stay focused on what matters most.  

Why Measure Objectively?

Seeing beyond weight loss

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When we think about our weight, we tend to think in terms of pounds and physical appearance, but weight management is about a lot more than that. Your weight matters for your health!

Contributions to weight loss include: a healthy, balanced nutrition plan, a comprehensive fitness routine/plan, behavior modification, pharmacotherapy and more.

Study: Obesity associated with increased risk of some cancers

obesity as a cause of cancer

Cancer is one of the most important public health issues in the United States and is the second leading cause of mortality among adults. More than 1 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the U.S. In addition, cancer is associated with an emotional response that is perhaps greater than any other medical diagnosis.

Some cancer risk factors, like excess alcohol consumption, smoking and sun exposure, are on almost everyone’s radar. However, most adults are unaware that excess weight is a risk factor for some cancers.

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