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Eating: Equations of Wellbeing and Dissatisfaction

Here’s a very basic idea: eating changes both body and mind, i.e. the total of who we are.  What we eat and how much we eat changes who we are physiologicallyWhy we eat and how we eat changes who we are psychologically.  Mindless eating changes us for the worse.  Mindful eating changes us for the better.

Mindless Eating: Equation of DissatisfactionMindless eating changes us for the worse: to the extent to which mindless overeating leads to weight gain, body expands; mind shrinks (metaphorically speaking) because we miss out on the experience; and the total of our wellbeing suffers and declines.

 

 

 

 

Mindful Eating: Equation of WellbeingMindful eating changes us for the better: the body shrinks (mindful eating prevents overeating), the mind expands (in the sense that we’re able to enjoy the actual experience of eating; in the sense that we are able to recognize meditational & existential opportunities in eating); the total of our wellbeing improves. (Click on the image to enlarge).

 

 

 

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Eating: Equations of Wellbeing and Dissatisfaction


Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is www.pavelsomov.com and his practice website is www.drsomov.com

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).


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Somov, P. (2019). Eating: Equations of Wellbeing and Dissatisfaction. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 18, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-living/2009/07/equations-of-wellbeing-and-dissatisfaction/

 

Last updated: 26 Mar 2019
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