Your Daily Challenge:

Keep Calm & Don’t Diet!

By Bernadette Kathryn, LMT, IHLC



Number one, like yourself.

Number two, you have to eat healthy.

And number three, you’ve got to squeeze your buns.

That’s my formula  ~ Richard Simmons




My mom used to cook a lot and she was a wonderful cook, not fancy — just delicious! All the great kid food dishes that you might want, spaghetti & meatballs, meatloaf, mashed potatoes & gravy, cookie, fudge, cakes, pies…. you name it, I am sure my love of food came directly as a result of all that fun stuff mom made.  And, whenever the desire for comfort comes — those memories come too!


I would always go for cookies and ice cream when I felt down — drown myself in the sugary delight of my favorite cookies. Or get ice cream to soothe my sorrows;  my grandpa would take us (sibs) out for ice cream everyday after school to the Heap-O-Cream, ice cream parlor for a triple dip. Growing up this was not too bad, although I have issues now and opinions about the concept of getting kids started on bad habits that they will struggle with later.



How can you:


  • first — observe your default eating style?
  • second — make a note to self, what might you need to change in your default style?
  • third — make the necessary adjustments to help you achieve your health goals?


We all have default behaviors that creep back into our lives during times of stress. We ultimately look for ways to comfort ourselves and find solace in the simple things we remember as a child. Mindful Awareness is an amazing skill to cultivate that can be an asset when we need to adjust our default behaviors.



What happens to you when things don’t go as expected?

Do you find that you are an emotional eater?

Do you eat or drink more out of happy or sad?


What is it that you do and how can you develop a new more supportive ritual to soothe you and comfort you in your stressful times?

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