say you’re trying to avoid sugar. And you’re at work one
morning, when someone puts out that irresistible pink box of
doughnuts. (Or a bowl of chips, or whatever your weakness may
common scenario — and likely pitfall — for anyone who is
trying to eat healthier.
an uncommon solution from Instagram star Tiffany Cruikshank,
author of the new book "Meditate Your Weight: A 21-Day
Retreat to Optimize Your Metabolism and Feel Great."
reaching out for the doughnut, ask yourself: ‘What do I
really want? What am I really craving?’" Maybe the
answer is: "Oh, I’m craving sugar. Am I missing some
sweetness in my life?"
that split second to think, to meditate, to possibly
reconsider, might be the key to keeping your diet on track,
lot of people are doing the right thing. They’re eating
less, and they’re exercising, and they’re just not losing
the weight the way they want to," Cruikshank said in an
interview. "Meditation is the missing link."
book urges people to take a 21-day challenge to meditate each
day — even if it’s for as little as three minutes — to
create more awareness about the internal forces that can drive
meditations are followed by a "mind makeover" moment
intended to raise awareness by jotting in a journal, and a
daily mantra meant to be repeated a handful of times
throughout the day, providing a touchstone moment to step back
from the world at large, turn inward and just breathe.
often, Cruikshank said, people turn to food to numb their
stressful, anxious feelings.
inside with meditation will help people take the first step
— observing the feelings — and then identifying the
negative patterns of eating.
challenge is about looking at what is behind the decisions you’re
making over and over again."
may be all that’s needed to break these unwanted habits, she
founder of Yoga Medicine — a consortium of yoga educators
who specialize in anatomy and physiology — said her
meditation challenge also aims to address the body image
issues that are prevalent in a world where social media
platforms bring out the inner critic. (This is an area she
knows plenty about: Between her personal and professional
accounts, she has more than 165,000 followers.)
this feeling that we can never match up to [what we see on
social media], and that sets us up for a difficult road to
self-love. The point is to recognize that tendency: ‘This is
what I’m doing. That is me, tearing myself down.’"
way, Cruikshank says she’s totally OK with the occasion
problem, she says, is that too often we eat the doughnut —
and are then miserable about it.
have dessert from time to time is a healthy thing. But that
[pink] box may symbolize a lack of something else in your
also represents an opportunity," she says. "A chance
to find out: ‘What is my body really asking for?’"