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When people hear that the foundation for TAME Your Appetite is meditation, they fear they are not “spiritual” enough to benefit. Let me set the record straight—you do not need to be spiritual to be a mindful eater.

While rooted in Buddhist traditions, mindfulness meditation is not a religious practice and you do not need to be Buddhist to benefit from it. In fact, all major religions, including Judaism, practice some form of meditation, and one does not need to be religious or even spiritual to gain the benefits a meditation practice can offer. Meditation is not about religion or spirituality. It is about settling in, focusing your attention, and being quiet for a little while. This being said, many people find that a meditation practice can have a spiritual component it and if that is your case, excellent.

But if you are a die-hard boots-on-the-ground pragmatist, don’t let the meditation piece turn you away. You, too, can benefit from quieting the mind, tuning to your breath, making peace with your body and learning other mindful eating skills. Try it and let me know what you think.

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