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A funny thing happened on the way to the market. I discovered that I didn’t need so many bags. What am I talking about? Here, in Southern California, we need to bring our own reusable bags when we grocery shop. Someone somewhere made it illegal to give out plastic bags.  So, being the good SoCal gal I am, I loaded up on canvas tote bags, keeping at least 6 in the truck of my car at all times. Whenever I went to the market, I would take my bags with me, and, in the old days, I would fill up most them. Then something started to change. I was bringing too many bags. Each grocery trip yielded fewer items so fewer bags were used. I noticed something else, my weekly grocery bill was slowly decreasing. Suddenly, the light went on. Being a mindful eater, paying close attention to my hunger, fullness and satiation signals, has resulted in my eating less food, naturally, and without forced effort. Hence, the few items, less reusable bags and lower bills. This happened slowly over time without any deliberate action on my part, other than practicing my mindful eating skills. Who knew mindful eating could save me money? Adapted from Mindful Bites – Joyful Life: 365 Days of Mindful Eating. Available in bookstores everywhere.

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