Eating Healthy Part 1: Mindfulness & Habits

Eating Healthy Part 1: Mindfulness & Habits

by Dr. Shelese Pratt ND @ Flatirons Naturopathic Clinic

Boulder, Colorado

There are so many different ideas about how to live a healthier life. I understand, it can be a confusing road to go down. There are a lot of articles online that give advice and it’s hard to know what to believe. Over the next 6 weeks you will be getting my 12-step program to eating healthy.  These 12 steps have proven themselves over the last 11 years of my practice. If you take the time to work on them, one at a time, it will pay off in a life-changing way. Spend one to two weeks on one area and make changes gradually. Rome was not built in a day. These strategies take time to integrate into your life. I am here to coach you when you need support.

1. Mindfulness

When you eat your next meal, slow down and be more conscious of what you put into your mouth. Take your time and mindfully chew every bite. You’ll be amazed how much more you enjoy what you eat.  Reconnect with the sensual pleasure of food.  Scan your senses and see how you feel. What does your food smell or look like? What does the food feel and taste like on your tongue? What does the food sound like when you eat it? This technique will help you slow down and savor your meal.  You can also count how many times you chew to slow down and be present when you eat. Expressing gratitude for your meal, to the farmers who grew your food, and the plants and animals that are providing you nourishment will also help you stay more connected when you eat.

2. Habits

Eating healthy can feel like creating a new habit or neurological blueprint. On average, it takes 66 days to form a new habit. So take it one step at a time. Set realistic goals. Be specific about what you would like to accomplish. Sometimes we can make short-term goals that turn into life-style changes for the better. Once, I had a patient who needed to give up dairy to cure her chronic sinusitis and eczema. We set a goal to eliminate dairy for 3 months. After 3 months she was allowed 1 cheat day every week. Within 9 months she no longer wanted the cheat days and no longer had any issues with her allergies, sinus infections, or skin problems. 

Sometimes it’s also encouraging to look at how far you have come in your goals.  I would also recommend that you share your goals with your friends and family. They will love and support you. Update them on your progress so they can celebrate your success with you.

Staying mindful and present will help you change your habits and enjoy you food.

If you have any questions please call my office. I am here for you.

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Apart from BIT, Dr.Pratt's vast knowledge of the biomedical basis of ASD helps support parents as they try to heal the child's body in helping the brain develop.

- Parent of Autism Spectral Disorder Patient

There were such significant changes in my child's behavior after Dr. Pratt’s treatment, that it absolutely changed his life and the whole family.

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Dr. Pratt’s treatment made it possible for my daughter to go to school full-time for the first time in two years, and as a matter of fact, she’s now talking about going to college instead of worrying that she’d never graduate high school.


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Since my first appointment with Dr. Pratt, I have come back to her for every ailment. She has quickly and effectively cured every sickness I have experienced.

- Naturopathic Medicine Patient

I am working 4 days a week and I accomplish more in a day now than I did in a whole week before. I feel productive and useful after BIT.

- Head Injury Patient

It has not all been easy, changing your lifestyle and diet is a challenge but we feel very supported by Dr. Pratt. It's a long road to recovery but the rewards are great along the way. My son has almost recovered from his symptoms and we owe all of this to Dr. Pratt. We are very thankful to have crossed her path at the right time in our journey.

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Dr. Pratt is compassionate and well-informed about the various challenges and available options for children with special needs. She is always willing to brainstorm options with parents and has a way of getting through to the children.

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It is almost impossible to explain the dramatic and positive effect Dr Shelese Pratt has had on my health. It is without exaggeration that I say Dr Pratt has saved my life on numerous occasions. To say her work has dramatically increased the quality of my life is gross understatement. There is not an aspect of my physical, mental, or emotional health that Dr Pratt has not addressed at some point during my years as her patient. I first saw Dr Pratt in 2005, after suffering one infection after another over the course of three months and had exhausted my known medial avenues. She was the only doctor to see the connection to between all of my symptoms and to care long enough and deep enough to get to the bottom of them. I have sent countless loved ones and colleagues to her over the years and know that the level of her care has changed their lives for better without exception. I have had the privilege of seeing Dr Pratt for Brain Integration, naturopathic, and homeopathic treatments and I can say without any reservation that I credit my health and well being to her and her practice.

- Erica A., Naturopathic Medicine Patient