In addition to being mindful as you eat, your relationship to food will be transformed by becoming mindful of your body, thoughts, and emotions. This is most easily learned during periods of meditation.

What is meditation? It’s simply time intentionally used to practice mindfulness and nothing else – if only for a few minutes.

Developing your mindfulness during periods of meditation is vital to food sanity because your relationship to food exists all the time, even when you’re not eating.

Now if you’re a bit uncomfortable with the idea of meditation, consider this: meditation is going mainstream like never before.

Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report – even Fortune Magazine – have all published major stories about meditation in recent years.

In 2007 a survey by the National Institutes of Health indicated that over 9% of American adults had meditated in the previous 12 months. That number has been growing every year.

Mindfulness meditation programs are now offered at more than 240 hospitals around the world, because research has conclusively demonstrated that meditation offers numerous health benefits.

So meditation is no longer considered offbeat; in fact, it’s cutting edge. Are you ready?