Month of Mindful Eating

Every once in a while I get a hankering to do a food challenge.  Typically every February I challenge myself not to consume sugar.  I pick February because it’s the shortest month of the year.  But after the amount of ice cream I consumed this summer, I’d rather not wait until February for a challenge.  For most of the month of September, starting on Tuesday, September 5th (after Labor Day Weekend), I’ll be doing a Month of Mindful Eating.  Anyone want to join me?

This challenge is a little open ended.  You can pick what Mindful Eating means for you.  Maybe you grab chips or chocolate without even noticing and after you regret it and you want to cut those trigger foods out.  Maybe you need to be accountable for what you eat so it would help to snap a picture and share each meal with a friend. Perhaps you could reduce alcohol or soda intake. For me, I’m going to try portion control and moderation because that is what I struggle with the most.  To keep me honest, I’m going to record my foods in my Fitbit App so I can see my calories in and out.

Taking time to be mindful about our food can help us notice when, where or why we make less than healthy food choices.  Noticing is the first step and can help us make adjustments to make choices we feel better about.

My ultimate goal is to get me back on track because I have not been eating well or healthfully this summer.  As the school year starts, I’m ready to hit the reset button.  Every challenge is more fun with friends.  Well, maybe fun isn’t the right word, but it’s certainly easier to stick to when you know you have a group to help keep you accountable.

Interested in joining in the challenge?  Let me know and shoot me an email ( to tell me your goal or how you are structuring your Mindful Eating Challenge.  Feel free to invite friends if having a bestie involved will encourage you.

Also, if you are a Facebook user, I’m not the savviest, but I created a group where we can all support each other.


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About the Author:

Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.


  1. Dotty Twachtman August 30, 2017 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Great idea, Maggie…I’m “on board”…also…with the tragic news about Hurricane Harvey, maybe we could be mindful about what we don’t need and begin the process of simplification as we give away clothes and housewares that we don’t need. Less is definitely more!!!

    • Maggie Downie
      Maggie Downie August 30, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

      Glad to have you on board! Last year I did a challenge to try to purge over 400 items in my house in one month. I did it and was still amazed at how much I still had at the end. No one who came into my house at the beginning of the month would have noticed a difference at the end. I’ve been trying to keep that in mind when and if I bring items into my home. And I agree, less is more.

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