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Does Addiction Really Exist?

Food for Thought, Autumn 2016

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This issue of Food for Thought addresses a fairly controversial issue in the world of eating behaviors: Can people be addicted to food or not?

The question really focuses on three ingredients commonly found in foods – sugar, fat and salt. And it asks whether these ingredients cause some people to go out of control around food, seriously interfering with their well-being.In the first article, Dr. Cecilia Clementi reviews the question from a scientific perspective. What do the studies say? Since this article was written, additional studies have been published that would be of value for anyone wanting to fully understand the subject. They include a review by Westwater and colleagues that shows little support for the concept of sugar addiction. Kahathuduwa and colleagues also published a review which looks at the impact of restrained eating on the brain, and provides an alternative explanation for differences in the reward response seen in many people who chronically overeat. The remaining articles provide practical insight that can be helpful in working with clients who struggle with feelings of food addiction and how mindful eating can help.

Food Addiction: A Controversial Concept by Cecilia Clementi, PhD, Psych.D

Helping Clients Explore Feelings of Food Addiction by Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Understanding Our Cravings to Eat by Caroline Baerten, RD, (Belgium)

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Understanding Our Cravings to Eat by Caroline Baerten, RD, (Belgium)

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Special Issue, May 2015 Mindful Eating and Kids: Connecting Hearts and Minds to Nourish Our Children

We are delighted to share this special 12-page issue of Food for Thought with our TCME community. Featuring articles by Lenna Liu, MD, MPH on Childhood Obesity and the Mindfulness Connection; Angelina Maia, MS, RD, LD, Empathy as a Therapeutic Counseling Tool; Megrette Fletcher, MD, MS on Building a Better Diet - Family: How Mindful Eating Fits; and Claudia Vega, MD, MS on Mindful Bites: Bringing the Magic of the Present Moment into Practice with Children. Full of resources, practice tips and more, this issue is a remarkable collaboration of benefit to anyone wishing to bring mindful eating to the dinner table, to their families, and to their clients. Introduction by Jan Chozen Bays, MD. Available to TCME members only. 

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Acceptance – Spring 2013 

Char Wilkins, LCSW, MSW: Anything EXCEPT Acceptance!
Donald Altman, M.A., LPC: Finding Acceptance
Jan Chozen Bays, M.D.: Acceptance
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., MSW:The Power of the Pause

Patient Care Handout: Finding Acceptance 

Anger – Summer 2011

Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: Are You Eating Anger or Is Anger Eating You?
Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: No Quick Fix
Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Anger and Mindful Eating: Staying Open to the Present Moment

Anxiety & Food – Autumn 2014

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: On a Scale of All or Nothing, How Anxious Are You?
Jan Chozen Bays, MD, Zen Roshi: Anxiety Can Prevent us from Eating Mindfully
Caroline Baerten, RD: Full Living in the Turmoil of Anxiety

Educational Handout: Full Living in the Turmoil of Anxiety

Balance – Summer 2006

Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Mindful Eating in a Bountiful World
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Shopping Mindfully Even at Costco

Bariatric Surgery – Fall 2010

Ronald Thebarge, PhD.: Mindful Eating and Bariatric Surgery
Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Thoughts That Flavor the Meal
R. Thebarge and M. Fletcher: Teaching 6 Phases of Eating

Compassion – Fall 2012

Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: Compassionate Eating
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: The Healing Power of Compassion
Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: Compassion: Starting with You

Craving – Spring 2007

Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: The Dynamics of Craving
Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Turning Your Crave into a Wave

Creating a Mindful Eating Practice – Summer 2008

Mark Blackwood, MD: Prescription for Mindfulness
Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: How to Create a Mindful Eating Practice

Cultivating Curiosity – Summer 2007

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: Curiosity for Dinner
Molly Kellogg, RD, LCSW: A Curious Stance

Choice – Fall 2007

Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Exploring Choice
Molly Kellogg, RD, LCSW: Choosing Your Way to Mindfulness

Diabetes and Mindful Eating - Winter 2014

Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Preventing Diabetes with Mindful Eating
Jean Kristeller, Ph.D: Practice Suggestions for Preventing and Managing Diabetes
Mary Farhi, MD: Keeping Our Bodies In Balance

Eating Disorders - Summer 2016

Kari Anderson, DBH, LCMHC, CEDS: The Role of Mindful Eating in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Caroline Baerten, MA, RD: From Anorexic Eating Behaviors to Binge Eating

Claudia Vega, MD: Eating Disorders: A Guide to Share with Clients, Patients and Relatives

Expectations – Fall 2006

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: The Icing on the Cake
Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Being in the Moment

Fear – Summer 2010

Gretchen Newmark, MA, RD, LD: Afraid of Food
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Overcoming Fear by Knowing Fear
Jan Chozen Bays, MD: Fear of Food

Flexibility – Fall 2011

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: Flex-Ability: Wondering Questions about Eating Behaviors
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Take a Bite on the Wild Side
Gretchen Newmark, MA, RD, LD: Mindful Eating Is Not Just Another Diet

Food and Feelings – Winter 2008

Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: Food and Feeling
Dh. Amala: Full Circle Awareness

Food Triggers – Fall 2008

Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Food Triggers
Molly Kellogg, RD, LCSW: Handling Triggers

Forgiveness – Winter 2007

Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Alchemy, Acceptance and Compassion
Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: Forgiveness Meditation

Fullness – Spring 2011

Brian M. Shelley, MD: The Near Side of Fullness
Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Finding Fullness
Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Mindfully Tuning in to Fullness

Generosity – Summer 2009

Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: Mindful Eating and Generosity: Turning Food Burdens into Food Blessings
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Joy of Generosity
Jan Chozen Bays, MD: Generosity of Mindful Eating

Honoring Our Experiences – Spring 2006

Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Changing Our Relationship to Food
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Food: The Solution, Not the Problem

Loneliness – Summer 2012

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: The Heart of Loneliness
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Overcoming Loneliness
Jan Chozen Bays, MD: Loneliness and Boredom

Medical Illness: Empower Your Health with Mindful Eating - Autumn 2015

Lilia Graue MD: Mindful Eating and Medical Illness

Mary Farhi MD: Creating Wellness - Working with Illness through Mindful Eating

Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD: Making Peace with Dietary Restrictions

Meditation and Mindful Eating: Nourishing Awareness - Summer 2015

Shirley Kessel, RYT: Embodying the Practice of Mindful Eating Through Meditation
Lynn Rossy, PhD: Chew on This - Putting it into Practice
Cinzia Pezzolosi, PhD: From Food to Awareness - A Radical Act of Self-care

Meditation and Mindful Eating – Winter 2009

Donald Altman, MA, LPC: A Daily Mindfulness and Meditation Practice: Why It Makes Sense
Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: The Benefits of Committing to a Daily Eating Meditation Practice

Mindful Eating and Family - Summer 2013

Jan Bays, MD: Mindful Eating within a Family
Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Mindful Eating: Helping to Create Curious Kids
Jean Kristeller PhD: Using Mindfulness to Create New Relationships with Food
Karen Koenig: Are You A Rebel Without A Cause?

Patient Care Handout: Mindful Eating and Family: Curious Kids

Mindful Movement: Enhancing Ease and Joy

Beth Cotter, MPH, RDN: Fostering Connection from Disconnection

Claudia Vega, MD, M.S.: Children Balance Body and Mind rough the Practice of Yoga

Lynn Rossy, PhD: Incorporating Delicious Movement Into Your Life

Multitasking and Mindful Eating - Fall 2013

Jan Chozen Bays, MD: Mindful Eating and Multitasking
Rebecca Gladding, MD: The Perils of Multitasking
Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Multitasking

Nutrition Information and Mindful Eating – Spring 2012

Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Eating for Quality, not Quantity
Gretchen Newmark, MA, RD, LD: Mindful Use of Nutritional Information
Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Are We Consuming Food or Information?

Pausing – Winter 2013

Char Wilkins, LCSW, MSW: Catching Up with Ourselves: Transitions
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Pausing Practice: Your Natural Braking System
Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D.: The Power of the Pause
Jan Chozen Bays, MD: Pausing for More Eating Enjoyment

Patient Care Handout: Practice Pausing: Your Natural Breaking System

Permission – Spring 2010

Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: Stuffed and Starved: The Dynamics of Deprivation
Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: The Power of Permission
Brian M. Shelley, MD: Working with Desire

Relapse Recovery – Spring 2009

Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Mindful Eating Is a Journey
Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: The Fourth Step

Satiety – Winter 2012

Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: Spiritual Hunger and Satiety
Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Satiety and Fullness
Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Knowing When Enough Is Enough

Self-Compassion: Nourishing the Heart - Winter 2015

Caroline Baerten, RD : Food, Nourishment, and the Need for Self-Compassion
Lilia Graue, MD: Practice Suggestions for a Self-Compassion Approach
Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD: Self-Compassion: The Often Missing Ingredient in Healthy Eating

Slowing Down – Winter 2011

Gretchen Newmark, MA, RD, LD: The Pause
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Slowing Down When Eating with Others
Jan Chozen Bays, MD: Slow Down When Eating

Spiritual Hunger – Spring 2009

Gretchen Newmark, MA, RD, LD: Spiritual Hunger
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Spice Up Your Meal with Gratitude
Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Engaging Our Innerself, Mindful Eating and Inner Wisdom

Sustainability - Spring 2015

Food, Sustainability, and the Role of Mindfulness, Caroline Baerten, RD

How Can Mindful Eating Promote a Sustainable Food System? Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE

Sustainability: A Comparison of Mindless Food Purchase and Consumption, Cheryl Wasserman, LPC, NCC

Taste: The Magic of Taste - Summer 2014

Jean Kristeller, PhD: The Power of Taste Awareness
Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD, CD: The Case for Becoming a Foodie
Caroline Baerten, RD: Taste and Memory: Experiencing Food

Weight Controversies: Mindful Eating and Weight - Winter 2016

Jean Fain, MSW, LICSW: Does Mindful Eating Really Work?

Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Winning the Food Fight!

Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD: To Reach Your Healthy Weight, Stop Trying to Lose Weight

Weight Loss – Winter 2010

Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Mindful Weight Loss: Inner Wisdom and Outer Wisdom
Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Is a Number Important?
Brian M. Shelley, MD: Right Eating

What is Mindful Eating? - Spring 2014

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: Happy Food
Cheryl Wasserman, MA, LPC, NCC: What is Mindful Eating?
Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Starting a Mindful Eating Practice
Patient Care Handout: Starting a Mindful Eating Practice

2006 Premiere issue – Winter

Char Wilkins, LCSW, MSW: The Use of Mindfulness and Mindfulness Eating in a Psychotherapeutic Setting
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Finding Mindfulness: The Process of Change and Interview with Lama Suyra Das
Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Facilitating Awareness Can Help People with Chronic Illness
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Making a Mindful Salad

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