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Recorded Programs - Nutrition and Medical Issues

How Mindful Eating Affects the Brain-Gut-Microbiome Axis

Presented by Caroline Baerten, RD, MA


In recent years, we have seen increasing research within biopsychology on the interactions between the brain, the gut, the bacteria within the gastrointestinal tract, and the bidirectional relationship between these systems: the brain–gut–microbiome axis. The gut microbiota can impact upon cognition and emotions. Feelings of stress and stress-related behaviors do have a direct influence on the micro-organisms in the gut.

Top down, on neurological level our brains and eating behaviour can be altered through Mindfulness meditation practices. Bottom-up, nourishing the microbiome with healthy foods will at the one hand strengthen specific areas in the brain, and at the other hand support feel-good neurotransmitters such as serotonine.

Mindful eating, as an intervention for disturbed eating behavior, aimed at ameliorating disorders in both parts of the brain–gut– microbiome axis; bringing awareness to psychological aspects of eating (e.g. emotional eating) and at the same time re-connecting with the physical and sensorial relationship with foods and body. Disturbed eating behaviour represents a dysbalance on the axis, rather than an isolated problem either of psychology or of gastrointestinal function.



Reframing Nutrition Education Through the Lens of Mindful Eating

Dana Notte and Marsha Hudnall

At first glance, it may seem as though nutrition education is completely counter to the spirit of mindful eating. Traditional perceptions may conjure up thoughts of calorie prescriptions, exchange lists, food labels, and portion size guides, none of which are consistent with a mindfulness-based approach to making food decisions. At the same time, nutrition does influence health and diet can play a key role in managing many health conditions. So, as health professionals who care about supporting and helping to improve the health and well-being of clients, who also embrace mindful eating, how does nutrition education fit in to your work?

Part 4 of our Foundations of Mindful Eating Webinar Series. Given August 21 and 28, 2018. Included: Two 60-min videos (mp4), two pdfs of the power point slides.


Diabetes and Mindful Eating: Exploring Hunger & Blood Sugar with your Clients

Megrette Fletcher M.Ed., RD, CDE

Join Megrette Fletcher, diabetes educator and co-author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes as she reviews how teaching clients about hunger can improve blood sugar control. Webinar with Powerpoint slide show.



When the Doctor Says No: Dealing with Dietary Restrictions for Medical Reasons

Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

When illness strikes, we all want to do what's necessary to get better. But what if it involves restricting what you eat? How do you help someone say no when that's what the doctor ordered? Especially when they have a history of restricting what they eat, only to end up overeating the very foods they are trying to avoid? This webinar explores issues that may arise and how to help clients successfully maneuver dietary restrictions without rebounding. Webinar with Powerpoint slide show.



Medical Illness and Mindful Eating

 Mary Farhi, MD

Health providers, when working with clients and patients who have received a less than optimal diagnosis, have an opportunity to introduce the idea of creating wellness instead of focusing on treating disease.  Choosing to make lifestyle changes can be viewed as an opportunity instead of as a deprivation. Audio teleconference.



Eating Well - The Role of Mindful Eating in Nutrition Education

Megrette Fletcher, RD

This is a two-part series that discusses the role of nutrition education in Mindful Eating.

In part 1, we will explore a Motivational Interviewing teaching model and identify common problems associated with mindful eating and nutrition education.

In part 2, we will explore the research supporting Mindful Eating Interventions, review how programs are currently offering nutrition education as part of their programs, discuss national nutrition standards and explore how these can be used in an MBI-eating program.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe three benefits of using nonjudgmental awareness in counseling sessions
  • Participants will be able to three requirements for offering a Mindfulness Based Intervention eating program

Given August 15 & 22, 2017

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Included: Two 60-min video (mp4), one PDF handout

Megrette Fletcher is a cofounder of The Center for Mindful Eating and has served many positions including the 2013-2016 President. She is a public speaker and author of a number of books, including Discover Mindful Eating for Kids, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabeteswith Michelle MD, Discover Mindful Eating: A resource of handouts for health professionals,with Frederick Burggraf. Megrette has also crafted detailed training for both the consumer and professional including, Am I Hungry: Diabetes, The Before, During and After the Bite Workshop, and The Core Concepts of Mindful Eating online training. She is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who has worked at an area hospital for over 16 years.



Mindful Eating and Diabetes: Effects of Awareness on Blood Glucose Control

In this teleconference Diabetes Educator and co-author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Megrette Fletcher will review new research that show how awareness can improve blood glucose control. Audio file


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