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  • 31 Dec 2017 8:15 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)


    This edition of Food for Thought will help you make your way into the New Year with new eyes, an open heart, and an exploration of the deeper aspects of mindful eating.


    The lead article, “Understanding Mindful Eating as a Spiritual Practice” is by Lynn Rossy, Ph.D., Vice President of The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME), and author of The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution. Intended for professionals, this article will help you explore with your clients the broader implications of every bite of food we take.  She explains the need to be aware of our intentions in practicing mindful eating, what we are attending to during eating, and the attitude that we bring to the table every time we eat.


    The educational handout, “Creating a Sacred Space for Food, Mind, and Body,” is by Caroline Baerten, a mindfulness-based nutritionist/RD and certified Mindful Eating, Conscious Living teacher (ME-CL). This educational handout offers your clients many suggestions for cultivating reverence in their relationship with food that can insert the sacred into the process of mindful eating.


    Jan Chozen-Bays, MD, author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Joyful and Healthy Relationship with Food, offers the practice article, “Introducing the Spiritual Aspects of Mindful Eating to Others.”  Her exercise provides a powerful way to understand the interconnected nature of all life through the simple act of eating a raisin.


    The final offering, “Saying “Thank You” As a Guide to Opening Your Heart” is a beautiful practice written and recorded by Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. Use it on a regular basis to remind your heart and mind of the many blessings that surround and nurture us.


    Read the full issue here: Food for Thought, Winter 2018


  • 12 Dec 2017 11:30 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Thank you to all our donors and bidders who participated in our Annual Auction. Your contributions will help The Center for Mindful Eating to provide resources to professionals and individuals who seek to develop a mindful eating practice through our publications, teleconferences and webinars.


    There's still time to help out with a 2017 year-end donation. We are a 501(c)3 registered non-profit, and all donations are tax deductible.




    Thank you to all our donors:

    1-Week Stay at Green Mountain at Fox Run, donated by Marsha Hudnall

    3-month Online MB-EAT Professional Training with Andrea Lieberstein

    8-week Mindful Eating Course in Madrid (Spain) with Cuca Azinovic

    Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Toolkit by Dr. Michelle May

    Am I Hungry? Online Mindful Eating Training for Health Professionals by Dr. Michelle May

    Core Concepts of Mindful Eating (ebook) by Megrette Fletcher

    Core Concepts of Mindful Eating Live Training by Megrette Fletcher

    Eat for Life class by Dr. Lynn Rossy

    Eat Right Now web app by Dr. Judson Brewer

    Grace, framable print, donated by Alice Rosen

    Happy Healthy Me - Mindful Eating Online Programme, by Linn Thorstensson

    How to Raise a Mindful Eater (book) by Maryann Jacobsen

    MB-EAT Counseling/Consulting, with Jean Kristeller

    MBSR for Healthcare Professionals by Dr. Sharon Theroux (South Florida)

    Mindful and Intuitive Eating Private Counseling by Xenia Ayiotis

    Mindful Eating (book) by Jan Chozen Bays

    Mindful Eating Cards by Fiona Sutherland

    Mindful Eating Tableware Dinner Plates by Denise Watson

    Mind to Mouth: Busy Chicks Guide to Mindful Meals (book) by Heather Sears

    Online 1:1 MBSR Training with Cinzia Pezzolesi, PhD

    Private Practice, Getting that Jump Start by Beverly Price

    Reconnect with Food...Unplugged! DVD by Beverly Price

    Six-Course Mindful Tasting Menu in Brussels, Belgium by Caroline Baerten

    Things I Did When I was Hangry (book) by Annie Mahon

    The Mindfulness Based Eating Solution (book) by Dr. Lynn Rossy

    Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens (book) chapter by Char Wilkins

    The 3-Step Mindful Eating Retreat with Megrette Fletcher, donated by Aryaloka Buddhis Center

    The Feeding Ourselves Method (CD) by Alice Rosen

    The Self-Compassion Diet Audio Companion by Jean Fain

    UNTRAPPED Masterclass by Louise Adams

    Well Nourished (book) by Andrea Lieberstein

    Well Nourished (book) + Webinar by Andrea Lieberstein

    Why Diets Make Us Fat (book) by Dr. Sandra Aamodt



  • 07 Dec 2017 8:49 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    We woke up this morning (East Coast USA) to learn that our Auction hosting site, Bidding for Good, is having technical issues and is inaccessible for the last day of our bidding! Due to these unforeseen circumstances, we will extend the bidding for another 24 hours as soon as the problem is resolved. Thank you in advance for your patience!


    Update: (4 pm EST) The Bidding for Good site is now back online! We've extended the bidding through Friday December 8 at midnight, EST.


  • 04 Dec 2017 11:40 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Our Member Spotlight shines this month on Petra Beumer, MA Psychology, founder of the Mindful Eating Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. Petra writes a regular blog and provides workshops and a self-care for emotional eaters support group.


    Q. How would you describe your mindful eating program? 

    MEI’s comprehensive treatment program teaches clients to practice good emotional self-care, to enjoy food and be at peace with their body. During the therapeutic process we explore the triggers that lead to emotional eating and develop the tools, strategies and rituals for establishing a healthy and relaxed relationship with food.  Clients gain an understanding of how to free themselves from this cycle and how to transform mind (and body) along the way.

    Q: Please share with us your favorite resource for someone who is interested in learning about mindful eating?

    The Center for Mindful Eating, Dr. Kristeller’s MB-Eat program and Jon Kabat-Zinn’s work on Mindfulness

    Q: Do you have a few favorite mindful eating tips to offer?

    To unplug from all electronics, set the table in a nice manner (even when eating alone), take at least 20 minutes to be present with your meal and chew each bite slowly and mindfully.

    Q: Tell us a little how you came to this path with a story or memorable moment.

    I used to teach weight loss classes at a local clinic, which were based on behavior change and the use of pre-packaged meal replacements. After four years I realized that without addressing "emotional eating” and “mindful eating” one could never be at peace with food.

    In my work I now incorporate cognitive-behavioral strategies with mindfulness, and most importantly assist clients with developing and crafting healthy rituals around food, from making a ‘mindful’ shopping list to preparing a meal mindfully to ultimately eating while being fully present with the food.

    Q: Are there any particular questions or views you have encountered about mindful eating or mindfulness that cause you concern?

    Clients have commented that it is not easy to do. Some found it odd at first and even uncomfortable to eat without any distractions. Being fully present with one’s meal is not typical behavior in our society.

    Q: What is your vision for mindful eating? How do you want mindful eating to help?

    I grew up in Germany where we would ride our bicycles to Farmer’s Market and my mother would prepare fresh healthy food every day. I was lucky because we would always sit down and enjoy nutritious meals together. That is my vision for everyone. It is crucial that we nourish our bodies well, make time to shop, prepare and cook for ourselves every day. Mindful Eating for me represents an extension to mindful living in all aspects of one’s life. The goal is to be truly in tune with one’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs… To slow down and live more in the present moment.

    Q: Would you share with us why you chose to join The Center for Mindful Eating?

    To become part of a community of other health care practitioners who share the same vision.


    Learn more about Petra's work, writing and upcoming programs on her website:

    https://www.mindfuleatinginstitute.net/


    Our members are invited to feature their work in the field of mindful eating in our Member Spotlight. We are dedicated to support the promotion of our members' mindful eating related projects that are in harmony with our Principles of Mindful Eating. Are you a TCME member with something you'd like to share? Apply for our next Member Spotlight. Not a member? Check out our Member Benefits! We have membership levels for students, individuals and professionals. Learn more about how to become a member to support the principles and practices of mindful eating.



  • 01 Dec 2017 10:41 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Swing on by our Annual Fundraising Auction to benefit The Center for Mindful Eating! We have a wonderful array of donated mindful eating trainings, books, travel opportunities and so much more. Thank you for any help you can give - and thank you to all of our very generous donors. 


    View the TCME Auction


    If you prefer to make a cash contribution to help us reach our fundraising goals, please make a donation. We are a 501(c)3 registered non-profit, and all donations are tax deductible.

    Sincerely,
    The Board Members of The Center for Mindful Eating

    Bidding closes at midnight EST on December 7th - don't miss a great opportunity to deepen your practice, go on vacation or get a signed copy of a book by your favorite mindful eating author!




  • 27 Nov 2017 5:10 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Our third Annual Fundraising Auction to benefit The Center for Mindful Eating opens tomorrow, November 28, 2017, on Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. 
    Many new items have been added since last weeks preview, thank you to all of our generous donors and supporters. Your work to help educate and spread the word about mindful eating is greatly appreciated. Together we are contributing to conversations about how mindfulness supports healthy relationships with food and eating.


    View the TCME Auction


    Thank you for whatever help you can offer in helping us achieve our 2017 fundraising goals. 


    If you prefer to make a cash contribution to help us reach our 2018 fundraising goals, please make a donation. We are a 501(c)3 registered non-profit, and all donations are tax deductible.

    Sincerely,
    The Board Members of The Center for Mindful Eating


  • 01 Nov 2017 4:27 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Greetings everyone! Mindful Eating Day 2018 will be on the theme of compassionate self care. Once again we will be bringing you daily reflections through the month of January, an opportunity to connect with other mindful eating practitioners around the world with a space to share thoughts, practices and initiatives. We will have our world-wide Mindful Eating Day program on January 25, 2018.


    Please come join our New 2018 Mindful Eating Day Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/226310117901071/


  • 13 Oct 2017 6:02 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)


    Annual Fundraising Auction


    Please donate to our third Annual Fundraising Auction to benefit The Center for Mindful Eating. 


    Click here to make your donation - you will need to register as a donor (not a bidder, unless you want to do both together, of course!). The deadline is November 15, 2017.


    Bidding opens on November 28, 2017, Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Bidding closes December 7, 2017.


    Our mission is to provide resources to professionals and individuals who seek to develop a mindful eating practice through our publications, including our quarterly Food for Thought e-magazine, and our monthly teleconferences and webinars, including our Foundations of Mindful Eating webinar series. Thank you for your anticipated support.


    We’ve had timeshares, art, meditation and yoga retreats, mindful eating training opportunities, books, self-study programs and more. We count on our mindful eating community to help boost our annual revenue by as much as 10% with this auction. Your donation will help TCME continue its mission to help people achieve a balanced, respectful, healthy and joyful relationship with food and eating. You’ll also get your name and product or service out there to our online community of 15,000+ contacts.


    If you would prefer to simply make a cash contribution to help us reach our 2018 fundraising goals, please visit http://thecenterformindfuleating.org/donate to make a donation. We are a 501(c)3 registered non-profit and all donations are tax deductible.


    In gratitude,

    Marsha Hudnall, President

    Cinzia Pezzolesi, Vice President

    Lynn Rossy, Vice President

    Sharon Theroux, Treasurer

    Sandra Aamodt

    Carolyn Baerten

    Cecilia Clementi

    Alice Rosen

    Claudia Vega


    The Center for Mindful Eating Board of Directors

    Join us on Facebook and Twitter




    Popular donations from last year included:


    • Mindful eating training programs for professionals or individuals

    • Mindfulness, meditation or specifically focused mindful eating retreats

    • Travel opportunities such as timeshares and vacation homes around the world

    • Mindful eating books written and signed by our talented members

    • Organized travel events, such as “Tasting Italy: A Mindful Eating Adventure”

    • Culinary skills training

    • Books on mindful eating or related topics, especially if signed by the author

    • CDs or digital downloads of led mindful eating mindfulness practices


    Benefits of donating to The Center for Mindful Eating auction


    • Visibility: your donation will be shared widely through our email list (15,000 contacts), the BiddingforGood website and our social media networks on Facebook and Twitter

    • Your donated item or cash donation is tax deductible

    • You can feel great about helping The Center of Mindful Eating meet its mission

    • You can tap into a larger business audience when you tweet about your auction donation!


    Donating is easy!


    • Please submit your donations by November 15, 2017. We will accept contributions through November 26, but we’d like to give you the opportunity to be publicized for as long as possible. Having our donations ready by November 1st will get you in the promotional materials.

    • The Auction will be held November 28 - December 7, 2017


  • 02 Oct 2017 2:51 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)


    Our Autumn 2017 issue of Food for Thought, "How Mindful Eating Nourishes Happiness," offers a glimpse into the many ways that mindfulness and mindful eating can create a foundation for happiness, joy and contentment. The road map for happiness is an individual journey, but there are four stops you can anticipate along the way. These are: experiencing the happiness of sense contact, such as looking, tasting, smelling, feeling, touching and listening; the happiness of positive emotions such as joy, loving-kindness, compassion, and equanimity; the happiness of concentrating your mind; and finally, the happiness of insight into your behaviors and interconnections.


    Featuring:


    Emotional Superfoods: The Sublime Attitudes of Mindful Eating,
    Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D.


    Acceptance of What Is, a Nourishing Ingredient of Mindful Eating, Claudia Vega, MD


    Four Ways to Nourish Happiness. Megrette Fletcher, M.Ed., RD, CDE (educational handout for clients)


    Meditation on Gratitude to Nourish Our Souls, Claudia Vega, MD


    How Mindful Eating Nourishes Happiness


  • 18 Jul 2017 7:04 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    We are pleased to introduce Grace E. Bell, MA Applied Behavioral Science, Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, in our Member Spotlight for July 2017.


    Grace facilitates an annual retreat called Eating Peace, as well as an 3-month online immersion course with coaching for a small group called the Eating Peace Process, during the winter months where she lives (Pacific Northwest, USA). Her primary mindfulness modality is The Work of Byron Katie or Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction. As a practice, The Work offers great insight and healing in an ongoing way for many. When there are ways to address stress and suffering, eating for emotional reasons is no longer necessary.


    Q. Would you describe your mindful eating program?

    Eating Peace is a program primarily created to address emotional and/or unconscious eating. We do this with a series of focused topics: Mind and Thinking, Feelings, Body and Daily Living.

    But overall, we’re taking a journey through these topics and studying the moments we feel compelled to eat when not hungry. We then learn and use The Work of Byron Katie, to inquire and question stressful beliefs that lead to eating. We begin to identify the beliefs we’ve carried (sometimes for years) that prevent clarity or peace with food and our bodies. Everyone learns The Work, how to identify what they think that feels stressful, and then the steps to follow as we question our thoughts. The final step is to turnaround our troubling thoughts, after studying them and investigating beliefs, and practicing or “living” the opposite of our painful beliefs. It doesn’t happen instantly, it’s a practice and becomes a way of working with our stress and suffering. 


    Q: Please share with us your favorite resource for someone who is interested in learning about mindful eating?

    I’ve loved the resources offered in mindfulness in general with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Adyashanti, my primary meditation teacher. The good Geneen Roth and all her writing and work on emotional eating has been both humorous and joyful for me. The short ebook I’ve written on Eating Peace: Seven Foundational Steps to Help You Eat In Peace For The Rest of Your Life is useful for understanding the power of slowing down, watching, self-inquiry, and ending disturbance around eating and food. https://workwithgrace.leadpages.net/peaceful-eating/


    Q: Do you have a few favorite mindful eating tips to offer?

    My favorite is to notice a time of day or situation where you generally find yourself over-eating or eating things you don’t really want to eat. People often experience this, for example, at home in the evening when there are no officially scheduled places to be. But there may be other situations where someone finds themselves repeatedly overeating or graze eating without care or kindness to themselves. Writing down the stressful thoughts you have about what you should be doing, what you want or long for, or what seems to be missing in these situations is very powerful for identifying the thinking that creates the urge to eat when not hungry. I have found over and over, when we’re clear about what’s happening in our perceptions of a situation, we can look more closely and change it. It’s hard to make changes when you don’t see what the problem is, and often some of the thoughts we have about food, eating, body, interactions with people are based on very old assumptions we’ve never questioned. Journaling about what you think in any stressful situation helps to identify what the mind says is happening. And then, the good news is, you can question those stressful assumptions or test them.


    Q: Tell us a little how you came to this path with a story or memorable moment.

    My family held a celebratory dinner at our home, as a college send-off to me to attend a small prestigious liberal arts school. At the dinner with many guests, I found myself eating, eating and eating. My body image had been decaying for several years—very anxious about the size of my thighs and worried about weight—and I had tried to “control” my eating. The whole meal was abject failure. I was acting nice and answering questions, but feeling horrible inside and didn’t know it, but I was terrified. I excused myself when I thought I had done my dutiful socializing and hand-shaking, and went upstairs and thought “this time, I will force myself to throw up, no matter what.” That began a quick slide downhill psychologically, and I returned home for treatment after only 7 months at college. The next ten years of my life were mostly dedicated to recovery.


    Q: What question have you encountered about mindful eating or mindfulness that makes you cringe?

    Sometimes a person is so overwhelmed by compulsion, craving, and a desperate need to eat, it seems crazy to speak of mindful eating, relaxing and tasting, checking in with the hunger level, being with food calmly. We’re so far from calm in that moment, mindfulness seems impossible to even begin. For wild cravings and the urge to binge eat (like I experienced) I think there are other steps to consider including support to heal trauma, or extremely fearful thinking. 


    Q: What is your vision for mindful eating? What do you want mindful eating to help or cure?

    My vision for mindful eating is that in many ways, it becomes the easy way, the natural way to eat when we’ve become clear and loving about our feelings, thoughts and past experiences. If we aren’t feeling peaceful, then mindful eating is a way to rehearse or practice peaceful behavior with food. There is nothing like having a huge craving to eat off-balance actually dissolve without the binge. People with eating issues often believe the only thing that will help them calm down is to follow the craving and eat, and it’s very liberating to find this isn’t true. Mindful eating can be like the practice of meditation. Even if thoughts are going wild, we sit still, and allow the energy to pass. Mindful eating helps end shame, self-criticism, guilt and all the very dark thoughts people have about themselves when it comes to eating. 


    Q: Would you share with us why you chose to join The Center for Mindful Eating?

    By great fortune, I found deep healing from the first time I knew I needed help with the tortured dynamic I was experiencing with eating and food. I was so lucky I didn’t join diet clubs or grueling or rigid food plans. I knew I had it in me to be normal with eating and something was terribly off-balance, but it wasn’t about the food. When I came across the Center for Mindful Eating, I very much appreciated the same approach to healing the way we eat, that it is not about the calories, specific food, nutrition (although these can all be wonderful to learn about) but the way we are consuming that is at the base of it all—is it peaceful and mindful, or chaotic and emotional? Great to have this resource with the approach that eating is like learning to dance. You may fumble at the beginning and not know the steps, but you get more and more comfortable with practice.


    Please see www.workwithgrace.com for more information about Grace.

    To receive the Eating Peace ebook please download it for free here: https://workwithgrace.leadpages.net/peaceful-eating/

    For more information about Grace’s annual Eating Peace Process program plus in-person January 2018 retreat, visit here: http://workwithgrace.com/eating-peace/eating-peace-online/



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