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  • 05 Sep 2014 10:33 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    We are delighted to introduce Caroline Baerten, founder of MeNu, Centre for Mindful Eating and Nutrition in the heart of Europe (Brussels, 2009). Since founding MeNu she’s been facilitating 8-week Mindful Eating training programs in Belgium, in group settings and private consultations. She is part of several research projects where the impact of mindful eating on health, wellbeing and ecology are studied.  Once a month she guides a sangha (practice community) in Brussels where they practice mindfulness during sitting, walking, tea drinking and mindful eating.  Since 2013 she has created a platform for renowned trainers from US (J. Chozen Bays, C. Wilkins, J. Kristeller) to facilitate Mindful Eating training programs for European professionals in healthcare.

    Caroline joined The Center for Mindful Eating board of directors in 2012. Based in Brussels, she attended her first annual retreat via Skype in 2013! Upon joining the TCME board Caroline started making considerable strides in bringing more awareness to mindful eating across the globe. Our TCME inbox exploded with international queries about how to learn more, where to receive trainings, and how to access resources just months after Caroline joined us.

    Caroline’s personal mindfulness practice is under the guidance of Vietnamese zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and Dharma teacher Thay Phap An at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism. She has a particular interest in the environmental impact of food and eating and chairs our Sustainability task group. “Through food we reconnect our internal environment with the external natural elements, bringing in balance the ecology of human mind and ecology of the earth.” Caroline’s passion for mindful eating is intimately connected with her passion for the earth and its inhabitants. Every bite she takes she considers the impact of mindful consumption and food waste on the systems all around all of us. In her life and work Caroline encourages mindful food choices based on culinary pleasure (she also has a background as a chef) and sustainable interaction with consumers, produce and (local) producers.

    Thank you, Caroline, for joining the TCME board, and for sharing your passion with all of us. Learn more about Caroline’s work at www.me-nu.org. She also has a real eye for artistic presentation of food as displayed on her website, not to be missed!

  • 03 Sep 2014 9:17 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)


    Last month we asked if board members would be willing to answer a community question about mindful eating. Thank you to those who submitted your questions!

    “I have an issue with over eating at meals and not thinking or being conscience of what I am doing until afterwards. How can I start to cut back and tell myself to stop? I do not know how to make it a habit since I do not even think twice about it until after I am finished eating.”

    Amanda R.
    New Jersey, USA


    This is a very common problem, so know you’re not alone with this struggle. I hear from many people that telling yourself to stop doesn’t really work, and thinking about cutting back feels like you’re going to miss out on something, not get enough, or feel deprived. So “thinking” doesn’t seem to be particularly helpful here. Of course, I don’t know all of what’s happening for you, but here’s something you can try. You already have a great awareness that once you start eating it’s too late for you, so you’re going to have to do some planning well before you start eating.

    You could start by deciding what you want to eat for one meal the day before or that morning. Choose the meal at which you are least rushed to do this experiment. Get what food you need you need, or make it or purchase it ahead of time.

    Set a place at a table. It doesn’t have to be fancy. If you have a dining room table that’s a good spot. Don’t do this experiment standing up in the kitchen eating.

    Next, sit down (not in the kitchen or in front of TV/technology) and take a two or three of deep breaths. Check in with the physical sensations in your stomach (this may take some practice).  How hungry are you on a scale of 0 (not at all hungry) to 10 (ravenous.)  How much food would your stomach like?  ¼ or ½ cup?  1 cup?
     
    Get up and go to where the food is, and look at the food your about to serve yourself, just look. Don’t pick at it or even put it on a plate yet. Really look at it. Notice the shapes, textures, colors, and the smells. Now serve yourself a little smaller amounts than you normally eat, while assuring yourself that if you’re still hungry after you eat these portions, you can go back for seconds. This is very important to say, even out loud. Some people find a mid-size plate helps at this point. Assure yourself that you can have seconds.

    Take the plate to the table, sit down (just you and the food) and take 60 seconds to again notice the shapes, textures, colors, and the smells before you start to eat. Then begin to eat. Whenever you can, remember to experiment with putting your fork down while you chew –hard to do, but important!

    There are lots of possibilities for you to try. Just remember that for you and many others, it’s too late to start once you are eating.  There are many more tips and handouts on the TCME.org website. Experiment and see what works for you.

    Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW
    TCME Advisory Board

  • 25 Aug 2014 10:02 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    When Susan Albers, PsyD, the host of The Mindful Eating Summit, a FREE virtual conference August 25-29, 2014, invited three TCME.org board members to speak on mindful eating we became curious. Being a great sport, Susan agreed to let us interview her to share HER experience about mindful eating. 


    Come join The Center for Mindful Eating on Facebook each day of The Mindful Eating Summit as we celebrate the growing benefits, interest and research about how mindful eating can help us create a new relationship with food and eating.


    Day One: 

    TCME: What got you interested in mindful eating? Can you share if you had an epiphany? Or did this topic simply grow on you?
     

    SUSAN: I reveal the story next Wednesday, the day that some of the "pioneers" of mindful eating will be speaking.  These pioneers are professionals who developed a special interest in mindful eating and have been working hard to spread the word!   My first epiphany about mindfulness and being mindful happened when I was an exchanged studying in Japan.  I happened to be sitting next to a monk who started speaking to me in Japanese at the Zen Garden in Kyoto.  He said two words (which I will tell you on Wednesday) that changed my life forever!  Fast forward to when I was a graduate student, I started talking to people about mindful eating.  What I noticed is what a positive spin it is on eating well rather than the old school approach of focusing on "problematic eating."


    Day Two:

    TCME: What convinced you that mindful eating isn't another fad or 'diet craze'. Is there a personal story you can offer that fuels your passion?

    SUSAN: I work with clients in my office who want to improve their eating habits in many different ways. What I love about mindful eating is that it is helpful to everyone from stress eaters to people who have chronic eating struggles. Mindful eating doesn't tend to trigger disordered eating like fad dieting often does. Mindful eating is easy, accessible and doesn't cost any money--in other words no expensive products to buy nor do you have to cut out foods you love. You eat the foods you love, but in a mindful way. #lifeistooshortnottoeatchocolate --mindfully of course!


    Day Three

    TCME: 
    How did you bring the concept of mindful eating into your life? Can you share a hope or wish about mindful eating.


    SUSAN: One of my favorite mindful eating experiences happened when I was visiting Japan when my book, Eating Mindfully, was published in Japanese. I was at a place called Mt. Koya. To get there, you have to take a trolley up to the top of a mountain. Visitors stay at a monastery and are fed breakfast and lunch. The dinner was exquisite--served on many china plates with just one single bite of each food. I remember eating each bite very slowly trying to figure out what it was and savoring just that one single solitary bite! I encourage people to eat foods from a different culture for a mindful eating experience. When you eat unfamiliar foods, you naturally slow down and evaluate if you like it or not with much more specificity. I give more ideas on how to eat mindfully during the summit.


    Day Four:

    TCME: How do you feel mindful eating has changed your eating habits. Can you share a funny story?

    SUSAN: Many years ago when I was a graduate student in Colorado, I was zipping in my car from school to my internship. I typically ate my lunch at stop lights on the way because I was so busy! One day I reached over for my sandwich, and saw just the bag. I was in such a hurry I didn't even realize that I had already eaten it. This is why now I am such an advocate of the motto, "when you eat, just eat" It's so much easier said than done. Today, when I am eating lunch at my desk, I swivel away from my computer or change rooms completely to ensure that I don't multitask while eat. It sounds like an easy tip, but I challenge people to try not multitasking while they eat today! It may take more practice than you think.


    Day Five:

    As a mother, is mindful eating something we should teach kids? Can you share a funny story that a parent can relate to?


    SUSAN:
    What I love about mindful eating is that it applies to everyone and even young kids can "understand" and eat in a mindful way! My 6 year old niece was watching TV one day and pointed to the screen and said, "Scooby Doo isn't eating mindfully because he is eating sandwiches too fast!" Even she "gets" what it means to eat in a mindful way. It's never too early to teach kids mindful eating habits! Here are the three challenges for parents to do with their kids called the 3 S's 1) Sit down-at the table 2) Slow down--help them to stop eating in the car 3) Shh!--turn off the TV and other distractions if possible.


    We'll be posting a question and response each day of the 2014 Mindful Eating Summit!



  • 23 Aug 2014 3:23 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Rediscover a Healthy Relationship to Food with Mindful Eating
    Open for registration: a six-week online course on mindful eating, taught by Dr. Jan Chozen Bays, physician and meditation teacher.

    If you’ve ever wished you could just relax and enjoy eating - free from the anxiety and guilt that unfortunately too often surround it - try applying mindfulness. In this course you’ll learn the proven methods developed by Dr. Jan Chozen Bays for bringing mindful awareness to self-nourishment. They’re simple practices that will enable you to establish a happy and healthy relationship with food, liberating you from calorie-counting, overindulging, falling for food fads, and from worrying that you’re not eating like you should. You already know how you should eat, she teaches. It’s simply a matter of discovering that inherent wisdom through mindfulness.

    This interactive six-week course will serve as your guide and support in rediscovering a healthy and joyful relationship with food. Drawing on recent research and integrating her experiences as a physician and Zen teacher, Dr. Bays offers a clear presentation of what mindfulness is and how it can help with food and eating issues. Whether you’re overweight, suffer from an eating disorder, or just want to get more out of life, this course offers simple tools that can make a remarkable difference.

    See and hear Dr. Bays talk about her work and practice in this video:
    http://vimeo.com/102030213

    In this course you’ll learn how to:

    • Assess what Dr. Bays calls “the eight hungers” and understand how they influence your eating patterns
    • Tune into your body’s own wisdom about what, when, and how much to eatundefinedwhich will lead you to a greater sense of satisfaction with every meal
    • Develop a more compassionate attitude toward your relationship with food
    • Deepen your understanding of how childhood conditioning affects the way we relate to food
    • Nourish the heart and discover what you’re really hungry for

    This course includes:

    • Six 20-30 minute downloadable video lessons, taught by Dr. Bays
    • Three live conference calls with Dr. Bays, which will take place on September 14 at 5 p.m., September 29 at 8 p.m., and October 8 at 8 p.m. (Eastern Time). (Recordings will be made available after the calls.)
    • Six downloadable audio recordings to help guide you in the practices of mindful eating
    • Weekly exercises for you to try at home to help you integrate the teachings into your daily life
    • Integration forums where you can share your insights and challenges with fellow online learners and receive the support of the community
    • The eBook of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food by Dr. Bays
    • Weekly guided reading assignments from Mindful Eating and other resources
    • Access to all course materials until March 4, 2015



    This course will begin on September 4, 2014.
    Course registration will close on September 30, 2014.


    Register for the course
    Early enrollment discount!
    Sign up before Aug 14: $129
    Before Aug 28: $149
    Full price: $189

    Jan Chozen Bays, MD is a pediatrician, zen roshi and author of Mindful Eating, A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food.


    Individuals who have served on the TCME board, advisory council, members that offer program that has been reviewed and in agreement with our mission and 5-year goals or non-tcme.org members that have been invited to provide programing will be included in the TCME resources and in other communications regarding Mindful Eating.
    TCME.org does not pay speakers for any programs that are offered.
    TCME.org does not endorse programs.


  • 05 Aug 2014 10:51 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Noelle Fitzgerald is completing her doctoral thesis with the Clinical Psychology Programme at the University of Limerick. Her research is looking at people’s eating habits. She has written us to ask if we would assist her in distributing a questionnaire to as wide an audience as possible.

    Would you take a moment to participate in this research? It be really helpful to gather as many participants as possible.


    Noelle writes: As part of my doctoral thesis in clinical psychology at the Dept of Psychology in University of Limerick, I am completing a piece of research looking at people’s eating habits.

    I would really appreciate if you would complete this questionnaire which will take about 10 minutes. Your participation is really important as you will help add to our understanding of the factors that influence our eating habits.

    All answers will be kept confidential and anonymous, meaning that absolutely NO NAMES will be used in this study.

    Here is the link: MINDFUL EATING STUDY

    If you have any questions at all regarding this research, please do not hesitate to contact me, email: noelle.fitzgerald@ul.ie

    Many thanks in advance for taking the time to take part in this study. We appreciate your participation!

  • 25 Jul 2014 8:25 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)


    Our summer intern, Angela Wheeler, a junior at Minnesota State University majoring in Dietetics, interviewed Marsha Hudnall, president and co-owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run, a women’s weight management retreat in Vermont that pioneered the non-diet approach to healthy weights. Green Mountain was founded 40 years ago to help women stop dieting and learn how to truly take care of themselves to reach and maintain their natural healthy weights. Mindful eating has been a core component of the program for over 25 years.


    Simply hearing the word “diet” can conjure up powerful feelings, most of them unpleasant. Feelings of deprivation, frustration and guilt when carefully laid plans inevitably do not go as intended are common. Yet, amid all this negativity, the immense popularity of dieting continues. Whether it’s Atkins, South Beach or the paleo diet, there are seemingly endless options to choose from. If you’re the average American, you probably have heard of or tried at least one or two, if not more. 

    Here’s the truth about diets: When they’re undertaken for weight loss, they don’t work, at least not for the average person. Weight-loss diets focus on short-term success instead of a long-term lifestyle change. They often leave followers feeling deprived because of their numerous restrictions. Many people are also left feeling guilty when they are unable to abide by a diet’s rules. One of the biggest pitfalls of diets is they often focus on fast weight loss instead of finding your own personal healthy weight. The good news is there’s a solution, and it’s called mindful eating.

    The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME) is an international not-for-profit forum that promotes the practice of mindful eating. Its website defines mindful eating as “allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom.” TCME does not promote mindful eating as a weight-loss tool but instead recognizes how the practice can help people find and maintain their healthy weight by teaching them how to tune in to their body. TCME board member Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD, has an extensive background in mindful eating and healthy weight management. 



    Hudnall is president and co-owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run, a women’s weight management retreat that pioneered the non-diet approach to healthy weights. Mindful eating has been at the core of Green Mountain’s approach since it opened. Hudnall also serves on the board of directors for the Binge Eating Disorder Association and is an accomplished speaker and writer on the impact of dieting on eating behaviors. She shared her insight and wisdom regarding the mindful eating approach to a healthy weight and why diets usually end with little to no success.



    The Problem with Weight Loss Diets


    “The basic problem with weight-loss diets is that the rules are completely divorced from an individual’s experience,” Hudnall said. 

    She explains that diets often dictate how, when and what a person should eat, even though their needs, feelings and desires might contradict such rigid rules. So while people may be able to follow a diet for a certain length of time, they usually can’t maintain it in the long term. They often end up going from one extreme to another in a rebound effect, gaining back any weight they lost and sometimes even more.

    “Weight management is much more than calories in versus calories out,” Hudnall said. “When dieting, a person tries to live by artificial rules that are based on that concept, but it’s too simplistic. The bottom line is that the rules usually don’t match a person’s physical or psychological needs.”


    The Promise of Mindful Eating


    Our needs concerning food come from the fact that we need food to live. As a result, our bodies have developed a system to ensure that we get enough to support survival. 

    The natural physiological response to getting too hungry, which is what often happens with dieting, is that a person is attracted to richer foods and tends to eat more quickly. The result is that we often pass the point at which we feel as if we’ve had enough to eat before we realize it. If we have been on and off diets, the typical response is to also feel guilty that we’ve eaten richer foods – which typically aren’t allowed on a diet – and that we’ve eaten “too much.” This sets off a downward spiral of thinking that can lead to repeated dieting and overeating that causes a person to gain weight instead of lose it. 

    “With mindful eating, we instead use the body as a guide to when, what and how much to eat. When it’s supported, the body is very capable of telling you what you really need to be well,” Hudnall said. “When we’re well and healthy, our bodies gravitate to their natural place. There’s no need to chase after weight loss. It happens naturally if it’s what a person’s body needs to be healthy.” 

    Hudnall noted that the body’s natural point of balance is particular to each individual. In today’s society, however, weight bias runs rampant. Weight bias is negative preconceived notions of larger-bodied people that don’t necessarily have any basis in reality. 

    “You can’t look at a person and tell anything about them because of their size,” Hudnall explained. “Harsh judgments about a person based on their size often drive them to repeated dieting, even when they’ve failed time and time again. This doesn’t support good health.” 


    Start with Acceptance 


    Acceptance is commonly considered one of the key attitudes of mindfulness. In the area of weight management, it particularly applies because, according to Hudnall, it’s about supporting yourself in living a happy, healthy life, not getting in your own way with negative attitudes about yourself. 

    Acceptance can be a tough concept to master when there is considerable pressure to conform to others’ standards, particularly when it comes to weight. But people can move toward acceptance by starting to use their own thoughts, feelings and experiences as a guide to discovering what feels best to them. When it comes to eating, that’s what mindful eating is all about.


    Mindful Eating for Healthy Weights 


    Mindful eating is not a set of strict rules. There is no list of “good” or “bad” foods directing what you can and cannot eat. It is not a “quick fix” or “fast solution.” Mindful eating involves learning to accept your body and appreciating it for what it is and the incredible things it can do. It is taking care of your body in a healthful way by listening to what it needs. It is a lifestyle change that can turn anxiety toward food back into pleasure, the way it is supposed to be. Mindful eating is granting yourself permission to eat what your body truly wants and needs. 

    “What is it you really do want? The way to find out is to let yourself have what you think you want and then observe how you feel,” Hudnall said. 

    Because mindful eating is a mind and body experience, you may be surprised to discover you don’t enjoy some foods as much as you previously had thought, typically the foods that are considered off limits for healthy eating. However, the power to eat what you want can be a terrifying thought for people who have repeatedly tried weight-loss diets. Hudnall has often encountered similar feelings while working with participants at Green Mountain. In addition, frequent dieters are often out of touch with their bodies and need to get reacquainted with their internal cues that guide eating. At Green Mountain, participants are encouraged to eat regularly as they learn to interpret and trust their body’s cues again. Well-balanced meals are also key since they provide important nutrients that support balance in the body and guide our appetite regulatory system.

    “A mindful eating approach is not an approach to weight loss, it’s an approach to health,” Hudnall said when asked why mindful eating is a more successful way to achieve a healthy weight. She explained that mindful eating is also a key part in moving away from obsessions around eating and weight to live a full life that is focused on what’s really meaningful to a person instead of how many calories she has eaten or a number on a scale. 

    Hudnall also explained that emotional overeating, which is a typical problem faced by people who struggle with their weight, often arises out of dieting. Other people may have developed a habit of turning to food to cope with emotions for other reasons. But for all, mindful eating can help them become more aware of when they are overusing food for emotional reasons, which is the first step in changing that habit.


    Enjoying Food and Life Again 


    Following a weight-loss diet is typically not pleasant, and most people are ready to end the experience as soon as possible. On the other hand, mindful eating can be very pleasurable and may easily become a lifelong commitment because it’s a way of eating that can include foods that people enjoy and make them feel well at the same time. When using mindful practices, you can step away from the dinner table after having a pleasing meal and still feel good about your decisions. 

    “Pleasure is really important and food is one of the greatest pleasures of life, so let’s find out how to truly enjoy it on all levels,” Hudnall said. 

    It’s time to stop dieting and start living again. Instead of letting others’ perceptions of what health should look like influence your decisions, practice acceptance and learn to be happy with all that you are. The mindful eating approach to weight management can help you listen to your body and begin to enjoy food again. Take back one of life’s simple pleasures and eat what you want, in a mindful way.


    Join Marsha Hudnall this month for her "Finding Your Healthy Weight" teleconference, August 19th.


  • 09 Jul 2014 8:13 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    The Center for Mindful Eating would like to answer your questions! If you are a TCME member and have a question for our board members regarding any aspect of mindful eating, including how to teach it to others, we invite you to share with us so we may share with others.


    Ask a Mindful Eating Question

    (takes you to our Google form)


    If your question is selected, a board member will provide a response to be published on the TCME blog for the benefit of our community.

    We would like to satisfyyour curiosity about mindful eating and look forward to hearing from you!

  • 01 Jul 2014 6:34 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Our Summer Issue of Food for Thought is now available to savor. In this issue, titled The Magic of Taste, enjoy the many delicious courses served up by TCME co-founder Jean Kristeller, PhD, who explores the many aspects of taste satiety. Her article titled "The Power of Taste Awareness." highlights how mindful eating can change the whole experience of eating. Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD, CD offers her insights in the article called "The Case for Becoming a Foodie." Here she explores appreciating the tastes and quality of flavors. From Europe, TCME board member Caroline Baerten, RD, offers this month's educational handout, "Taste and Memory: Experiencing Food." Food for Thought also offers TCME community members share their reflections on the role of taste in mindful eating. 


    The Magic of Taste newsletter and Food & Memories educational handout


    Our Food for Thought newsletter is also available on ISSUU, an easy to use document reader for your tablets or phones.


    The Magic of Taste on ISSUU


    Explore past issues of our newsletters, access our full collection of educational handouts, along with our library of graphical quotes, information on mindful eating research, and more in TCME Resources.


    The Center for Mindful Eating is 100% member funded. Your membership supports these and other education resources, including our mindful eating teleconferences for professionals and the general public. Members have the option of listing their own mindful eating practice and training opportunities in our network, searchable in our Find a Professional database. If you are not already a member of TCME, please consider joining us today!


    TCME Membership

  • 29 Jun 2014 10:52 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    To err is human; to forgive, divine. – Alexander Pope

    At age 35, my annual physical showed that my health was excellent. Then, I began to gain weight. Determined to change, I tried many diets. Sometimes the good results lasted a few months, but no diet brought long-term success.

    In April 2014, I decided to let go of any effort to lose weight and to take simple, positive actions for my health. I started with one simple change: I turned off the TV before eating anything. A few days later, I read the Mindful Eating website and bought the book “Eat What You Love.” Something clicked: I really can eat when I am hungry, and I stop when I am satisfied!

    There was an enormous shift in my thinking. I acknowledged my many mistakes and accepted the forgiveness offered by a simple, healthy lifestyle. Instead of effort, failure and craving, I found a sense of grace and enjoyment from eating well and being satisfied.

    I also know that I have much to learn. My next goal is to find a medical doctor who is sympathetic to this approach. I will make mistakes in this search, learn from those mistakes, and use my new discoveries to help others in need.

    Thomas Scott
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Connect with other members through The Center for Mindful Eating by becoming a Network Professional Member.  

    
Are you a professional providing service in the field of mindful eating? As a member of TCME, you can participate in our Find a Professional Network, a searchable database of mindful eating professionals. 

  • 24 Jun 2014 9:37 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    Each month, Cheryl Wasserman, MA, LPC, NCC, one of our TCME Board Members, offers a special small group Round Table discussion titled: Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About How to Teach Mindful Eating. We offer this learning opportunity to TCME members around the world, limiting participation to ten people to provide a more personal approach, as if we were all sitting around the table together, discussing our different views about mindful eating. 

    Jan Hempstead RN, BCC, a former participant offers: "I was not certain what to expect from the Round Table. What I did find was a vast array of experiences from the participants. Some were new to the practice, some of us had been practicing for quite a while. It's always interesting to hear others thoughts and experiences." 

    Cheryl invites participants to bring their successes, the "lessons learned the hard way", questions, answers, concerns, doubts, inspiration so that together the group participants can talk, learn and share experiences. Mindful Eating is gaining international attention, and this small group offers an opportunity to explore how the practice differs from place to place. "It was wonderful to connect with so many different people from around the continent. I am in Western Canada and there was a participant in Mexico and more from the United States. It was truly humbled to learn so much about mindful living from so many different perspectives on one phone call. Please continue them." (Angela Bewick, BFA, RHN)

    As participation is limited to ten people who are TCME members we wanted to offer preregistration early for the next two Round Table Discussions. If you are not yet a member of TCME, you can join today before you register. 


    Kati Konersman, RD, CDE, highly recommends this program. "The Round Table Discussion with Cheryl Wasserman made me aware of the "hunger" so many of us have to know how other like minded professionals implement  Mindful Eating in their practice setting. It never fails to amaze me how we are of one voice and thought; and how we share the aspiration to be a source of a different way to go about one's business of living. Truly enjoyed such lively discussion and would definitely recommend others to join the conversation."

    Cheryl Wasserman is a psychotherapist who owns Alliance Therapy Associates and is a partner in Westport Wellness Group. She specializes in teaching mindful eating and mindfulness skills to those who want help with their relationship with food and to bariatric surgery patients, (pre- and post-operatively). She teaches mindfulness for the treatment of depression, anxiety and stress. She also trains other psychotherapists who wish to incorporate mindful eating into their life and their practice with their clients. She began meditating 30 years ago and tries to maintain a daily mindfulness practice so that she can do her best to bring genuine mindfulness to her work with others.

TCME is a member and donation supported 501(C)3 non-profit organization. We depend your generosity to make our mindful eating programs available. Make a tax deductible contribution on our donation page

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