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  • 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.
  • 12 Jun 2014 8:44 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    Ronna Kabatznick, former TCME Board Member, was mentioned in a publication this week, "Tame the Crave" appearing in the Sports and Fitness Network. Author Vanessa LaFaso Stolarski writes about the ‘cravings cycle’, described by Ronna as like falling out of a tree, 'we don’t notice the consequences of being hurt until we’ve hit the ground.' Stolarski describes mindless eating as being “Lost in thought or emotion, we miss out on the flavors, textures and aromas of what we are eating and then wonder why we still feel hungry.”

    Why do we eat mindlessly? Ronna suggests we seek to escape from thoughts and/or feelings of suffering by looking to food, sex or drugs to alleviate the uncomfortable feelings.

    The article offers an excellent description of the Cravings Cycle along with practical tools for learning how to become more aware of the nature of our experience so that we may make more conscious choices of how to respond to our cravings.

    Ronna will be hosting a teleconference next month titled "Out of Hunger" - offered for free to anyone interested in learning more about mindful eating. 

    To learn more about the Cravings Cycle, listen to the recording of Ronna’s TCME teleconference, “Craving and the End of Craving” given March 2013.

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    Earlier this Spring, Jean Kristeller wrote Mindful Snacking, published in the April 2014 Mindful Magazine. “Eating mindfully isn’t about resistance or restriction. It’s about enjoying more.” Recognizing that we all eat mindlessly at one time or another, Jean calls on us to slow down, pay attention, and make choices that are conscious, kind and healthy. 

    “Mindfulness is a powerful way to bring balance into every aspect of how we eat. It cultivates inner wisdom - awareness of how our body and mind are reacting - and outer wisdom - making wiser use of nutritional information to satisfy your needs and preferences.”

    She offers five practical tools to help guide those looking to be more attentive and conscious in their choices between meals. She calls on on the practices of pausing and reflection, giving full permission, considering quantity and quality, savoring the experience and flexibility to explore and experiment.

    Jean will be offering a members-only teleconference on July 23rd entitled "Eating for Quality, Not Quantity: The Magic of our Sense of Taste." Membership with The Center for Mindful Eating offers many benefits, including free access to teleconferences like these. Learn more about becoming a member and join our mindful eating community!

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    Have you taken some time lately to review TCME's Principles of Mindful Eating? Compiled by nearly 20 professionals with extensive experience in mindfulness, mindful eating and/or meditation, these principles are intended to guide you in your mindful eating journey. Take a few minutes to read, reflect and consider your thoughts and feelings in relation to these principles and how you might apply them in your mindful eating practice.
  • 01 Jun 2014 9:39 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    How well do you know the Mindful Eating research literature? Take the quiz!

    1. What journal recently published a Systematic Review on a mindfulness meditation intervention for disordered eating?

    2. What study recently concluded that increasing mindful eating may support lasting reductions in the consumption of sweets? 

    3. Name 2 bibliographic databases that should be included in a comprehensive mindful eating literature search. 

    4. Is Mindful Eating a search term (subject heading) in the PubMed database? 


    Answers: 

    1. Mindfulness meditation as an intervention for binge eating, emotional eating, and weight loss: A systematic review. Eating behaviors. 2014 Apr;15(2):197-204.

    2. Increases in Mindful Eating Predict Reductions in Consumption of Sweets and Desserts: Data from the Supporting Health by Integrating Nutrition and Exercise (SHINE) Clinical Trial. Mason AE, Daubenmier J, Moran PJ, Kristeller J, Dallman M, et al. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 May;20(5):A17

    3. At a minimum, a health sciences database like PubMed and a psychology database like PsycINFO, And there are at least 8 other databases to consider. 

    4. No - but hopefully it will be added as the body of research increases. "Mindfullness" was added as a search term in 2014. 

    Want to improve your score on this quiz and ensure you are up to date with scholarly mindful eating articles and research? Check out the resource we have added to the TCME website:

    This tool is a helpful starting point for learning about the journals and bibliographic databases that provide access to mindful eating articles and research. We have also provided tips for searching PubMed and links to mindful eating searches in PubMed. Check out tip #5 and sign up to receive monthly email updates on new research from PubMed. 

    This new tool was developed by a professional Medical Librarian and we welcome your feedback. 
  • 25 May 2014 8:43 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Are you curious about the magic of the senses, the taste of food and their role in mindful eating? We’d like to know what you think!  

    In our Summer 2014 Issue of Food for Thought (publication date July 2014) our writers will be sharing their discoveries about Taste as it applies to Mindful Eating. Take our community survey to share your thoughts - we’re curious about your experience and invite you to share.

    How do you reflect on the experience of taste, texture and flavors in your mindful eating practice?

    What senses do you engage when tasting food?

    Why is curiosity about the taste of food helpful in moving towards greater mindfulness?

    Taste Survey for Summer 2014 Food for Thought

    “By practicing mindfulness and living as much as possible in the present moment, we will taste food in another way. We can explore how bringing attention to the taste experience reveals new aspects of a favorite food and can transform our experience of it.” Caroline Baerten, RD (Belgium), From the Taste of Food to the Foods of Our Memories

    "When we begin to truly appreciate the flavors of foods, it makes us more particular about what we will eat." Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD, CD
    Tuning In to Taste: The Case for Becoming a Foodie

    Thank you for contributing! Your responses may be featured in our Community Sharing page of the next issue of Food for Thought
  • 22 May 2014 12:52 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    Lilia Graue joined the TCME Board in December 2013. A physician, psychotherapist, and medical educator, Lilia specializes in working with individuals and families struggling with eating and mood disorders. She has founded Mindful Eating Mexico, with the mission of introducing Mindful Eating in Mexico. She aspires to build a network of health practitioners committed to fostering health and wellbeing through mindfulness.

    Lilia has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 15 years within the context of the Theravada Buddhist tradition. She has recently completed several mindfulness training programs including an MBSR course in Mexico and MBCT, along with two professional trainings applying mindfulness to eating: MB-EAT and Mindful Eating Conscious Living (MECL).

    As a faculty member in the School of Medicine, UNAM, she is passionate about introducing mindfulness to medical students and educators, through seminars with international guests and MBSR workshops. She has taught mindfulness to a group of medical students with academic difficulties, as well as to a group of faculty members at the Faculty of Medicine.

    Fully bilingual, Lilia has started translating our TCME Resources, including the TCME Principles and our Food for Thought newsletters. Look for our new Spanish Resources where you can find these and other resources. We offered our first Spanish Speaking Roundtable in May which was recorded for those who would like to learn more about starting a mindful eating practice. More Spanish Resources to come!

    Thank you, Lilia, for your contributions in making our Mindful Eating Resources available to a larger portion of our worldwide community.

    You can learn more about Lilia's work on her website www.mindfuleatingmexico.com or by emailing her at:
    mindfuleatingmexico@gmail.com

  • 14 May 2014 10:36 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    We are pleased to announce that we've started building a collection of Spanish TCME Mindful Eating Resources. Here you'll find our most recent Food for Thought on the theme of "What is Mindful Eating" along with the Principles of Mindful Eating written by members of TCME, and more. We plan to publish our Food for Thought newsletter in Spanish every quarter, as well as a number of our Graphical Quotes which can be used in your presentations and as display in your professional spaces. We have our first Spanish-speaking Roundtable discussion this week and will make the recording available for listening afterwards. More resources will become available as we develop our services.
  • 29 Apr 2014 2:17 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, former Vice-President of The Center for Mindful Eating, has a newly released book: The Mindfulness Toolbox: 50 Tips, Tools & Handouts for Anxiety, Depression, Stress & Pain

    It is specifically designed for therapists who use mindfulness interventions for clients.   In a snapshot, it offers evidence-based practices with: 

    **  40+ detailed guided scripts and handouts for clients. Use this in the office and give clients a script to use at home (including reflection questions for journaling)

    **  Easy "bundling" of related practices... such as somatic-oriented; or breathing-oriented. Each bundle lets you put together an entire practice module for clients. 

    **  Ways to Tap a client's learning style.  If your client has a visual, tactile, or verbal learning style, you can quickly locate tools that will 'fit' most easily with your client. 

    The diversity of tools is what makes this book different stand out, and for me personally, makes it a special and highly useful book for therapists and clients alike.

    Please check it out on Amazon (they have a special discounted price). Thank you and may you find this book of benefit in your professional and personal practices.


  • 15 Apr 2014 3:46 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    In our 2014 Spring issue of Food for Thought  on the topic of What is Mindful Eating? we get back to basics as we give definition and form to the principles and practices of mindful eating. Our feature article by Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW, entitled "Happy Food" reminds us that we won't be mindful of every mouthful, and that's okay. She explains, "Just as my plate is a picture of contrasts – spicy and cool and soft and crunchy – so is the way in which I eat the food: moments of mindlessness and moments of awareness."  Cheryl Wasserman, MA, LPC, NCC, asks "What is it that we are truly hungering for?" as she explores the meaning of mindful eating in her article entitled, "What is Mindful Eating." Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE offers a guidance in "Starting a Mindful Eating Practice". With mindful attention, she suggests, "See what is good about the bite before you. This mental shift sprinkles delight, curiosity, contentment, joy and anticipation onto your meal." As always, we've designed the practice handout to be a separate download that you can share with your patients or clients. Download the Starting a Mindful Eating Practice patient care handout.

    Please enjoy our new extended format of Food for Thought featuring a message our new Board Members Corner and our Community Sharing page. Thank you to our community members for participating in this issues survey "What is Mindful Eating.' We greatly appreciate your sharing many words of wisdom about mindful eating, it's benefits and ways of practicing. 

    We are now publishing our Food for Thought newsletter on ISSUU for easy reading on your tablets, iPads, even your phone.

    Thank you to Eric at Winter Crow Studio for being our amazing designer. You were great to work with!

    View previous issues of Food for Thought for more mindful eating ideas, benefits and practice approaches.

    The Center for Mindful Eating is 100% member-supported. Please consider becoming a member, or making a donation, to support our work providing free mindful eating education resources.
  • 27 Mar 2014 6:03 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    Coming up in April we have two teleconferences being offered by two of our TCME board members. We'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Char Wilkins, MSW and Cheryl Wasserman, MA, LPC, NCC. Char will be offering "Happy Food" on April 14th and Cheryl will be leading a teleconference titled "What is Mindful Eating" on April 24th.

    Char Wilkins is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples and groups incorporating the intention and skills of mindfulness as a foundation from which to explore one’s life. She specializes in working with stress-related physical and emotional issues, with women who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma, and those who suffer with depression, anxiety and disordered eating.

    Char recently had an article on mindfulness and women who have experienced childhood abuse published in one of her profession's publication, Social Work Today. In the article, Mindfulness, Women, and Child Abuse: Turning Towards What Is Difficult, she writes about the intersection of abuse and disordered eating. She plans to publish a second article this year specifically on mindfulness and eating disorders.

    Char maintains a longstanding personal meditation practice and is currently studying Qigong and Taijiquan. She writes: "Mindfulness meditation is about cultivating a gentle curiosity about yourself. Most of us go through life on "automatic pilot." Being mindful is about being less in the future and past, and more in the present moment so that your life doesn’t pass you by. It’s learning to focus your mind when and where you want it, and about becoming less judgmental and more trusting of your own wisdom so that you can make wiser choices about your life."

    Char is the owner/director of A Mindful Path, LLC which was created to provide programs that allow people the opportunity to explore ways to live more mindfully. "Mindfulness is learning to pay attention in a non-judgmental way, in the present moment to our thoughts, emotions and physical sensations, which in turn allows us the possibility of choosing how to respond rather than react to people and events in our lives. Being mindful is a way to connect your mind and body so that you can fully engage in life, enjoy each day, and take care of yourself."

    Cheryl Wasserman is a psychotherapist who owns Alliance Therapy Associates and is a partner in Westport Wellness Group. 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 professional practice.

    Cheryl began meditating 30 years ago. She maintains a daily mindfulness practice in an effort to bring genuine mindfulness to her work with others, especially as applied to eating.  Cheryl was put on her first diet when she was 5 years old. She describes beginning her “dieting career” of one form of suffering after another until she began her meditation practice, mentioned above. 

    "I began to meditate in order to deal with the stress of going back to college to get my Master’s degree in counseling with 2 young children. For the first time in almost 30 years, food and eating began to recede into the back of my mind. Without effort, weight began to fall away. As I’ve looked back on my situation, I believe that my meditation practice allowed me to see my maladaptive patterns without judgment (on my “good” days) and to get in touch with my Wiser Self to make choices informed by what my body was telling me."

    In her private practice of 25 years, Cheryl has primarily specialized in weight management. She uses a non-diet approach believing that mindful eating really helped her clients settle down to observe their relationship to food without self-recrimination. 
    Please join us in celebrating both of these mindful eating practitioners by attending one of their teleconferences this month.

    April 14, 12 pm EST Happy Food
    April 24, 1 pm EST What is Mindful Eating

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