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  • 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 or by emailing her at:

  • 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
  • 17 Mar 2014 9:22 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    We are very pleased to announce that we are expanding our online services to include professional training listings by our members. If you are a professional in any discipline who offers CPE/CEU/CME accredited programs that include a focus on mindful eating, we invite you to share those trainings so that we may include them on our Professional Development resource page. This service is offered to members-only, and will be free through July 31, 2014. See our Professional Trainings Listing page to submit your application to list your accredited workshops or training programs.

    And as a reminder, every member can list any trainings, workshops or retreats that they are offering in their personal TCME profile. When people use our Find a Professional Network they will see you, and your offerings, further strengthening the web of connections we are forging in the mindful eating community.

  • 02 Mar 2014 6:53 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    What does it mean to be mindful? How can you best achieve mindful eating?

    This Spring we will be focusing on bringing definition and form to the practice of mindful eating, and we'd like to hear from you about what you think. What working definition do you use to explain mindful eating to your clients, friends, family and colleagues?  

    Later in the year we will have a focus on taste and dealing with anxiety. We will be creating surveys each quarter to ask for your input on these themes. What has worked for you? What insights do you have to share? 

    We'd like to know!
  • 27 Feb 2014 7:24 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    Eating disorders (ED)– such as anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED), and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS - ) have at their core extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight, body image, and food issues.

    Mid-week into the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we are reminded that, in addition to the fact that a large proportion of eating disorders go undetected, rarely is mindfulness or self-compassion added into the therapeutic mix for those suffering from them who do receive care. This is particularly important due to the negative way most sufferers have come to relate to themselves. For those suffering from an ED, nourishing the heart and spirit is as important as refeeding their bodies. Self-compassion can be an invaluable tool to relate differently to extremely critical thoughts and emotions which hinder the path towards recovery, and can also help in dealing with the stigma commonly associated with ED, as with other types of mental illness.

    Binge eating disorder (BED), now included in the DSM-V, is the most common eating disorder, particularly in older individuals, and for women and men. It is characterized by extreme imbalance in food intake regulation, and is often co-morbid with obesity and depression. Mindfulness-based approaches may reduce compulsive overeating, address associated behavioral and emotional disregulation, and promote internalization of change. Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Therapy (MB-EAT), developed by Jean Kristeller and her colleagues, has been shown to be effective in treating BED and was well received by participants. See the following two papers for a conceptual overview of this approach for treating BED and the results of NIH-funded randomized clinical trial.

    Later today we are offering a free teleconference for members titled ‘The Self-Compassion Diet´ with Harvard Medical School-affiliated psychotherapist Jean Fain, MSW, LICSW. 

    After providing a working definition of this guiding meditative principle, Jean will review the cutting-edge research, and put the findings into a useful therapeutic context. Participants will learn updated self-compassion practices that are proving beneficial for the range of eating issues.

    If you are not yet a member of TCME, join us now to get access to this teleconference, and many more!
  • 21 Feb 2014 7:00 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    If you haven’t taken some time to explore the resources available on The Center for Mindful Eating website in the last few months, you might be missing out on some wonderful opportunities. If you are interested in learning about the growing body of research in mindful eating you can satisfy this craving by reviewing the Mindful Eating Bibliography. Quench your thirst for learning by looking at our reorganized Teleconference Recordings Archive or enjoy a small snack by sampling one of our Professional Handouts.

    The Professional Handouts is a newly complied collection of Food for Thought Professional Handouts, which spans thirty topics and a dozen authors. To help professionals deepen their understanding of mindful eating, is offering a short training course and offer CPE's titled Explore the Food for Thought Professional Handouts. Facilitated by Megrette Fletcher MEd, RD, CDE. This two-session, 4-hour training that will explore about half of the 30 Food for Thought Professional Handouts in significant detail in terms of content and how to use and apply these concepts in your practice.

    Learn how to introduce topics like Loneliness, Fear, Permission, Curiosity, Compassion, Balance, Acceptance and Forgiveness with your clients.

    Participants will learn:
    • Two ways to introduce the concept of mindful eating to clients.
    • To identify three ways that mindful eating can change eating habits.
    • How to participate in a mindful eating activity

    This training program will be offered over two sessions, and participants may attend one or both sessions.:
    Part I March 12, 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm EST
    Part II March 19, 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm EST

    Up to 4 CPE's are available to TCME members who participate live in both sessions of this training teleconference. If you are only able to attend one session, 2 CPEs will be issued. Register for both Part I & Part II together and save $5.

    Members: $10 per session
    Non-Members: $40 per session
    Register for both: $15 for members; $75 non-members
    Save $20 on both sessions when you JOIN The Center for Mindful Eating!

    We hope to see you at this special training - and wish you well in your mindful eating journey.

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