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  • 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.

  • 15 Feb 2014 2:05 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    What does it mean to be mindful, and how can you best achieve mindful eating?

    Listen to Jan Chozen Bays, MD, Zen Roshi, on Sound Medicine, public radio’s weekly magazine about medicine and health. (Produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio.)

    "Mindful eating isn't something you just read about, you have to do it."

    Listen to the three minute segment on public radio here:

    Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi, M.D., is a pediatrician specializing in work with abused children. She is the author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food and How to Train a Wild Elephant and other Adventures in Mindfulness, both published by Shambhala. She has studied and practiced Zen Buddhism since 1973, serving as the teacher for the Zen Community of Oregon since 1985. In 2002 she helped to found Great Vow Zen Monastery near Portland, Oregon, where she serves as co-abbot. She has published articles about Zen in Tricycle and Buddhadharma magazines. Jan is a wife, mother, contented cook and avid gardener.
  • 11 Feb 2014 4:12 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    We are pleased to introduce Mary Farhi, MD, who joined the TCME board last summer. She will be offering her first teleconference with us on February 18, 2014 entitled "Creating Wellness". Mary currently practices gynecology, with a focus on wellness, in a private practice setting. Additionally, she, along with her husband, operate a yoga and resistance training program, Yoga Bent. In addition to her busy medical practice, Mary lectures in her local community about wellness and stress reduction, especially for women in menopause, incorporating teachings about how to use mindfulness to support health during life transitions.

    We thought you'd like to get to know a little bit about her, she writes in response to our questions about her own personal practice: "I aspire to practice meditation and yoga formally each morning at home. I teach a weekly yoga class that I call “Mindful Yoga” and also continue to attend yoga classes weekly as a student. I participate in a guided group meditation that meets monthly and informally I try to be aware of incorporating mindfulness into my daily life as well as my clinical practice in gynecology. I hope to plant the seed of mindfulness in my patients as an option to consider on our path of wellness."

    Mary received her MD, as well as her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Kripalu Yoga Center in MA. She is a NAMS (North American Menopause Society) certified menopause practitioner as well as an active member of NAMS where she was in the inaugural program encouraging new researchers. There, her research focused on the association of Vitamin D deficiency and BMI. She has completed formal Mindfulness Training for clinicians with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at Mount Madonna in 2012, as well as a Mindful Eating Conscious Living professional training with Jan Chozen Bays and Char Wilkins in 2013 at Joshua Tree, CA.  She has also completed an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program with a local teacher in 2012. In November of 2013 she become certified by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) and is currently completing training in Functional Medicine (

    Mary sees a large volume of women in her clinical practice that have health issues that, in part, arise from lifestyle choices.  These range from hormonal imbalances that may affect fertility, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. She is interested in educating women regarding the effects of food and choices on health. She currently offers a weight management program privately for her patients, incorporating mindful eating. "Often I introduce the concepts from Mindful Eating in my office in order to educate, and most importantly, plant a seed about shifting their focus from “dis-ease” to wellness. I would say my primary interests are in medicine, specifically hormonal balance, metabolic syndrome, and insulin resistance, as well as education and mindfulness. I feel it is important to educate women that we need to look upstream to investigate what may be contributing to symptoms of dis-ease and consider all aspects, mind and body, in creating our personal wellness."

    Mary is a wonderful public speaker and loves facilitating workshops. We hope, as time permits (she is the mother of six boys!), that she will find time to write and develop educational materials for The Center for Mindful Eating. But for now, we are very happy to introduce her, and her perspective, her work, her wisdom, in the upcoming teleconference, "Creating Wellness", scheduled February 18th, 2 pm EST. 
  • 01 Feb 2014 12:50 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    When we were developing our new website, launched just last summer, we consulted with people in the field of marketing and education who gave us the feedback that we have some wonderful educational materials for Mindful Eating, but they are hard to find! Our efforts to bring our writings into a space that is more accessible bore some new fruit this past month when we contracted with Eric Wentworth of Winter Crow Studio to help us create a more interesting, readable, and ultimately more user-friendly way to access our collection of Food for Thought Professional Handouts. The outcome is delightful!

    We are very happy to introduce over 30 handouts written by a number of professional across multiple fields on the insights, practices, and approaches to mindful eating. We've published this Professional Handouts Archive on ISSUU - a tablet, mobile device and desk-top friendly way to read documents online. 

    This is a great way to browse through our diverse and creative collection of approaches to mindful eating. The handouts in this archive are an ideal introduction to Mindful Eating and are listed here by their corresponding Food for Thought topic. 

    In Cultivating Curiosity: A Curious Stance, (Summer 2007) Molly Kellogg, RD, LCSW, writes: "Curiosity can be a useful way to pay attention, a place to return to. We can at any time return to being curious by asking questions and waiting for the answer in the moment."

    In our Fear of Food issue of Food for Thought from the Summer 2010. Donald Altman reminds us that "Fear of food is not innate. Show a baby a fat-free salad or a chocolate pie and it will not flinch from either."  Fear of Food, Donald Altman, MA, LPC, Summer 2010

    Dharmacharini Amala, a meditation teacher and co-leader of mindful eating retreats, describes her insights into food and feelings in Full Circle Awareness: "Full circle awareness encompasses the dynamic changes through each meal in a way that promotes acceptance and appreciation of the ever-present and continuing nature of our relationship with food." (Dh. Amala, Winter 2008)

    And then there is Forgiveness.  Ronna Kabatznick offers a wonderfully helpful Forgiveness Meditation: "To the extent that I am able, I forgive myself for any hurt or harm I have caused myself intentionally or unintentionally. For as long as it takes, I will continue to offer myself the priceless gift of forgiveness." (Ronna Kabatznick, Winter 2007).

    Char Wilkins, LCSW, a current member of the TCME board, offered a professional handout on The Power of Permission, in the Spring 2010 Food for Thought issue. She writes, "Giving yourself permission to have chocolate isn't the same as "giving in" or "giving up." Permission is a mindful agreement with yourself to allow yourself a favorite food. This requires slowing down, acknowledging feelings, sensations and thoughts, exploring choices, and making a decision. This process is very different from mindless behavior on autopilot." 

    We still offer the most recent four Food for Thought issues and corresponding handouts on our public site, and members can access all of the individual PDF files of the handouts to download, print and share with clients and colleagues under our Creative Commons licensing.

  • 12 Jan 2014 1:15 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    In our 2014 Winter issue of Food for Thought, we look at how mindful eating might be used to prevent diabetes. Articles include ideas and suggestions from Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE, who explains, “Without awareness, you may discover this fast-paced highway called Life leads directly to diabetes.” Jean Kristeller, PhD, creator of MB-EAT-D, helps professionals consider bringing mindfulness into their diabetes education. “Mindfulness can be introduced both as a relaxation approach, in regard to managing stress, AND as an effective way to learn to make healthier and wiser choices about food and eating.” Mary Farhi, MD, says, “When we are in balance, we have energy, efficiency and vitality.” Her article is also a patient-care handout.

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

    The Center for Mindful Eating is a member-supported organization. Please consider becoming a member, or making a donation, to support our work providing free mindful eating education resources.
  • 03 Jan 2014 12:08 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    Let us start the New Year in gratitude to our members! Thank you to all of our Center for Mindful Eating members for your support.  This organization just wouldn't exist without your donations and membership. Thank you to all who have made The Center for Mindful Eating a viable resource, benefitting many people around the world.

    In 2014 we would like to invite our members to become more involved by way of sharing their expertise, skills and creativity.  One of our five year goals is to obtain educational credits for our recorded teleconference programs.  If you are a TCME member and a mindful eating expert with more than 5 years experience would you consider becoming a TCME teleconference program reviewer? To submit your resume and learn more about what's involved, please contact us - your help in this area will be greatly appreciated.

    We invite our members to share words of wisdom regarding Mindful Eating. This year, our Food for Thought quarterly newsletter will focus on these four topics:

    January: Prediabetes
    April: Mindful Eating
    July: Tastes
    October: Anxiety 
    We would like to welcome you to contribute a quote on one or more of these themes.  As TCME member Cheryl Harris said, “This is a great thought exercise as well!” Share with us how Mindful Eating has helped you in your professional or personal life. You can see what other members have contributed by visiting the Resources tab on our site. Here you will find the link for our  Graphical Quotes page and can discover quotes like the one from Kati Konersman, RD CDE:

    The Center for Mindful Eating is also on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. These social media outlets are our public expressions of mindful eating. Please encourage people you know and work with to explore this rich and often humorous resource as they learn about mindful eating.

    In 2014 Food for Thought will be getting redesigned! We are grateful and continue to welcome donations from members to help us with this project.  The new format will be an expanded full color magazine that will be easy to read online, and to download for personal use.  The goal of Food for Thought is to showcase how mindful eating is changing the minds and lives of people while promoting a balanced, respectful, healthy and joyful relationship with food and eating. Would you like to make an extra donation to help with our Food for Thought expansion? Donate here!

    Learn More, by accessing the Personal and Professional Training section. The Center for Mindful Eating members know that people hunger for more than food.  Many of you are hungry to learn about Mindful Eating. If you are a TCME member you can showcase your program and work in the Find A Professional searchable database.  You can also check out the listings for personal or professional development in the Events Tab.  If you are currently offering a professional mindful eating training program, that provides CEU, CPE, CME’s from a professional organization please contact us.  We want to learn more about your program and share the growing number of professional trainings with over 50,000 people that come to The Center for Mindful Eating website!

    In peace,
    Megrette Fletcher M.Ed, RD, CDE
    The Center for Mindful Eating President

  • 19 Dec 2013 5:04 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    Megrette Fletcher, president and co-founder of The Center for Mindful Eating, shares a flash of inspiration she experienced some years ago that led to one of our core publications. She writes:

    Many of you know that Food For Thought is our free newsletter that The Center for Mindful Eating has been producing since 2006. Food for Thought offers an in-depth article, a handout and a mindful eating practice opportunity. In the last year, while redoing the website I had a chance to review the 31 issues that are located on the member’s site. As I looked at that body of wisdom, I felt myself falling into a memory that changed me.

    During a Center for Mindful Eating board meeting, I realized ‘I wasn’t alone.’ Feeling my perceived isolation end was a very profound experience for me. I remember wanting very much to help other professionals avoid this pain. I recall having a flash of inspiration at the dinner table when I said, “If I could just record the wisdom in this room, it would help so many people.”

    Looking at those 31 issues, I see the wisdom and passion of many wonderful mindful eating experts that have served on the board or have been invited to write for The Center for Mindful Eating. The interest and understanding of mindful eating has been captured in words, published to a website for you to read. We have also created a book of the handouts for you and your patients to benefit from. This book is free for individuals. If you are a professional and would like to use this resources, you can download the individual PDF from the member’s site.

    In January 2014 Food For Thought will be exploring Prediabetes and mindful eating. If you work in the field of diabetes, please let us know. We want to include the wisdom of our members and share how mindful eating has benefited you and your patients. Contact us to learn how you can contribute!

    In 2014 we are planning to redesign and expand our Food for Thought newsletter, updating the look and feel of it while making it easier to view on your mobile device.  Would you like to help make that possible? Donations to The Center for Mindful Eating are fully tax deductible. Your contribution will help us improve our publications making them more easily accessible and various mobile devices.  Donate Here!
  • 14 Dec 2013 8:55 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    Every week we hear from people around the world who have appreciated our free online resources - our Food for Thought newsletter, free teleconferences, patient handouts, and more. Our new website (launched in the summer 2013) has dramatically increased our reach, allowing us to spread the positive and health promoting message of mindful eating to thousands of people longing to improve their relationship to food and eating. In 2014, we would like to update the look and expand the content of Food for Thought, our free newsletter and patient care handout which are used in professional practices, and for personal use, by hundreds of people.

    Do you believe that mindful eating can help people find peace in their lives? Our relationship to food is a central one that reflects our attitudes toward our environment and ourselves. As a practice, mindful eating can bring us awareness of our own actions, thoughts, feelings and motivations, and insight into the roots of health and contentment. Your support of The Center for Mindful Eating is a vital part in deepening the widespread practice and understanding of eating with mindfulness. Help us. Give a gift that can change the lives the many, give a gift that can change the world.

    As 2013 comes to a close, our president and co-founder, Megrette Fletcher, asks you to consider donating to The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME). We are a 501c3 Non-profit, 100% funded by donations and membership. Since its creation, TCME has grown and developed through the volunteering of it's board members. Your donation is essential to help us build and expand our infrastructure and resources such as this website, blog, email newsletter, and member support initiatives. Help us to continue to share reliable and accessible information about mindful eating on reputable websites like and more.

    Help support the free educational resources of The Center for Mindful Eating. Your donation, however large or small, will make a significant difference in the lives of many people seeking peace through greater mindfulness and awareness of their relationship to food.

    Give a gift that can change the world. 
    Make your supporting donation today.

    In Peace,
     Megrette Fletcher, M.Ed. RD, CDE
    President and Co-founder

  • 12 Dec 2013 8:48 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)
    The Center for Mindful Eating recognizes that people learn about mindful eating in a variety of ways. This year we began selecting quotes from our collection of writings and teleconferences and placing them with an image to communicate and inspire our community to deepen their understanding and practice of mindful eating.

    Michelle Racine, our Member Support/Administrative Assistant loves putting her artistic skills to work for TCME. "Finding images that communicate the messages of our mindful eating professionals is a wonderful way to reflect more deeply on the concepts themselves." She hopes that you find these offerings of benefit to you in your practices, both personally and professionally.

    We've provided these mindful eating graphical quotes under our creative commons license - please download and share with your clients, friends, family, professional circles and more. By doing so you are helping us in our educational mission to share the principles and practices of mindful eating.

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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