e 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."