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  • 02 Jul 2018 9:37 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    We're delighted to announce “Stepping Into Mindful Eating”, a three-part training and related collaboration that will prepare you to present your mindful eating concepts to the world!

    This is a unique TCME member program to prepare for Mindful Eating Day 2019. The aim of this training is for you to take the information and resources shared via these three webinars and from TCME’s resource library, and then create social media posts and mindful eating practices to be delivered on one of the days of January 2019.  

     Collectively, we will create a supportive space to share with a wider community the benefits of having a mindful eating practice and how it can provide a peaceful and healing relationship with food, eating, and our bodies.

    Every year, TCME celebrates International Mindful Eating Day, which is the last Thursday in January. In preparation for Mindful Eating Day, starting January 1st, we will share one social media post supporting a mindful eating practice, and/or another practical exercise that ties in with the theme set for 2019. If you'd like to see what we did last year, see Mindful Eating Day 2018 - thank you to everyone who contributed!

    The core concept that we would like you, as a professional, to discuss is embodying nonjudgment. This theme is rich and offers many aspects for you to present and explore. To create a focus for the public, the media message will be stepping into mindful eating.

    As TCME members, you are welcome to participate in the three-part webinar.

    The first webinar, presented by Megrette Fletcher, will be pre-recorded, and released so you can watch it on-demand via our website. Themes will include nonjudgement, weight bias, and self-compassion. Creating a stable foundation for mindful eating that is practiced on a regular and consistent basis will train the mind to see opportunities that are otherwise ignored or invisible.

    The second webinar is also pre-recorded, and will be available on demand on our website. Linn Thorstensson will take these concepts to a deeper level to help you translate the larger concept of nonjudgment to a consumer message that can be used for Mindful Eating Day 2019. The focus is looking at the barriers to embodiment. Linn will also link to some relevant TCME resources that will help us take this information and make it into bite-size memes. She will offer you some deeper “think” questions, which will be part of the Q&A joint presentation on August 27.

    The last webinar will be presented live on Monday, Aug 27, at 1 pm EST. This program will be an amazing chance to come together as a group and explore:

    • How to offer nonjudgmental messaging.

    • How to tolerate the present moment

    • How to be present without judgment

    • How to find information

    • How to create practice activities

    • How to submit them to the Mindful Eating Day program

    • How to create a co-branded meme

    • How to promote your work on Mindful Eating Day 2019 to a larger audience.

    Once the training is complete, you will have until Sept 30th to create your own social media post or meme for January 2019, that reflects on and embodies the core concept of nonjudgment.

    We hope that you'll sign up and take part in our collaboration so we can share and spread the benefits of mindful eating! 

    Please log in to your TCME Member account to register for this program: Registration is free!

    Not a member? Learn more about our benefits | Join Today

    In Peace, Megrette & Linn

  • 11 Jun 2018 9:22 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    A selection of inspirational blogs from around the world. During our Mindful Eating Day celebrations (January 2018) a conversation was sparked about blogs on mindful eating. We thought we'd keep the thread going - please feel free to send us more blogs to review. We love helping to spread the word about mindful eating!

    Check out the latest additions!


    Body Positive Australia, Fiona Sutherland

    Sol Food, Christina Turner,


    MeNu, Caroline Baerten


    Mindful Eating Brazil


    Vincci Tsui

    Mindful Nutrition, Cathy Wang


    Nutrition Pleine Conscience, Sandrine Le Mazou

    Bien être à Table, Géraldine Desindes


    Food Coaching, Nicole Hoenig


    Straightforward Nutrition, Linn Thorstensson


    Mindful Eating Mexico, Lilia Graue

    South Africa

    Xen and The Art of Mindful Eating, Xenia Ayiotis 


    Bienestar Consciente, Cuca Azinovic

    United Kingdom

    Cinzia Pezzolesi

    Peaceful Eating, Vania Phitidis

    United States

    Am I Hungry?, Michelle May

    A Weight Lifted, Green Mountain at Fox Run

    Mindful Eating Conscious Living, Jan Bays and Char Wilkins

    Mindful Eating Made Easy, Megrette Fletcher

    Tasting Mindfulness, Lynn Rossy

  • 06 Apr 2018 5:23 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Our relationship to food reflects our attitudes toward our environment and ourselves. Mindful eating can bring us awareness of our own actions, thoughts, feelings, and motivations, and insight into the roots of health and contentment.

    The Center for Mindful Eating is a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit, established in May 2006. Since then, we have helped many thousands of people achieve a balanced, respectful, healthy, and joyful relationship with food. 

    Now we need your help to hire a full-time Executive Director who will guide our strategic planning to keep our programs relevant, effective, and sustainable. We will maintain our core values and organizational vision—to be an effective, accessible vehicle for training professionals in the principles and practices of mindful eating and to foster wisdom, mindfulness, and ethical action in food-related education, policy, research, and healthcare. 

    Our Goal:
    Our goal is to raise $49,000 to fund this new position for one year plus update our website and improve our marketing through a professional consultation. The good news is we are already 25% funded with pledged donations and capital funding totaling $12,250!

    Where We Want To Go:
    *More resources to help the general public learn and practice mindful eating
    *Translation of materials and programs into multiple languages
    *Programming for professionals to influence mindfulness and mindful-eating discourse around the world.
    *New website that is mobile/tablet friendly
    *Grant funding to build revenue for sustainability into the future

    Your gift will help us continue to grow as an organization passionate about relieving suffering related to food and eating.

    Our Story:
    The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME) was conceived in 2005 at a kitchen table by three people on retreat who brought their passions for nutrition, emotions, and mindfulness together. They became the original board members, forming the non-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2006 to promote the principles of mindful eating .

    These professionals, a nutritionist, mindfulness teacher, and psychologist, knew that people all over the world suffer in their relationship with food, because of emotional eating, lack of nutrition education, body-image struggles, and more. They aimed to help people improve their relationship with food and eating by educating professionals across disciplines on the benefits and practices of applying mindfulness to food and eating.

    TCME launched its first website in 2007, and started offering free teleconferences in 2008. Our volunteer board ran high on enthusiasm, despite being low on resources, and managed to offer a host of teleconferences and publications. After a few years, it became clear we needed a more professional website that would better organize the vast array of content that we offer to our online community. In 2011, we hired a part-time manager to shepherd us into through the next phase of development.

    *We launched a new website in 2012.
    *We wrote position statements to help guide the mindful-eating conversation.
    *We developed good practice guidelines to help people wanting to become mindful-eating professionals.
    *We offered roundtable discussions to help mindful-eating teachers develop their skills and practice. 
    *We moved to a webinar platform and started offering more comprehensive programs to meet the needs and interests of our audience.

    Your gift will help us grow into the next decade with greater mindfulness and sustainability.

    Who We Are:
    Our volunteer board consists of authors, dietitians, meditation instructors, physicians, psychologists, and researchers. They present educational content in our publications and webinars. Our part-time manager has coordinated and supported our webinar programming and online publications, while providing membership support, social media posts, marketing, and website development. 

    As an organization grows, it goes through stages. We have moved through our adolescence and are establishing ourselves in young adulthood. Our board has successfully transitioned from its founders to a larger, more diverse group.  Our programs are more recognized in the community. At times demand is greater than capacity. Our webinar delivery has become more consistent and focused, propelled by our recent partnership with International Seminars Group, a continuing-education provider. With their help, we have developed self-study programs for dietitians, therapists, and other healthcare providers to get quality affordable education in mindful eating. 

    Our core audience consists of professionals seeking to learn how to incorporate mindful eating into their work as therapists, teachers, dietitians, health care providers, and more. We also interact with thousands of people seeking personal relief from their struggles with food and eating.

    Programs we currently offer:
    *Mindful Eating Day, inspirational interviews and social media engagement for the public
    *Foundations of Mindful Eating and research-based webinars for professional continuing education 
    *Monthly free webinars and teleconferences for the public to explore principles and practices related to mindful eating
    *Food for Thought quarterly e-magazine on a variety of topics, including sustainability, eating disorder, how to start a mindful eating practice, meditation, movement, medical illness and more.
    *Monthly online community meditations and mindful-eating group practices

    *Networking for mindful-eating professionals around the world

    Our community impact:
    *Contacting over 82,000 people annually through our website
    *Serving over 5,200 people free webinars or teleconferences over the last five years
    *Offering quality mindful-eating programming for professionals, including self-study continuing education
    *Roundtable discussions on sustainability, nutrition, healthy weights, meditation, and food security
    *Contributing to the global conversation regarding the harmfulness of dieting 
    *Promoting constructive dialogue around body image, self-compassion, and the benefits of mindfulness

    Our new Executive Director will be proficient in fundraising, strategic planning and will provide comprehensive administrative oversight using strong communication and team-building skills. 

    Please share this campaign with your friends, family and colleagues on Facebook, Email, Twitter. Each share makes a real difference! 

    Help us continue to grow our programs and services with a full-time Executive Director.

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  • 01 Apr 2018 4:17 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Our Spring issue of Food for Thought, entitled Social Dining: Mindfully Eating with Others, offers tools and guidance on how to remain mindful in social settings, whether in a restaurant or dining at home with family and friends.

    In the main article, Caroline Baerten, RD, offers insights on the importance of our evolutionary journey to our eating habits, emphasizing the role of compassionate self-care and curious awareness while eating out. She shares many interesting studies on how eating out influences our food choices and why mindfulness is a crucial tool to turn our attention to what our heart, body, and mind really need.

    In her article on the challenges of social dining, Cinzia Pezzolesi, PhD, encourages us to focus on setting reasonable expectations and to let go of the idea of having ‘the perfect mindful meal.’

    Cultivating a mindful-eating practice, even in the midst of a busy day, can be a source of joy and happiness, according to Marsha Hudnall, RD. She shares four steps by which mindful eating can help us to maintain a balance between momentary pleasure and genuine nourishment of body and mind.

    We close this issue with a meditation practice to help bring mindful eating alive during challenging family meals and restaurant dinners. As always, thank you to our writers, to our members, and to everyone in our online community for supporting Food for Thought.

  • 08 Jan 2018 11:09 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Episode 21 - Celebrating Mindful Eating Day #1 with Megrette Fletcher

    Please join me as I speak with the kind and compassionate Megrette Fletcher. Megrette is the co-founder of The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME), the organisers behind Mindful Eating (ME) Day set to take place for its third year on the 25th of January 2018. This special, internationally recognised day aspires to bring more awareness and appreciation to the practice and principles of mindful eating and gives practitioners the opportunity to join force and cultivate a harm-free January message!

    Episode 22 - Celebrating Mindful Eating Day #1 with Linn Thorstensson

    In preparation for Mindful Eating (ME) Day celebration on 25th of January 2018, Linn shares her personal story and how her own experiences lead her to mindfulness and mindful eating, the benefits of mindfulness in practice and life, the common assumptions, importance of client self-care and self-acceptance as well as her new exciting project for 2018 and plans for ME Day.  

  • 31 Dec 2017 8:15 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    This edition of Food for Thought will help you make your way into the New Year with new eyes, an open heart, and an exploration of the deeper aspects of mindful eating.

    The lead article, “Understanding Mindful Eating as a Spiritual Practice” is by Lynn Rossy, Ph.D., Vice President of The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME), and author of The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution. Intended for professionals, this article will help you explore with your clients the broader implications of every bite of food we take.  She explains the need to be aware of our intentions in practicing mindful eating, what we are attending to during eating, and the attitude that we bring to the table every time we eat.

    The educational handout, “Creating a Sacred Space for Food, Mind, and Body,” is by Caroline Baerten, a mindfulness-based nutritionist/RD and certified Mindful Eating, Conscious Living teacher (ME-CL). This educational handout offers your clients many suggestions for cultivating reverence in their relationship with food that can insert the sacred into the process of mindful eating.

    Jan Chozen-Bays, MD, author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Joyful and Healthy Relationship with Food, offers the practice article, “Introducing the Spiritual Aspects of Mindful Eating to Others.”  Her exercise provides a powerful way to understand the interconnected nature of all life through the simple act of eating a raisin.

    The final offering, “Saying “Thank You” As a Guide to Opening Your Heart” is a beautiful practice written and recorded by Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. Use it on a regular basis to remind your heart and mind of the many blessings that surround and nurture us.

    Read the full issue here: Food for Thought, Winter 2018

  • 12 Dec 2017 11:30 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Thank you to all our donors and bidders who participated in our Annual Auction. Your contributions will help The Center for Mindful Eating to provide resources to professionals and individuals who seek to develop a mindful eating practice through our publications, teleconferences and webinars.

    There's still time to help out with a 2017 year-end donation. We are a 501(c)3 registered non-profit, and all donations are tax deductible.

    Thank you to all our donors:

    1-Week Stay at Green Mountain at Fox Run, donated by Marsha Hudnall

    3-month Online MB-EAT Professional Training with Andrea Lieberstein

    8-week Mindful Eating Course in Madrid (Spain) with Cuca Azinovic

    Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Toolkit by Dr. Michelle May

    Am I Hungry? Online Mindful Eating Training for Health Professionals by Dr. Michelle May

    Core Concepts of Mindful Eating (ebook) by Megrette Fletcher

    Core Concepts of Mindful Eating Live Training by Megrette Fletcher

    Eat for Life class by Dr. Lynn Rossy

    Eat Right Now web app by Dr. Judson Brewer

    Grace, framable print, donated by Alice Rosen

    Happy Healthy Me - Mindful Eating Online Programme, by Linn Thorstensson

    How to Raise a Mindful Eater (book) by Maryann Jacobsen

    MB-EAT Counseling/Consulting, with Jean Kristeller

    MBSR for Healthcare Professionals by Dr. Sharon Theroux (South Florida)

    Mindful and Intuitive Eating Private Counseling by Xenia Ayiotis

    Mindful Eating (book) by Jan Chozen Bays

    Mindful Eating Cards by Fiona Sutherland

    Mindful Eating Tableware Dinner Plates by Denise Watson

    Mind to Mouth: Busy Chicks Guide to Mindful Meals (book) by Heather Sears

    Online 1:1 MBSR Training with Cinzia Pezzolesi, PhD

    Private Practice, Getting that Jump Start by Beverly Price

    Reconnect with Food...Unplugged! DVD by Beverly Price

    Six-Course Mindful Tasting Menu in Brussels, Belgium by Caroline Baerten

    Things I Did When I was Hangry (book) by Annie Mahon

    The Mindfulness Based Eating Solution (book) by Dr. Lynn Rossy

    Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens (book) chapter by Char Wilkins

    The 3-Step Mindful Eating Retreat with Megrette Fletcher, donated by Aryaloka Buddhis Center

    The Feeding Ourselves Method (CD) by Alice Rosen

    The Self-Compassion Diet Audio Companion by Jean Fain

    UNTRAPPED Masterclass by Louise Adams

    Well Nourished (book) by Andrea Lieberstein

    Well Nourished (book) + Webinar by Andrea Lieberstein

    Why Diets Make Us Fat (book) by Dr. Sandra Aamodt

  • 07 Dec 2017 8:49 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    We woke up this morning (East Coast USA) to learn that our Auction hosting site, Bidding for Good, is having technical issues and is inaccessible for the last day of our bidding! Due to these unforeseen circumstances, we will extend the bidding for another 24 hours as soon as the problem is resolved. Thank you in advance for your patience!

    Update: (4 pm EST) The Bidding for Good site is now back online! We've extended the bidding through Friday December 8 at midnight, EST.

  • 04 Dec 2017 11:40 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Our Member Spotlight shines this month on Petra Beumer, MA Psychology, founder of the Mindful Eating Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. Petra writes a regular blog and provides workshops and a self-care for emotional eaters support group.

    Q. How would you describe your mindful eating program? 

    MEI’s comprehensive treatment program teaches clients to practice good emotional self-care, to enjoy food and be at peace with their body. During the therapeutic process we explore the triggers that lead to emotional eating and develop the tools, strategies and rituals for establishing a healthy and relaxed relationship with food.  Clients gain an understanding of how to free themselves from this cycle and how to transform mind (and body) along the way.

    Q: Please share with us your favorite resource for someone who is interested in learning about mindful eating?

    The Center for Mindful Eating, Dr. Kristeller’s MB-Eat program and Jon Kabat-Zinn’s work on Mindfulness

    Q: Do you have a few favorite mindful eating tips to offer?

    To unplug from all electronics, set the table in a nice manner (even when eating alone), take at least 20 minutes to be present with your meal and chew each bite slowly and mindfully.

    Q: Tell us a little how you came to this path with a story or memorable moment.

    I used to teach weight loss classes at a local clinic, which were based on behavior change and the use of pre-packaged meal replacements. After four years I realized that without addressing "emotional eating” and “mindful eating” one could never be at peace with food.

    In my work I now incorporate cognitive-behavioral strategies with mindfulness, and most importantly assist clients with developing and crafting healthy rituals around food, from making a ‘mindful’ shopping list to preparing a meal mindfully to ultimately eating while being fully present with the food.

    Q: Are there any particular questions or views you have encountered about mindful eating or mindfulness that cause you concern?

    Clients have commented that it is not easy to do. Some found it odd at first and even uncomfortable to eat without any distractions. Being fully present with one’s meal is not typical behavior in our society.

    Q: What is your vision for mindful eating? How do you want mindful eating to help?

    I grew up in Germany where we would ride our bicycles to Farmer’s Market and my mother would prepare fresh healthy food every day. I was lucky because we would always sit down and enjoy nutritious meals together. That is my vision for everyone. It is crucial that we nourish our bodies well, make time to shop, prepare and cook for ourselves every day. Mindful Eating for me represents an extension to mindful living in all aspects of one’s life. The goal is to be truly in tune with one’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs… To slow down and live more in the present moment.

    Q: Would you share with us why you chose to join The Center for Mindful Eating?

    To become part of a community of other health care practitioners who share the same vision.

    Learn more about Petra's work, writing and upcoming programs on her website:

    Our members are invited to feature their work in the field of mindful eating in our Member Spotlight. We are dedicated to support the promotion of our members' mindful eating related projects that are in harmony with our Principles of Mindful Eating. Are you a TCME member with something you'd like to share? Apply for our next Member Spotlight. Not a member? Check out our Member Benefits! We have membership levels for students, individuals and professionals. Learn more about how to become a member to support the principles and practices of mindful eating.

  • 01 Dec 2017 10:41 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Swing on by our Annual Fundraising Auction to benefit The Center for Mindful Eating! We have a wonderful array of donated mindful eating trainings, books, travel opportunities and so much more. Thank you for any help you can give - and thank you to all of our very generous donors. 

    View the TCME Auction

    If you prefer to make a cash contribution to help us reach our fundraising goals, please make a donation. We are a 501(c)3 registered non-profit, and all donations are tax deductible.

    The Board Members of The Center for Mindful Eating

    Bidding closes at midnight EST on December 7th - don't miss a great opportunity to deepen your practice, go on vacation or get a signed copy of a book by your favorite mindful eating author!

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

The Center for Mindful Eating

PO Box 30033

Columbia, MO 65205

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