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  • 02 Jun 2017 3:36 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    The Center for Mindful Eating is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, resources, and networking opportunities for students, individuals and professionals seeking to deepen their understanding and practice of mindful eating, both personally and professionally. 

    Businesses including publishing houses, treatment centers, individuals and others are invited to consider a sponsorship package to help support the creation and distribution of materials, resources, and programs to help people develop mindful eating skills and practices.

    We are proud to share that we have:

    • Over 85,000 website visitors annually
    • Over 4000 quarterly readers of our Food for Thought e-magazine
    • Nearly 14,000 contacts who receive our monthly Mindful Bytes e-newsletter
    • Monthly webinars that offer introductory, intermediate and advanced information on mindful eating for individuals and professionals
    • 7000 monthly reach on Facebook 
    • 8000 monthly reach on Twitter

    We welcome sponsors who are aligned with our purposeprinciples and position statements

    Please complete our Sponsorship Inquiry Form

    If you have any questions, please contact us at

    Sponsorship Levels

    Platinum $2000 per year

    • Company logo on our Website homepage banner

    • Company logo in four quarterly issues of Food for Thought  e-magazine

    • A verbal announcement of sponsorship on six (6) TCME webinars

    • Company logo placement on the beginning and closing pages of six (6) TCME webinars

    • Company logo and short description of your business in our monthly e-Newsletters (14K contacts, 12 mailings)

    • Four (4) blog posts with your branding, linked to your website 

    • Mention of sponsorship in monthly social media posts - links, products, programs (Facebook, Twitter)
    • One organizational membership for ten (10) people - value $750 

    Gold $1500 per year

    • Company logo on our Website homepage banner

    • Company logo in four quarterly issues of Food for Thought  e-magazine

    • A verbal announcement of sponsorship on three (3) TCME webinars

    • Company logo placement on the beginning and closing pages of three (3) TCME webinars

    • Company logo and short description of your business in our monthly e-Newsletters (14K contacts, 12 mailings)

    • Three (3) blog posts with your branding, linked to your website 

    • Mention of sponsorship in monthly social media posts - links, products, programs (Facebook, Twitter)
    • One organizational membership for five (5) people - value $375

    Silver $1000 per year

    • Company logo on our Website homepage banner

    • Company logo in four quarterly issues of Food for Thought  e-magazine

    • A verbal announcement of sponsorship on one (1) TCME webinar

    • Company logo placement on the beginning and closing pages of one (1) TCME webinar

    • Company logo and short description of your business in our monthly e-Newsletters (14K contacts, 12 mailings)

    • Two (2) blog posts with your branding, linked to your website 

    • Mention of sponsorship in monthly social media posts - links, products, programs (Facebook, Twitter)
    • One organizational membership for two (2) people - value $150

  • 26 May 2017 9:36 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Megrette Fletcher, M.Ed., RD, CDE. is pleased to these announce the release of her newest book, the Core Concepts of Mindful Eating: Professional Edition.

    Finally, health care professionals have a way to save time, energize their counseling and help clients create compassionate, sustainable changes. Core Concepts of Mindful Eating: Professional Edition is for any professional interested in mindful eating. This comprehensive workbook is more than just an overview because each chapter contains teaching activities that promote understanding and can be quickly incorporated into an education session. The Core Concepts of Mindful Eating: Professional Edition offers hands-on and tools, practical techniques for Registered Dietitians, Health Coaches, and Therapists to broaden their counseling skills and bring mindful eating into the session. 

    The Core Concepts of Mindful Eating: Professional Edition is of interest to The Center for Mindful Eating members because this book is built on the principles and position statements that the Center created. It provides a Health At Every Size compliant manual for any professional looking to promote awareness, and compassionate, sustainable change.

    “In a time when eating and weight struggles seem epidemic, Megrette Fletcher offers an in-depth guide for professionals who want to support their clients in finding a sustainable path to well-being through mindful eating. No matter whether you’re new to mindful eating or a long-time proponent, this book is a valuable read.”


    President & Co-Owner, Green Mountain at Fox Run

    Megrette Fletcher is the owner of — She is a registered dietitian, diabetes educator, author and co-founder of The Center for Mindful Eating.  She provides easy to use resources and teaching materials that are HAES compliant to build strong client relationships and promote sustainable wellbeing. Training tools and programs are designed to assist dietitians, diabetes educators, nutritionist, coaches, health care professionals, educational institutions and wellness focused corporations.

  • 04 May 2017 1:13 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    False Promises and New Possibilities: Life After Dieting

    Dana Notte, MS, RD, CD

    Spring is an apropos time to talk about diets. The newest fads of the season are splashed all over magazine covers in the supermarket check-out line. TV ads sell us on shiny at home workout equipment. And, daytime talk show guests tout solutions to our weight loss woes. We watch and we read how we’ll finally “lose weight for good” and we walk away feeling empowered and invigorated to take charge of our health…well, at least for a few days.

    We start each new weight loss program with the confidence that this time it will really stick – yet it almost never does. So why do we keep coming back for more? And, what can we do instead? 

    What Do Diets Promise?

    Essentially, diets promise to solve all of our problems. They promise to make us thinner (and continuously reinforce the notion that our body size is in fact a problem). They promise to make us healthier. And, they promise to make us happier.

    We are captivated by the allure of their potential – because they make us believe that we are just one diet away of having the body and the life of our dreams. Who wouldn’t want that?

    What Do Diets Deliver?

    The answer: none of the above.

    If you are thinking, “wait a minute, I’ve lost weight on lots of diets, so I know they work,” then I challenge you to rethink how you define what “works.” Most people diet with the end goal of maintaining the weight loss they’ve achieved for the long term. And if they really worked, we wouldn’t find ourselves looking for the next best thing every spring. Diets don’t result in long-term weight loss…in fact, they usually result in weight gain1.

    It’s also true that dieting can have a harmful effect on health. The vast majority of people who diet find themselves weight cycling (that is losing weight, then gaining it back, then gaining back more than was lost, before losing weight again – and round and round the cycle goes) and research is emerging to show the effects weight cycling may potentially have on health, especially heart health2. And even beyond physical health, dieting takes a toll on our psyche, too. It leaves us feeling defeated, guilty, and shameful. It lowers self-esteem and promotes body dissatisfaction. And, it ultimately perpetuates (and even encourages) disordered eating behaviors3.

    And when I ask people how they feel when they are on a diet, “happy,” is not the answer I usually get. Sure, at the beginning there might be a sense of elation, we call that the “dieter’s high,” when we feel like we are finally “in control.” But, it’s short lived and sooner rather than later the feelings of deprivation become overwhelming – leading to us making decisions that are inconsistent with the diet – which then leads to feelings of guilt, defeat, shame, and self-loathing. Usually, it’s the opposite of happy.

    If Not a Diet, Then What?

    On this International No Diet Day I invite you to make your last diet your last diet. And, I offer you a new approach (drum roll please!)…

    Mindful eating.

    As defined by The Center for Mindful Eating, mindful eating is…

    • Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom. 
    • Using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body.   

    Acknowledging responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment.

    Becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating.

    It says nothing about good foods and bad foods – in fact, it says just the opposite. Food does not have a moralistic value and when we can view food through a neutral lens, it helps to decrease the power it has over us.

    It allows us to be flexible with food choices, to be aware of and recognize how to meet our true needs in any given moment. Sometimes that means choosing the grilled salmon salad, sometimes it’s choosing the chocolate cake, and sometimes it’s noticing that food is not really what we need at all in the present moment.

    And, it’s also recognizing that each eating experience is unique and is an opportunity to gather information and learn (as opposed to “getting it right” which is the impossible standard set by diets). It creates space for us to experiment with and be curious about food – to gather data and better understand what drives our decisions about what, when, and how much to eat - without setting unrealistic expectations of perfection.

    Imagine the Possibilities.

    Mindful eating offers you…

    • Freedom from restrictive diet rules and the opportunity to finally become your own authority on your food decisions.
    • The ability to eat in a way that is truly health supportive and enjoyable.
    • A chance to make peace with food and your body – to see yourself as more than just a number on the scale – and to focus on feeling your absolute best rather than tormenting yourself in an effort to achieve the impossible appearance standard that society has set forth.
    • The keys to the doors of the life you’ve been putting on hold – the life that dieting has been standing in the way of.

    So, on this International No Diet Day, consider saying farewell to diets and celebrating this new, unrestricted opportunity to eat, enjoy, and appreciate food that nourishes all of you – body, mind, and soul.

    Dana is a registered dietitian and Nutrition Lead at Green Mountain at Fox Run, a non-diet, mindfulness-based women's retreat for healthy weight and well-being, where she helps women establish a balanced and healthy relationship with food and learn how to use food to feel their best while becoming fearless, confident, and mindful eaters. You can reach her at


    1. Siahpush M, et al. Dieting Increases the Likelihood of Subsequent Obesity and BMI Gain: Results from a Prospective Study of an Australian National Sample. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2015; 22(5):662-71.

    2. Bangalore S, et al. Body-Weight Fluctuations and Outcomes in Coronary Disease. New England Journal of Medicine. 2017;376(14):1332-40.

    3. Andrés A, Saldaña C. Body Dissatisfaction and Dietary Restraint Influence Binge Eating Behavior. Nutrition Research. 2014;34(11):944-50.

  • 03 Apr 2017 8:21 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    by Shiri Macri, MA, LCMHC, Behavior Leader at Green Mountain at Fox Run

    Have you ever thought to yourself: “It’s been a tough day, I just want a big bowl of ice cream.”? 

    Or, “After the day I had, I deserve a treat.” 

    Stress eating is very common and it really does work in terms of alleviating stress – at least in the moment. So we don’t want to demonize stress eating, but instead sprinkle some mindfulness on it and consider how often we stress eat, how much food we’re eating and in what other ways we can cope with stress.

    Why We Stress Eat

    First, a few words about stress and why we eat this way. 

    The stress response, in a nutshell, is a physical response that happens in our body when we are faced with a danger. When prehistoric human ran into a saber-toothed tiger, the body went into automatic survival mode, aka, fight-flight-or-freeze. We get a surge of adrenaline and cortisol, the body’s stress hormones. The heart races, muscles tighten, pupils dilate, and breathing rate increases, among other physical changes. This physical stress response enables us to survive a life or death situation. 

    That said, how many of us are faced with tigers on a regular basis? Few, if any. 

    Instead, many of us are faced with lower level stressors on a more ongoing basis. For example, we may have a demanding job, busy household, relationship strains, or perhaps we worry excessively, or place high expectations on ourselves. This is known as chronic stress, in which the source of stress may be less traumatic compared to say a car accident or a life-threatening situation. 

    With chronic stress, however, the lower level stress is ongoing which causes a physical reaction that is ongoing -- such as a higher blood pressure, increased heart rate, increased muscle tension, etc. Because the stress response is designed for survival, in moments of stress our cognitive functioning gets compromised, and our brains don’t automatically know if it’s a life or death situation and automatically reacts as though it is life or death, just in case we need to fight off that tiger. 

    Of course, when we’re in this chronic state it doesn’t feel good of course. That’s where stress eating comes in. Because we’re designed to live in homeostasis, or balance, our brains and bodies are working hard to find a way to bring that stress down. 

    A few things happen when we eat. First, because digestion happens best when we’re calm, as soon as we start the process of eating (chewing, salivating, swallowing, etc.), we activate the parasympathetic response, aka the relaxation response , also known as the rest-and-digest process. 

    Secondly, think about what you choose to eat when you’re stressed. Celery? Probably not. Rice cakes? Not usually. Generally we choose high carb, high fat, sugary, and/or salty food. There’s purpose behind this: so we can tell the brain to stop the cortisol. When we put these foods in our bodies, we’re giving ourselves the energy needed to survive a life-or-death situation, therefore, our bodies stop sending out cortisol and creating those uncomfortable body changes. 

    Again, eating really does work…in the moment. Unfortunately, eating this way too often can have negative effects on our physical and emotional health and well-being. 

    What to Do Instead

    Have no fear! There are other ways to activate that parasympathetic response. 

    Ready for the magic? Here it is:

    • Meditation

    • Listening to music

    • Aromatherapy

    • Drawing, painting or other artwork

    • Meditation

    • Playing an instrument

    • Taking a bath

    • A cup of tea

    • Meditation

    • Movement (aka exercise)

    Are you amazed by the magic yet? Here’s more:

    • Deep breaths

    • Talking to a friend

    • Meditation

    • Fresh air

    • Journaling

    • Listening to comedy

    • Getting a pedi or mani

    I know, you’re completely impressed. Not so much, eh? 

    Often we want that magic answer, but the truth is, there isn’t one. What we do know is that these activities really do activate the relaxation response and can be the additional coping strategies we add to our bag of tricks, in addition to eating. 

    Emotional overeating and/or binge eating is much like a freight train that goes barreling into the pleasure centers of our brain, alleviating stress in the short term, but depending on the quantity and frequency, frequently leaving us feeling guilty, shameful, maybe disgusted, not to mention the physical repercussions. 

    These alternative activities aren’t freight trains, but more gentle little shots of pleasure and relaxation, without the damaging aftermath. 

    Meditation, Meditation, Meditation

    By the way, did you notice meditation in there once or, say -- four times? There’s a reason for that. Meditation is one of the best and most direct ways to activate the parasympathetic system and to help alleviate stress. There is a growing body of evidence on this subject. For more information, check out the movie The Connection where many of the greats like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Andrew Weil, Herbert Benson and more, talk about how mediation and mindfulness is so helpful. 

    Add, Don’t Subtract

    Now that you’re more informed on the process of managing stress eating, I’ll leave you with a suggestion.When you think about changing your habit of stress eating, don’t think about taking something away. Instead, think about adding to your practice. That is, add mindfulness and mindful eating to your stress eating and see what happens. It’s amazing what a dose of awareness can do for our “auto-pilot” mode. 

    Shiri Macri is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and leads the behavioral program at Green Mountain at Fox Run, a women’s healthy weight and wellness residential center in Vermont. She uses her extensive background in working with anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and mindfulness to help women overcome struggles with eating, exercise and weight.

  • 14 Mar 2017 7:09 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    We are delighted to announce that we have a new CE/CPE provider, International Seminars Group, also known as ISG, ( ISG is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  ISG is also a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).  

    Participants who attend our live CE webinars are eligible for the continuing education credits. Additionally, we will now have the ability to sell our pre-approved recorded programs for CE self-study! This has been a dream of ours for many, many years. The ISG staff are committed to working with us to help improve our programs for content at different skill levels including introductory, intermediate and advanced learning. Each approved program will have an evaluation and, for those doing the self-study by listening to the recording at home, successful completion of the post-test will meet the continuing education requirement. Visit our TCME Store to browse our CE self-study programs. 

    The Center for Mindful Eating hosts a variety of teleconferences and webinars many of which are free and open to the public. Our programs are intended to support professionals and anyone interested in exploring and understanding the principles of mindfulness and mindful eating. 

    See our Upcoming Events for scheduled webinars and teleconferences, including our new Foundations of Mindful Eating webinar series that offers up to 12 continuing education credits. Each year we plan to offer at least 10 continuing education programs, half of which will be free to members. We will also offer at least five teleconferences per year that will be free and suitable for those just starting out on their mindful eating journey. 

    The Center for Mindful Eating is a volunteer-run organization. Our presenters offer their time and expertise without monetary compensation. Please join us in thanking them for their contributions! Our operations are funded by our membership dues, fundraisers, and program fees. Consider taking an active role in supporting our mission to help people achieve a balanced, respectful, healthy and joyful relationship with food and eating by becoming a TCME member. Student discounts and country of origin discounts are available!

    Learn more about member benefits | Join Today! 

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  • 14 Feb 2017 4:31 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    We are delighted to introduce Andrea Lieberstein, MPH, RDN, RYT, as our February Member Spotlight.

    Andrea Lieberstein, MPH, RDN, RYT, is a mindfulness-based registered dietitian; mindful eating expert and speaker; mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindful self-compassion instructor; and registered yoga instructor. Andrea has been teaching mindfulness meditation since 1993 and leads mindfulness and mindful eating retreats and trainings at renowned retreat centers. She speaks at conferences, universities, and worksites. As a teacher trainer, she trains health professionals in mindfulness-based eating awareness training (MB-EAT), other mindfulness practices, maintains a local and virtual private practice, and was a leader in developing and implementing Mindfulness and Mind Body Spirit programs at Kaiser Permanente Northern California for over twenty years. She was also a consultant and instructor in mindful eating research at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Andrea utilizes evidence-based mindfulness and mindful eating practices in her integrative private practice, working with individuals on a wide range of disordered eating, nutrition, and lifestyle challenges; healthy weight management; body image and stress-related issues; and health concerns. She is also trained in integrative nutrition approaches.

    Andrea has degrees from both Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley. One of her greatest joys is bringing the life-transforming practices of mindfulness and mindful eating and living to others, opening the door to the abiding calm, peace, joy, well-being, and clear seeing these practices offer.

    She would like to highlight her new book, Well Nourished, due to be published July 1, 2017 (available now for pre-order now), her 3 month online MB-EAT Health Professional Training Programs, and the residential MB-EAT health professional training programs, and her Mindful Eating and Well Nourished retreats and workshops for sharing, growth and support.

 Q. How would you describe your mindful eating program/mindful eating work?

    The intention of my mindful eating work is to help heal the distress, misinformation and suffering around food that exists for so many, help people find a joyful and nourishing relationship to food, and balance through mindful eating and living. To me, mindful eating is first and foremost the doorway into the transformative and healing world of mindfulness. Mindfulness meditation is a foundation of the work I do with clients - to still and calm the mind enough to see the distressed patterns in the mind - the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that lead to disordered eating and a challenging relationship with food. Bringing awareness of societal pressures, media and values is also important in the road to healing to have a healthier relationship with food and self. Self-compassion work and cultivating kind awareness is an integral component of my mindful eating work with clients, an important key to healing and freedom from unnecessary suffering. 

    I am fortunate to have been introduced to the fundamental core mindful eating skills, tools and practices of MB-EAT, an evidence-based approach, through intensive mentoring and research I participated in as a consultant and instructor. I use many of these with my clients, teaching and retreats. Jean Kristeller, the founder of MB-EAT and I teach in-person professional training programs internationally. For those preferring online learning, I teach a 3 month interactive highly experiential online professional training program. These evidence-based highly experiential programs form a strong foundation of many mindful eating professionals’ toolbox, skills and knowledge around the world. It is rewarding and exciting to watch the transformation of so many professionals that go through the program - as they truly internalize the mindfulness and mindful eating practices over time and are able to offer the practices to their clients from an authentic place of understanding and embodiment. The online program also has a strong emphasis on developing and deepening one’s mindfulness meditation practice and basic teaching skills. The outer wisdom components are flexible in nature and easily individualized with clients and specific populations. Please see my website  for more information.

    I have a new book being released July 1, 2017 called “Well Nourished: Healing Your Relationship to Food, Feeding Your Whole Self and Ending Overeating.” Mindful eating and mindfulness are foundational in the book. It draws upon my years of experience teaching, coaching and consulting in the areas of mindfulness, mindful eating and mind body health. Key and foundational to this work is helping clients discern what they are truly hungry for, and learning skills and tools to nourish their whole selves. I'm delighted to offer a selection of public programs and retreats if you’d like to learn this approach or have clients that could benefit

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

    These three books offer a nice range with some overlapping approaches that most clients can resonate with from more Buddhist to secular:  

    "Mindful Eating" by Jan Chozen Bays, "Joy of Half a Cookie" by Jean Kristeller, and a favorite of mine I use in retreats is "How to Eat" by Thich Nat Hanh. And of course, now I will add my new book, “Well Nourished”. Finally, TCME is a great resource and guide for the professional particularly just beginning the journey and interested in learning more about mindful eating.

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

    Really take time to appreciate the food before you, how it got to you, what went into making it, the aroma, colors, and textures, before eating. While eating let the food “nourish” you with each bite. Practice being present to the experience of feeling nourished and satisfied in your body and knowing when you have had enough.  To receive my 10 tips to mindful eating to help facilitate this process, sign up on my website for this complimentary gift.

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

    So many to share along this path! But I’ll share when my mindfulness and nutrition paths intersected in a meaningful and transformational way. Mindfulness practice and teaching mindfulness meditation has been a rich, rewarding and integral part of my life for over 20 years. I’ve been a meditator since high school, specifically on the mindfulness path, since my very first vipassana retreat in 1987 and becoming a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor in the early 1990’s was pivotal. With the support of the HMO, Kaiser Permanente I worked at, I attended Jon Kabat-Zinn’s and Saki Santorelli’s first 9 day MBSR teacher training at Omega Institute in 1993, and helped disseminate the program to the Northern California region. I had become a registered dietitian in 1988, interested in food and lifestyle as medicine and wellness (my public health master’s thesis was titled “Food as Medicine”) Fast forward to 2008 when I was invited to apply to teach/consult in a Mindful Eating study for the next three years. Here my work and passion for the mindfulness path and my background as a mind body and mindfulness-based registered dietitian were able to come together and be validated as a whole in an evidence-based mindful eating and mindfulness program and approach. It expanded what I knew possible in the application of mindful practices, mindful skill sets and specific awarenesses to eating. Although I was naturally predominantly a mindful eater, so many were not and could benefit so greatly. The possibilities of the lovely nourishing mindful meals we ate on silent meditation retreats could now be made accessible and expanded to daily life for many people. So my two parallel personal and professional paths came together for me in one greater unified way to make a positive difference in this world. It’s been a beautiful journey, meeting and sharing this path with so many other like-minded professionals, often introducing this to them for the first time, and seeing the deep transformative change that is possible with clients again and again. Contributing to real lasting change from the inside out. I appreciate this field and the great contribution and positive impact we can all have on so many.

    Q: What question have you encountered about mindful eating or mindfulness that makes you cringe? 

    When people with no previous mindfulness experience or context find out that I have been a mindfulness practitioner and teacher for years, they want to talk to me about getting into the "Mindfulness Business". They seem to be approaching this as simply a new business opportunity and not a passion, practice or path they are entering or have been on for years. This happened two to three times, particularly when I was at a large mindfulness and technology conference! Mindfulness as both a personal practice and professional path is key when teaching, coaching and guiding in this field. In the mindfulness path the personal intersects strongly with the professional. If this path is followed with integrity and intentions to benefit the well-being of others than I am all for it. 

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

    My wish is that mindful eating be a doorway into the path of clear seeing, of moment to moment mindfulness, joy, lovingkindness and compassion towards self, all beings and a more loving and peaceful world. When a joyful nourishing relationship to food and self can be established, any energy (caught up in struggle and challenge) can be freed up towards living fully, heartfully and contributing to the world from a more resourced place. The awareness and consciousness that this mindful path can bring is healing not only to ourselves and each other; to our bodies, hearts and minds, but to the planet, nature, the animals and our precious environment and ecosystems. 

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

    TCME is a wonderful way whether for thought leaders in the field, veterans on the path or those just beginning the path to stay connected, learn about each other's work and opportunities or resources they may not have been aware of and to contribute. I appreciate the hard work the volunteer board and other volunteers bring.

    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.

  • 27 Jan 2017 4:05 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    What an amazing day! Thank you to everyone who helped create a rich, vibrant, inspirational celebration of mindful eating. If you missed our live presentation on January 26th, or if you want to watch it again, here are the two recorded webinars. And as a special thank you, we are opening the doors on a selection of webinars and teleconferences to share with everyone through the month of February. Thank you to all, and with mindfulness, compassion, self-love, joy and curiosity, we wish you well!

    Mindful Eating Day Recorded Live Webinars

    Download the Key Messages below in English and Spanish

    THANK YOU~~~

  • 24 Jan 2017 8:48 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    We are delighted to introduce TCME member Nancy Logue, Ph.D. in our January Member Spotlight.  Nancy is a psychotherapist dedicated to helping people improve their lives by taking better care of themselves and their relationships. She has many years of experience working with anxiety, depression, eating problems of all kinds (binge-eating, anorexia, bulimia), behavioral disorders and distressed couples. For over 20 years she has been an outpatient therapist helping men, women, couples, teens and families to take better care of themselves and each other. 

    She would like to highlight her decades of working with all types of eating problems, her upcoming weekly support group for users of the EatRightNow mindful eating app as well as her Change the Message efforts : Workshop Facilitator Guide, sporks, posters and buttons.

    Q. How would you describe your mindful eating work?

    Mindful eating is a part of my work in many ways: as a psychotherapist with individuals seeking a healthier relationship with food, weight and body image, as a live group facilitator for the EatRightNow app mindful eating program and as partner in which offers the Inviting Awareness spork with guidance for mindful eating. See for more information.

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

    What I am most excited about is the EatRightNow app developed by Dr. Judson Brewer, Research Director at the Center for Mindfulness (and TCME board member). See for more information. The way the brief video lessons apply mindfulness to habits, especially eating experiences, is so inviting and clear. The people I have shared it with have found it helpful. The app offers all kinds of interactive support such as encouragement and tools for checking in with stress and paying attention to sensations plus a variety of short mindfulness exercises. I have found the practices to be very easy to use, and deep, expanding my own mindful awareness.

    The flipped classroom is great because people take the lessons with the app on their own, at their own pace. The live group I facilitate in my office includes mindfulness practices, peer and expert support to help participants develop a sustainable healthy relationship with food and improved self-care. See for more information. I am enjoying the live group for anyone using the app with Dr. Brewer and Dr. Boudette on Wednesdays (noon EST).

    Another resource I want to mention again is the Inviting Awareness Spork from Change the Message. Not only a cool, earth-friendly utensil, it comes with basic prompts that encourage the user to be aware of self-talk and to explore the sensations, thoughts and feelings of eating experience. See for more information.

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

    Create a pleasing ritual

    Since we eat repeatedly, we can make eating an opportunity for frequent mindfulness. It can be fun or soothing to create a little ritual perhaps before eating, as though to cleanse the palate. Focus on beauty, joy or gratitude. Simply pausing to turn the attention to breathing in and out, even once or twice can change one’s state right there and then. We can do this as a treat for ourselves more than a duty, and focus on the heightened pleasure available when eating this way.

    I think many families and ancestors did this regularly with saying grace or enacting other rituals at mealtime.

    This fits with another tip or catch phrase I learned from Jean Kristeller, “Eating like a gourmet”. She also taught mindful eating as a dynamic synthesis of inner wisdom (intuitive eating) with outer wisdom (nutrition information).

    Q: Tell us a little how you came to this path.

    I am fortunate to have been raised in a family that celebrated the cooking and sharing of fresh and homemade food. My grandmother’s simple blueberry pie was a legendary delight. As a young woman, I experimented with all sorts of health-oriented eating regimens. I saw the contradiction of rigidity in pursuit of health. My goals expanded to include a sense of peace and harmony and a respect for the complexity of my own and others’ changing feelings and needs. Mindful eating takes me directly to the goal of health: living fully moment by moment.

    Q: What question have you encountered about mindful eating or mindfulness that makes you cringe?

    I take a deep breath when people talk about “watching what you eat” in a harsh tone with the implication that awareness is synonymous with negative judgments and critique or see mindful eating as a useful control strategy.

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

    Mindful eating has so many potential benefits!

    Negative feelings and behaviors around eating are having a significant impact on physical and mental health for so many people. Mindfulness practices help us face our challenging situations and emotions and develop the healthy eating habits that enhance our energy for living life.

    Mindful eating can become a door to general mindfulness.

    For some people, who struggle to sit still and quiet for any length of time, mindful eating might be useful as a vivid focus to engage in the development of moment-to-moment awareness.

    Mindful eating is a renewable resource for turning toward life, living more fully and learning through our own experiences. In this culture preoccupied with eating and a whole variety of eating problems, mindfulness can help relieve suffering, improve quality of life and free our attention and energy for other uses!

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

    I want to support TCME for many reasons. One is that in the wild and wonderful free-for-all internet universe, there are a lot of unhealthy messages circulating about food, weight, dieting, body image and related issues. I am grateful for the quality of material available on the website and the organization’s advocacy for mindful eating as a resource for public health concerns.

    Thank you, Nancy, for being a contributing member of The Center for Mindful Eating. All members are welcome to submit their work for our Member Spotlight. Not a member? Learn more about the benefits or join today!

    Change the message is a campaign to empower individuals and communities to resist the culture of body negativity. Healthy messages make a world of difference!

    Giving time and attention to conscious eating experiences supports healthy relationships with food, body and self. Use the spork to invite awareness of your senses, thoughts and feelings as you eat.

    This clever spoon-fork-knife utensil is great for your lunchbox, purse, backpack, picnic basket or briefcase.

    Machine washable and very durable, the spork also reduces the negative environmental impacts of disposable plastic tableware. Available in aqua, lime or raspberry, sporks are a great gift for you, your friends and your family.

    For every spork purchased before January 30th, Change the Message will contribute $3.00 to support the work of the Center for Mindful Eating.

  • 14 Jan 2017 3:43 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    All of us at The Center for Mindful Eating invite you to join us for International Mindful Eating Day - January 26th!

    FREE Live Online Event

    Go local by hosting your own event!

    Join us on Facebook and Twitter!

    January 26, 2017 Nourish Mindful Eating Live Online Event

    We will offer two webinars on January 26, 2017, hosted by Cuca Azinovic of Bienestar Consciente (Madrid, Spain), Cinzia Pezzolesi of London Mindfulness Project (UK) and Claudia Vega of Nutrintegra (Mazatlan, Mexico). 

    Register for FREE - Donations Graciously Accepted 

    Join us for one or both of our 1-hour live webinar sessions 9 am and 2 pm EST on January 26th, 2017. We will have guided meditations and mindful eating exercises alongside a beautiful array of interviews with members of The Center for Mindful Eating Board of Directors as they expound on our four key messages. 

    We'll begin with a message from our current president of the board, Marsha Hudnall, of Green Mountain at Fox Run. Marsha has been a voice of reason for over three decades in helping women move away from restrictive notions of food and health. Judson Brewer, public speaker, author and leader in the field of habit change and the "science of self-mastery" speaks about healing our relationship with food, championing that change is absolutely possible! 

    Caroline Baerten, founder of MeNu (Center for Mindful eating and Nutrition in the heart of Europe) brings her quiet yet substantive presence to the topic of compassionate curiosity as a foundation for mindful eating. Sandra Aamodt, neuroscientist and science writer, shares her thoughts on motivating oneself towards respectful care in the present moment. 

    Megrette Fletcher, co-founder of The Center for Mindful Eating and past president, brings her bounding enthusiasm to the topic of nourishing mindful eating with joy. Lynn Rossy, author and health psychologist, will talk with us about TCME's Good Practice Guidelines (GPG). Launched in 2016, our Good Practice Guidelines follow on from our Principles of Mindful Eating to provide aspirational support for personal and professional development of one's mindful eating practice.

    Registration is FREE - donations will help us cover administrative costs. We value keeping the doors fully open to everyone and anyone interested in learning more about mindful eating to be able to attend.

    Every day in January Nourish Mindful Eating Facebook Group

    Once your registration is confirmed, you will be invited to join our special Nourish Mindful Eating Facebook group, hosted by Linn Thorstensson of Straightforward Nutrition and Fiona Sutherland of Body Positive Australia. Every day in January Fiona and Linn will offer an inspirational message and exercises to facilitate conversation and reflection for our online community. Go ahead, be inspired, and share your love for mindful eating!

    Go Local with a Nourish Mindful Eating Community Event

    New for this year, we created a Local Events - Mindful Eating Day tool kit with opportunities for TCME members to promote their own local Mindful Eating Day event. We have local event listings from Greece to Mexico to California to Germany, plus a special online shared mindful meal. We love the creativity of our online community!

    Go Local - Go Global - Nourish the heart of mindful eating by bringing together our individual practices in collective presence around the world. 

    As we sign off with great appreciation for our online mindful eating community, we'd like to introduce you to our volunteer International Mindful Eating Day team...

    In Kindness,

    Our 2017 Mindful Eating Day Team 

    Download our Key Messages Share this event on Twitter 


  • 03 Jan 2017 10:28 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    As the fullness of winter arrives here in the northern hemisphere, we naturally begin to turn inward to reflect on our own journeys -- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In considering our program and publications for 2017, we chose to offer a path of practice, which begins with basic principles and moves through various tools and approaches to help a person develop - or deepen - an existing mindful eating practice. Beginning with this issue of Food for Thought, entitled Starting Your Mindful Eating Journey, we offer our readers guidance in starting their own mindful eating path.

    Download our Winter 2017 Food for Thought: Starting Your Mindful Eating Journey

    Read on ISSUU

    Cultivating a mindful eating practice and moving away from the diet mentality can be quite challenging, according to Sharon Theroux, Ph.D. In “Establishing a Mindful Eating Practice,” Theroux describes how accepting the sensation “craving” as it is, and not immediately trying to deny it or give in to it, you can begin to investigate, “What am I really, really hungry for?”

    Caroline Baerten, RD, offers significant insights on the importance of a formal mindfulness practice as the foundation of mindful eating. She writes: “A mindfulness practice is not only beneficial for the health professional. Clients benefit and learn from seeing mindfulness embodied in the teacher.” Baerten has been an essential force behind the development and creation of TCME’s Good Practice Guidelines. Becoming a mindful eating professional consists of multiple stages of preparation, study, training, practice and direct teaching experience. 

    Our educational handout is on theBASICS of Mindful Eating, a concept developed and shared by Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. “BASICS is an acronym for a complete set of guidelines that walks you through the eating process from beginning to end. These are not rules and you don’t need to be perfect at them.” She warns us that mindful eating could change the way you eat forever!

    We bring this issue to a close with a new feature for our Food for Thought magazine, a led practice for us to use to bring mindful eating alive and into the present moment.

    Thank you to our members whose membership fees make this quarterly publication possible! Your support of The Center for Mindful Eating is a vital part in deepening the widespread practice and understanding of eating with mindfulness.  All donations are tax-deductible (US charity) - any amount is welcome! 

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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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