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  • Thursday, December 07, 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.

  • Monday, December 04, 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.

  • Friday, December 01, 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!

  • Monday, November 27, 2017 5:10 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Our third Annual Fundraising Auction to benefit The Center for Mindful Eating opens tomorrow, November 28, 2017, on Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. 
    Many new items have been added since last weeks preview, thank you to all of our generous donors and supporters. Your work to help educate and spread the word about mindful eating is greatly appreciated. Together we are contributing to conversations about how mindfulness supports healthy relationships with food and eating.

    View the TCME Auction

    Thank you for whatever help you can offer in helping us achieve our 2017 fundraising goals. 

    If you prefer to make a cash contribution to help us reach our 2018 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

  • Wednesday, November 01, 2017 4:27 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Greetings everyone! Mindful Eating Day 2018 will be on the theme of compassionate self care. Once again we will be bringing you daily reflections through the month of January, an opportunity to connect with other mindful eating practitioners around the world with a space to share thoughts, practices and initiatives. We will have our world-wide Mindful Eating Day program on January 25, 2018.

    Please come join our New 2018 Mindful Eating Day Group at

  • Friday, October 13, 2017 6:02 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Annual Fundraising Auction

    Please donate to our third Annual Fundraising Auction to benefit The Center for Mindful Eating. 

    Click here to make your donation - you will need to register as a donor (not a bidder, unless you want to do both together, of course!). The deadline is November 15, 2017.

    Bidding opens on November 28, 2017, Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Bidding closes December 7, 2017.

    Our mission is to provide resources to professionals and individuals who seek to develop a mindful eating practice through our publications, including our quarterly Food for Thought e-magazine, and our monthly teleconferences and webinars, including our Foundations of Mindful Eating webinar series. Thank you for your anticipated support.

    We’ve had timeshares, art, meditation and yoga retreats, mindful eating training opportunities, books, self-study programs and more. We count on our mindful eating community to help boost our annual revenue by as much as 10% with this auction. Your donation will help TCME continue its mission to help people achieve a balanced, respectful, healthy and joyful relationship with food and eating. You’ll also get your name and product or service out there to our online community of 15,000+ contacts.

    If you would prefer to simply make a cash contribution to help us reach our 2018 fundraising goals, please visit to make a donation. We are a 501(c)3 registered non-profit and all donations are tax deductible.

    In gratitude,

    Marsha Hudnall, President

    Cinzia Pezzolesi, Vice President

    Lynn Rossy, Vice President

    Sharon Theroux, Treasurer

    Sandra Aamodt

    Carolyn Baerten

    Cecilia Clementi

    Alice Rosen

    Claudia Vega

    The Center for Mindful Eating Board of Directors

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    Popular donations from last year included:

    • Mindful eating training programs for professionals or individuals

    • Mindfulness, meditation or specifically focused mindful eating retreats

    • Travel opportunities such as timeshares and vacation homes around the world

    • Mindful eating books written and signed by our talented members

    • Organized travel events, such as “Tasting Italy: A Mindful Eating Adventure”

    • Culinary skills training

    • Books on mindful eating or related topics, especially if signed by the author

    • CDs or digital downloads of led mindful eating mindfulness practices

    Benefits of donating to The Center for Mindful Eating auction

    • Visibility: your donation will be shared widely through our email list (15,000 contacts), the BiddingforGood website and our social media networks on Facebook and Twitter

    • Your donated item or cash donation is tax deductible

    • You can feel great about helping The Center of Mindful Eating meet its mission

    • You can tap into a larger business audience when you tweet about your auction donation!

    Donating is easy!

    • Please submit your donations by November 15, 2017. We will accept contributions through November 26, but we’d like to give you the opportunity to be publicized for as long as possible. Having our donations ready by November 1st will get you in the promotional materials.

    • The Auction will be held November 28 - December 7, 2017

  • Monday, October 02, 2017 2:51 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    Our Autumn 2017 issue of Food for Thought, "How Mindful Eating Nourishes Happiness," offers a glimpse into the many ways that mindfulness and mindful eating can create a foundation for happiness, joy and contentment. The road map for happiness is an individual journey, but there are four stops you can anticipate along the way. These are: experiencing the happiness of sense contact, such as looking, tasting, smelling, feeling, touching and listening; the happiness of positive emotions such as joy, loving-kindness, compassion, and equanimity; the happiness of concentrating your mind; and finally, the happiness of insight into your behaviors and interconnections.


    Emotional Superfoods: The Sublime Attitudes of Mindful Eating,
    Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D.

    Acceptance of What Is, a Nourishing Ingredient of Mindful Eating, Claudia Vega, MD

    Four Ways to Nourish Happiness. Megrette Fletcher, M.Ed., RD, CDE (educational handout for clients)

    Meditation on Gratitude to Nourish Our Souls, Claudia Vega, MD

    How Mindful Eating Nourishes Happiness

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:04 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    We are pleased to introduce Grace E. Bell, MA Applied Behavioral Science, Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, in our Member Spotlight for July 2017.

    Grace facilitates an annual retreat called Eating Peace, as well as an 3-month online immersion course with coaching for a small group called the Eating Peace Process, during the winter months where she lives (Pacific Northwest, USA). Her primary mindfulness modality is The Work of Byron Katie or Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction. As a practice, The Work offers great insight and healing in an ongoing way for many. When there are ways to address stress and suffering, eating for emotional reasons is no longer necessary.

    Q. Would you describe your mindful eating program?

    Eating Peace is a program primarily created to address emotional and/or unconscious eating. We do this with a series of focused topics: Mind and Thinking, Feelings, Body and Daily Living.

    But overall, we’re taking a journey through these topics and studying the moments we feel compelled to eat when not hungry. We then learn and use The Work of Byron Katie, to inquire and question stressful beliefs that lead to eating. We begin to identify the beliefs we’ve carried (sometimes for years) that prevent clarity or peace with food and our bodies. Everyone learns The Work, how to identify what they think that feels stressful, and then the steps to follow as we question our thoughts. The final step is to turnaround our troubling thoughts, after studying them and investigating beliefs, and practicing or “living” the opposite of our painful beliefs. It doesn’t happen instantly, it’s a practice and becomes a way of working with our stress and suffering. 

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

    I’ve loved the resources offered in mindfulness in general with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Adyashanti, my primary meditation teacher. The good Geneen Roth and all her writing and work on emotional eating has been both humorous and joyful for me. The short ebook I’ve written on Eating Peace: Seven Foundational Steps to Help You Eat In Peace For The Rest of Your Life is useful for understanding the power of slowing down, watching, self-inquiry, and ending disturbance around eating and food.

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

    My favorite is to notice a time of day or situation where you generally find yourself over-eating or eating things you don’t really want to eat. People often experience this, for example, at home in the evening when there are no officially scheduled places to be. But there may be other situations where someone finds themselves repeatedly overeating or graze eating without care or kindness to themselves. Writing down the stressful thoughts you have about what you should be doing, what you want or long for, or what seems to be missing in these situations is very powerful for identifying the thinking that creates the urge to eat when not hungry. I have found over and over, when we’re clear about what’s happening in our perceptions of a situation, we can look more closely and change it. It’s hard to make changes when you don’t see what the problem is, and often some of the thoughts we have about food, eating, body, interactions with people are based on very old assumptions we’ve never questioned. Journaling about what you think in any stressful situation helps to identify what the mind says is happening. And then, the good news is, you can question those stressful assumptions or test them.

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

    My family held a celebratory dinner at our home, as a college send-off to me to attend a small prestigious liberal arts school. At the dinner with many guests, I found myself eating, eating and eating. My body image had been decaying for several years—very anxious about the size of my thighs and worried about weight—and I had tried to “control” my eating. The whole meal was abject failure. I was acting nice and answering questions, but feeling horrible inside and didn’t know it, but I was terrified. I excused myself when I thought I had done my dutiful socializing and hand-shaking, and went upstairs and thought “this time, I will force myself to throw up, no matter what.” That began a quick slide downhill psychologically, and I returned home for treatment after only 7 months at college. The next ten years of my life were mostly dedicated to recovery.

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

    Sometimes a person is so overwhelmed by compulsion, craving, and a desperate need to eat, it seems crazy to speak of mindful eating, relaxing and tasting, checking in with the hunger level, being with food calmly. We’re so far from calm in that moment, mindfulness seems impossible to even begin. For wild cravings and the urge to binge eat (like I experienced) I think there are other steps to consider including support to heal trauma, or extremely fearful thinking. 

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

    My vision for mindful eating is that in many ways, it becomes the easy way, the natural way to eat when we’ve become clear and loving about our feelings, thoughts and past experiences. If we aren’t feeling peaceful, then mindful eating is a way to rehearse or practice peaceful behavior with food. There is nothing like having a huge craving to eat off-balance actually dissolve without the binge. People with eating issues often believe the only thing that will help them calm down is to follow the craving and eat, and it’s very liberating to find this isn’t true. Mindful eating can be like the practice of meditation. Even if thoughts are going wild, we sit still, and allow the energy to pass. Mindful eating helps end shame, self-criticism, guilt and all the very dark thoughts people have about themselves when it comes to eating. 

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

    By great fortune, I found deep healing from the first time I knew I needed help with the tortured dynamic I was experiencing with eating and food. I was so lucky I didn’t join diet clubs or grueling or rigid food plans. I knew I had it in me to be normal with eating and something was terribly off-balance, but it wasn’t about the food. When I came across the Center for Mindful Eating, I very much appreciated the same approach to healing the way we eat, that it is not about the calories, specific food, nutrition (although these can all be wonderful to learn about) but the way we are consuming that is at the base of it all—is it peaceful and mindful, or chaotic and emotional? Great to have this resource with the approach that eating is like learning to dance. You may fumble at the beginning and not know the steps, but you get more and more comfortable with practice.

    Please see for more information about Grace.

    To receive the Eating Peace ebook please download it for free here:

    For more information about Grace’s annual Eating Peace Process program plus in-person January 2018 retreat, visit here:

    You, too, can shine 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. Open to all current members: Apply for a Member Spotlight

    Meet our previous Member Spotlights

  • Saturday, July 01, 2017 3:19 PM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    This ambitious edition of Food for Thought offers the reader a glimpse into the many causes of shame, the basis of shame resilience, and the emerging benefits of a mindful eating practice to counter this toxic emotion.

    The lead article, intended for anyone working with clients experiencing shame, is Body-Image Shame: Causes, Consequences, and Resilience by Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D., author of Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss. Sandra explains, “For many people, a major source of shame is their bodies, and the shame manifests as as failing to meet some standard of beauty or function.” This article explores the complex nature of shame and reviews the research linking shame with disordered eating.

    The educational handout, entitled: What Can We Do With Shame?, was written by Caroline Baerten, mindfulness-based nutritionist/RD, qualified chef, and integrative psychotherapist. Caroline compassionately explains what shame is and how shame may be experienced. “The first thing we can acknowledge is that this hidden secret of “not being or doing enough” is extremely energy consuming.” 

    To effectively treat patients who experience shame, professionals need to build their own shame resilience. The practice article, Breaking the “Should” Habit, describes the advantages of noticing the word “should.” Megrette Fletcher, M.Ed., RD, CDE, co-founder of The Center for Mindful Eating and author of The Core Concept of Mindful Eating, demonstrates how the “should” habit has no regarding for what is present, but “it is the tendency to make judgments about what you ‘should’ feel or do.”

    We hope you enjoy learning about the help that mindful eating can offer both professionals and clients in overcoming shame. The issue is completed by a six-step guided meditation, Promoting Body Acceptance: Listening to My Body, which we hope can become part of your mindfulness practice.

  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 11:56 AM | TCME Admin (Administrator)

    The theme this quarter is transitioning. July 2017 marks the month I will step down from the board of The Center for Mindful Eating. I have learned the creation of a nonprofit is a very different job than the growth and expansion of the reach of the nonprofit. This next step has been skillfully provisioned by Marsha Hudnall, RD, the owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run, who will remain as the President of The Center for Mindful Eating.

    Many of you may not be aware of how I imagined creating The Center for Mindful Eating in 2004 after writing my first book, Discover Mindful Eating, with Fredrick Burggraph. I fondly remember having the courage to reach out to the pioneers of the mindful eating movement -  visionaries like Jean Kristeller, Ph.D., creator of MB-EAT and the author of The Art of the Inner Meal and Donald Altman, MA, who helped me form this amazing organization. Personal heroes raised their hands and joined my efforts -  trend-setters like Molly Kellogg, RD, author of the book series Counseling Tips for The Nutrition Therapist; Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D., author of The Zen of Eating; and Jan Chozen Bays, MD, author of Mindful Eating. Today, it is easy to look at Google Trends and see the impact The Center has had in creating and growing interest in mindful eating while remaining true to its mindfulness roots.

    If you are not yet familiar with The Center for Mindful Eating, please visit at and sign up for the free newsletter, “Mindful Bytes.”

    As we grow, we change. As our experiences shape us, our needs shift, and we are faced with transitions. In the months ahead, my blog, Mindful Eating Made Easy will be discussing how to transition clients in a counseling setting. This month, my topic is how a client’s motivation shifts in counseling. In Motivational Interviewing, this is known as change talk.  

    In the following months if you sign up to receive my newsletter, Mindful Eating Made Easy you will discover invaluable information regarding Change Talk, Clarifying the Why, and The Importance of Asking Permission.

    The topic of transitions is a place of vulnerability for most people, myself included. The ‘call of the cookies’ seems loudest during periods of transition. Mindfulness has helped me realize many moments in life are simply transitions, moving me from day to day, meal to meal, bite to bite, choice to choice, moment to moment, and breath to breath. Awareness of this never-ending state of transition is a necessary step in accepting the dynamic impermanence of life.

    Twelve years ago, a diverse group of mindfulness leaders crafted a vision. They included in the bylaws guidelines that the leadership of The Center should change over time.  This inevitable transition - leaving The Center for Mindful Eating - has allowed me to start the cycle of dreaming all over again. After stepping down as President in 2016, I dreamed of writing a book for professionals providing an overview of Mindful Eating. In May of 2017, The Core Concepts of Mindful Eating: Professional Edition became available! In addition, I am thrilled to be able to offer a 10-week live training via the internet in September 2017 which will provide 40 CPE/CEU for RD/RDN/RDT.  

    The transition before me is one of excitement and joy as I dream of how I can meet, encourage, empower, support, and welcome the next round of passionate, mindful eating teachers who are willing to change the world!  

    In peace,


    Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD CDE

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