Mindful Eating Day 2018

  • 25 Jan 2018
  • 9:00 AM (EST)
  • Online Everywhere



The fourth Thursday in January was selected a few years back to mark a day of bringing more awareness and appreciation to the practice and principles of mindful eating. On January 25, 2018, we invite you to nourish the heart of mindful eating with shared practices, creating space for personal reflection, cultivating compassion for self and others, and discovering, or rediscovering, the joy that arises with mindful eating. 

Join us on the 25th of January at 9 am and 4 pm (EST) for two broadcasts of conversations with mindfulness practitioners and pioneers in the field of mindful eating including  Marsha Hudnall, Megrette Fletcher. Lynn Rossy, Fiona Sutherland, Linn Thorstensson, and special guest Sharon Salzberg.

Leading up to the day of celebration, we'll be offering a month's worth of inspirational messages and reflections in our Mindful Eating Day 2018 Facebook Group. Join the conversation here!

And, as we did last year, we are inviting mindful eating professionals around the globe to host their own local Mindful Eating Day celebrations in their communities and work places. Download the Mindful Eating Day Tool Kit for Professionals

This year our theme is compassionate self-care to promote health and wellbeing.  We'd like to invite you, your clients and anyone interested in learning more to:

  1. Identify points of confusion regarding mindful eating

  2. Share and spread our two key mindful eating day messages:

  • “Mindful Eating because compassionate self-care is essential”
  • “Mindful Eating because consistent self-care promotes health and wellbeing”

With these two Mindful Eating Day messages, we want to affirm what Mindful Eating is and isn’t. You may have seen how sometimes ME gets co-opted by the diet industry, promoting it is a tool that can be used to manage our bodies and weight. Mindful Eating Day (and month!) is an opportunity to spread a different message, that of self-care and compassion.

These are some of the points where the message sometimes gets confused:

  • Mindful Eating is NOT A DIET
  • It is not a tool or approach to control our bodies or appearance
  • When we eat mindfully, we don't judge or moralize about food, our food choices, or our bodies.
  • Mindful Eating does not promote a "right or wrong" way to eat
  • Mindful Eating does not advocate for specific foods - ie: lower calorie, lower fat, higher protein, higher fiber, etc.
  • Mindful Eating does not advocate for a specific pattern/style of eating – “clean eating”, vegetarian, keto, organic, etc.
  • When Mindful Eating discusses portions of foods, is it done by advocating present moment awareness, and checking in with a person's current experience, desires, and physical states of hunger/fullness.

Mindful Eating is:

  • An opportunity to connect with present moment awareness -- pause, check-in, notice, evaluate, rate.
  • Autonomy for any food, regardless of what type of food that is.
  • Choice and flexibility -- before, during and after a food choice is made.
  • Promoting and acknowledging that all eating experiences are unique to the individual, situation, moment.
  • Self-care
  • Self-kindness
  • Non-judgment surrounding food and eating choices.

As we bring the qualities of mindfulness, such as compassion and kindness, into Mindful Eating, we do NOT pathologize, stigmatize, or shame individuals in larger bodies, nor do we pathologize, idealize, shame, or compare individuals in smaller bodies. Mindful Eating promotes size acceptance.

With Mindful Eating, we have an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the natural diversity of bodies and the conviction that they are all worthy of compassionate self-care.

Join us in the celebration of mindful eating. Help spread the word!

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