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Food For Thought

Food for Thought is our quarterly journal for mindful eating professionals.

Each issue focuses on a specific topic and contains scholarly articles for professional enrichment, a handout for use with clients, and either a scripted practice or closer look at the philosophical underpinnings of mindfulness and mindful eating. 

Current and past issues of Food for Thought are available for purchase in our Food for Thought Store.

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Weight Inclusivity - Winter 2019

From Weight-Centric to Weight Inclusive, by Linn Thorstensson, NT, mNTOI

Breaking Down the Barriers of Bias, by Nicole Eikenberry, MS, RDN

A Weight Inclusive Approach to the Care and Feeding of Ourselves, by Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RN, CDN

Self Compassion Body Scan, by Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RN, CDN

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LETTING GO ON RULES - Autumn 2018 

How Food Rules Influence Mindful Eating by Sandra Aamodt, PhD

The Healthy Diet Dilemma - Mindfulness by Lynn Rossy, PhD

Too many rules, little wisdom, and even less satisfaction by Claudia Vega, MD

Body Loving Kindness Meditation by Lynn Rossy, PhD

Mindful Eating and Mental Health - Summer 2018

Integrating Mindfulness into Mental Health Treatment, Sharon Theroux, Ph.D.

Weaving Mindfulness into Psychotherapy, Alice Rosen, MS Ed, LMHC

Improve Psychological Well-Being Through Mindfulness, Cecilia Clementi, Ph.D., Psych D

Meditation on the Three Levels of Experience, Cecilia Clementi, Ph.D., Psych D

Social Dining: Mindfully Eating Together - Spring 2018

Eating Out, Tuning In: From Mindless Overeating to Savoring with Awareness, Caroline Baerten, MA RD

The Challenges of Social Dining: How to Eat Mindfully When No Else Does, Cinzia Pezzolesi, PhD

Embracing the Joy of Eating for Happiness & Health, Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Mindful Eating as Spiritual Practice - Winter 2018

Understanding Mindful Eating as Spiritual Practice, Lynn Rossy, Ph.D.

Introducing the Spiritual Aspects of Mindful Eating to Others, Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi, MD

Creating a Sacred Space for Food, Mind and Body, Caroline Baerten, MA, RD

How Mindful Eating Nourishes Happiness - Autumn 2017

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


Body-Image Shame: Causes, Consequences, and Resilience, Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D.

Breaking the 'Should' Habit, Megrette Fletcher, M.Ed., RD, CDE

What Can We Do With Shame? Caroline Baerten, RD, Educational Handout

Meditation: Promoting Body Acceptance: Listening to My Body by Megrette Fletcher, M.Ed., RD, CDE

Discovering Peace with Food - Spring 2017

Emotional Eating: How Can Mindful Eating Help? Reflections from Research Findings, Cecilia Clementi, PhD., Psych.D.

Mindfulness of Emotions, Alice Rosen, LMHC

Get Stressed, Eat, Repeat: How We Can Break Emotional Eating Simply by Paying Attention, Judson Brewer, MD, Ph.D

Meditation: Mindfulness of Emotions, Lynn Rossy, Ph.D.

Special Gift for Our Members:

Mindful Eating: Reflections from Research - March 2017

Jean L. Kristeller, PhD, Dr Rick Kaufman, MD, Cecilia Clementi, and Dr. Cinzia Pezzolesi. 

Starting Your Mindful Eating Journey - Winter 2017

Establishing a Mindful Eating Practice, Sharon Theroux, Ph.D.

A Formal Mindfulness Practice as the Foundation of Mindful Eating, Caroline Baerten, RD

BASICS of Mindful Eating, Lynn Rossy, Ph.D.

Plus: A Mindful Meal or Snack Meditation, Lynn Rossy, Ph.D.

Does Food Addiction Really Exist? - Autumn 2016

Cecilia Clementi, PhD, Psych.D: Food Addiction: A Controversial Concept

Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD: Helping Clients Explore Feelings of Food Addiction

Caroline Baerten, RD: Understanding Our Cravings to Eat

Educational Handout: Caroline Baerten, RD: Understanding Our Cravings to Eat

Eating Disorders - Summer 2016

Kari Anderson, DBH, LCMHC, CEDS: The Role of Mindful Eating in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Caroline Baerten, MA, RD: From Anorexic Eating Behaviors to Binge Eating

Claudia Vega, MD: Eating Disorders: A Guide to Share with Clients, Patients and Relatives

Educational Handout: Eating Disorders: A Guide to Share with Clients, Patients and Relatives

Movement: Enhancing Ease and Joy - Spring 2016

Beth Cotter, MPH, RDN: Fostering Connection from Disconnection

Claudia Vega, MD, M.S.: Children Balancing Body and Mind through the Practice of Yoga

Lynn Rossy, PhD: Incorporating Delicious Movement Into Your Life

Educational Handout: Incorporating Delicious Movement Into Your Life

Weight Controversies: Mindful Eating and Weight - Winter 2016

Jean Fain, MSW, LICSW: Does Mindful Eating Really Work?

Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Winning the Food Fight!

Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD: To Reach Your Healthy Weight, Stop Trying to Lose Weight

Educational Handout: To Reach Your Healthy Weight, Stop Trying to Lose Weight

Medical Illness: Empower Your Health with Mindful Eating Autumn 2015

Lilia Graue MD: Mindful Eating and Medical Illness

Mary Farhi MD: Creating Wellness - Working with Illness through Mindful Eating

Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD: Making Peace with Dietary Restrictions

Educational Handout: Making Peace with Dietary Restrictions

Meditation and Mindful Eating: Nourishing Awareness - Summer 2015

Shirley Kessel, RYT: Embodying the Practice of Mindful Eating Through Meditation
Lynn Rossy, PhD: Chew on This - Putting it into Practice
Cinzia Pezzolosi, PhD: From Food to Awareness - A Radical Act of Self-care
Educational Handout: From Food to Awareness - A Radical Act of Self-care

Mindful Eating for Kids: Connecting our Hearts and Minds to Nourish Our Children - May 2015, Special Issue

Lenna Liu, MD, MPH: Childhood Obesity and the Mindfulness Connection

Angelina Maia, MS, RD, LD: Empathy as a Therapeutic Counseling Tool

Megrette Fletcher, MD, MS: Building a Better Diet - Family: How Mindful Eating Fits Claudia Vega, MD, MS: Mindful Bites: Bringing the Magic of the Present Moment into Practice with Children. Introduction by Jan Chozen Bays, MD

Handout: Mindful Bites by Claudia Vega

Sustainability: Spring 2015

 Spring 2015

Food, Sustainability, and the Role of Mindfulness, Caroline Baerten, RD

How Can Mindful Eating Promote a Sustainable Food System? Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE

Sustainability: A Comparison of Mindless Food Purchase and Consumption, Cheryl Wasserman, LPC, NCC

Educational Handout: Sustainability:  A Comparison of Mindless Food Purchase and Mindless Food Consumption

Self-Compassion: Nourishing the Heart - Winter 2015

Caroline Baerten, RD : Food, Nourishment, and the Need for Self-Compassion
Lilia Graue, MD: Practice Suggestions for a Self-Compassion Approach
Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD: Self-Compassion: The Often Missing Ingredient in Healthy Eating

Educational Handout: The Often Missing Ingredient

Espanol: Autocompasi√≥n: Nutriendo el Coraz√≥n

Anxiety & Food – Autumn 2014

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: On a Scale of All or Nothing, How Anxious Are You?
Jan Chozen Bays, MD, Zen Roshi: Anxiety Can Prevent us from Eating Mindfully
Caroline Baerten, RD: Full Living in the Turmoil of Anxiety
Educational Handout: Full Living in the Turmoil of Anxiety

Taste - The Magic of Taste - Summer 2014

Jean Kristeller, PhD: The Power of Taste Awareness
Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD, CD: The Case for Becoming a Foodie
Caroline Baerten, RD: Taste and Memory: Experiencing Food
Patient Care Handout: Taste and Memory: Experiencing Food

What is Mindful Eating? - Spring 2014

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: Happy Food

Cheryl Wasserman, MA, LPC, NCC: What is Mindful Eating?

Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Starting a Mindful Eating Practice

Patient Care Handout: Starting a Mindful Eating Practice

Diabetes and Mindful Eating - Winter 2014

Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Preventing Diabetes with Mindful Eating
Jean Kristeller, Ph.D: Practice Suggestions for Preventing and Managing Diabetes
Mary Farhi, MD: Keeping Our Bodies In Balance

Patient Care Handout: Keeping our Bodies in Balance

Multitasking and Mindful Eating - Fall 2013

Jan Chozen Bays, MD: Mindful Eating and Multitasking

Rebecca Gladding, MD:  The Perils of Multitasking 

Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Multitasking

Patient Care Handout: The Perils of Multitasking


Family - Summer 2013

Jan Bays, MD: Mindful Eating within a Family

Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Mindful Eating: Helping to Create Curious Kids

Jean Kristeller PhD: Using Mindfulness to Create New Relationships with Food

Karen Koenig: Are You A Rebel Without A Cause?

Patient Care Handout: Mindful Eating and Family: Curious Kids

Acceptance – Spring 2013

Char Wilkins, LCSW, MSW: Anything EXCEPT Acceptance!
Donald Altman, M.A., LPC: Finding Acceptance
Jan Chozen Bays, M.D.: Acceptance
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., MSW:The Power of the Pause
Patient Care Handout: Finding Acceptance

Pausing – Winter 2013

Char Wilkins, LCSW, MSW: Catching Up with Ourselves: Transitions
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Pausing Practice: Your Natural Braking System
Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D.: The Power of the Pause
Jan Chozen Bays, MD: Pausing for More Eating Enjoyment
Patient Care Handout: Practice Pausing: Your Natural Breaking System

Compassion - Fall 2012

Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: Compassionate Eating
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: The Healing Power of Compassion
Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: Compassion: Starting with You

Patient Care Handout: The Healing Power of Compassion

Loneliness – Summer 2012

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: The Heart of Loneliness
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Overcoming Loneliness
Jan Chozen Bays, MD: Loneliness and Boredom

Patient Care Newsletter: Overcoming Loneliness

Nutrition Information and Mindful Eating – Spring 2012

Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Eating for Quality, not Quantity
Gretchen Newmark, MA, RD, LD: Mindful Use of Nutritional Information
Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Are We Consuming Food or Information?

Patient Care Newsletter: Are We Consuming Food or Information?

Satiety – Winter 2012

Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: Spiritual Hunger and Satiety
Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Satiety and Fullness
Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Knowing When Enough Is Enough

Patient Care Newsletter: Satiety and Fullness

Flexibility – Fall 2011

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: Flex-Ability: Wondering Questions about Eating Behaviors
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Take a Bite on the Wild Side
Gretchen Newmark, MA, RD, LD: Mindful Eating Is Not Just Another Diet
Patient Care Newsletter: Take a Bite on the Wild Side

Anger – Summer 2011

Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: Are You Eating Anger or Is Anger Eating You?
Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: No Quick Fix
Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Anger and Mindful Eating: Staying Open to the Present Moment
Patient Care Handout: Anger: No Quick Fix

Fullness – Spring 2011

Brian M. Shelley, MD: The Near Side of Fullness
Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Finding Fullness
Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Mindfully Tuning in to Fullness

Patient Care Newsletter: Finding Fullness

Slowing Down – Winter 2011

Gretchen Newmark, MA, RD, LD: The Pause
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Slowing Down When Eating with Others
Jan Chozen Bays, MD: Slow Down When Eating
Patient Care Newsletter: Slowing Down When Eating

Bariatric Surgery – Fall 2010

Ronald Thebarge, PhD.: Mindful Eating and Bariatric Surgery
Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Thoughts That Flavor the Meal
R. Thebarge and M. Fletcher: Teaching 6 Phases of Eating

Patient Care Handout: Thoughts That Flavor The Meal

Fear – Summer 2010

Gretchen Newmark, MA, RD, LD: Afraid of Food
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Overcoming Fear by Knowing Fear
Jan Chozen Bays, MD: Fear of Food

Patient Care Handout: Fear of Food

Permission – Spring 2010

Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: Stuffed and Starved: The Dynamics of Deprivation
Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: The Power of Permission
Brian M. Shelley, MD: Working with Desire

Patient Care Newsletter: The Power of Permission

Weight Loss – Winter 2010

Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Mindful Weight Loss: Inner Wisdom and Outer Wisdom
Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Is a Number Important?
Brian M. Shelley, MD: Right Eating
Patient Care Newsletter: Weight Loss

Spiritual Hunger – Fall 2009

Gretchen Newmark, MA, RD, LD: Spiritual Hunger
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Spice Up Your Meal with Gratitude
Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Engaging Our Innerself, Mindful Eating and Inner Wisdom

Patient Care Newsletter: Spice Your Food With Gratitude

Generosity – Summer 2009

Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: Mindful Eating and Generosity: Turning Food Burdens into Food Blessings
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Joy of Generosity
Jan Chozen Bays, MD: Generosity of Mindful Eating

Patient Care Newsletter: Joy of Generosity

Relapse Recovery – Spring 2009

Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Mindful Eating Is a Journey
Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: The Fourth Step

Patient Care Newsletter: Relapse Recovery

Meditation and Mindful Eating – Winter 2009

Donald Altman, MA, LPC: A Daily Mindfulness and Meditation Practice: Why It Makes Sense
Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: The Benefits of Committing to a Daily Eating Meditation Practice

Patient Care Newsletter: The Benefits of a Daily Eating Meditation Practice

Food Triggers – Fall 2008

Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CDE: Food Triggers
Molly Kellogg, RD, LCSW: Handling Triggers

Patient Care Newsletter: Handling Triggers

Creating a Mindful Eating Practice – Summer 2008

Mark Blackwood, MD: Prescription for Mindfulness
Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: How to Create a Mindful Eating Practice

Patient Care Handout: Creating a Mindful Eating Practice

Food and Feelings – Winter 2008

Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: Food and Feeling
Dh. Amala: Full Circle Awareness

Patient Care Newsletter: Full Circle Awareness

Choice – Fall 2007

Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Exploring Choice
Molly Kellogg, RD, LCSW: Choosing Your Way to Mindfulness

Patient Care Handout: Choosing Your Way to Mindfulness

Cultivating Curiosity – Summer 2007

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: Curiosity for Dinner
Molly Kellogg, RD, LCSW: A Curious Stance

Patient Care Handout: A Curious Stance

Craving – Spring 2007

Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: The Dynamics of Craving
Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Turning Your Crave into a Wave

Patient Care Handout: Turning Your Crave Into A Wave

Forgiveness – Winter 2007

Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Alchemy, Acceptance and Compassion
Ronna Kabatznick, PhD: Forgiveness Meditation

Patient Care Newsletter: Forgiveness Meditation

Expectations – Fall 2006

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW: The Icing on the Cake
Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Being in the Moment

Patient Care Handout: Being in the Moment

Balance – Summer 2006

Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Mindful Eating in a Bountiful World
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Shopping Mindfully Even at Costco
Patient Care Handout: Shopping Mindfully

Honoring Our Experiences – Spring 2006

Jean L. Kristeller, PhD: Changing Our Relationship to Food
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Food: The Solution, Not the Problem
Patient Care Newsletter: Food: The Solution Not The Problem

Finding Mindfulness (Premiere Issue) with Lama Suyra Das – Winter 2006

Char Wilkins, LCSW, MSW: The Use of Mindfulness and Mindfulness Eating in a Psychotherapeutic Setting
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Finding Mindfulness: The Process of Change and Interview with Lama Suyra Das
Ronald Thebarge, PhD: Facilitating Awareness Can Help People with Chronic Illness
Donald Altman, MA, LPC: Making a Mindful Salad

Patient Care Handout: Drops of Wellness

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