It is the position of The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME) that healthy eating is enjoyable eating that meets nutritional needs. It utilizes the practice of mindfulness by intentionally bringing awareness to the internal and external environment while eating. This means both being aware of the feedback from the body about what supports its health, including the impact of pleasure, and also of the best available scientific evidence related to nutrition and individual health concerns. The blend of pleasure and nutrition is important for consistency in eating healthfully as well as to optimize digestion, absorption and metabolism of nutrients.
TCME endorses eating, whenever possible, food that is whole and nutritious. TCME supports flexibility around food choices, including eating food that is appropriate to the occasion. TCME recognizes that individual choices are affected by factors that may limit food choices such as economic constraints, religious choices, geography, lifespan and individual preferences. Developing a healthy relationship with food that considers individual circumstances helps foster overall well-being.
This position statement is in alignment with the mission, vision and values of The Center for Mindful Eating. It might not reflect all of our members' views/opinions. It is the hope of The Center for Mindful Eating that this position statement will provide opportunities for meaningful reflection and conversations along the path to a healthy and joyful relationship with food and eating to the benefit of all beings.
We welcome the comments and suggestions of our mindful eating community. Current members of The Center for Mindful Eating are invited, and encouraged, to share their responses to these position statements. This position statement was revised following feedback from members, March 2016. Feedback was collected through a member survey and round table discussion.