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.
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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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