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The Seven Keys

Karen Koenig
This teleconference will teach dis-regulated eaters and the clinicians who work with them how to identify and resolve the unconscious, underlying conflicts which may prevent ongoing “normal" eating, healthy weight stabilization, and excellent self-care.

Multitasking: Saving Time or Losing Enjoyment at Meals?

Donald Altman, MA, LPC

Intended for any individual that would like to eat with more mindfulness. The teleconference will review research available on how multitasking and distracted eating affects food choices, portions and enjoyment. 

Barriers of Mindful Eating

Ronna Kabatznick. PhD, explores how Mindful Eating raises our awareness and teaches us how to appreciate what and how we eat. Challenges arise that pull us away from consistently practicing these skills. This can often frustrate and demoralize us to the point of giving up the quest to put in the effort, energy and persistence that mindfulness requires. What are those barriers and how can we practice overcoming as we practice mindful eating?

Mindful Eating and Motivational Interviewing: What's the Connection

Molly Kellogg RD, LCSW explains the link between motivational interviewing and mindfulness. After a brief introduction to motivational interviewing we will look at ways that motivational interviewing can support work on mindful eating and conversely how mindfulness practice supports motivational interviewing. 

Compassionate Counselor: Working from the Inside Out

As with all mindfulness practices, we start with ourselves. As clinicians, we do the best we can in any given moment, but we aren't perfect. When we know the taste and feel of compassion for ourselves, we'll be able to work from the inside out, and be with our clients' pain with patience and kindness.  Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW

Mindful Eating and Diabetes: Effects of Awareness on Blood Glucose Control

In this teleconference Diabetes Educator and co-author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Megrette Fletcher will review new research that show how awareness can improve blood glucose control.

The Vital Role of "Stomach Hunger" in Learning Satiety

Many people are unaware of whether their stomach is full or not. This leads to great confusion about when to start or stop eating, and thus leads to eating "by the clock." Jan Chozen Bays, MD

Staying - Turning Towards What Is Difficult

When challenging, unwanted thoughts, emotions or behaviors arise, most of us want to avoid or distract ourselves. Sometimes we use food which temporarily soothes, comforts or submerges the difficult internal experiences. Turning toward what is difficult offers the possibility of freeing ourselves from the very patterns we fear the most. Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW

Mindful Eating: For the Health Of It!

Can mindful eating promote health and well being? Join Megrette Fletcher as she reviews 6 key concepts about how mindful eating can help us break down barriers and reconnect with our direct experience.

Catching Up With Ourselves: Transitions

Transitions are much more important than most of us realize and there are a lot of them every day. These moments provide us with the opportunity to pause and enjoy the pleasant moments more deeply, and also to be aware early on of those unpleasant moments so that we can take better care of ourselves. Becoming aware of transitions somewhere other than at the table can help us bring the practice of pausing to food and eating. Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW

Craving and the End of Craving

Ronna Kabatnick, PhD
Craving - the impulse for satisfaction - that often drives us to eat mindlessly is one of the most misunderstood experiences. The general assumption is that once we satisfy cravings, we'll be happy and satisfied. But the nature of craving is actually not a source of satisfaction. We need to understand the nature of craving to attain a sense of satisfaction. This practice can radically change mindful eating habits.

Curiosity is Key: Helping Kids Enjoy Mindful Eating

Megrette Fletcher
This program will use the Mindful Eating Cycle (TM) developed by Michelle May, MD. This teleconference will explore how parents can promote curiosity and enjoyment for their children at meals. Participants will explore using the mindful eating cycle, which is a series of six questions, to help their child embrace eating and nutrition without judgment, guilt or ridged food rules.

The Intersection of Abuse and Disordered Eating

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW
As much as we'd like to leave our history of childhood abuse behind, its legacy continues in the “welcome back" wink of the fridge light as the door is eased open in an after-hours house. It's there when we pull into the fast food drive-through lane, sitting strapped in and trapped, waiting to be caught with our hand in the cookie jar. It's there in the secret hiding spots that hold seductive comfort and sweet forbidden relief. Understanding the ways in which abuse and trauma impact a survivor's relationship with eating and food can help us see that resistance to change is often fear.

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The Center for Mindful Eating

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Portsmouth, NH 03802

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