Mindful Eating

A Season and Reason to Be Kind

Winter is the season of self-reflection and renewal. Many of us set intentions to move more, eat better, improve our time management, give more, or spend less money. In some aspect, all of these are on my list of intentions for 2018. Is being kinder to yourself on your list of intentions for the coming year? It’s made mine. I recently completed the Mindful Self-Compassion program at Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness. The concepts and practices of self-compassion are not new to me.  My awareness of the ways in which I criticize myself continues to grow. Research shows the nicer …

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A Path of Mindful Eating

My Journey My journey with mindful eating began over 30 years ago as I learned to listen and honor my body during my recovery from an eating disorder. This was prior to the popularity of mindfulness. Back then, it was referred to as “conscious eating,” which had many of the same principles of mindful eating, such as: Eat what you are really hungry for Reliance on the body’s internal cues of hunger and satiety to determine what and how much to eat Eat for physical, rather than emotional, reasons Early on in my career as a dietitian, I began to …

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