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Healthy SnackRead this great article reviewing the Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) program and how it helps with “emotional” or binge eating struggles:

“Traditional techniques for tackling the obesity epidemic often don’t take into account the strong drivers of eating: negative emotions, cravings and impulsivity, particularly in the face of highly palatable food,” says University of California, San Francisco, psychology professor Elissa Epel, PhD, who has collaborated with Kristeller on several research studies using MB-EAT. “Mindfulness training gives us more control over these strong drives and makes us more aware of the triggers of overeating that come from outside of us.”

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Words to live by…

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MP900178793“Two-thirds of Americans say they are stressed about the future of our nation, including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans, according to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) report Stress in America™: Coping with Change.”

Further:

“These additional stressors may be affecting Americans’ health. The percentage of people reporting at least one health symptom because of stress rose from 71 percent to 80 percent over five months. A third of Americans have reported specific symptoms such as headaches (34 percent), feeling overwhelmed (33 percent), feeling nervous or anxious (33 percent) or feeling depressed or sad (32 percent)….”

What are your stress management strategies? Is it time to get a tune-up? Check out these resources available courtesy of the APA, or give me a call to schedule a few sessions of stress management “strength-training.”

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The following statement was released by my local professional association, the Oregon Psychological Association. A Mindful Meal is proud to endorse this statement, and I welcome all community members who are seeking psychotherapy services to my practice.

In light of recent events, the Board of Directors of OPA would like to be clear that we welcome people of all faiths and religious backgrounds irrespective of race, ethnicity, national origin, and immigration status. Additionally, we remain committed to upholding the APA Ethical Guidelines which make clear we must advocate for and protect the civil rights of others. We are steadfast in our commitment to standing with and as people; people of all races, ethnicities, immigration statuses, religions, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, ages, education levels, abilities, and sizes. You are welcome here.

In solidarity,

Dawnn R. McWatters, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist

 

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welcome

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Love After Love

Remember these words, for 2017!

a Mindful Meal

Love After Love

The time will come

when, with elation,

you will greet yourself arriving

at your own door, in your own mirror,

and each will smile at the other’s welcome

and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.

Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart

to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you have ignored

for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,

peel your own image from the mirror.

Sit. Feast on your life.

Derek Walcott, Collected Poems 1948-1984.

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