Posts Tagged ‘mindful eating’

Family Eating BreakfastIf you are interested in learning more about the Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training program as it was developed by Dr. Jean Kristeller, Ph.D., and perhaps want to check out her book or related resource, her website is worth a visit. The Emotional Eating Worksheet (at the very bottom of the page), in particular, could be a useful self-monitoring tool to learn more about the relationship between your emotions, stressful situations, and eating habits. If you use this form to gather information, however, remember to bring lots of self-compassionate “seasoning” to your experience!

As Dr. Kristeller reminds us, “mindfulness can help bring balance into every aspect of how we eat. It involves cultivating a combination of “inner wisdom” (awareness of how our body and mind are responding), and “outer wisdom” (engaging nutrition information and recommendations to meet your own personal needs and preferences)…”


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fork and plateRonna Kabatznick, Ph.D., a Center for Mindful Eating (TCME) Board Member and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF, offers some advice on how to set up a daily mindful eating practice.


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I learned a lot during this past weekend’s free virtual mindful eating event, and I hope you did too. During future monthly events, I plan to offer only one video and related posting at a scheduled time (likely 9am on a Saturday). Short(er), sweet, and focused is the goal, beginning with a rationale, leading into a guided exercise, and inviting you to develop your own plan for implementation.

By engaging more fully and intentionally with our eating experience, and “listening” to physical sensations such as hunger or fullness, sensory information, emotions, and thoughts, we gain access to information that we can use to guide our decisions in the future…beginning with this: the very next moment. And all of the moments that follow, too.

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Woman Eating Strawberry

By now, you’ve heard of the free virtual event I’ll be hosting on Facebook Saturday, October 22, 2016, beginning at 9am PST. If you haven’t already done so, please click “Interested” or even “Going” (no obligation) on the event page, so I can track participation.

Here’s a peek at what will be offered:

  • A video introducing mindful eating practice(s) and how to implement them in daily life
  • My “top five” favorite mindful eating-related resources of all time
  • Hourly postings until 4pm PST, inviting participants to experiment with an assortment of simple mindfulness or mindful eating exercises. View, practice, or save them for later – you choose!
  • Opportunities for discussion and additional tips: I will log in near the beginning of each hour to post and to briefly answer questions or address comments you might have.

Lastly, here’s some important fine print:

This Mindful Eating educational event is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is offered with the understanding that the facilitator (Dawnn McWatters, Psy.D.) is not engaged in rendering psychological services. Internet-based participation in this free event does not constitute a confidential psychotherapeutic relationship. This event should not replace the evaluation and recommendations offered by a licensed healthcare professional during the course of treatment. Finally, the facilitator reserves the right to make adjustments or cancel the event if needed. 

I’m excited to share this mindful eating journey with all of you!


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pablo-picasso-tuttart-69I have a quote attributed to Pablo Picasso, pinned to the bulletin board in my home office, which reads: “I am always doing that which I cannot do in order that I may learn how to do it.”

This Saturday marks the first monthly educational Mindful Eating virtual event I’m hosting on my Facebook page. I invite you to participate at any level that works for you, if you are hoping to learn more about mindful eating and would like to explore your relationship with food. Watch the video, practice some of the exercises I’ll suggest, or look into recommended mindful eating resources. Bring a sense of humor, your curiosity, and a few bites of food!

Over the course of this week, I’m experimenting with new skills and activities, too: setting up a web camera, recording videos, researching secure video conferencing options for future sessions, and completing professional training to become a Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC).  It’s a busy time, and I’m excited to explore ways to make mindful eating-related education and services more accessible, affordable, and helpful.  Your feedback is important to me, so please let me know how this virtual event worked for you after it’s over, and what you may hope to see offered in the future. Email savoringthemoment@gmail.com or call my confidential voicemail at (503) 367-9488.


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I came across this brief talk by Michelle May, MD, as I survey videos from various colleagues. She does a great job of exploring the Why/When/What/How/Where of out-of-control eating, and reminds us of the value of intuitive and mindful eating. Also, “nutrition should be a tool, not a weapon.”

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ll be releasing a more detailed outline by the end of the week, but here is an overview of the new-and-improved EAT curriculum that I’ll be teaching again beginning in October:

  • An introduction to mindfulness skills (and how they will help you reach your health- and weight-related goals)
  • The basic principles of mindful eating
  • Learning to achieve balance – listen to your body’s natural feedback system: mindfulness of hunger, fullness, satiety, and taste preferences
  • Learning to cope with difficulties and cravings: short & sweet lessons from a variety of self-compassion, mindfulness- and acceptance-based models

I’m working on a “traditional” track (6-8 sessions, in-person, maintenance sessions as needed) and an abbreviated version (YouTube videos or CD’s + handouts only, for individuals who have already established care with another provider or are seeking these educational materials only).

Interested? Feel free to get in touch at (503) 367-9488 or info@drmcwatters.com.

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