She provides easy to use resources and teaching materials that are HAES compliant to build strong client relationships and promote sustainable wellbeing. Training tools and programs are designed for dietitians, diabetes educators, nutritionist, coaches, health care professionals, educational institutions and wellness focused corporations.
Megrette Fletcher became interested in applying mindfulness to food and eating after she began a daily meditation practice in 1999. Realizing the potential value of Mindful Eating, she teamed up with Fred Burggraf M.Ed, an author/publisher, and created Discover Mindful Eating, published in 2005. The concept of Mindful Eating was just beginning. Megrette began to dream of creating a multidisciplinary non-profit organization that would offer a clear set of principles to support professionals to include the concepts of Mindful Eating into new and existing health programs. In 2005, the conditions were right, and Jean Kristeller, PhD, researcher and creator of the MB-EAT program, and Dh. Amala, Director of Aryaloka Buddhist Retreat Center, gathered around a kitchen table to discuss creating The Center for Mindful Eating. With the help of founding board members Donald Altman, MA, Mark Blackwood, MD, Ron Thebarge, PhD, and Char Wilkins, LCSW, the Center for Mindful Eating launched its public website in January 2006. Today, The Center for Mindful Eating is an international non-profit that has brought the ancient wisdom of Mindful Eating to help address today’s eating concerns.
Megrette Fletcher M.Ed., R.D., CDE is a registered dietitian, diabetes educator, and Mindful Eating expert. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and received her master’s degree in nutrition education from Framingham State College. She began working with diabetes in 1994 and in 2000 obtained her CDE. In addition to writing and speaking, she continues to work as a diabetes educator in Dover NH.
She has served many roles for The Center for Mindful Eating in the last 10-years, including 2013-2016 President. In 2016 Megrette gratefully passed this important role to Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD who is another pioneer in the mindful eating community.
The timeless theme of resistance is the cornerstone of all epic tales, from Star Wars to Harry Potter. Resistance creates heroes. Resistance is personal. Have you found yourself resisting daily meditation practice, struggling to do yoga or shortening an exercise routine? Why? What was going on? Have you said to yourself, “I teach this to clients, I am not supposed to be resisting these activities I know are so helpful!” Have you ever experienced a wave of doubt, wondering “Am I the only one stuck in my own resistance?”
The word, Opportunity, epitomizes choice. Opportunity may be a noun, yet it feels more like a mental state of being. A mind that can see opportunity is free to choose and is no longer trapped by habitual patterns of thinking. There are so many opportunities in the Health At Every Size field to promote healing, empowerment, and to dig deep into a topic which is easy to overlook, as well as how opportunity can feel overwhelming and trigger a sense of uncertainty or doubt.
Looking past the perennial change that exists in life, you may ask how does a person change and what allows a person to nourish the change process. These questions have been circling my mind and I continue to discover the essential ingredient is support and friendship. After reading a passage about the Buddha, and his personal attendant, Ananda, I became curious about Ananda.
In this day and age everyone is talking about self-care. As a dietitian and mindful eating expert, I am passionate about self-care. Unfortunately, the definition of self-care has changed over time and now often means dieting. Many people are ready to get off the dieting train (Hooray) by following a program or plan that eliminates specific foods (no white foods, sugar, gluten) or eliminates specific macronutrients (no carbs, no fat, low protein). While these plans and programs are not counting calories or tallying points they are considered restrictive, which is simply “dieting” spelled differently.