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.
In this issue of The Thought Compass will walk through the possible benefits of decreasing disordered eating in type 2 diabetes and the impacts on diabetes care. This issue is engaging to read because it asks you to imagine. To be the client is either aware that disordered eating behaviors are present and the client isn’t. Digging into this thought exercise, it asks you to imagine the impact of awareness. This issue asks you to imagine how disordered eating impacts health, treatments, outcome, and overall diabetes care. It asks you to be the client, for just a moment and explore what diabetes care looks like to them, a person struggling with a poor relationship with food.