Mindful Eating Made Easy

Mindful Eating Made Easy - Tips for Mindful Eating

The Bad, The Good, and the Not Effective.

Open-ended questions are a way to obtain information from a client that prevents a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response. For example, “Did you eat breakfast?” isn’t an open-ended question but “What did you have for breakfast?” is a better-phased question and in MI, using OEQ’s whenever possible is the...
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When Politics and Professions Collide

The Weight-neutral Self-assessment offers four categories starting with weight-centered, moving to a weight-neutral stance, expanding to weight-inclusive, and ending with a weight-liberated view. Many professionals may incorrectly assume that the last category, weight-liberated is the same as Health At Every Size, HAES. Health At Every Size is identified...
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Working with Disordered Eating in a Weight-neutral Way

Many professionals are shocked to learn that research estimates that up to 40% of people with type 2 diabetes have disordered eating patterns and even more suffer from chronic dieting. How can you, as a weight-neutral professional assist them to create peace with food and with elevated blood...
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A Self-assessment Tool to Help You Step Out of Diet Culture

Being nonjudgmental allows you, the professionals, to see the charlatan and separate fact from fiction. You know that the latest health fads lack the necessary research to prove that its effective. The persuasive argument, promising results, are hard to resist if your client believes that it fixes what...
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My Resolution is Offering Weight-neutral Diabetes Care!

Its that time of year when clients come to see you, energized to change. As a weight-neutral educator, how do you navigate the annual desire to lose weight? The following is a fictitious dialog using Motivational Interviewing to illustrate how to remain nonjudgmental when your clients want to...
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The Weight-neutral Self-assessment: A tool to help you explore your own views on weight and weight-loss

It was more than five years ago that I sat across from Mary at lunch. We had snuck out from the Food Nutrition Expo Conference to have lunch at Legal Seafood. Our view of Boston harbor on that warm October day seemed to frame our shared passion for...
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Counseling Activity — “NICE PANTS!”

Many people are unaware of all the decisions in making a food choice. I created the “Nice Pants” activity, from Core Concepts of Mindful Eating to help clients understand food, eating, and choices aren’t really simple.  Many clients are unaware of the endless number of decisions they make...
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Connecting Eating To Our Experience – PNU Tool

Mindful Eating provides a professional with a unique set of tools. These are not the tools of knowledge, facts, or data, but the information from our direct experience. This embodied experience is powerful to introduce in a counseling session. One of my most beloved counseling tools is asking...
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Resisting What You Can’t See

“Privilege” is a word you’ll hear often in social justice spaces including the non-dieting Health At Every Size community. Yet, what is privilege and why does this conversation seem to instantly create resistance? In this article, we are going to explore the concept of privilege and how it...
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Unpacking Emily, the Anti-Anti-diet, Dietitian

On social media, a dietitian posted she could no longer be an “anti-diet dietitian.”  Her post from the WN4DC Professional Facebook group received more than 50 comments which affirmed how challenging it is to let go of diet culture. This quarter’s theme is about resistance which presents an...
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Facing an Overwhelming Opportunity – How to use Motivational Interviewing in a Counseling Setting

Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Facing An Overwhelming Opportunity Speaking from personal experience, I felt overwhelmed when I began to get serious about Motivational Interviewing (MI). The topic gave me energy and encouraged me with all the possibilities. I just knew this was my future. I was immediately hooked...
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Navigating Food Choices with Diabetes – MI (Motivational Interviewing) in Action

Counseling Scenario Client: “Can I eat this with diabetes?” [Notice the question is asking for permission.] Professional: “You are bright and able, what do you think?” [This question is affirming the client’s ability and encouraging autonomy. ] Client: “Yes, because it is a low carb choice.” [Notice the...
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Two Favorite Counseling Tools

Two tools I use in my counseling practice are the Hunger Fullness scale and The Thought Compass. Recently, I had some clients who wanted to explore their diabetes care and use these two tools. The Hunger and Fullness Scale The Hunger and Fullness scale, from Discover Mindful Eating...
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Using The Thought Compass to Explore Opportunity

The Thought Compass is an activity that I created for The Core Concepts of Mindful Eating. It is a modified mind map, which is a learning tool to help short out ideas and see connections. I have been using this tool for about 10-years and continue to see...
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The Paradox of High Blood Sugars and Diabetes

Healthcare professionals are always intrigued by ways of improving elevated blood sugars. Three of those methods are to encourage weight loss, change medications, or promote balanced eating. The method of weight loss and restriction is often conveyed to clients with: “Stop eating so many carbs” or “Don’t eat...
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Letting Your Feelings Guide You

Creating a practice requires you to return, over and over again to the present moment. Unfortunately, many people are highly skilled at being self-critical.  They don’t want to return to the thing that is hard, or that they feel inadequate at.  This internal judgment and dread can be...
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The Road to Self-care Isn’t Straight!

In the book, Core Concepts of Mindful Eating: Professional Edition, I created a tool called The Mindful Eating Map.  The Mindful Eating Map is a guide to help you bring compassionate self-care into your life. Here are the five steps. Step 1 Stretch your ability to engage in...
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That Little Pause May Be Telling You Something

Mindfulness practice, which is the little pause to consider a variety of different views and opinions, can help you acknowledge all humans are in a state of conflict or ambivalence. This conflict is how to balance knowledge with compassion.  Knowledge without compassion can make you a know-it-all and...
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