Advertisement

Mindfulness Matters

Mindfulness Matters

Mindful Eating

I have been teaching a new course at the University of Vermont in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. It is called Conscious Eating: Mindfulness for Wellbeing.

We have been exploring mindful eating by reading Jan Chozen Bays wonderful book by the same name, Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Joyful and Healthy Relationship with Food. We are also exploring the wider context of eating through Brian Wansink’s, fun and fascinating, Mindless Eating. We are now reading Michael Pollans beautifully written and compelling, In Defense of Food. We will then move on to the Mindful Carnivorewritten by fellow Vermont author, Tovar Ceruli. We started with an exploration of the senses and read from Diane Ackerman’s classic and sumptuous book, A Natural History of the Senses.

Advertisement

Mindful eating is gaining in popularity as a lifestyle change and also as a clinical intervention for disordered eating. It asks us to pay attention to what we eat and how we eat it and it also invites us to look more deeply into why we eat what we eat and when we eat. We’ve explored our senses, emotional factors, history, and deep conditioning around food, including conditioning that comes from the food industry.

Since we spend so much time eating in the course of the day, paying attention to the process of eating can be a powerful way to wake up. Since eating is so important to our lives, it is a huge opportunity to practice mindfulness. Since what we put into our bodies is so important for wellbeing, we can become more conscious and healthy by attending to the specifics of eating with as much attentiveness as we can muster.

Advertisement

To be awake while eating, we will have to cut through layers and layers of conditioning that keep us on automatic pilot. The payoff is worth it when we can come to have a more friendly relationship with food, one that reflects respect, care, and affection for ourselves and the beings that have been sacrificed to make our meals.

Mindful eating is making inroads into public consciousness. Here is an informative article from Today’s Dietician.

Previous Posts

Everything Essential Buddhism Book
I was recently on the Mark Johnson Show on WDEV in Vermont. We spoke about the Buddha and Buddhism themes that are covered in my new book, The Everything Essential Buddhism Book. It's always a pleasure to talk with mark and a touch of sadness to ...

posted 10:05:58am Aug. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Don't Own Your Mind
Our brains are little factories. Their chief product is, of course, thoughts. They also manufacture images, memories, and emotions. Best of all, they fabricate stories. Our brains can do this unbidden, without any direction from us. Given the ...

posted 6:36:24pm Aug. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Relationships 2.0 Interview August 11
Tune in Tuesday August 11 at 6 PM (3 PM PST) for my radio conversation with Dr. Michelle Skeen, host of Relationships 2.0. We'll be discussing relationship challenges for introverts and guidance from my book, The Awakened Introvert. If you ...

posted 9:00:13pm Aug. 10, 2015 | read full post »

Coming Soon: Mindfulness A to Z
2015 has been a busy year for me publishing books. In May, The Awakened Introvert came out (New Harbinger). In July, The Everything Essential Buddhism Book came out (Adams Media). Soon, Mindfulness A to Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now (Wisdom ...

posted 12:46:02pm Aug. 04, 2015 | read full post »

Life Interrupted
I've been thinking a lot about interruptions lately. When I meditate in the mornings, I prefer to do it at a time when I won't be interrupted by others. Yet, even in the most protected environment, interruptions are inevitable. My mind will ...

posted 4:50:31pm Jul. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.