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Generating Hope in the Face of Difficult Times

Do you find yourself feeling a little a little blue, impatient, angry, sad, or lonely because of pandemic living? I’m right there with you. The Sunday after Thanksgiving was a grey day, and my mood was reflective of the color. The holidays had been small, but lovely, but the joy of being able to cook

The Path of Mindful Eating: Learning to Trust Yourself in 2021!

About midway through the Eat for Life class, Julie admitted that she had still been trying to eat by dieting rules while simultaneously trying to apply the principles of mindful eating. This strategy was obviously causing a great deal of conflict and mixed results. Upon further investigation, Julie realized the conflict was due to the

The Center for Mindful Eating – Annual Auction!

Join me in supporting The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME) by bidding on products and services through their Annual Fundraising Auction, October 21-30, 2020. As the President of The Center for Mindful Eating, I am proud to be a part of an organization that has improved the lives of thousands of people who struggle with

Loving Everyone—Particularly The Ones You Don’t Want To

Loving others (particularly the ones you don’t want to) is a great strategy for increasing your own well-being. This recently became very clear to me when I noticed the suffering I had because of my judgment of someone I’ll call Charlotte (definitely not her name!). I don’t even know Charlotte personally, but she did something

Don’t Just Overcome The Odds—But Thrive as a Result

There is so much to be learned by his story about not just overcoming, but actually thriving against the odds. The two parts that stood out to me was the idea of finding new tools and opening to wisdom that had been inaccessible before.

“Unexpected” and “Unbelievable”: Two Words I Don’t Use Anymore

2020 will definitely go down in the history books as the year that turned our lives upside down. The pandemic has changed the way we work, the way we go to school, the way we socialize, the way we drive, the way we shop, and so much more.  Over 200,000 people have died from COVID.

Riding the Waves of Grief

Grief is a funny thing. It knows no time or boundaries. We have little control over when it decides to come up inside us. It’s like a wave that builds in the ocean and then crashes in to the shore. Each expression of grief ebbs and flows in amazing synchronicity with select moments of life

Be Mindful About What You Practice

Whatever you practice, you get better at. So, think for a moment. What are you practicing every day? This includes the thoughts you entertain, the emotions you focus on, and the behaviors you repeat. Sometimes the things we practice make us feel better and some of them definitely don’t. Let’s take it one at a

A Marriage of Intuitive and Mindful Eating

When I was asked in 2007 to develop a program for people who struggled with how to eat and with the relationship they had to their bodies, I had some research to do. At the time, I worked at the University of Missouri for the wellness program for faculty and staff. A survey we conducted

Delicious Movement: Partnering With Your Body

Practicing mindfulness of the body can happen in many ways. We practice when we move, eat, sleep, rest, and play. Moving the body mindfully is just one of the lens that we practice mindfulness and it enhances and improves our relationship to the body when we eat. Being aware of the body, in general, translates