Tasting Mindfulness

The Heart of Mindfulness – Remembering the Key Components of Practice

Teaching mindfulness to beginners for many years, I’ve learned that people tend to focus on certain aspects of the teaching and forget or have a harder time grasping others. Specifically, people focus on the “being present” part of mindfulness but quickly forget both the intention and the heart qualities of kindness, compassion, and nonjudgment that

Discover Important Truths through Mindful Eating

One of the first things I discovered when I started teaching mindful eating back in 2007 was that people came to class for the same reason people came to my stress reduction class–they were suffering, often because they were looking outside of themselves for happiness and peace. People who struggle with how to eat and

You’re a Breath Away from Better Health, Sleep, and Happiness

I always joke that I went to graduate school to get a Ph.D. so I could teach people to breathe. But, in fact, that is what I’ve done a lot of—from teaching breathing techniques in individual psychotherapy sessions to mindful eating programs and yoga sessions. My first experiences with the power of the breath were

Learning How to Savor, Not Count Calories

I was recently out with some friends that I haven’t seen in many years. They sort of know I teach mindful eating, but my guess is that they have not read much on the topic. When we started to order food, one friend said she wanted to order the fries and wanted to know who

The Diet-Free Revolution by Alexis Conason

Join me on Wednesday, July 14, at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time for an interview with Alexis Conason about her new book, The Diet-Free Revolution: 10 Steps to Free Yourself from the Diet Cycle with Mindful Eating and Radical Self-Acceptance. There is still time to register and if the time doesn’t work for you,

Are You Ready to Take Hold of Your Midlife Years?

One of the most important things I’ve learned as I’m navigating my midlife years is to roll with the punches and to always keep my mind open to learning. It’s so incredibly important to surround yourself with women going through similar ups and downs to inspire, encourage and motivate you on your own journey! That

Jump Into Fall with the Eat for Life Program

The Eat for Life Program has been changing people’s relationship with food and their bodies for almost 15 years! Join hundreds of people for whom food has become a pleasure, not a feared substance, and for whom their bodies have become their friends, not their enemies. Learn to eat, move, and live with mindful awareness

Are You Ready to Feel Strong, Confident, and Fulfilled in Your Midlife Years?

Our midlife years can be riddled with changes, stress, anxiety and uncertainty, which often cause us to lose sight of how precious and amazing they can actually be. If you’re currently feeling unfulfilled and unmotivated in your midlife journey, you’re not alone, and it doesn’t have to be this way! Join me and 20+ other

The Mindful Approach to Being Human

It’s the fourth week of the Eat for Life program and some people are wondering why on earth I am asking them to do the body scan every day (a formal mindfulness exercise that asks people to systematically bring attention to their body from head to toe).  All kinds of comments are made after we

Slow Down and Explore Your Senses

(Adapted from Savor Every Bite: Mindful Ways to Eat, Love Your Body, and Live with Joy (2021; New Harbinger Publications) In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow. —Pico Iyer If you feel a lot of urgency to fix the way you eat, fix your body, or fix your life,