Principles | Philosophy | Authors
The Center for Mindful Eating has created the Principles
of Mindful Eating. These
principles are intended to guide professionals who are interested in mindful
eating. The Principles of Mindful Eating are free to reproduce and distribute
for educational purposes.
The Principles are also available as a PDF to download and print.
(The Principles of
Mindful Eating - PDF 110kb)
Principles of Mindfulness:
• Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention, non-judgmentally.
• Mindfulness encompasses both internal processes and external environments.
• Mindfulness is being aware of what is present for you mentally, emotionally
physically in each moment.
• With practice, mindfulness cultivates the possibility of freeing yourself
habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and acting.
• Mindfulness promotes balance, choice, wisdom and acceptance of what is.
Mindful Eating is:
• Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing
opportunities that are available through food preparation and
consumption by respecting your own inner wisdom.
• Choosing to eat food that is both pleasing to you and nourishing to
your body by using all your senses to explore, savor and taste.
• Acknowledging responses to food (likes, neutral or dislikes) without
• Learning to be aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your
decision to begin eating and to stop eating.
Someone Who Eats Mindfully:
Acknowledges that there is no right or wrong way to eat but varying degrees
of awareness surrounding the experience of food.
Accepts that his/her eating experiences are unique.
Is an individual who by choice, directs his/her awareness to all aspects of
food and eating on a moment-by-moment basis.
Is an individual who looks at the immediate choices and direct experiences
associated with food and eating: not to the distant health outcome of that
Is aware of and reflects on the effects caused by unmindful eating.
Experiences insight about how he/she can act to achieve specific health goals
as he/she becomes more
attuned to the direct experience of eating and feelings of health.
Becomes aware of the interconnection of earth, living beings, and cultural
practices and the impact of his/
her food choices has on those systems.
It is with appreciation and gratitude that we recognize the efforts of
the following professionals who have been kind enough to donate their time
and wisdom to craft The Principles of Mindful Eating.
- Donald Altman, MA, Mental Health Therapist and Author, Portland,
- Dh. Amala, Director Aryaloka Buddhist Retreat Center, Newmarket,
- Mark Blackwood, MD, Primary Care Physician, Durham Family Health,
- Frederick Burggraf, M.Ed., Author, Publisher DayOne Publishing,
- Lisa Dinsmore, M.S., R.D., L.D. Dietitian, Eliot, ME
- Marianne Evans-Ramsay, R.D., L.D., C.D.E., Dietitian, Certified
Diabetes Educator, S. Berwick ME
- Barbara Haine, MEd, RD, LD, Manager of Nutrition Services, Elliot
Hospital, Manchester, NH
- Daniel Herring MA, LMHC, Director of Cornerstone Day Treatment
Center, Haverhill, MA
- Megrette Hammond MEd, RD, CDE, LD, Author and Diabetes Educator,
- Jean Kristeller, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Director of The
Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality, Indiana
State University, Terre Haute, IN
- Dr. Paul Shagoury, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Manchester, NH
- Ronald Thebarge, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Brown University
- Char Wilkins, LCSW, Psychotherapist, W. Hartford CT
- Derreth C. Roberts, RN, MS, MSN, NP Integrative Therapies Manager,