Food for Thought Summer 2020: Fresh Perspectives on Weight Inclusivity

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In this issue:

  • Mindful Eating as a Weight Inclusive Practice by Dana Notte MS, RD, CD
  • Mindful Eating for Clients who Desire Weight Loss by Dana Nottee MS, RD, CD
  • Unlearning Internalized Weight Stigma with Mindfulness by Vincci Tcui RD
  • Loving-Kindness (Metta) Meditation by Vincci Tsui

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About this Issue:

This issue of Food for Thought comes on the heels of our new Weight Inclusivity Position Statement, developed by the Board Members of the Center for Mindful Eating. We hope this issue provides guidance on how to promote mindful eating as a practice that is inclusive and accepting of all bodies, as well as the role of mindfulness in fostering a deeper connection with one’s body and trust in one’s inner wisdom. Through these understandings, and with a language of non-judgment and kindness, individuals can come into alignment with themselves for healing and peace.

“Mindful Eating as a Weight Inclusive Practice,” by Dana Notte, MS, RD, CD, outlines the basic reasons why mindful eating should not be identified as a weight loss intervention and why positioning it as such is in direct conflict with the spirit of mindful eating. She speaks expressively about the value of mindfulness not as a weight loss strategy, but as a skill that guides individuals to a deep and respectful relationship with their body and food.

Dana Notte also brings us, “Mindful Eating for Clients Who Desire Weight Loss,” in which we learn how to be sensitive to a client’s initial goal of weight loss while shifting their attention to behaviors and attitudes that can initiate healing and end the weight loss war forever.

“Unlearning Internalized Weight Stigma with Mindfulness” by Vincci Tsui, RD, provides an elegant process to use with clients for uncovering unconscious weight stigma with the acronym “AIR.” AIR stands for Awareness, Inquiry, Response, and represents three clear steps to discovering a new perspective of our bodies.

Vincci Tsui also offers a “Loving-Kindness (Mettā) Meditation” to use with clients in the service of opening their hearts to themselves and others. When we soften our hearts, an alchemical process of comfort and restoration takes place in our minds and in our bodies.