Food for Thought Spring 2020: Setting your Mindful Eating Intention

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In this issue:

  • Setting Your Mindful Eating Intention by Lynn Rossy, PhD
  • Cultivating Kind Intention by Alice J. Rosen, MSEd, LMHC
  • Framing Your Mindful Eating Intention by Jenna Hollenstein MS, RDN, CDN
  • Practice the Five Strengths, the Condensed Heart Instruction

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  • 1 PDF of the Education Handout

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About this Issue:

Setting intentions is one way to clarify our values and direct our hearts and minds toward living them. In this issue of Food For Thought, mindful eating intentions are discussed from a variety of angles, both philosophical and practical.

“Setting Your Mindful Eating Intentions” by Dr. Lynn Rossy sets the stage by outlining the fundamentals of mindfulness and how they can influence what we ultimately craft for our intentions. Quite different from goals, Dr. Rossy clarifies how mindful eating intentions are informed by kindness, self-compassion, and a non-judgmental open mind.

Alice Rosen’s “Cultivating Kind Intention” highlights the essential role of clarifying clients’ core motivations in setting mindful eating intentions. She provides a series of contemplations for therapists use to frame the creation, processing, and revision of their wishes.

Finally, registered dietitian Jenna Hollenstein provides practical guidance for creating and sustaining mindful eating intentions by adapting a classical Buddhist mind-training slogan, “Practice the Five Strengths: The Condensed Heart Instruction.” Background on the slogan and an included worksheet will guide the mindful eater on how to keep their intentions in the front of their minds while continuing to work with whatever arises in the process.