Food for Thought: Opportunities for Mindfulness Related to Food
Food for Thought is a supportive discussion group where we learn about and practice strategies and methods of mindfulness...
- to notice our inner and outer environments while eating in order to make the food choices we wish to make,
- to slow down, notice interconnections and practice gratitude in order to make eating more meaningful, and
- to use eating as a mental training ground in order to develop skills to shift our attitudes and create new habits.
The group meets one Saturday of every month, and we have a genuine good time. Drop-ins are welcome. Bring something you'd like to eat during the exercises we'll do using food. Participants are also invited to bring lunch and eat after the discussion to enjoy lunch informally together.
The sessions are led by Denise Flora, who has been involved with Universal Education, including being a founding member of the 16 Guidelines international advisory group, developing materials, and delivering training for adults and children. She has used the guidelines and mindfulness around eating as part of her personal practice and journey to health over the last four years and 80 pounds.
There aren't any assigned readings, but the following books may be helpful. Look for these in Kadampa Center's bookstore and support our center!
- Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays, MD
- Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung
- Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink
- Eating the Moment by Pavel G. Somov
- Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, MD