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For years we've been asked to track what we eat & how much we eat. Mindful Eating Tracker is about the how of your eating.  It is a place to share the mindfully-meaningful eating moments of your life.  Share a moment of eating presence: inspire and get inspired!  

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10 Clinical Skills to Overcome Overeating

Author: Pavel Somov, Ph.D.
Publisher: CMI Education Institute 2011
Length: 4 DVD(s)
Media Type: Seminar on DVD
Duration: 5 hours, 29 minutes
Item: ZNV041660


Price : $79.99

Food for Mind-n-Mouth

Reinventing the Meal

Daoist sage, Zhuangzi: “When things come to us from the outside, it is only for a while.  When they come we cannot hinder them; when they leave we cannot detain them.”  That’s certainly the case with food: life is metabolic input-output.  Have a grape, or a square of chocolate, and see how there is no holding on to food: it comes and goes.  Question is: what remains?

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Circling back to the fact that I was so sick I was forced to be home the better part of 2 weeks, one positive outcome has been slowing down, being more in tune with my body's rhythms. After not running around, eating mindfully out of necessity, I discovered it feels good to slow down for the first time in a long time. I don't have to wait to be away from home and obligations to chill out. After decades of running crazy and not being able to relax even when I had the time, I fell into comfort and now am enjoying it. I'm not overcommitted. Relaxing with a good book and a hot bath is much sweeter an experience than eating chocolate compulsively, searching for something that's not there. Just for today. Grateful.
April 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam
Pam, good working through. Meaningful sharing. Thank you for modeling courageous transparence.
April 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
On a date yesterday at an unknown Greek restaurant. Hoped I could get salad and appetizers. Tricky that I was eating with a vegetarian, feeling the urge to share, so no meat...Ending up sharing a too-small and not satisfying salad and then having saganaki (melted cheese) but then... it came with white bread, which I would ordinarily avoid for multiple reasons (health, trigger)...

Had salad mindful of not particularly liking it, then the saganaki, which was ok, then shared a veggie kabob which was ok. And headed for the bread as compensation,eating ALL of it (3 large slices with butter). Felt dismayed that I ate the whole thing. Disappointed in my choices and the quality.

All while holding a conversation about sundry things. Got home and nibbled on raisins and pecans, then had an oatcake (cracker). And woke up this morning feeling like, what?? tf?? Not what I would have liked. Sometimes, I really prefer to just eat by myself at home so I can get what I need when I need it. I see the action and reaction in all the above. And then I can also hit the food to deal with people. Resolving to love myself no matter what. I can be a perfectionist. So that plays into my eating patterns as well.
April 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam N
Discovered this past week that being super-sick with a sore throat, head congestion, terrible cough, made me extremely mindful of when I was or wasn't hungry and what my body actually needed. I met that with sublime letting go and merging. Super-content. Peace.
April 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam N
Back porch: a cold morning, a cold slice of pizza - yet the morning is somehow warmed from within with mindfulness.
April 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
After about 3 years of ME practice I have become ever more mindful about everything else in my world...realize many things I would not otherwise know, except through mindfulness...what I truly need versus what I thought I needed regarding food, people, relationships, things, etc. Realize I need much less than I previously thought. Just recently developed a concept of what my saturation point is with various things, including food - never had that before. Saturation was a word I knew but never felt until now.
March 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
A spoonful of Greek yogurt meets a mouthful of sea weed: a gustatorily eclectic moment. Mouth is a meeting place of sorts not unlike a diverse cocktail mixer...
March 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
I notice now, after practicing ME for awhile, that my senses (not just my mouth) are hungry for something new and tantalizing - so to indulge it seems to be equally satisfying to smell something delicious like the verbena scented bar of soap I recently purchased. Distracts me from any thought about eating. It is only through ME that I can distract myself in this way - otherwise it becomes mindless eating.
March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Am_stjohn, welcome! Thanks for sharing this vivid eating moment.
February 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
thermos full of soup I made before going to work -- homemade beef bone broth, handfuls of baby spinach, shitake mushrooms and 2 eggs. Asian seasonings; miso & fresh ginger. Eaten on the train ride to work. First few mouthfuls too hot. a while later, ate the rest marveling how good-tasting, filling and warming. Felt glad I took the time to make a hot breakfast before leaving. Still not hungry, three hours later.
February 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteram_stjohn
a warm soggy paper plate of black beans balanced on my hand. a slow-melting chunk of coconut oil - like a submerging island amidst oily black waters. and an open mind. enough for an eating moment.
February 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel somov
Chinese Oolong Tea--ancient Chinese Herbs and Tea--a mystery unveiled. Cloudy, mysterious, hot, soothing, bitter, the smell of a freshly potted plant, smooth, slightly jolting and pleasantly soothing--paradox is wonderful
February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeep
Pouring coffee into creamer or pouring creamer into coffee - a world of difference. I've learned to like the latter - the violent swirls, vortices and eddies of white mixing with black into the cozy beige of the familiar. Like watching a storm of awakening from above.
February 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel somov
With mindful eating/living I find that I now ask myself a million questions about a simple thing like what I am eating, why am I eating, could I eat it differently for emphasis...and on and on. Feel like the kid who never stops asking the parent questions. Sometimes I find it amusing, sometimes irritating but always useful.
January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L
Sugar is my enemy!
December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKM
Having a quiet, reflective, mindful day today...fasting...good for the body and the soul.
December 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L
Me and Dionysus - we are being mindful together today...consumed with where we are at in this moment in time...
November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L
A cup of miso soup. A cup of cocoa. Different substances, same emptiness, familiar fullness.
November 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpavel somov
Taste of milk chocolate truflle I obtained and I lost it. What I cannot lose ?
November 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
Hi Sarah,

Best advice - just keep at it - mindful eating becomes second nature with practice. Was amazed by this myself last night because a part of me just wanted to do what I pleased and eat whatever I wanted and the mindfulness part of me was practically screaming and saying, "You have had enough. Stop now." So I stopped. A year ago, I might have continued eating. This site is a great place to share the journey and learn. Happy travels.
November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L
Interesting discovering that a migraine leads to very mindful eating. The slow chewing and being very aware of all aspects of the food plus the reaction of my body. I can honestly say that I do not like smoothies on many different levels and now I can identify them.
October 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterK.S.
how can i eat mindfully when the foods i crave cause me physical pain.
October 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpc
Hi Sarah. Welcome! Advice? Mindful eating is not a matter of willpower, but a matter of skillpower: the more you practice, the more meaningful and effortless it gets. I look forward to your mindfuls. Share when you can. Be well.
October 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpavel somov
Hello, world!

I am currently reading Jan Chozen Bays' "Mindful Eating", and I found my way to this site, to Pavel, and to my next book ("Eating the Moment"). I am excited, inspired, and ready for this path and journey.

Any advice for a newbie mindful eater?
October 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersarah
Just saw Pavel's new book "Anger Management Jumpstart" - looks terrific - going to be ordering it. Can see how it will dovetail very nicely with all the effort at mindfulness eating as I think anger is too often a feature of the eating I do. So I can see how calming the anger will help overall. Have made tremendous strides in managing my emotions over the last 5 years - but still there is more to do. Because I live the crazy existence of a "road warrior" it is easy to get terribly stressed because of lack of time, etc. and then allow that to lapse into anger and then it is down hill from there in many areas of my life such as eating. Anger and related feelings like annoyance, etc. seem to be the most ready emotions so much of the time. Now I don't act on those emotions in such destructive ways that I used to years ago but they are still very much there. So I will be most interested in this book.
October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L
1 - just 1 chocolate chip cookie...not 2 or 3 or 4...1 was perfect in every way...progress!
October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L
Wine, cheese and music - the perfect antidote for melancholia...the perfect thing for just about any situation I would say...happiness...sadness...
October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L
Well, been away for a while just ignoring my increasing weight. Time to get back to business.... I mean it will be pants weather soon and my current ones don't fit! Yikes! Refuse to buy more. Must work on mindfullness & meditation. I mean, really, candy corn DOES NOT taste that good!! ;-)
September 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesse
Spice of nonduality, Arunas?
Good going.
September 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpavel somov
Learning to medidtate while eating Habanero Red Savina (Peper 10 times hoter than Tobasco Souce).... I'm do not feel the pain, I AM THE PAIN and there is no discompfort at all. There is a very huge difference between feeling the pain and BEEING the pain. And the same is true with any expirience (with any craving too). When you are tsunami you cant see the tsunami and cant feel afraid.
September 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
When I am mindless, almonds taste like powdery woody cardboard.

When I am mindful, I notice a teasing hint of sweetness in the taste of this tear-drop shaped nut.

When I am mindless, dandelion root tea tastes bitter and uninteresting.

When I am mindful, I notice a shadow of something cozy and roasted in the flavor of the tea.

Same foodstuffs, different experiences.

Conclusion: mindlessness and mindfulness have a different taste.
September 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpavel somov
Eating an un-pitted plum: tongue is busy excavating and wrestling the pit out of the pulp - mind misses out on the taste. Insight: mechanics of eating are easier to notice than the sensations of eating.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpavel somov
Thank you, Tony. Glad book (and your particular kind of reading) made a difference for you.
YS: thank you: you write: "They're my blood before it is born." Indeed, to eat is to kill however you slice it (and whatever you slice). Beautifully poignant poem.
September 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpavel somov
Pavel asked for honest reviews. He's got it: he rocks. Also, I reviewed Present Perfect, a book whose imperfection is hard to find.

Just ate after exercising for an hour, I was shaky and spent. Feeling the life come back into me.
September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTony
Korean Breakfast
In the stillness of early morning
I prepare the vegetables for Banchan
Knowing that things are best simple
I bow my gratitude for summer's bounty
Like a Buddhist priest at pray
I wash the peppers in a ritual
Saving the seeds for next May
One by one I sacrifice the cukes
Their wholeness of life is circling my day
They whisper sunny secrets
In hues of red, yellow and green
They have taught me to respect life
As I labor to make their insides seen
The peppers weep in their skins
I drizzle them with sesame oil
They drink the essence of pressed hulls
A mix of earth light and toil
They nourish my waking hours
They're my blood before it is born
returning the energy they absorbed
I worship the garden in the stillness of the early morn
September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYS
Welcome, YS! Intriguing. Feel free to share the poem.
(There's been one poem here a couple of years ago (go back to the beginning - page 25 and work your way back to find it, if you interested)).
September 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpavel somov
Wrote a poem about chopping vegetables when I though about the experience, chopping, and being chopped, during the process.
Turning a simple meal into a ritual of beauty that can be shared with others satisfies many cravings at once.
September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYS
Mindful Eating Trackers and Dear Readers: I am needing reviews of "Eating the Moment," "Reinventing the Meal," "Present Perfect" and "Lotus Effect" on Amazon. I am not looking for 5 stars - I am looking for honesty. If you have any thoughts to share about these books, please, kindly do share on Amazon. Thank you in advance for your time and for helping me promote my work.
August 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Fascinating first ever insight this morning when I was at Starbucks - I was looking at the many trays of pastries and generally they look absolutely divine to me. But today, I saw the pastries in such a different light - they reminded me of death...white flour, sugar - tons of sugar...too much fat, i.e., nothing good or nutritious in them. I will have to look for other things in life for the "divine"...
August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L
Plums from the farmers market. One bite and I am back in childhood. I close my eyes and enjoy the moment, now, and forgotten memories of my youth. My day is suddenly filled with sunshine and plumy goodness.
August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterK.S.
For the last 12 weeks I've been losing weight as a result of choosing better foods (with the help of a dietician), maintaining a food diary and using "Eating the moment" to motivate and stay positive -staying positive is my key focus. Giving myself permission to eat and planning for success when I can is my goal. I hit a rough patch this week as I have been travelling, and although still travelling I have rekindled my better eating strategy by making it a challenge to find places that serve fruit, serve salads without dressings and serve fish where grilled actually is a low fat option:)
3 days back on and Im feeling in control and positive again.
August 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlou
Yesterday I had an exquisite eating experience in Miami. I stopped by one of the many typical Miami Cuban cafes/bakeries. It was divine - rows and rows of sweet and savory pastries. I settled on a guava fruit bear claw and a ham & cheese empanada with a Café con Leche. Talk about the food of the gods! It was actually beyond wonderful. It was completely and authentically Cuban and perfection in every way. Just walking into the place was an experience - where all the locals hang out starting at about 5:00 a.m. - especially the working class. I could wax poetic about the food but will stop here. Now, for the mindfulness part - aside from the sheer "here and now" enjoyment of the experience I was wondering if the pleasure of my food experiences has something to do with control, i.e., I am getting a "glimpse of heaven" from food and not from people? For sure food does not talk back, fight with me, etc. there a way to transfer the complete enjoyment of food to people or other things in life? Am I substituting food for people?...
August 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L
Just got back from the land of my birth - New Mexico! Thoroughly enjoyed the unique cuisine there One evening my daughter said she wanted to stay home with me, watch the Godfather and have Italian food. So that was what we did. Interesting experience in mindful eating - was unexpected. But somehow combining the movie and the food made the food that much more Italian and flavorful.
August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L
lou - I took particular notice of your post on 7/19/13 - simple words but very profound/true. I think I have that sense of entitlement about eating at times - not all the time - but enough to notice it. Makes me wonder, isn't the person in India (or whomever) who is poor also "earned" the right to eat! Maybe it's a control issue too. We can, for the most part, exercise great control over what we eat. There is something about saying I am going to have this and go about having exactly that particular thing. Thank you for those simple words of wisdom.
July 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L
Ransom, welcome. Getting to know your hunger is a great start. But be careful not to overdo it. And do share what you learn. Be well, mindful eater.
July 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Today I'm at 13% on my ebook by Pavel I've chosen to start my famine now, the hunger quest beginnnns.
July 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRansom
Morning coffee via Keurig and percolator = same coffee, different experience. A morning of mindful wrapped in a haze of coffee bliss.
July 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterK.S.
DC, KS, Lou, Susan - thank you for sharing these moments of eating (and non-eating) awareness. Great work!
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
the other day I found myself stairing aimlessly at the pantry looking for something to eat I challenged my thinking at the time then and decided that I was not hungry. Having done that I still recognised a need to eat so I had a couple of dry biscuits. This challenge forced me to be in the moment, challenging my food trigger and then by making a conscious effort, to be in the moment whilst eating them. There was no guilt. Later I reflected on this, and noticed my carbs were down for the day so Ive increased them a little on other similar food days to help with the carb cravings.
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlou
Beginning to notice the sense of entitlement around eating..."I want this, I will have it, and no one can stop me...I've earned it." What a trip!
July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDC

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