Track a Mindful

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: PESI 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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After much practice, I think mindful eating allows a person to differentiate between what is really good food and food that is just mediocre. So then you make better decisions about what to eat/what not to eat. Have decided that a great deal of the food I have been consuming is fairly mediocre - so why bother with it.
August 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Doing without food is death sentence...yet there are other things worse than that - like doing without the nourishment of your family/loved ones....
April 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Have come to the conclusion that eating is a lover like no don't have to negotiate with it, make concessions with it, compromise with it...yet it satisfies like few other things in life...funny to think that food (or lots of other things for that matter) could take the place of human interactions..
March 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
I have a new book coming out - on Mindful Emotional Eating - a harm-reduction approach to what I consider the thorniest eating issue out there in the general population. Here's the link to the book on Amazon. Thank you, mindful eaters, for any kind of support that you can offer to this project (reviews on Amazon, posts on Facebook, etc). Thank you.
December 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Eating...the truth...a bitter taste...
December 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Glad to virtually meet you, Coco. Stay mindful, fellow mind.
November 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Happy to see others taking up the suggestion to create a blog based on their mindful eating experience. Thank you Pavel for the inspiration! I hope you'll enjoy mine - I've been doing it for a year now.
November 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCoco
Today I enjoyed a persimmon - first time ever in my life...picked right off the tree. What a delightful, unusual and exotic taste - like no other fruit I have every had. The taste is difficult to describe - it was sweet, but not too sweet...a subtle taste. It almost seems easier to describe how it is not like other fruits.
November 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Back to ME, mindful living...all but abandoned it for several months...not at all a good thing. Started back on it today! Feel so much better. It is a breath of fresh air! Why do we move away from what is so good for us only to have to come back to it if we wish to survive & thrive?
September 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Karin, the book (I presume you are referring to "Eating the Moment") is indeed a set of tools. Using them to test a hypothesis is a good way to re-configure one's eating style. I wish you well with your experiments!
July 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
eating raw garlic: allowing yourself to look at food frees you from the idea that food should taste good: medicine doesn't, why should food?!
July 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
I think if I eat less I will enjoy it more. This is one idea I am trying to test with the help of this book.
July 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKarin
If there were no food in my life, I think I would live in endless boredom.
July 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKarin
Congrats on waking up, Mary W.
July 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Woke up at lunch. Looked at my daily salad, suddenly realized that I have been automatically eating for months and not enjoying it. Ate what I wanted from the salad mindfully and started brain storming for future lunches. The zombie zone results in poor food choices which I want to avoid.
July 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary Wright
a generous spoonful of knotweed honey in my morning coffee: neither self-mortification, nor self-indulgence, just another day alongside the Middle Way
July 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
a few drops of morning dew from garden leaves: not enough to replace a morning cup of coffee but enough to satisfy the thirst for connection to all that is.
July 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Mulling over ME - causes me to realize exactly where I am with eating...way too much emotional eating - compensating for one thing or another. Occurs to me that food can take the place of so much in life...a lover, a just draws you in because it can't talk back, fight with you...or for that matter laugh with you or anything else. It becomes comfort, friend and many other things...cloaking device...
July 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Standing on a city park bench, eating mulberries. A summer treat.
July 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Maybe the lesson is 29 days of ME, attentiveness, etc...then 1 day of wild abandon...then repeat!!!
June 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Tonight I feasted with absolute wild abandon - not a care in the world - something I have not done in a long time. Was intoxicating - literally and figuratively - had some new taste sensations...Kentucky ale beer - never had it before. Interesting contrast to total and rigid mindfulness. Every sense on overload - listening to Rammstein...I think a day like this is good for my soul. Am much to rigid, focused, attentive, watchful....there is a lesson here somewhere!:)
June 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Mindfully not paying attention to food. Good feeling. Too much attention to food in the past...calories, fat, salt, sugar, blah, blah...too many other interesting things in life. Time to eat, so what, who says, why? In the airport and restaurants everywhere...big deal!.... Mindfully not being mindful...paradox...not really!
June 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Boring as hell indeed and even more so when food is not good. Rushed through my meal more than usual:(
June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJG
Found I have slacked off from ME, meditation, etc.... time to get back in the saddle! I can see that not paying attention to this is detrimental to my overall sense of wellbeing.
June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
I wish you well, Marti!
June 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
I can't remember the last time I ate out of the physiological need of hunger. Through self-induced environmental triggers, I use food to cope with my emotions, and hide from facing up to myself and others. Considering the emotional journey is what wakes me up to life, with food, I have remained dead for some time. I'm just not ready to explore and love myself from head to toe. And I'm definitely not ready to be a mindful, thriving and contributing citizen to society. And so I eat.

Nine years now, I've been at it. The overheating, and that's a long, ingrained habit I'm going to have to work really hard at to uproot.

You can follow me as I move through your 141 mindful practices to overcome overeating at Thank you for your work and book!
June 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarti
Welcome aboard, Picha! I wish you well.
May 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
My psychologist recommended this book to me today. Right after I left the appointment, I stopped off and got a hamburger and onion rings. Just before that, I ate 4 Oreo cookies. I did not finish the value meal and afterwards tried to figure out why I even ordered it. I was left with a stomach ache and confusion. I came home and read the first part of the book and realized I was environmentally influenced just by being out and about without my kids. I am so hopeful to read this book and change the way I view food. Thank you for writing it!
May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPicha
Glad you like the book, Arlene. Sorry, I do not have exercise handouts for purchase. Thank you and be well.
May 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Hi, love your book. I want to use this in my psychotherapy practice - do you have the exercises available as handouts for purchase?
May 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArlene
Woodlands, welcome! Yes, mindfulness teaches.
May 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
I started mindful eating yesterday. My first amazing discovery. I used to think I liked the taste of Walnuts... Mindfully eaten, they are bitter to taste and not delicious at all! But the crunch and the texture in the mouth is what I love! I think this is going to be an amazing journey of re-discovery...
May 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWoodlands
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

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