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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Pavel

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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    The Lotus Effect: Shedding Suffering and Rediscovering Your Essential Self
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  • Present Perfect: A Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need for Control
    Present Perfect: A Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need for Control
    by Pavel G. Somov
  • Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time
    Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time
    by Pavel Georgievich Somov, Ph.D.
  • The Smoke-Free Smoke Break: Stop Smoking Now With Mindfulness and Acceptance
    The Smoke-Free Smoke Break: Stop Smoking Now With Mindfulness and Acceptance
    by Pavel Somov, Marla J., Ph.D. Somova
  • Reinventing the Meal: How Mindfulness Can Help You Slow Down, Savor the Moment, and Reconnect with the Ritual of Eating
    Reinventing the Meal: How Mindfulness Can Help You Slow Down, Savor the Moment, and Reconnect with the Ritual of Eating
    by Pavel Somov
  • 2012: History of the Next Big Bang: An Enso of Nothinglessness
    2012: History of the Next Big Bang: An Enso of Nothinglessness
    by Pavel Somov
  • Anger Management Jumpstart: A 4-Session Mindfulness Path to Compassion and Change
    Anger Management Jumpstart: A 4-Session Mindfulness Path to Compassion and Change
    by Pavel Somov Ph.D.

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Welcome, Bethine. Emotional eating (if that's what you are alluding to) is too a form of self-care. Readers of "Eating the Moment" know my favorite point: emotional eating is not a problem, mindless emotional eating is; put differently; emotional eating is not a problem, emotional OVER-eating is a problem; mindless emotional eating leads to overeating; mindful emotional eating (MEE) doesn't have to.
Glad to have your voice here. Be well.
January 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Overfilling my body with food does not address an empty feeling that demands an answer. It does not go away but waits for my solution. When my self doubts and fears are exposed to the light, they evaporate like fog. And I am left with more than enough .. Of me! I must not be my own worst enemy. I can be my own best ally.
January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBethine
Waking up at 3:00 AM with intense craving to eat... It's seems like if I'll don't eat I can't sleep. But this time i decided to verify this thought and felt asleep just in seconds.....

Susan don't take your thoughts to serious....always.
January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
Where is everybody? Must be the post holiday blahs! Second night of pasta dish with a cream sauce - too much of everything. Each time took half of the dish home. Why do I do it? Will I ever feel worthy of life affirming simple fruits and vegetables...of eating what is good for me, what makes me feel good????
January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Mindful eating leads to an understanding/many revelations about oneself - not all of them do I necessarily want to know - but must know to become a fully realized human being.
January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
you know you had an eating moment, that you took your time tasting a piece of chocolate when the remaining piece of chocolate in your fingers starts to melt and becomes slippery and muddy...
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Am in NM with my family - could be an orgy of eating at all our favorite places - but mindfully reminding myself that I can easily enjoy the company and have small amounts to eat and drink and consume them mindfully.

Presently reading a fascinating book, "Finding Ultra" by Rich Roll - subtitle is, "Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men and Discovering Myself." Roll is a triathelete and does so completely on a plant based diet. It is an inspiring read because Roll had to drop significant weight and change lots of habits before he became, literally, one of the world's fittest men. Good practical tips for those wanting to become fit.
December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Mindful eating/meditation has become meditations on many other things, at the moment a meditation on the wonder of puppies, this particular puppy - my daughter's - with his liquid brown eyes, his oh so serious face, his velvety soft ears and on and on. Such joy in the contemplation of this wonder and I don't think I would have these great instances of being fully present in the moment were it not for mindful eating. ME is much like the pebble thrown into the water and the ripples from that one act go on and on.

Arunas - fascinating question - "Is it possible to become mindful without unconditional love/acceptance to [of] yourself?" For example unconditional love/acceptance of yourself when we go on an eating binge? For me, I think the answer is yes as I know full well I do not have unconditional love/acceptance of myself yet I do have moments of being fully in the moment/mindful as in above example. But I will think about this question more now that you have mentioned it.
December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
mesmerized by a so-called watermelon radish: looks like a fuschia-colored kiwi, tastes like... me
after all, its taste (the taste that I am right now aware of) is a state of my consciousness
i.e. a state of me
another duality (of this "watermelon radish" and this "me") has just collapsed
December 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Yestarday I had bad day at work : wave of confusion, wave of demotivation, wave of extremaly low self-esteem .... Very hard to sleep. Thoughts, thoughts .... Part of me knows the "best" way to distract - eat. And I go to the kitchen, eating...

Then trying just to watch my mind and self talk in style like this "ok, it's just a stress, food not a remedy !" - don't work, I keep eating !!!!

Then trying just to watch my mind and self talk in style like this "ok, you part of my, you are like my son, the child wich I love. Offen he plays in stuppid ways, but I support them and gently correct them". - Stoped. Internal dualism disapeared.

So, there nothing to do with rational thinking or logic, just show to your mind (like to small child) what unconditional love and acceptance is and he will listen you .... in most cases :) :)

It is possible to become mindfull without unconditional love/acceptance to your self ? I think no. Even if you trying it feels like some part of your mind is hidden.


Pavel, thank you for this unique project. I don't know any other writer/therapist who keeps they relationship with his readers so close !
December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
Arunas, I am privileged to have your insights. Your use of mindful eating seems to border fully contemplative degree which is what I myself aspire to and advocate. So, once again, your contributions to this Tracker are truly enlightening. My only concern has been is that when your post formally loses connection to eating it might potentially scare off new Mindful Eating Trackers who might feel that their insights and disclosures might not be profound enough. So, in essence, the only thing I ask is that when you post on the Tracker, please, do make at least a formal connection to the specific eating moment that provoked this or that insight. Let me know if you have any questions. Once again, thank you.
December 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Pavel, ok I agree. I want to plase some comments regarding my posts. I know they sounds a litle bit crazy. But I tryed to describe how it feels in few words when I'm mindfull , tryed to desciribe this "eureka" feeling that arrives when I cut off some off automatic behaviors. Additionaly these prachses works for me like anchors to mindfullnes or calming mind.

Juice of lemon, yelow, sour and bitter. More bitter than sour. But for me in this case not the taste is most important, then I tasting it my mind just in second brings my back to beutifull streets of Sorento, smilling people.... and I alowingto me self to leave this moment and ejoy this wonderfull memory.
December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
Arunas - I really enjoy your thinking on various issues. See you on the forum section!

To my fellow pelegrinos (pilgrims) on this journey of mindful eating: Am sloooowly reading "Reinventing the Meal" - one of Pavel's recent books. It is great reading and I do recommend it - often entertaining - fascinating! It provides opportunity to think about the entire eating experience in ways that we typically do not. Pavel expands on a concept such as "The Birth of Overeating" or "No One Eats Alone" which is typically a paragraph or more. Each section alone provides much food for thought. Enjoy!
December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Arunas, your comments on mindful eating recently have been really insightful but I see a certain trend of your going beyond mindful eating (which is great); with this in mind, a suggestion: let's stick to mindful eating as much as we can here, on the Mindful Eating Tracker page, and do feel free to post your more general, mindfulness-oriented comments on the Forum page (which, as you might recall, I had set up a while back in response to your exchanges with Susan).
Thanks.
December 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPavel
If your eyes are open and dont see stillness only - you see your thoughts, not reality
December 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterarunas
... there nothing to do with doing-ness....
December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
Let's "eat" thought like food or like small sip of good whisky (I was in whisky degustation, so these guys really knows what mindfulll'nes is in practical way).

There are 3 stages of taste : "arrival", "development", "aftertaste". Our thoughts have too "arrival", "development", "aftertaste". Well let's observe (JUST observe, DON'T SEEK for somphing, JUST LET IT COME TO YOU) and if possible write some "tasting notes". But wait.... here is smell and aperance of thought too .... :)
December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
Am discovering that mindful eating means having meaningful choices - eating or listening to music...eating or reading, eating or....so many great new choices.
December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Be-ing. How solid it is.
December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
Smell from heated cast iron fring pan......
December 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
Arunas: yes, linear mind, moment-to-moment mind, real-time mind.
Stay aloft!
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Amena writes: "Am I hungry? Am I full? I listen, listen, listen, but the answer is vague at best..I try out a snack..not too hungry for it, put it away..a little bit later, I want it again..thirsty too..nibble and drink..nibble, nibble, nibble. okay, I've had enough. Feels good to stop then. Just now I'm realizing I'm feeling vague in general tonight..what do I want to do this evening? I listen to my heart..this, that, or the other thing? I dont know, I dont know, I dont know..sometimes both my stomach and my heart speak in a whisper that is really hard to hear."

Welcome, Amena! So much rhythm in this (now that) moment of yours. Yes, mindfulness is attunement, an attemp to document the evanescent, fleeting, vague touch of reality. Thank you for sharing!
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Kelly M writes: "As I lift the cup, the whipped froth meets my lips. I lick the sticky sweetness and stare down into the warm coffee. Just when I think I can feel the grittiness of the vanilla, its gone. Replaced by a warmth that fills my mouth, throat and soul."

Beautifully shared! Such a dynamic moment of eating/tasting/being - so dynamically expressed! Welcome and thank you for sharing.
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Like trough air ...
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterarunas
Inteligence of linear mind...
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterarunas
Am I hungry? Am I full? I listen, listen, listen, but the answer is vague at best..I try out a snack..not too hungry for it, put it away..a little bit later, I want it again..thirsty too..nibble and drink..nibble, nibble, nibble. okay, I've had enough. Feels good to stop then. Just now I'm realizing I'm feeling vague in general tonight..what do I want to do this evening? I listen to my heart..this, that, or the other thing? I dont know, I dont know, I dont know..sometimes both my stomach and my heart speak in a whisper that is really hard to hear
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmena
As I lift the cup, the whipped froth meets my lips. I lick the sticky sweetness and stare down into the warm coffee. Just when I think I can feel the grittiness of the vanilla, its gone. Replaced by a warmth that fills my mouth, throat and soul.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly M.
what you, Arunas thinking about cookie just before eating it and what you thinking about it when you standing on the scale ..... ? Games of imparmament mind....
December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
seeing, flying....
December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
Meal in front of me, also next to me the mirror that reflects this meal. Wich of us is less judmental according this meal?

I decidet to skip this meal, becouse concepts of "appetite", "craving" has lost meaning ........ at this moment.
December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
That's right, Arunas: there is poetry to this mindful eating thing...
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
One almond on my palm... and another he's twin on my mind. Guess which produce this craving ?
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
At least three times a day I get to see myself. Guess when.
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Arunas, you wrote/shared:

"Green tea and sugar. What I see when I see it ? Only strange movie that my mind shows me about green tea and sugar. I can only watch .... no need to go anywhere."

Perfect mindful, perfect presence!
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Black cofe and gingerbread - two things, but one meal, thei depeds to each other without any connection. I and my mind - two things, but....
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
Nice piece of cake with lots of sugar/frosting...mind thinks I want it...eat it...body hates it and feels terrible...is there any learning going on here??? ME - not! Try the eating bit again tomorrow...with mindfulness...

Arunas - thanks you. Appreciate it.
December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Green tea and sugar. What I see when I see it ? Only strange movie that my mind shows me about green tea and sugar. I can only watch .... no need to go anywhere.

Susan, I can't remember - propably it was article about for doctors. Not book.
December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
Mindful Eating Trackers: spread the word: I am giving away a few copies of "Eating the Moment" to new Mindful Eating Trackers. What's required? Share a mindful eating moment for the first time here on the Tracker and then send me an email with your name and address and I'll send you a copy of the book (contiguous US only). So, spread the word to help us build up some more participation here. And, oh yes, Amazon reviews (of either Eating the Moment or Reinveting the Meal are, as always, much needed). Thank you in advance and be well.
December 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Kathleen - yes - you are "spot on" - loved the comment about how you will not get fat for your mother and so on. You are absolutely right. Wonderful food for thought!

Arunas - welcome back. We missed you. I will take a look at the book you mentioned. You aren't talking about the book on smooking cessation are you?

ME thought for the day: What could possibly be better for body and soul than a coffee and Baileys on a cold winter day?!!!
December 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
Goat's milk yogurt with maple syrup and rose water - worth being present for!
November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen
Lunchtime: food has arrived but mind hasn't yet...
Waiting...
November 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
how strange it is, I can eat sandwich of cookies and quilt or healthy apple and feeling good. So many things we can't get in pure form - only sandwiches.
November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
Susan, try to read very short Pavel's book about maindfulness based addiction treatment, for now I can't say how it's tiltle, but ask Pavel. It works for me.

"Life is always over the matery"
November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArunas
left-overs of food + post-meditational residuals of presence = another moment of conscious eating
November 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
Susan, I agree, caretakers are especially vulnerable to mindless eating. You need to reclaim that energy that you give out. Don't just do what's disciplined (gym and planned meal). You need indulgence, too. Get a massage or maybe some sort of energy work. Or treat yourself to some little luxuries: a movie, an affordable shopping spree, a day off. I am personally being vary careful not to get roped into being my mother's caretaker as she gets older and her health declines. She's got enough money that she doesn't need to offload that burden and expense on me. I know that if I didn't have the courage to stand up to her and draw my boundaries, I'd end up numbing out with mindless eating. I will not get fat for her! These days I take care of myself first. It may sound selfish, but I'm actually of much more use to those around me when I am healthy and present in the moment.
November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen
I can see how easy it is for people to overeat, over drink, etc., when employed in certain types of work - helping position of any kind particularly. Had a brutal afternoon at my job which involves helping people in awful work situations. Sooo - what's the antidote - go out to eat and I ate what I wanted and not in a mindful manner. How to overcome those knee jerk reactions...????? Should have immediately headed for the gym and then consider what to have for dinner....ok....this is my plan for next similar event.
November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan de L.
smell of carmelizing onion from a stove...
is there anything better than that?
not now.
November 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpavel
A thick, pure white, ceramic bowl is best for ice cream. It seems to heighten, lengthen and deepen all the creamy sensations.
November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen
Is there anything more amazing than a spoonful of coconut oil?
Not now.
November 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpavel

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