Five Pillars of Mindful Eating


  • Being a Beginner

    It is the end of the first month of 2019 and we are fast approaching that line in the sand that marks when many of us give up on our New Year’s resolutions.  Depending on the sources, most of us have either already abandoned our resolutions or very close to doing so.  It also appears that the older we are the harder it is to develop new habits.  I guess us older folks have had more years to really embed those no longer wanted habits into our psyche.

    I came across an interesting acronym for the challenges faced when trying to make changes in our lives.  The acronym is CLIFF and it breaks down as follows:

         C an’t find the time.  Developing a new habit takes more thought and time.  Oh yeah, it isn’t a habit yet!

         L ack of a plan to keep focused on the goal

         I gnore your commitment to your goal and reverting back to old habits.  They are much easier, you know.

         F rustration due to unrealistic expectations of quick results

         F orgetting exactly why you wanted to change your habit(s)

    This sounds familiar, doesn’t i?.

    I have often wondered what makes us “fall off the cliff” as why try to change our habits.  It occurred to me that we need to restory what we tell ourselves about making new habits so that we stay energized and committed.

    This is where the mindfulness concept of “beginner’s mind” can really help us out.  Some of us don’t have the patience to be a true beginner.  We want to experience results now and look for all types of shortcuts to get us to the end result and the wonder why the end result isn’t what we expected.

    When I think of beginner’s mind, I think of being okay with not knowing and of having the curiosity to really explore and savor the experience along the way to whatever goal you are trying to achieve.  When you are a beginner, mistakes are allowed.  It is the mistakes that provide the learning that lasts.  But, many of us have learned to abhor mistakes and to expect perfection RIGHT NOW. 

    Beginning is a time when there are many possibilities; especially if you are curious.  Because the “rules” haven’t been learned yet, boundaries aren’t there to confine you.  Think of beginning as a fearLESS time when the need for rules and limits and perfection have not settled into your bones yet.

    So, take a few moments and close your eyes.  Breathe deeply in an unhurried manner.  Make space for beginning.  As you continue to breathe in this unhurried manner, reflect on the possibilities of beginning.  Open your mind and your heart to the energy of being curious and of not having preconceived boundaries already established in your mind.  Open yourself to be willing to make mistakes; knowing this is a learning process.  Feel yourself relax into that process and savor that feeling..  Take a deep breath.  Open your eyes.  And . . . BEGIN

    Live an inspired life.



    Image; emiliegerard/Adobe Stock

  • FoDWER???

    Yes, FoDWER.  A made up word that reminds me to stay on point.  It is pronounced as fod as in pod and wer as in fur.

    Let me back up a moment, first.  I like to run intervals on my treadmill as one of my workouts.  The trouble is I have difficulty keeping track in my mind when to switch my pace.  In other words, math and running do not combine well with me.  So I came up with a way to keep track of the timing of my interval switches.  An added benefit to this method is that, on the days running is hard for me, this method keeps me on point with my running goal for the day.  Otherwise, I can easily talk myself out of the full workout. 

    Here’s a picture of my madness—oops--method.  It may look like a mess to you but I know what it means and it works for me.  It’s a little life hack that keeps me from having to do mathematical calculations while running. 

    Sharing this picture is a lesson in itself.  The picture isn’t a magnificent photograph; yet, it’s good enough to get the point across.  Also, you can see that I had to make some manual adjustments to some of the pieces.  My abstract vision and the actual execution didn’t quite match.  So, it was good enough just to get a pen out and make the corrections.  For those of you who are like me and have a perfectionist gene that can be a difficult thing to do.  ESPECIALLY, when I intended to share the photo.  Good enough won this day!

    Now, back to FoDWER.  When I’m running a challenging pace, I sometimes doubt my resolve in meeting some far off goal.  As you can see in the picture, my chart is actually set up for up to five miles of intervals.  However, I’m certainly not there right now.  Look in the middle of the picture and you can see where my goal was for today.  My little life hack serves two purpose: 1) my far far away in another galaxy goal and 2) my today goal to which I give 100% of my attention when I am running.  The another galaxy goal is just a quiet reminder of where I am headed; possibly with TIE Starfighters hot on my tail.  In other words, the chart keeps me focused on my workout goal.  Fo = focus.

    Focus on each interval switch until I meet the workout goal, reminds me to Do the Work.  WD = do the work.

    If I Focus and Do the Work, the ultimate End Result is achievable.  ER = end result.

    FoDWER, FoDWER, FoDWER has a nice rhythm and keeps me chugging along like the little train that could when I am running.  Much easier than focus do the work end result, focus do the work end result, focus do the work end result or focus work result, focus work result, focus work result.  They could work but they are just a little clunky.

    The moral of this post:  set a goal, break it down into smaller parts, and find little life hacks that help you stay on point.  And, don’t forget to enjoy the journey!

    Join me in FoDWERing our way to our 2019 goals. 

    Until next time  . . .

    Live an inspired life!


  • Welcome to the New Year and The Five Pillars of Mindful Eating Website.

    Welcome to the New Year!  It is the time when we can start again.  The year is a clean slate waiting for us to make our mark on it.

    That is why I picked January 1st to launch The Five Pillars of Mindful Eating website.  This is the culmination of a 6-year dream of developing an educational and experiential program to teach others about the impact nutrition, proper hydration, sleep, movement, and mindfulness have on their personal well-being.  These five elements make up The Five Pillars of Mindful Eating.

    This website is just the beginning.  I still have a list of goals to achieve to develop this website into a robust tool for anyone interested in improving their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

    I am a licensed mental health counselor and have completed several post-graduate nutrition programs.  I was inspired to educate myself about nutrition when I found there was a correlation between good nutrition and regular exercise with my clients’ abilities to better manage the issues we were working on.  I also found that mindfulness exercises supported the beneficial choices of diet and exercise and also helped them develop a more positive outlook on life.  For many of my clients, I could tell when their good eating habits, regular exercise, or mindfulness practice fell by the wayside because their symptoms increased. 

    Over the last two years, I developed an on-site program to teach The Five Pillars of Mindful Eating.  The face-to-face feedback has been invaluable in making sure the program is addressing the Five Pillars in a meaningful way.  My hope is to develop this program beyond on-site classes but that will take time.

    In the meantime, I will be blogging regularly (hopefully twice a month) about topics related to each of the Five Pillars.  The intent of my blogging is to provide you with ideas that make you curious, information to help support your quest for improving your well-being, and inspiration for living an inspired life.

    Please come back often as I will be developing new tools for you beyond those already on the website.  Also, please share this site with others who you feel may benefit from it.

    Until next time . . .

    Live an inspired life!




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