3. Could you please explain how your vision and your research has progressed in the last 20 years based on the know-how that you have built?
Over the last 20 years I have learned that most people have some difficulty with eating. It can range from a mild problem like eating because of stress, to a serious eating disorder like binge eating. There is a tremendous amount of human suffering related to food and eating, which is sad, because eating should be enjoyable and easy. Each year I develop a few new exercises to help people eat more mindfully, and I learn about the newest research so I can teach people about their bodies and healthy ways to eat.
Each time I teach a course in Mindful Eating I learn new things from the participants. Each one has a unique history and each one faces their life challenges with courage.
My vision is that many professionals will train in Mindful Eating and thus we will be able to help many thousands of people find ease and joy in eating in a healthy and balanced way.
4. Who do you think the Center for Mindful eating could help and why ?
The Center for Mindful Eating helps professionals who work with clients who are overweight, underweight or people with eating disorders. These professionals includes doctors, nurses, therapists, dieticians and nutritionists. The Center provides newsletters, patient-care hand outs, teleconferences and a review of the latest research, to help professionals do a better job taking care of their patients and clients.
The programs of Center for Mindful Eating can also help lay people (who are not professionals) understand more about how to eat mindfully and find more enjoyment in eating.