Mindful Diet

Image of healthy green lettuceThe Mindful Diet is an approach to healthy eating developed by Ruth Wolever, Ph.D., Director of Vanderbilt Health Coaching: Practice, Research & Education at Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, along with Beth Reardon and Tannia Hannan. As described in their book, The Mindful Diet: How to Transform Your Relationship with Food for Lasting Weight Loss and Vibrant Health (first published by Scribner/Simon & Schuster in 2015), the Mindful Diet combines psychology with cutting-edge nutrition research and mindfulness exercises. 

The Mindful Diet focuses on how food choices affect our bodies on a biochemical level, and how we can become aware of our own internal signals through the practice of mindfulness. Instead of an all-or-nothing approach to eating, The Mindful Diet focuses on the variables that drive our habits—including stress, unhappiness, and even unconscious beliefs—and provides a roadmap for sustainable change. By assessing your relationship with food, The Mindful Diet helps you to re-program your body by stopping emotional overeating, curbing cravings, and knowing when your appetite is satisfied. 

If you are interested in The Mindful Diet, try the following exercises from the book:

Mindfulness Exercises

Body Scan

Daily Mindfulness Meditation

Healing Self Touch

Hunger Fullness Scan

Loving Kindness Meditation

Mapping Your Emotions

Mini Meditation

Taste Awareness

Twenty Breaths