Two years ago today, my husband Ed, my son Melvin, and Ed’s brother Bill Schmidt loaded up a U-Haul truck with all of our worldly possessions and we moved from Bellevue, Washington to Scottsdale, Arizona.
It’s been an eventful two years! I’ve successfully launched my own Nutrition and Health Counseling private practice, Mindful Benefits. Located at the 101 and Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale, I have helped people of all ages navigate challenges related to choosing food in the right amounts in order to support a healthy weight using mindful eating. The secret to mindful eating couldn’t be easier….
I even work with people by video chat. One of my regular clients lives in Malta! Rather than a “diet” business, I consider my approach a way to live fully, mindfully, with self-compassion and kindness. Free from punishing regimens that promote disordered eating, learning the skill of Mindful Eating truly promotes lifelong weight maintenance.
Mindfulness means noticing the present moment without judgment. It is the opportunity, with curiosity, kindness and interest, to find a way home to your body without aggression or violence. Self-compassion becomes the objective, and as we cultivate skills promoting mindfulness, our compassion towards others builds. Our mental flexibility expands, promoting mental ease and comfort. We become interested in the quality of our own thoughts, and as we learn more about our minds and mental processes we begin to see the habit patterns that have kept us trapped. This wisdom provides us with the opportunity to change, if we so desire.
We practice mindfulness by sitting in meditation regularly. Without rigid rules or specifics for “how” to meditate, we develop our own approach to help better notice our thoughts and feelings. This experience can provide us with information about our mental patterns and habitual ways of thinking. Once we notice them, we have the opportunity to learn more about them and if we choose, develop new ways of thinking.
Mindful eating cannot happen without the practice of mindfulness. It is only through our mindfulness practice that we can prepare ourselves to respond more skillfully when under stress or otherwise challenged in our approaches to healthy eating. Rather than a diet, Mindful Eating is the partner to a meditation practice.
I’m grateful to be here in Scottsdale, Arizona, continuing to meet amazing people who are looking for whole foods nutrition, mental ease, and mind-body approaches to health and healing. What a great city!