chairs in a circleExploring and working on the subject of mindful eating opens my mind to wild news fields.  Through reading, training, colleagues testimonies or participants who follow our program, I am learning new things every single day.  How fortunate I am!

Physiology let me see the magical way of our body, the psychology uncovers our mind, and meditation reveals to me my heart too, and some facets of my ego.

Today I wanted to write about several topics, and I don’t know which one to choose.

Should I share my thoughts about children who do not say they are anxious, but who say they have a stomachache?  And how does the adult’s response play a leading role in the relationship that this future adult will weave with his food? These days, it is a vast subject for me to think about.

Does this “knot” in your stomach ring a bell?


poster of science projectOr would it be more interesting to mention the study I recently read on rats and hunger?  Scientists have explored the hormonal upheavals that occur when hunger manifests itself and that explain why we can be in a bad mood and even aggressive when we are hungry? And why, maintaining a stable blood sugar level helps to avoid these harmful stress peaks for health and mood.

Noradrenaline, Dopamine, Corticosterone —  all this is exciting and would probably interest other MECL instructors, but . . .  I have also had a wonderful meeting these days, which I want to share.


“I look at how much this food warns me of greed and anger.”

9 bowls of foodValérie Duvauchel lived in Japan for 15 years. She has been a cook (Tenzo) in different Zen temples.  On the occasion of the New Year, she organized a day of practices of on this theme of food, greed and anger.

It is still too early to express in words the contemplation experiences lead by Valerie: the one of the empty bowl that is in us has been filled with the meal, or  that peaceful feeling which emerged from the contemplation of our trays richly filled with 9 full bowls. This first day with Valérie is a decisive experience for me, somehow, I’m going to try to follow his teachings. On that day, Jan was especially in my thoughts.

But wouldn’t it be more relevant to write about this article based on a meta-study that establishes a recurrent link between people with attachment disorders and the fact that they regularly use food to avoid discomfort and difficult emotions?

What can I observe?

And to read in the same article how children who have received inconsistent care develop in adulthood, at first, impulses towards those who could help them, but deep down, they remain suspicious and no longer give their trust to others.

This reminds me that for each participant in the programs, it is self-confidence that must be nurtured by insisting that, today, as adults, everyone is able to take care of themselves . . .  Char, I hear you reminding me.

And finally, I come back to the first theme I wanted to develop: ” Children don’t say they’re anxious, but they say they have a stomachache.”

Everything is linked in this vast capernaum of life, there is like a meaning, subtle, tenuous . . . but unfailing.

Today I have chosen not to choose. I let my thought “jump from rooster to donkey”. (In French, it is a matter of talking about one subject and moving on to another without transition.)

But it’s also my way of learning.

How can we gain perspective?

I’m a Mindmapping fan. It’s also my way of cooking. From a distance, it seems incoherent, but when you look at it more closely, there is a content that complements itself and with a little patience, the result is often attractive and full of life.

painting of old woman and childThis approach, that we call today «360° view» is the strength I can find in our Mindful Eating- Conscious Living program. We address vast areas of our humanity; our behaviors, our body feelings, our body image, our genetic heritage, our thoughts, our trust, our place in the world, our personal history, our emotions . . . because each individual’s story with food is the result of a whole of small or large events that manifest themselves today in his body, his head and his heart.

Because more, is not necessarily better, 😉  I stop here this “Billet d’humeur” by wishing, as at a buffet, that everyone will find something to make their own appetizer plate.

Géraldine Desindes, France

French reference of the sites and articles cited:

Valérie Duvauchel’s website, The kitchen of benevolence.

Why are we in a bad mood when we are hungry?

Why some people eat too much when they are upset

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