Mindful Eating When Dining Out: Enjoy!


If there’s one thing that strikes fear in the hearts of many of the women who come to Green Mountain, it’s eating in restaurants. That is, until they’ve gone through a week or two of our program. Then it’s a whole different experience.

Change Your Dining Out Experience With A Mindful Approach

mindful-eating-dining-outAfter a weekend spent enjoying the delights of Vermont, including eating in some of our wonderful restaurants as well as sampling the delicacies of country stores and the like, many of our participants share with us on Monday morning what a truly different experience they had with eating. It was, they agree, the result of the different approach to eating they learned and practiced all week at Green Mountain at Fox Run.

So why is it that something that is seemingly so pleasant so scary for so many before they learn the Green Mountain approach?

Why Women Fear Eating In Restaurants

In my classes here, I talk about the fact that we as a society have been set up to fear dining out, especially if you are a woman who struggles around weight.. Everywhere you turn, you run into messages that tell you to be careful what you eat — that who knows what and how much chefs add to the dishes they serve to you. And the portion sizes! Of course, the fear is based on whether the food you eat is “fattening” or not.

Relish Dining Out With Mindful Eating

Read this:
Mindful Dining: Tips for Eating Out

What if I were to tell you that mindfully embracing eating out, enjoying what it has to offer while staying in touch with how you feel, can lead to an experience that is more than filling — it’s fulfilling!

The bottom line is something we’ve been saying for a long time now at Green Mountain. Food is one of the greatest pleasures of life, and having someone else do the cooking and cleaning can make it even more pleasurable. Add the company of good friends and family, and you’ve got an experience that far bypasses the simple act of feeding yourself. It’s about truly feeding your self well.

4 responses to “Mindful Eating When Dining Out: Enjoy!”

  1. Saskia says:

    Very helpful post!
    P.s. it’s “passeggiata”, not “passagata” 😉
    by Saskia, dietitian from Tuscany, Italy

    • Marsha Hudnall says:

      Saskia, I searched for how to spell it before I posted it, and found “passagata” as an accepted spelling. But I’m going with the source — if someone who lives in Tuscany tells me that’s the way to spell it, that’s the way I’ll spell it! Thanks!!

  2. Debbish says:

    It’s funny as I’m the opposite. Eating out is fine for me – around and in front of others… I just enjoy the food. It’s eating alone at home that’s the problem…. 🙁

    • Marsha Hudnall says:

      Ah, Debbish, that’s another issue we see a lot at Green Mountain. Lots of reasons for it, as I know you know. Hope you are doing well.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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