Mindful Eating 101

A Guide to Healthy Eating in College and Beyond

By Susan Albers, Psy.D.

© 2006 – Routledge

208 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415950930
pub: 2005-12-12
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About the Book

In this book, Dr. Susan Albers, brings her unique approach to college students, their parents, and college staff.

Using the principles of mindfulness, Dr. Albers presents a guide to healthy eating and self acceptance that will help readers navigate the weight obsessed, diet crazed, high pressured, fast food saturated college environment, establishing patterns of eating that will form the groundwork for a healthier life well beyond college.

More than a new diet book or collection of superficial self-affirmations, this book gets at issues such as the importance of making informed choices and the value of self acceptance and good health.


"I find the chapter titles appealing and would suspect they would be of interest to college students. There is a place for this book in its field of study. The author … seems to know the college scene." - Marcia Herrin, Ed.D., MPH, RD, LD, author of Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

"I felt as though Dr. Albers incorporates Eastern (Buddhist) ideas of mindfulness into the college diet. She emphasizes that eating shouldn't be a meaningless part of the day, but should be taken as, if not more, seriously than school work. Dr. Albers captures the everyday life of the average college student in a funny and insightful way. The book is sort of self help meets the diet world. It forces us to look at food and "mindful eating" as part of the overall experience, not merely as an accessory to it." - Katie Goldstein, Sophomore, University of Vermont

Table of Contents

Preface. The Mindful Eating Syllabus. Acknowledgments. Introduction: The Food Fight. Part I: Mindless Eating in College. Sex, Drugs and Rocky Road Ice Cream: Awareness and Mindful Eating. Mindful Eating vs. Mindless Eating. College Equals Mindless Eating? The Urban Legend of the Freshman Fifteen: Fact or Fiction? Your "Relationship" with Mindless Eating. The Body Image Blues. Supersizing: Sizing Up Your Self Esteem. Swallowing Feelings: Food and Emotion. Part II: Mindful Eating. Using the F-Word (Fat): Twelve "Body Language" Statements that Encourage Mindless Eating and Fear of Fat. Mindful Eating: Fifteen Ways to Eat More Mindfully in Dorms and Cafeterias. Appendix A: When it's More than Just Mindless Eating. Appendix B: Eating Mindfully at Work. Ten Ways for Campuses to Be More Mindful. Appendix C: eating Mindfully Resources: Web Links, Referral Sources, Books, Paper, Topics. References. About the Author.

About the Author

Susan Albers, Psy.D., is a psychologist at Ohio Wesleyan University Counseling Center, USA, and is developing a private practice with an emphasis on relationship and weight issues. She is a College of Wooster graduate and obtained her masters and doctorate degree in professional psychology from the University of Denver.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Eating Disorders