30-Day Mindful Eating Challengers


I began the 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge 3 ½ weeks prior to my gastric sleeve surgery. Each day’s challenge was so well laid out, practical and sometimes quite fun that I actually followed up and did the challenges!

The camaraderie of having a group to interact with and the regular follow-up by Jennifer kept me engaged, interested and learning. I discovered that I have more work to do and probably will my whole life, but I’m not discouraged by that. The challenge has made me realize that this is a life-long adventure instead of something to be scared of. I can only imagine that what I’ve learned will help me be more successful keeping the weight off that I lose through weight loss surgery. I wish the challenge didn’t have to end! Thank you so very much for everything Jennifer!

— Holly Ellis, Oregon

I wanted to tell you about my experience with the 30 Day Mindful Eating Challenge that I did in November. First, thank you SO much for taking the time to create and do this challenge with us! I learned several new skills, and also was able to recognize and stop some negative habits. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me, as I am 6 months post VSG. I have been working on being a more conscientious eater, and this challenge helped me by giving me very direct, specific steps to follow.

You made this challenge fun, and I looked forward to my notification each morning telling me what that day’s task was ( and I miss it already!). Before I even got dressed, I would look at my Facebook to see what we were working on. That being said, it WAS a challenge! Having one task a day doesn’t seem difficult, but we are working against all of our lifelong habits. That’s quite a thing to overcome! There were several challenges that I enjoyed and practice regularly. And now eating with my family is more enjoyable because we incorporate the mindful eating skills during our meal too!

There were many great ideas that you gave us, but the most important part for me was the feeling that we were doing the challenge and you were in it with us. You showed us new skills, and you cheered us on the entire time! I appreciate that so much, and I hope you get to help many other people who may need a little direction to be more mindful eaters.

I feel like I’m making thoughtful choices, and that I’m putting more thought into what I’m choosing to eat. This doesn’t mean that I’m making perfect choices, but I’m thinking about what I’m feeling before I eat and that I’m taking the time to focus on where my food comes from and what my body is doing for me vs. what I’m doing for my body! This isn’t something that I’ve always done, and it’s been really interesting to see how this is changing my feelings about some of my foods.

I’m loving this challenge and I committed to really working the daily challenge everyday. I’ve learned so much about what I am doing right and wrong when I eat. The most important thing that I’ve learned is that making good food choices is necessary, but making good EATING choices is also imperative in healthful living. I never realized that there is a difference between food choices and eating choices. Thank you so much for creating this 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge I hope all the participants get as much out of it as I did and I know our group did!

— Chastety Cooper, Indiana

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Participating in the 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge has been an eye-opening, life-changer for me. You often hear of what you should do but when you actually face each challenge singularly and then combine them into one big lifestyle change, the moments of realization are clear – weight loss and maintaining health is a life choice.

So many times we read and are told what to do. However, putting those strategies to work is not only difficult but mind boggling at first. But this step-by-step challenge was so easy to follow that the overwhelming strategies became common practice over the course of the month.

Some of the daily challenges were easy because I had already those skills down but it was great to refine them, while others were rather challenging. It was nice to see that I was not the only person struggling with some of those recommendations. And to add, not only were the challenges life-changing but I came to find out what I was doing wrong. Adding these changes to a work out routine will definitely change my life.

So, moving forward, I will be following the mindful eating and lifestyle change that I have learned in this challenge. Thank you for all the assistance Jennifer, it truly has changed my life.

— Beverly Kuykendall, Maryland

I signed up for the 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge hoping to address issues with why I have regained weight after bariatric weight loss surgery. What crossed my mind several times was “can an online 30-day challenge really address years of addictions?” I left the challenge with vastly more knowledge and confidence than I would have dreamed of.

The challenges have started to address several issues of why I let my old habits come back into my life and sabotage the weight loss I had after surgery. I didn’t think I could accomplish what I did in 30 days, but the daily challenges and the support of the group really did make me change my eating and lifestyle habits. I will continue to work with my new skills and continue to work on my old ways. Thank you for creating this challenge!

— Linda Pirkel Shea, Wisconsin

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This 30-day Mindful Eating Challenge took a look at the whole body and started to make me aware of the things I do automatically without a second thought. I am by far not cured, the struggle is real it is hard and it is ongoing and will be for some time. I did not gain weight overnight and will not lose weight overnight either. This program helped to remind me that I am not alone and it’s not just one key to success, it is several things all together that work in unison.

What helped me the most was learning how I can eat a few bites of something “forbidden” without guilt. Then recognize that what’s important is knowing why I eat it and listening to my body and giving it what it needs and not what it thinks it wants. The lessons I learned during this 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge will be continued to only improve my health in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Thank you for creating this challenge, it truly has helped me develop a better relationship with food!

— Katie Garmon, Iowa

The 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge group was great! I enjoyed the variety of challenges and how they didn’t just focus on eating but challenged us with fun dexterity type things that helped me slow me down at meal times. The daily challenges also helped recognize specific eating behaviors that I struggled with (like not drinking enough water) as well as how I was using distractions during meals, which was actually allowing me to eat too much so this was valuable insight.

All in all the group was supportive and the challenges were fun! I look forward to incorporating the daily eating habits that I developed during the past 30-days to really flex those new skills and get a handle on my eating habits. Thank you so much for creating this 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge and I hope more people have the opportunity to benefit from it in the new year! They won’t be disappointed!

— Amanda Leigh, New York

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First of all, thank you so much to Jennifer for her heart and passion behind creating the 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge. She truly is a lovely woman who cares about reaching others to help them figure out their eating patterns. It’s one thing to say, we are going to cut out sugar, eat less fat and junk food, etc. because most of us know what is good for our bodies and what isn’t. The difference with this program is it’s not about WHAT you eat, rather HOW you eat it, which many of us do not think about or like me, are too busy to ever focus on.

I loved and hated this 30 days LOL. It caused me to think carefully about what I was doing to my body. I began to drink water when I first wake up because I became consciously aware of my body NEEDING that water from dehydrating during the night. Something I didn’t consider previously. I began to look forward to those first sips in the morning, even before my coffee.

I loved several of the challenge that taught me the skills to slow down and take time to eat. This was huge for me because I took time to enjoy my meals rather than scarf them.

I am used to multi-tasking all day, and that includes my meal times. I’m either writing a grocery list, talking with family, cutting coupons, looking up recipes on Pinterest, etc. so the challenge where we changed our eating behaviors was very challenging for me and I don’t know why. I will continue to work on this one and I’m grateful for the challenge and self-care that I have done. In addition, I lost 2 lbs without thinking about it. Blessings and may everyone else who takes on this 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge benefit as much as I did!

— Crystal Flory, California

Hi, my name is Cheryl Hunt. I’m a 46 year old woman who recently had bariatric surgery…the sleeve surgery. I meet with my doctor and nutritionist as required by my insurance. I meet with them once a month for an hour each time. After I had my surgery I was lost. I felt as if I really did not understand my guidelines, what to eat, how much, etc. Then thankfully, I was introduced to Jennifer.

I participated in her 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge for bariatric patients. Initially I wanted her to tell me what I could and could not eat. I like guidelines, black and white. It was hard to decide what I was to eat because she said we could eat anything we wanted to eat, without judgement. Each day I spoke with Jennifer in one form or another. She is a warm empathetic person who struggles to control her challenges daily too. Not once did she scold. She encouraged, she educated us and explained the different stages of hunger, smoking other things. I’m still struggling with mindful eating. I will do so every day of my life. I’m going to rise and fall. But I’m more comfortable and knowledgeable about myself since this program. There are lots with which I still struggle. I’m comfortable knowing I can contact Jennifer and my group. When I fall, I fall in their hands. I wish you the best in your 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge and endeavors. Trust Jennifer and learn to trust and love yourself. Thank you and God bless!

— Cheryl Hunt, St. Louis, MO

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As a teacher, I have always been open to teaching my students new ways to learn and see, so when presented with this opportunity to learn new strategies for mindful eating, I jumped. I wanted to be open to the whole experience. I wanted to finally put myself first. It is so hard to teach an old dog new tricks, but there I was learning new tricks.

Through the 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge, I was able to revisit strategies that I had learned in my sessions with my own nutritionist, but had gotten lax in using, and I also learned some new strategies to help me slow down and be mindful of what foods I am choosing or how quickly I was eating. There were some challenges that reminded me of habits I developed during childhood which brought me a bit of enjoyment because I had to think strategically about how I would eat certain foods.

This challenge made me pay attention to the foods I was putting into my body and listen to my stomach to really know if I was hungry or just bored. I was not perfect in the 30 days. Life certainly has a way of pushing to the front, even when you are trying to focus on yourself. I would highly recommend Jennifer’s 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge to anyone looking to recenter themselves with regards to their eating habits. If you are open to trying anything with an honest effort, you may just find yourself surprised at how you can change yourself in just a short 30 days!


This month proved to be a difficult one for me. Not just certain aspects of this challenge, but in my personal life as well. I definitely let stress and things I was dealing with outside of this challenge prevent me from getting the most out of this well-designed program. I really benefited from relearning how to eat and asking myself: Am I really hungry? How hungry am I? Make a snack, have a seat, be in the moment, enjoying my meal, eating slowly and mindfully. I wish I’d had the opportunity to practice these skills that I learned in this 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge prior to weight loss surgery.

Dealing with past demons isn’t something I enjoy (who does??). But it’s so important to face them and conquer them to be successful long term. Letting them rear their ugly heads again has led to falling back into old habits way too much for me. This challenge really helped me get my head back in the game. I appreciate all of the hard work and time you poured into us. I pray you are successful in all you endeavor to do with this Mindful Eating program in the future. Good luck and God bless!

— Donna Griffie, Arkansas

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The 30-Day Mindful Eating Challenge was so very inspiring and helped me look at eating and my current food habits in a whole new way. Not only did it help me to focus on taking time to enjoy what I do eat, but also to stop and think about whether or not I am really hungry before I eat. I was able to easily lose 4 pounds of weight loss surgery regain, with the tools Jennifer taught us during the challenge! Thank you so much for creating this challenge Jennifer I learned so much from you!