Why am I teaching Mindful Eating/
Intuitive Eating/Eat for Life?
My interest in Mindful Eating is personal and goes back to the mid-seventies - before anyone knew much about disordered eating. From the time I was a little girl, I thought I was fat. Growing up in the era of Twiggy didn't help, nor living in a family where calories were counted, worshiped, then demonized. In a perfect storm of perfectionism and poor body image, I developed significantly disordered eating. It seemed like all I thought about was food. My life became very small, though it looked like I was ok, from the outside.
Mercifully, I woke up one day, twelve years into this nightmare, and knew that I needed serious help. The first step was being able to admit I needed help. Reaching out to one of the first physicians who treated disordered eating, I got so much better. It took time and good professional help. I recently googled my physician, and found that he is now practicing in Boston at Tufts Medical Center.
Flash forward 10 years into my recovery and I had stumbled upon mindfulness. Moving forward another 10 years, after 20 years of peaceful co-existence with food, it was thrilling to discover research combining mindfulness and eating behavior. I began immersing myself in all the mindful eating teacher training programs I could find including: Mindfulness-based eating awareness training (MB-EAT) with Jean Kristeller, PhD, Eat for Life with Lynn Rossy, PhD, and Intuitive Eating with Tribole and Resch, Registered Dietitians.
The memory of my own struggles with food and the relief I experience each day, from NOT obsessing about food and harming myself with it, propelled me to begin offering the wonderfully kind, comprehensive, effective program, Eat for Life. This course is an invitation to freedom. Really.
A word of caution. This learning and exploration is not meant for those who are just beginning to recover from serious disordered eating, like bulimia or anorexia. If you are experiencing active binge/purge eating or severe food restriction, you must be under the care of a mental health professional as well as a physician in order to work with me.