Eat for Life:
The Mindful Eating Course
Eat for Life is a 10 week mindfulness-based intuitive eating program that will empower you to create a trusting relationship with food, your mind and body. Food can once again be a source of pleasure, rather than guilt or shame.
You Can Make Peace With Food
Eat for life offers a non-diet approach to eating, advocating a kind, compassionate orientation toward yourself and your body as the first steps toward making shifts in behavior.
This 10 week educational program combines the basics of mindful eating, principles of intuitive eating, mindfulness practice and relevant research to make sense of the confusing messages about what, when and how to eat.
Participants discover the pleasure of taking care of themselves in ways that nourish and heal.
How does Eat for Life Work?
In 90 minute classes that meet weekly for 10 weeks, you'll explore intuitive eating principles and learn mindfulness practices. Group discussions will examine experiential components, teaching and readings will relate mindfulness and research to shifts in your relationship between food and your body. As you learn the practice of mindfulness through meditation and gentle movement, it gets easier to distinguish between physical and emotional feelings, allowing you to gain a sense of "body wisdom".
Coming to class regularly and doing the mindfulness practice and readings at home (setting aside 15-20 minutes per day) are vital aspects of the course. This is how you'll develop mindfulness skills, which can be applied to eating behavior and thoughts about eating. Audio files of guided meditations and a home practice workbook will be provided. The required text book, Intuitive Eating by Tribole and Resch, is available through book sellers.
What Benefits Can I Expect?
Increased body appreciation
Decreased psychological symptoms
Decreased problematic eating, like binge eating
Jan Chozen Bays MD, author of Mindful Eating, says, "what you could lose is the weight of the mind's unhappiness with eating and dissatisfaction with food. What you could gain are a simple joy with food and an easy pleasure in eating that are your birthright as a human being."
Can I lose weight with Eat for Life?
"Yes," says Michelle May MD, a mindful eating expert. "We don't talk about that very often because we don't want to be associated with the diet industry that promotes restriction, deprivation, and guilt."
Harvard Medical School writes,"a small yet growing body of research suggests that a slower, more thoughtful way of eating could help with weight problems."
Eat for life is not a weight loss program . . .
Of course, you may walk through the door with the hope and plan to lose weight, and what will keep you from leaving is your deep knowing that diets do not work - or you would not be here. In fact, you'll be asked to give up dieting and begin re-learning to rely on your body's messages. Messages that tell you when to eat, how much to eat and even what to eat. As children, we all could do this. Its time to reclaim this amazing super power!
Is Eat for Life Right for Me?
Even when you're not hungry, do you eat?
Do you eat to numb or pacify emotions?
Do you eat to reward or comfort yourself?
Do yo use food to deal with stress?
Do you have rigid rules about "healthy eating"?
Do you sometimes feel out of control with food and eating?
Do you often eat rapidly?
Are you exhausted by the diet cycle: lose, gain, lose, gain, repeat?
Do you experience unpleasant emotions during and after eating?
Are you considering or have already had weight loss surgery?
If you answered Yes to several of these questions, you may benefit from the Eat for Life course.
A word of caution. This course 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.