About this course
If you are tired of "diets", this class can re-acquaint you with the balance of enjoying the food you eat and eating foods that fuel your long term well-being.
Mindfulness is an ability we all have; being able to observe with curiosity and kindness our experience in the present moment. And being mindful while eating takes practice.
Mindfulness can support you in recognizing and coping with physical sensations, emotions, and automatic behaviors. Mindful eating is about using compassionate awareness to develop a balanced relationship with food.
With mindful awareness you will better understand your:
Mindful eating involves:
Mindful practices teach us to replace automatic thoughts and reactions about food & eating with more conscious choices. Rather than being restrictive, mindful eating allows us to re-connect with eating instinctively without over eating. Allowing for greater freedom and enjoyment.
With mindful eating, you develop awareness of your experiences, physical cues and feelings about food. Shifting from being controlled by food to being at ease.
Have you spent years frustrated with diets?
Practicing mindfulness can bring the experience of being calm and satisfied with the food you eat.
In our fast-paced society, we face an abundance of food choices every day. On top of that, distractions have shifted our attention away from the actual act of eating, and onto televisions, computers and smartphones.
Eating has become a mindless act, often done quickly. This can be problematic, since it actually takes the brain up to 20 minutes to realize we're full. If we eat too fast, the fullness signal may not arrive until we've already eaten too much.
By eating mindfully, we restore our attention and slow down, making eating an intentional act instead of an automatic one. Also, by increasing our recognition of physical hunger and fullness cues, we'll be able to distinguish between emotional triggers and actual physical hunger.
Mindfulness helps with awareness of triggers that make us want to eat, even though we're not hungry. With kind-awareness of our triggers, we can create a space between them and our response.
Mindful eating has also been shown to reduce:
Mindful eating helps you distinguish between emotional and physical hunger. It also increases your awareness of food-related triggers, and gives you the freedom to choose your action. It can transform your life, providing you the insights you need to make lasting change.
It is a well-known that most diets don't work in the long term. And many people who lose weight on a “diet” return to or exceed their initial weight within a few years. The restrictions involved with many diets can be unrealistic to follow, nor do they address the many reasons we eat.
Emotional eating, and eating in response to food cravings or environmental triggers have been linked to weight gain and weight regain after successful weight loss.
Chronic exposure to stress may also play a role in overeating. Practicing new skills for addressing life stressors is key to maintaining a healthy weight.
By shifting the way we think about food, negative feelings that may be associated with eating are replaced with awareness, self-compassion and positive emotions. When unwanted eating behaviors are addressed with kind awareness, the chances of long-term weight loss success are increased.
By using kind awareness, mindful eating may be very helpful with weight loss by shifting eating behaviors and practicing stress reducing behaviors. Mindfully we become more in touch with the way we have been eating, and recognize the amount of effort we had been spending on controlling our weight with restrictive dieting.
Mindfulness is a natural ability and it takes intentional practice.
Mindful eating takes practice, and may feel awkward or difficult at first. Returning to mindfulness is key. Addressing why, when, what and how we eat is a journey, together we’ll learn to be self-compassionate as we explore mindful eating.
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