A Path of Mindful Eating
My journey with mindful eating began over 30 years ago as I learned to listen and honor my body during my recovery from an eating disorder. This was prior to the popularity of Mindfulness. Back then it was referred to as conscious eating which had many of the same principles of mindful eating such as:
• Eat what you are really hungry for
• Reliance on the body’s internal cues of hunger and satiety to determine what and how much to eat
• Eat for physical rather than emotional reasons
Early on in my career as a dietitian I began to notice that the weight loss plans I was taught to prescribe were contributing to some of the same thinking patterns and behavior I had experienced while struggling with an eating disorder. Fortunately, other nutrition professionals had come to the same observations and created a revolutionary program for making peace with food: Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. I concluded diets don’t work and chose to dedicate my career to the intuitive eating approach and helping those that suffer from disordered eating.
Years later, I discovered Mindfulness and Mindful Eating through the work of clinical psychologist and bestselling author Susan Albers, Psy.D. Around this time a dear friend introduced me to meditation. I clearly remember that first hour of silent meditation; it seemed like an eternity. Completing the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course here at Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness was another stepping stone in enhancing my connection with my mind, body and experiencing the pleasure of moving more slowly through my life.
The Journey Continues
As a committed lifelong learner, I recently completed Eat for Life Program created by Lynn Rossy. My awareness of my habits around food continues to grow. Now, with more ease, I can watch cravings come and go. I am also more mindful of the origin of the food I purchase and consume and hold gratitude for the many people that are involved in bringing food to me.
Eat for Life
With great delight, I am honored to teach Eat for Life alongside Carol Hendershot. Eat for Life is based on the proven strategies from The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution by Lynn Rossy, PhD. and the still relevant Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole,M.S. R.D. and Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D. The Eat for Life program uses mindfulness as the foundation for learning how to create a healthy relationship with your food, mind and body. Using practices such as meditation and yoga, participants learn to listen to the wisdom of the body to improve their health and well-being. This non-diet approach combines intuitive eating principles and mindfulness practices that lead to the rediscovery of the pleasure of food, appreciation for your body (as it is) and decreases in problematic eating behavior.
Is Eat for Life the Program for You?
If you have a history of chronic dieting, have rigid “healthy” rules about eating, or find yourself eating more than you want when you’re stressed, bored, or unhappy this may be the program for you. If you enjoy eating every day and appreciate the miracle of your body then this program may be for you. If you are under a doctor’s supervision for a prescribed diet you can still benefit from the principles you learn in this program for creating a healthier relationship with your body and your food.
I wish to honor all my teachers that have contributed to path of mindful eating. I am deeply grateful for all that you have taught me along the way.
To learn more about Eat for Life check out the program page. Eat for Life Program