Eat for Life is an established, researched 10 week program using mindfulness as the foundation for learning to create a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body. Using mind-body practices such as meditation and yoga, it is possible to listen to the guidance of the body to improve health and well-being.
This non-diet approach to eating advocates acceptance of self and the body as the first step in making changes. Using a non-judgmental, compassionate approach, participants re-learn to use internal physical cues to guide what and when to eat.
This program teaches the BASICS of mindful eating, the principles of “Intuitive Eating” as outlined in the book, Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, and relevant research, synthesized to make sense of the myriad messages about what, when, and how to eat. Participants discover the pleasure of taking care of themselves in ways that nourish and heal.
The program consists of a series of classes that meet for 90 minutes weekly. Classes include instruction in formal mindfulness practices (eating meditation, sitting meditations, body scan, and mindful yoga). Group discussions address the experiential component of the classes and didactic elements emphasize the application of mindfulness, intuitive eating principles, and relevant research to facilitate changing the relationship with food and the body.
Weekly mindfulness practice assignments help develop mindfulness skills, which can be applied to eating behavior and thoughts about eating. Regular class attendance and a commitment of 15-30 minutes of practice per day for the duration of the course are required. CDs/audio files of the formal mindfulness practices and weekly handouts will be provided as learning aids.
R E G I S T E R H E R E
Should I enroll in the program?
- If you have a history of chronic dieting.
- If you have rigid “healthy” rules about eating.
- If you find yourself eating more than you want when you’re stressed, bored, or unhappy.
- If you want to enjoy eating every day and appreciate the miracle of your body.
- If you are under a doctor’s supervision for diabetes or on any kind of doctor 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.
What benefits I can expect?
Research in this area is still in its infancy and many results are not yet published. However, people who have engaged in programs applying mindfulness to eating behavior have reported a decrease in psychological symptoms (like body dissatisfaction) as well as a decrease in binge eating.
Can I lose weight by bringing mindfulness to cooking and eating?
"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 recently published that "a small yet growing body of research suggests that a slower, more thoughtful way of eating could help with weight problems."
Jan Chozen Bays, 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.”
This course has been developed to help change your relationship to food, allowing food to become a source of pleasure rather than conflict or shame.
What is the cost?
The ten week program, including the free introduction, CDs or online audio files, workbook and individual support is $350.
Your commitment to practice mindfulness for 15 to 30 minutes for the duration of the course is crucial to the program's efficacy..
Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth
Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink, Ph.D.
Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays, MD