Mindful Eating for Weight Loss
Mindful Eating for Weight Loss
According to Harvard Health, a growing body of research suggests that slowing down and being mindful and thoughtful regarding what and how you eat can help people adopt and maintain a healthier food plan that leads to weight loss and improved overall health.
Mindful Eating is based on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness. Mindfulness provides the tool for increased awareness, and therefore an increased ability to make wise choices, as well as greatly enhanced self-control.
When using mindfulness during the process of eating, there is great emphasis on noticing the texture, color, and flavors of the food. This allows for a slowing down, and even more importantly, an increased ability to recognize when hunger is over, and fullness is there, this is the time to stop eating.
In our hurried society, with the endless distractions we are presented with both internally and externally, there is often little attention truly placed on the process of eating. Most people eat while checking their phone, watching TV, speaking to a friend, doing work on the computer. While multi-tasking seems like a great thing, doing these other activities while eating contributes greatly to excess eating.
Mind and gut: Be part of this partnership
There is a very complex relationship between our body and our minds. Specifically, the gut and the mind are very much connected with information going both ways. From mind to gut and from gut to mind. If you pause and pay attention you may notice that you are no longer hungry. You may notice that your gut is “telling” you that it is time to stop eating. You may notice that you gut is signaling that a specific food is not good for you. The alternative is that you go on eating and eating until you feel so full and miserable that you swear you will never again eat this much, only to repeat that same process again and again.
Mindfulness practices, combined with behavioral techniques help you create new habits that are supportive of your life goals in any area.
According to Harvard Health: “Several studies have shown mindful eating strategies might help treat eating disorders and possibly help with weight loss.”
The program we offer is unique. It addresses every aspect of the mind in relation to healthy eating and weight loss.
The nutrition guidelines are the product of extensive research over years of clinical practice. This knowledge combined with mindfulness tools and behavioral science make our program truly life changing.
There are two programs to choose from:
- Small group classes that meet for 1 hour and 15 minutes weekly over a 6-week period. Multiple dates/times available starting September 2018.
- Individual sessions: One on one time with me: 6 sessions, 1 hour each. This program is more customized and you can benefit from flexibility in scheduling.
The program provides participants of both options with:
• Mindful Eating instruction and practice
• Transforming emotional eating to healthy living
• Nutritional education and the latest research
• Mindfulness and Behavioral Tools for every day success
• Weekly guided meditation and 4 meditation downloads
• NLP and other techniques for habit reversal
“I am so happy that I found out about Shirley. She is an amazing person. I took her Mindful Eating 6 week program. I am amazed how much I learned from her. . I loved everything we did including the discussions and camaraderie among our group about our individual problems and/or needs; Shirley’s compassion; the meditation we did; the learning about mindfulness (which I desperately need to practice) and Shirley’s vast knowledge about proper nutrition. I came away with much more than I thought I would and the icing on the cake lol (not really) was that I lost 7 1/2 pounds. I can’t wait to come back to Florida to attend another of Shirley’s mindfulness classes.
Thank you Shirley!”
~Diane McCabe May 2018