Many people say “Eating Awareness? – Why do I need it? I know how to eat!” Yet, so much of our food today is processed, filled with sugar and sweets and just not good for us. When we eat mindfully, we become aware of food that is rich in nutrients. There is food that “pays rent” food that does not and other food that destroys the house. Food can be our best friend or worst enemy. Food can help us to be less stressed and help us to operate with awareness and a sense of well being. We can have a relationship with food that is healthy, wealthy and wise. Our goal is to eat, have a sense of satiety, appreciate the quality and taste of food, so that we get pleasure and eat without the guilt.
This program was originally funded and supported by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to address mindless eating, stress-related eating, disordered eating patterns, and obesity. Through the application of mindfulness meditation, we make a difference in how we relate to food and life. Our program is for anyone that might find that they need to practice more mindfulness around food, or desserts that cause them issues, either physically or psychologically. You can take this program with a group, or as an individual.
Informed by Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) work, and principles of food intake regulation, our Eating Awareness Instruction program employs mindfulness meditation, eating exercises, didactic instruction, and self-reflection to cultivate mindful awareness and a more balanced and positive relationship with eating and weight. This program is taught by Keith Fiveson, a Certified MB-EAT facilitator.