Mindfulness and Eating


Mindfulness-Based Interventions for distressful relationships with food, body and eating/disordered eating.

Our relationship to food is a central one that reflects our attitudes toward our environment and ourselves. Mindfulness-based interventions are particularly well suited to addressing disordered eating behaviours.

These interventions train individuals to simply observe feelings, behaviours and experiences which gives people the chance to disengage from automatic and dysfunctional reactivity. This process provides participants time and space to work with and develop wiser and more balanced relationships with themselves, their eating and their bodies. As a practice, mindful eating can bring awareness to actions, thoughts, feelings and motivations; and insight into the roots of health and contentment.

Mindful eating is:

  • Allowing ourselves to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food preparation and consumption by respecting our own inner wisdom.
  • Choosing to eat food that is both pleasing to us and nourishing to our bodies by using all our senses to explore, savour and taste.
  • Acknowledging responses to food (likes, neutral or dislikes) without judgment.
  • Learning to be aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide our decision to begin eating and to stop eating.

More Mindfulness-Based Programmes

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

     

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a participant-centred approach to stress management and is to date, the most successful and well-researched stress reduction programme worldwide.

     

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  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

     

    MBCT is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness. Research suggests this program is also effective in preventing depression relapse.

     

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  • Mindfulness and Eating

     

    Our relationship to food is a central one that reflects our attitudes toward our environment and ourselves. Mindfulness-based interventions are particularly well suited to addressing disordered eating behaviours.

     

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  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

     

    Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) is an eight-week series of two-hour sessions, developed specifically for people recovering from alcohol, drug & process addictions.

     

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  • Other Mindfulness-Based Approaches

     

    A mix of trainings, courses and retreats which have mindfulness as a foundation and are informed by the ethics and ethos of this approach, used in varied and diverse settings.

     

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  • Mindful Self-Compassion

     

    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teaches simple effective skills and develops emotional strength to meet life’s challenges with kindness instead of blaming, shaming or criticizing ourselves.

     

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