MB-EAT Course

The 12 – Session Mindful Eating Workshop

We all have to eat – and we all eat mindlessly at times. We might be in a hurry, socializing, or eating everything on our plate just because it’s there. Or we might be eating to handle stress, gobbling down a favorite ‘comfort’ food, but not even really tasting it after the first few bites. Mindfulness helps to connect the mind and the body, to slow down for a moment, to connect with ourselves, and move from reacting to responding.

Epidemiological data show, that food is the most self-prescribed, “over-the-counter” medication, surpassing by far alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs and other self-soothing behaviors like shopping, Internet surfing and others. While tobacco and alcohol consumption in the US have declined, overweight and obesity are increasing.

Simultaneously, people report increased levels of stress. While alcohol and tobacco have long been recognized as health damaging, food choices – and the amounts eaten – are finally being connected to the majority of chronic diseases (diabetes T2, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, autoimmune diseases, cancers), overweight/obesity and psychological problems.

The most recent research is acknowledging the existence of food addictions, which present the same challenges as ANY other substance abuse. Food addictions lead to changes in the brain, which lead to changes in behavior, identical to any other behavior changing addiction. Addiction has NOTHING to do with lack of willpower.

But while extensive treatments exist to alleviate many substance addictions – not much attention is being given to the treatment of food addictions.

Dr. Jean Kristeller, PhD began developing the Mindfulness- Based Eating Awareness Training™ program in the early 1980’s, drawing on her work with Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR™) program and on her research and clinical training in food intake regulation and eating disorders. She has completed several NIH-funded clinical trials, run collaboratively with the Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine, which confirmed those results.

MB-EAT™ was developed over a number of years through work with a wide range of individuals. These individuals included both men and women, at varying weight levels, from normal weight to severely obese, and ages, from 18 to 89. Dr. Kristeller and her colleagues have worked with people individually and in groups of varying sizes. Individuals have enrolled in treatment for various reasons: for help with compulsive eating; binge eating disorder; to lose weight; to maintain weight loss; and/or to simply improve their relationship with food and themselves. Although individuals may present with somewhat diverse issues, there are more commonalities than differences in how individuals’ relationships to food and to their bodies have become distorted and dysfunctional.

As an MBSR™ Teacher-In-Training since 2014 at UMass Medical Center Mind Body Institute, Dr. Mona Sigal became interested in the application of MBSR™ to mal-adaptive eating behaviors.

She completed her training in MB EAT™ with Dr. Kristeller and Andrea Lieberstein MPH, RD, RYT, in 2015.

What Is Mindful Eating?

The 12 – Session Mindful Eating Workshop

The 12 –Session Mindful Eating Workshop provides the dynamic environment in which to learn about, practice and share the experiences involving food, eating, emotions and bodily functions.

Trained as an MB-EAT™ Instructor, Dr. Mona Sigal is teaching Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training, a 12-session program with the goal to re-establish a healthy relationship with hunger, food and your own body, through targeted mindfulness practices, which have been extensively researched and proven to effectively transform mal-adaptive eating behaviors (eating to alleviate stress, fatigue, boredom, etc).

The program consists of 12 meetings:

  • Ten weekly 2-hour sessions
  • Two follow up sessions, 4 weeks apart, starting four weeks after session 10.

This group program invites 10-12 participants; a minimum of 6 participants is required to run the workshop.
The group dynamics offer the ideal environment to ensure the success of each individual participant.

Participants in the program will experience and explore many topics and goals.
Listed below are just a few:

  • A multitude of different mindful eating exercises
  • The use and rationale of mindfulness meditation practice
  • The concepts of “inner” and “outer” wisdoms
  • Ecology of eating
  • Understanding and experiencing physiological hunger, satiety and fullness
  • Cultivating awareness for food triggers: emotional, environmental and social
  • Differentiation between physiological hunger and psychological hungers

Eating and food are great pleasures in life, and too often marred by guilt, shame and regret.
Reclaim that pleasure and experience the freedom and joy of a healthy relationship
with food and your body.

Course Fee – $780
For additional inquiries, please email to info@NourishHealthForLife.com
Or call 978-717-5804

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