Are you tired of emotional eating or bingeing? Are you tired of having little control with foods like chocolate, cheese or potato chips? Evidence-based mindful eating strategies can help.
An Introduction to Mindful Eating workshops
SPECIAL PRICE OF ONLY $99 (USUALLY $125) for a 3-hour workshop including afternoon tea
THE MINDFUL EATING ALTERNATIVE
Mindfulness provides an alternative to diets. With mindfulness, you don’t restrict any food or food types, you don’t calorie count or weigh-in. Instead you learn to use the systems that you were born with.
With mindfulness, you eat whatever you want. You learn to stop eating when your taste buds tell you the taste is no longer as good. When you are mindful, you notice how the chocolate or chips don’t actually taste as good after the third or fourth bite.
THE BENEFITS OF MINDFUL EATING
REDUCE BINGE AND EMOTIONAL EATING
LEARN HOW TO BREAK FREE FROM OVEREATING PATTERNS
BETTER UNDERSTAND CRAVINGS FOR FOOD AND HOW TO REDUCE THEM
LEARN HOW TO LEAVE SHAME AND GUILT RELATED TO EATING CHOICES BEHIND
DEVELOPED BY CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST AND BASED ON MB-EAT
The Introduction to Mindful Eating workshop has been developed by Hamilton-based New Zealand Registered Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Heidi Douglass and is drawn from the scientifically-proven Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) programme created in the USA by Dr. Jean Kristeller and colleagues.
“Are you really good at beating yourself up and calling yourself names when you fail yet again at another diet? We can teach you how to stop doing that.” — Dr. Heidi Douglass
“Mindful eating involves use of meditation and mindfulness practices to build our capacity to be aware and to direct our attention to the present moment. With mindful eating, we can better observe our triggers to overeating and eating when we are not hungry. With mindfulness, we can develop a new, flexible relationship to food and eating. The use of mindful eating techniques can help us, with regular practise, to reconnect with our body’s own systems for hunger and fullness and to start to identify the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that lead us to overeat or eat when not hungry. By listening to what our body needs, we can move toward a more positive relationship with food and with our body.” — Dr Heidi Douglass.
“Just telling people to eat healthier and exercise more if they want to lose weight doesn’t work for everyone; it gives some people terrible self-esteem when they fail to do that. Mindful eating teaches people to tap into their built-in natural systems. They don’t have to calorie count; they just have to listen to their body.” — Dr Heidi Douglass
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SAFE, CONFIDENTIAL ENVIRONMENT
This workshop and all workshop facilitators are non-judgemental. All people who come to the Introduction to Mindful Eating workshops are attending for similar reasons. Your privacy and confidentiality is fully respected.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN ON THIS WORKSHOP
- Ways to decrease mindless eating, emotional eating and binge eating.
- How to reconnect with your body’s own built-in systems of hunger and fullness.
- How to release yourself from negative judgements about food and your body.
- How to slow down, savour and more fully taste and enjoy food.
- How to become less reactive and more calm; especially when making food decisions.
WHAT YOU GET WITH THIS WORKSHOP
- Three guided, online, mindfulness meditations for you to access.
- A small guidebook emailed to you in pdf format.
- A delicious morning tea during the workshop.
- Food to be used as food experiments during the workshop.
- Opportunities for questions and answers.
“So honest & relatable. Great new ideas made simple. Made me feel that all my inner dialogue and disagreements around food was normal, just thoughts, and could be managed with mindfulness, time & kindness to myself. Thanks so much.” — Jenny D.
“The course was extremely informative. It was practical, insightful and useful for everyone. [The facilitator] truly has the skill to put people at ease and able to deliver. I think it was great.” — Sandnya F.
What The Workshop Covers…
What is Mindful Eating?
- What is mindful eating and how can it be helpful?
- What evidence do we have that it works?
- How can we cultivate mindful eating behaviour?
Our Body and Our Thoughts: Internal and External Triggers to Eating
- We will look at internal and external triggers for hunger and eating.
- We will discuss how our patterns and habits of thinking can influence when we eat and how much we eat. These thought patterns can lead to mindless eating, emotional eating and binge eating.
- We will cover black and white thinking and behavioural chaining.
- We will discuss the benefits of taking a non-judgemental stance towards ourselves and the food choices that we make.
Chasing Taste: Mindfulness of Our Taste Buds
- We will demonstrate how mindfulness of how our taste buds operate can influence how much of any one type of food we consume.
- We will look at how we can shift our focus from quantity of food to quality of food: we can eat less yet feel more satisfied.
Cultivating Connection and Kindness Towards Ourselves and Our Body
- Many people with food issues make negative judgements about themselves and dislike their bodies. Guilt about food intake is common.
- We will discuss some ways to move away from this pattern and towards kindness and acceptance and a more positive relationship with food and with our bodies.
Who is this workshop suitable for?
This workshop is suitable for any of the following:
- Any adult who is overweight.
- Adults who struggle with emotional eating, binge eating or mindless eating.
- People who struggle with guilt over food decisions.
- People wanting to explore mindfulness and meditation in relation to relaxation, stress reduction and wellness.
- This workshop is aimed at adult men and women. It is not an appropriate workshop for children. Please organise offsite babysitting on the day of the workshop for any children you are responsible for.
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About the teachers
The approach by all Mindfulness Works teachers is straightforward, practical and heartfelt and is directed towards you discovering your own innate wisdom and authentic experience.
Dr. Heidi Douglass — Course Designer and Lead Facilitator
Dr. Heidi Douglass is an American-trained Clinical Psychologist who provides psychological assessment and treatment services for adults, children and couples in Hamilton. Dr. Douglass provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) along with other evidence-based therapeutic approaches (ACT & DBT) depending on the needs of the person.
Heidi has experience treating a wide range of problems including weight management, eating disorders, anxiety and stress, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression and trauma. Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Treatment (MB-EAT) is one of her specialities.
Over the years, Heidi has held clinical and research positions at some of the most prestigious American Institutions including Harvard University, Columbia University, Boston University, Mt Sinai Hospital in NYC, Brown University in Providence RI and three Hospitals of the American Veterans Administration, and within New Zealand at Otago Medical School. For over two years, she worked as an obesity expert for the Waikato DHB in Hamilton. She resigned from this position to return to private work in August 2013.
Most recently, Heidi has become very interested in the scientific literature regarding the health outcomes of a Whole Foods Plant Based Diet (WFPBD). In March 2014, she completed a certificate program through Cornell University in the USA on plant-based nutrition.
Janette is a highly experienced lawyer and former senior Commonwealth Government public servant. She was the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Prior to that, Janette was the Director-General of Emergency Management Australia, responsible for coordinating Australia’s response to natural disasters and national security incidents.
Janette began meditating in 2006. It gave her a greater level of focus and clarity at work and an ability to connect more fully with her staff. Janette believes that meditation made her a more compassionate leader and enabled her to withstand pressure and thrive in very demanding jobs.
In 2015 Janette turned her passion for health and well-being into her second career. Janette trained as an MBSR teacher with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australasia. MBSR is recognised internationally as the pre-eminent mindfulness teacher training. She studied with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York to become a certified health and nutrition coach. Janette also trained as a pilates teacher, achieving global comprehensive certification with Body and Science International.
Janette especially enjoys teaching people how to extend mindfulness to their relationship with food, exercise and their body. “Mindful eating has taught me to listen to what my body is telling me about hunger. It helps me notice whether I am hungry in my body, heart or mind and then decide how best to nourish it”.
What People are Saying About The Intro to Mindful Eating Workshop and Course Designer Dr Heidi Douglass
“So interesting! Heidi has a beautiful, friendly, kind and understanding personality. Awesome to be in a room with others dealing similar feelings. Loved the balance of meditations and discussion.” Kate U.
“So honest and relatable. Great new ideas made simple. Made me feel that all my inner dialogue and disagreements around food was normal, just thoughts, and could be managed with mindfulness, time and kindness to myself. Thanks so much. ”
“Interesting, animated – fostered self acceptance.” A.M.
“Made me really think about my actions and decisions that lead to over eating.” K Coulter
“ Warm, friendly, real instructor. Does make you think and notice the value of meditation to thoughts and behaviour.” Andrea E.
“It has been useful and enjoyable. It has been really nice to make time for myself and learn skills that I can apply to my everyday life.” Anna S.
“The course was extremely informative. It was practical, insightful and useful for everyone. Heidi truly has the skill to put people at ease and able to deliver. I think it was great.” Sandnya F.
“Heidi is absolutely lovely and explains everything thoroughly. She makes it interesting to listen and learn and love her accent.” Meena P.
“I have found your style to be very effective and informative and I have learnt a lot. I like your humour and your knowledge. I find you to be welcoming and down to Earth.” Elizabeth