Mindful eating is a part of a more general skill of mindfulness-being aware of sensations (and mental experiences) in the present moment with acceptance. Mindful eating means paying attention moment by moment to all the sensations of eating without distraction or judgement. It includes focusing on the sensations produced whenever food is in your mouth, such as tastes, textures, smells, and sounds. It also includes focusing on your body's appetite signals before, during and after each bite. For example, your body communicates how empty your stomach is and how much your cells need nourishment. It communicates when it feels it has received enough food to fuel activities and when it has "filled up" the space available in your stomach.
Mindful eating is a goal in and of itself, with the benefits of a deeper and more peaceful connection with your food and your body. While this course is not designed as a weight-loss program, mindful eating has helped myself and many of my clients lose weight, especially because it is anantidote to mindless eating.
Mindless eating contributes to weight gain in several ways. First, it makes us victims of an environment with food always present and portions often excessive. Second, mindless eating, by definition, means the needs and sensations of our body are not the primary consideration in determining portions; therefore mindless eaters tend to take in more calories than needed and store those as fat. Third, mindless eating, or eating while in a trance, is at the core of binge eating and compulsive eating patterns.
The Mindful Eating Experiential Seminar is a ten-session course with the following topics:
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Therapy for Healthy Habits and a Peaceful Mind
Dr. Debra Gill, NJ Psychologist