What is Mindful Eating?

“Deliberately paying attention, being fully aware, both inside yourself—in your body, heart, and mind—and outside yourself. Awareness without judgment or criticism.”

Jan Chozen Bays, MD and author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Re-establishing a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food

THE MiNDFUL EATING METHOD

 

  • Will not ask you to give certain foods up

  • Will not provide a diet and exercise plan

  • Will not give you a nutrition plan

We have a tendency to project our future lives as the fulfillment of our desires—when I lose ten pounds, when I fit into those pants etc. and in so doing, we take ourselves away from the present moment where we are fine just as we are. Projecting into the future or worry about the past and what we shouldn’t have eaten means that we are attaching our self-worth to something outside of where we are in this very moment.

The Mindful Eating Method is a technique that we can all practice to develop kindness and compassion for ourselves and improve our relationship to food, eating, our bodies, ourselves, and ultimately others. It encourages change from the inside through mindful meditation,mindful eating practices, gentle movement exercises, and techniques for generating gratitude
toward the body.

“Working with Sharon is a gift in so many ways…overall, I am becoming more intentional about my actions, beyond eating, aiming to live a balanced life, taking care of myself, taking the time to meditate and to reflect.” J. Kang

Through the Mindful Eating Method program, you will learn how to:

 

  • Check in with your hunger and learn to listen and trust your own internal cues

  • Tune into your inner capacity to gauge what you want to eat, how much you wish to eat,

    and how to savor each bite of food

  • Care for yourself with kindness and compassion as you eat to satisfaction and joy

  • Explore and experience how much food is enough for your body

  • Identify the different kinds of hungers we all have such as mouth hunger, cellular

    hunger, and heart hunger

  • Develop a different relationship to food and eating by reconnecting to the senses

  • Identify differences between physical hunger and emotional hunger

  • Eat with ease, joy, and satisfaction as you take the time to really taste your food

“you’d be amazed at what you will leave with; physically, emotionally and spiritually” J. Rodriguez

“Wow I do a lot of emotional eating. It is so good to be able to name that and decide, consciously, how I want to respond. Sometimes the urge passes once I name it; sometimes I go right ahead and eat my feelings. “ Beatrice L.

” I learned about the various hungers and how to tap into them more deeply to see which are food related and which are non-food related.” M.A. Smith

Find ease in your body and reconnect with your inner capacity for self-care in a kind and compassionate manner.

We live in a culture where we are constantly being taught to not listen to what our bodies really want and end up putting ourselves on diets which encourage us to rely on outside authorities to determine what, when, how, and why we should eat. Through the Mindful Eating Method, you will reconnect with the inner resources you have to make these decisions for yourself and not give up your own agency to the health and diet industry.

Through the Mindful Eating Method program, you will learn to reconnect with the felt-sensations within your body and learn how to experience what it is that you are hungry for and what you need. We live in a world that is increasingly experienced through social media. The more we are affected by unrealistic and often dangerous images of what we are told we should look like, the more likely we are to experience dissatisfaction with our bodies and diet in order to conform and contort our bodies to fit external authorities that do not have our best interests mind.

Eating is one of the most basic things we need to do to engage in self-care and yet it is often one of the most complex and emotionally fraught practices. On the one hand it can be so very celebratory and on the other, eating can be mixed with the tensions that emerge around “nutritionism,” guilt, fear, anxiety, and stress. We often engage in mindless eating to perhaps satisfy a hunger and thirst for something that requires a different solution than eating chips and M&Ms by the handful.