Mindful eating is a way to become reacquainted with the guidance of our internal nutritionist.
Jan Chozen Bays
THIS PROGRAM WILL HELP YOU TO...
Overcome obstacles around food and eating that seemed impossible before
Build resilience skills to help you bounce back from setbacks and failures
Have your favourite foods around without over eating them
Develop skills to help make more informed decisions around food and eating
Tame your inner critic and engage in a more helpful way to motivate yourself
Explore new ways to add movement into your life
Years of "dieting" disconnects us from our own innate wisdom for knowing what and how much food we need. We ignore our hunger and fullness signals and our unique needs for certain foods. This Program helps to cultivate self-awareness so you can be free from “one size fits all” plans and reconnect to what serves you best.
Find out what it is that YOU need to get healthy, with the Mindfulness-based Eating Awareness Training Program!
ALL ABOUT THE "MINDFULNESS-BASED EATING AWARENESS TRAINING" PROGRAM
The "Mindfulness-based Eating Awareness Training Program" was developed by Dr. Jean Kristeller, a clinical and research psychologist who has worked for over 30 years in the areas of obesity, eating disorders and the therapeutic value of meditation.
This is a ten week, thirteen session program, open to all levels of practice in mindfulness from beginner to experienced. The program includes a variety of practices in mindful meditation including self compassion, mindful eating, hunger and body awareness, mindful movement, attending to emotions, and more. Throughout the span of the Program, you will engage in exercises designed to stimulate and cultivate a more balanced positive attitude and ultimately a transformed relationship with food, eating, body image and weight. (although weight loss is not the goal, it is often a side effect of this program)
Included is a half-day retreat and two follow-up sessions to help you integrate all that you have acquired during the Program.
"This Program is a tool to help reconnect food experiences with different kinds of hunger and satisfaction."
"Weight cycling has negative consequences. Understand the physical and emotional benefits that come with ending diets...for good."
THIS PROGRAM IS OF INTEREST TO THOSE LOOKING TO...
Appreciate the difference between physical hunger and other triggers for eating, such as strong emotions, thoughts, and social pressures.
Become aware in each moment, both internally (your thoughts, emotions, hunger, flavour, fullness) and externally (nutritional value of various foods).
Deliberately pay attention to your experience of food and eating without judgement
Choose to eat foods as much as possible that you enjoy and that nourish your body.
Experience flavours as much as possible that you enjoy and that nourish your body.
Notice how fullness develops in your stomach and how you feel once you’ve eaten enough.
Use information about the nutritional value and energy of food to meet your personal needs and inform your choices of what and how much to eat.
Free your energy from worries about food and giving it to other important areas of your life.
"Based on the powerful program developed by Dr. Jean Kristeller, PhD, I teach the "Mindfulness-based Eating Awareness Training Program" to help you unlock the power of personal meditation, increase self-awareness, and shift your experience and attitude towards food, eating and body image."
- J. Medeiros (program facilitator)
"I'M TIRED OF MY RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD. I'M LOOKING FOR A REAL, LONG-LASTING CHANGE."
THE "MINDFULNESS-BASED EATING TRAINING PROGRAM" WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS FOOD THROUGH...
Eating exercises (recognizing hunger, stomach fullness, body satiety)
Savouring foods exercise
Exploring and cultivating the awareness of, cravings, triggers, and emotional eating
Practicing forgiveness to increase self-acceptance
Exploring chain of thoughts, feelings and choices
Healthy eating, Physical activity
Effective behaviour change strategies
Self reflection to cultivate mindful awareness
A more balanced and positive relationship to eating, weight and body image
13 SESSIONS OF AWARENESS, WISDOM AND TRANSFORMATIONAL FULFILLMENT
SESSION 1 INNER AND OUTER WISDOM
SESSION 2 MINDFUL EATING
SESSION 3 HUNGER AND BODY AWARENESS
SESSION 4 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND TASTE SATISFACTION
SESSION 5 FULLNESS AWARENESS AND MINDFUL CHOICES
SESSION 6 INTEGRATING INTERNAL/EXTERNAL WISDOM
SESSION 7 MINDFUL EATING AND MINDFUL CHOICE
SESSION 8 MINDFUL MOVEMENT & ATTENDING TO EMOTIONS
SESSION 9 STRESS, DISTRESS, EATING AND VALUES
SESSION 10 BREAKING THE CHAIN AND MOVING FORWARD
ALSO INCLUDED 2 FOLLOW UP SESSIONS AND RETREAT!
SESSION 11 ONE MONTH FOLLOW UP
SESSION 12 FINAL FOLLOW UP AND CULTIVATING WISDOM
SESSION 13 HALF-DAY RETREAT
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The MB-EAT Program runs weekly for ten consecutive weeks, includes two follow-up classes.
Classes are two and a half hours in length. All participants will be invited to a four hour half-day retreat online .
MEET THE FACILITATORS
Joanne is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Qualified Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training facilitator. She is trained and certified in Positive Psychology and Bounce Back Better Resilience Training from The Flourishing Centre NYC.
She has several years of meditation experience and mindfulness training from some of the top teachers in the field. She believes that health and well-being are multi-dimentional and are made up of many aspects. Joanne works with a Health At Every Size Approach, an evidence-based weight-neutral approach to health.
Mary Linda Burgess
Mary Linda Burgess, MSW, RSW, Qualified Teacher MB-EAT, MSC Trained Teacher.
Mary Linda completed training as a Qualified Teacher for
MB-EAT (Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training) in fall 2019. She is co-facilitating a Mindful Eating Group Program.
Mary Linda is a Trained MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) Teacher with the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion. She co-teaches Mindful Self Compassion Hamilton courses since 2015. She has co-taught an MSC course for McMaster University Program for Faculty Development Health Sciences.
THE "MINDFULNESS-BASED EATING AWARENESS TRAINING" PROGRAM REGISTRATION
Register Now to be the First to Know of Upcoming Program Dates
In order to enhance the experience of each participant, space for this program is limited. As a result, early registration is highly recommended. This program is enrollment-dependent.
"Mindful Self Compassion Hamilton" (8 week course graduates) receive a savings of $100.00 off regular rate! Special inaugural course rate! To obtain your SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE please send an email to and include the course date of your MSCH program.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available based on individual needs. For information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your telephone number.
Your registration fee will be returned minus a $50 administration fee when cancellation/withdrawal from program is received in writing at least one month prior to the start date of the program. The registration fee is non-refundable after the start of the program. There is no transfer of unattended classes to a subsequent course.
This MB-EAT course is an evidence-based mindfulness program. It is not a medical or clinical intervention. It is not intended to replace the advice or care of your health care providers. MB-EAT is a psycho-educational program and as such is not considered therapy even though it may have some therapeutic benefits. Please consult with your appropriate health care practitioner if, for any reason, you are unsure whether MB-EAT is right for you.
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Joanne is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Qualified Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training facilitator.
It was through her own struggles to understand why excess weight was so difficult to lose and keep off, that she began her search for answers. After a battle with cancer and quitting smoking she found herself in a much bigger body. She had been thin her entire life and always managed a healthy weight with ease. Getting the weight off proved to be difficult.
Through the practice of mindfulness she was able to bring a keen awareness to her thoughts and how they influenced her behaviours, and found herself on a journey of learning and healing. One that would teach her not only all about herself and her own individual needs to move towards health and wellbeing, but how to help others to find their way as well.
Along with her education and experience of Holistic Nutrition and the MB-EAT program Joanne is trained and certified in Positive Psychology as well as Bounce Back Better Resilience training from The Flourishing Centre NYC.
Joanne has developed an understanding of how emotional wellbeing and our ability to bounce back from setbacks and failures has an impact on our overall health, and in particular how it affects our bodies, weight and body image. Joanne works with a Health At Every Size approach, an evidence-based weight-neutral approach to health.
Mary Linda Burgess
Mary Linda Burgess, MSW, RSW, Qualified Teacher MB-EAT, MSC Trained Teacher.
Mary Linda completed training as a Qualified Teacher for MB-EAT (Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training) in fall 2019. She is co-facilitating a Mindful Eating group program.
Mary Linda is a Trained MSC (mindful self-compassion) Teacher with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. She co-teaches Mindful Self Compassion Hamilton courses since 2015. She has co-taught an MSC course for McMaster University Program for Faculty Development Health Sciences.
Mary Linda has completed the course with Sunnybrook Hospital and University of Toronto for running Mindfulness-Based group programs in 2014. She attended the DRAM (developing resilience through applied mindfulness) program in 2013. She completed training for and currently co-facilitates DBT -informed Adult Coping Skills group program since 2011. She has extensive professional experience as a group facilitator.
Mary Linda has attended numerous mindfulness based retreats, programs and trainings since attending MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) training with Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Saki Santorelli in 2006. She attended contemplative retreats/programs over many years prior to that training..
She has attended programs or conferences with many other esteemed teachers such as Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hahn, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, Ron Segal, Zindel Siegel, Norman Feldman and Molly Swan.