I have developed a new program, and it's completely magical.
I've been trying for some time to develop a program that would encompass the way that I FEEL about eating and food, but I would always come up to a road-block when I reached the 'development' phase. I love food, I love eating, I love having the freedom to eat everything that I desire without feeling guilt, shame, or judgmental thoughts about myself.
I learned the foundation of these skills as part of an 18-month treatment program for my eating disorder, which was based loosely on a bunch of different techniques and modalities (at the time, I didn't really care what it was--I just cared that it worked). With years of personal and professional experience since my official "treatment", I can now recognize in hindsight that these techniques were a mish-mash of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Law of Attraction, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Hypnotherapy, among others.
The challenge for me was that although I have been practicing these skills since 2006, and I know how to DO it, I couldn't figure out how in the HECK to teach the magic to other people!
Then, I picked up a book that had me nodding my head all the way through. It's called Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful: How to End Your Struggle with Mindless Eating and Start Savoring Food with Intention and Joy, by Susan Albers, Psy.d. This book offered a very practical approach to learning how to mindfully eat (or, 'Magically' eat, as I like to say), and the aspect of this book that really spoke to me was the 'Seven Skills of Mindful Eaters' that are detailed.
Breaking these skills down into very manageable terms seemed so obvious, and I knew that I had been practicing these exact skills for years, even though I did not learn them by reading about them. But, there they were, on paper, in the Albers book!
And, Magical Eating in a Modern World was born.
In this program, I teach you the skills of Magical Eating, and I teach them to you the way that I learned them: by doing them! I also teach them to you in a way that is much more magical than just reading about them in a book. In this program, we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell the Magic of Food together, as a group of women--learning to reconnect with our own Magical Eating Skills!
I realize that to the outside person, I sound insane when I write (or talk) about this topic, but we were born knowing about the magic of food. We should be able to enjoy food in all ways, and my goal through this program is to not only teach you how to reconnect with that magic, but to also help you become part of a Sisterhood of other women who are experiencing the exact same feelings that you are!
You are not alone!
Here's some of the 'official' lingo and background research that I developed for this program:
According to Miller, et al. (2012), practicing mindful eating and mindful self-awareness can help to improve our self-esteem, reduce anxiety, depression, overall weight status and food cravings, and can also reduce the incidence of eating disorders. In practice, successful mindfulness-based interventions use techniques and methods that provide individuals with the tools to become more aware of their in-the-moment physical sensations, mental state, and to process thoughts in a non-judgemental manner (Albers, 2008; Miller et al., 2012). By developing a close and intimate relationship with our own minds, we can become less reactive to the emotions, thoughts, and food cravings that we have (Albers, 2008). Mindful eating interventions include teaching individuals the skills to make deliberate food choices, how to become more aware of internal cues related to food intake, becoming conscientious of physical versus psychological or external cues to eat, and teaching the skills to appropriately respond to these cues (Miller et al., 2012).
Magical Eating in a Modern World is a 7-week program, and will take place in the comfort of your own home! There will be one group video call per week, conducted via Zoom, and one weekly course module each week, accessed via the eCoach learning platform.
The goal of this program is to teach women the skills they need so that they can stop engaging in the chronic-dieting behaviors that are so common in our society these days. Not only do these behaviors damage our bodies in the long run, but they also damage our confidence and self-esteem.
The first session of this program will take place from September 10-October 26. If you'd like more info on the program, all of the details are right here!