Taken in part from UMASS CFM website
Do you eat when you are stressed out, bored or sad?
Are you a sugar addict?
Have you tried to lose weight only to have regained it a few months later?
Have you tried to eat more healthfully, but just can’t seem to stick with it?
Mindful Eating integrates mindful practices with the science behind eating habits and weekly in-person group education and discussion sessions. Throughout the week you will be guided in short, daily mindfulness trainings via an app on your mobile device. Then, once a week you will meet in a facilitated session with a group of peers to practice, discuss challenges and celebrate learnings and outcomes. You may attend class every week or as your schedule allows. This is a rolling-admissions program.
As part of the mindfulness training, you will learn the scientific basis of how we form eating habits, and how we can use this knowledge to change them. You will also learn concrete mindfulness skills to help you become more aware of and gain control over your eating, and how to use them on your own time, at your convenience and pace.
App-based mindfulness training and practice
Dr. Judson Brewer, course instructor and world-renowned expert on addiction has developed Eat Right Now®, an App that delivers mindfulness training right at your fingertips. The digital therapeutic app delivers over 30 short video modules, along with in-the-moment exercises, allowing you to build your skills one moment at a time. By taking 10 minutes each day to complete a new lesson, you will learn how to put it into practice throughout the day in manageable, bite-sized pieces. Participants will need to have an iPhone or Android smartphone to participate in Mindful Eating.
CHECK OUT DR. BREWER IN HIS TED TALK ABOUT BREAKING A BAD HABIT
Group-based learning & support
(Please Note: Mindful Eating classes occur in-person at YCA, this is not an online class.)
Studies have shown that group-based learning and support helps change habits. Led by Michele Miller, Guiding Teacher at Amherst Mindfulness, the Mindful Eating group meets weekly at Yoga Center Amherst. Each session provides hands-on mindfulness practices, as well as expert and peer support as you go through the process of changing your relationship to eating. You will combine mindfulness skills training with the Eat Right Now® app to transform your behavior and relationship to eating.
How we form habits
How to work with cravings
How to use mindfulness when you eat
Stress vs. hunger
Goals and staying on track when you slip up
Coping with triggers
Working with difficult emotions
How mindfulness works
LEARN ABOUT MICHELE'S JOURNEY WITH MINDFUL EATING AND THE EAT RIGHT NOW PROGRAM