Not two things that you would expect to hear in the same sentance, but I have partnered with Doughnotts on Sadler Gate in Derby for my next workshop.
We’ll be discussing what is mindful eating and putting our new knowledge into practice while eating 3 yummy doughballs.
A super simple definition of mindful eating is bringing more awareness to the experience of eating, which includes the foods that you’re choosing to eat, how they taste and feel in your mouth, and how hungry/full you are duing and after eating. I think the practice of mindful eating lends itself very well to something like doughnuts. We can often over indulge and end up making ourselves feel sick, when it might have been better to save half of the doughnut for later or share it with a friend. Mindful eating can help us tune in to that tipping point and eat enough to be satisfied butnot overeat.
Or our mind can get involved and make us feel guilty for eating it. Maybe we chastise ourselves for ruining the diet and eat an extra doughnut )or two) because we won’t be eating sugar tomorrow. Mindful eating can help to turn down this inner critic voice, sometimes also called the ‘food police’, and help you to eat a variety of foods in moderation.
In the workshop we will be covering
– A more detailed explanation of mindful eating
– What does the research say about the benefits of mindful eating and how you can use it to improve your relationship with food?
– I’m also super excited because this will be the first time that I am taking a guided group medition to help you get in touch with your inner mindful eater; that part of you who knows how to respond to hunger/fullness signals, but has learnt over the years to ignore them, maybe from being told to eat everything on your plate as a child or from years of dieting. I do this exercise (also in hypnosis) with 1-1 clients and I know how powerful it can be.
– A drink on arrival
– 3 mini Doughnotts / doughballs (vegan option available)
– 1 hour workshop and group Q&A with me (Rachel Evans; specialist in the psychology of eating)
– mini meditation to connect with your inner mindful eater
– time to have a chat with the group and/or 1-1 Q&A with me
Want to know if this is for you?
Answer these questions with YES or NO
1. When food comes up in conversion, do you want to eat even in you’re not hungry?
2. Do you have trouble controlling what you eat when your favourite food is in the house?
3. If someone offered you a food you like, do you have trouble saying no even if you’re not hungry?
4. Do you swing between feeling starving and overly full; you find it hard to connect to your hunger signals?
If you answered YES to most of these questions then the Mindful Eating workshop is for you.
Or if you feel like you have a good relationship with food but are curious to know more about mindful eating and the benefits then come along.
Here’s what participants from my previous (sold out) mindful eating workshop had to say
Rachel’s workshop was laid back and easy to digest the information that she spoke about. Just attending the for 1 hour has made a difference to how I eat.
I have always struggled with eating habits (diets, weightwatchers, calorie counting) and wanted to find more out about relaxing my mind, enjoying food and not feeling guilty if I eat something that isn’t necessarily ‘healthy’. The workshop gave me an insight into mindful eating and what it means to take time and appreciate your food.
Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.