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A One Day Mindful Eating Workshop

This one day workshop will explore the relationship we have to food and to eating, by bringing a mindful awareness to how and why we eat. Rather than focusing on what we eat, the workshop will introduce a different, mindful approach, where we learn to listen to our bodies and hearts and respond to them in a nourishing way.

 

Course Time, Cost and Booking Information

  • There are currently no events scheduled for the Mindful Eating Workshop. Please check again at a later date or call our office to see if we have information on future dates.
 

Who Is It For?

  • Those wishing to explore their relationship to food and their eating behaviour.
  • Anyone who wishes to develop healthier eating behaviour.
  • Anyone wishing to expand and deepen their mindfulness practice.

The workshop may not be suitable for anyone with an active eating disorder. Please contact Oscailt if you’d like to attend the workshop but are not sure if it’s suitable for you. No previous experience of mindfulness or meditation is necessary.

 

What Is Mindful Eating?

Eating is one of those everyday activities that we often pay little attention to, but paradoxically, we think about food and eating a lot. While the actual act of eating passes in a blur of distraction – reading, sending texts, chatting, watching TV – our relationship to food can be slightly obsessive, often swinging repeatedly between pleasure and guilt. Bringing a mindful attention to eating can transform our relationship to food, restoring to eating the sensual satisfaction and nourishment that so often gets lost in our distracted approach to how and why we eat.

Bringing the qualities of mindfulness – present moment, non-judgemental awareness – to how we eat allows us to see more clearly what mental, emotional and physical habits shape and influence our eating experience. The led mindful eating exercises we do during the day will help you to:

  • Really experience what you’re eating, noticing the colours, smells, taste and textures of the food.
  • Be more aware of how you eat – fast or slow, chewing very little or a lot, swallowing food before it’s fully chewed.
  • Notice what it’s like just to eat, without any other distractions.
  • Bring awareness to your hunger and fullness levels, and how these change as you eat.

With increasing awareness of our eating habits we can make healthier choices, eating more slowly, chewing food more thoroughly, enjoying more fully the taste of what we’re eating and stopping eating when we’re full.

 

Listening To The Body – Hunger

Mindfulness practices such as mindful eating and the Body Scan meditation (which will be led on the workshop) encourage us to listen to our bodies with a gentle, kindly attention. Once we start to do this, we find that our body generally knows when we are hungry and in need of food, and when we are satisfied, and what is genuinely nourishing for us to eat.

 

Listening To The Heart – Cravings

Listening to the body leads to a greater awareness of what’s in the heart, how we feel. Very often, we eat not because of physical hunger but in response to emotional hunger, to sadness, anger, anxiety or sometimes just boredom. In the workshop we’ll explore how you can distinguish physical and emotional hunger, and how you can recognise and work with cravings.

 

The Workshop

The day will consist of led mindful eating exercises, led mindfulness meditations and short presentations, one of which will be on nutrition. We will eat lunch together (mindfully!) so please bring lunch to share. There will be lots of space for discussion. Participants will be given a handout of notes. The workshop is suitable for those who have not meditated before and for those who have some experience of mindfulness and meditation. The atmosphere of the workshops is warm, friendly and supportive.

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