It is a well-known fact that most conventional weight loss programs do not work in the long term. I believe one of the main reasons for this is that they don’t take into account the underlying reasons for the weight problem. The focus is mainly on the ‘what’ and the numeric value on the scales and not the ‘why, when, where and how’ you eat. Most conventional diets do not take a holistic view of how the mind and body are connected. When most of us think of the word diet we often think of restriction, calorie counting, scales and hunger. However, when we look at the original meaning it comes from the ancient Greek word diaita, which means ‘way of life’. That is what I look at when working with my clients. Mindful Eating literally means ‘awareness’, as a way of life.
“This scale will only tell you the numerical value of your gravitational pull. It will not tell you how beautiful you are, how much your friends & family love you, or how amazing you are.”
With conventional diets cutting back on calories will give you weight loss for a while. But, often after some time your inner rebel gives into the restrictions. At this point the diet is thrown out and the bingeing starts again leading to a regain of weight and sometimes more. Before you know it you are on to the next diet and you tell yourself “this is the real deal” and the cycle continues.
Eating too few calories in an attempt to lose weight sends your body into starvation mode, it slows down your metabolism and your body is forced to break down muscle for energy. With less muscle and a slow metabolism it then becomes a lot easier to put body fat back on when you come off the diet.
The whole ethos of the approach I follow is to live in the moment, so, actually no food is forbidden. My main goal will be to help change your relationship with food and make you feel more positive about yourself and eating. We will learn how to do the following:
– Changing unhelpful internalized messages
– Making the eating process more enjoyable
– Eating more mindfully by listening to your physical hunger cues
– Exploring the triggers
– Engaging our senses
– Learning to cope with guilt and anxiety
– Understanding your food associations
– Improving your self-esteem and self confidence
– Making simple changes to your eating habits and overcoming barriers
– Dealing with difficult social situations involving food