FEED THE BRAIN TO NOURISH THE BODY, MIND AND HEART
"I learned how the mind and body can control my eating. It changed my whole perspective about how I look at my health". RMF
You have experienced life from various angles, persisted through a career, maybe raised children and taken care of your family.
You want to tackle the next part of your life feeling healthy, vibrant and strong!
Disordered eating is a band-aid solution. No matter what approach you take, It remains the same until you begin to trust your body to support you, the mind, understanding your inner self, and the heart, nourishing your whole being to change habituated patterns. All are connected through your SOMA, the whole of you!
Disordered eating effects your blood sugar levels, hormone balance, joints, sleep and weight fluctuations. Most importantly, it takes you out of balance of your body, heart and mind!
The Mindless Eating FAST Cycle
When eating and stress become synonymous,we are caught in this cycle of losing weight FAST:
- Fear of eating out of control if we do not in limited portion sizes.
- Anxiety about appearances determined by a BMI number to be thin regardless of body type.
- Stressed that we have to lose weight within a short period of time by starving ourselves
- Tempted by forbidden foods that we’ll never enjoy without feeling guilty or hiding them.
Are you aware of your eating patterns?
I eat when I'm sad. lonely, or angry?
I eat when I'm bored?
I like physical activity and work out everyday so I can eat more
I am an emotional eater
I eat when I'm not sure about myself.
"I reward or comfort myself with food"
"I feel guilty when I eat certain foods"
"I exercise to control my weight"
"I hide the way I eat in public and in private"
"I often weight, measure and count what I eat"
How can you get out of the cycle of
FEED THE BRAIN is not a diet plan. This program is about your awareness and acceptance of long time patterns from disordered eating (overeating, restrictive eating or binge eating) that are controlling you from feeling healthy and living the life you deserve..
The mind has over 70,000 thoughts a day and only 2% are real!
You may have grown up not trusting your body's internal cues!
Understandably, with so many mental messages, stressors, environmental influences and social moirés taking place around you, it can be very distracting.!
Stepping back from the mental noise of thoughts, and observing when thinking, planning, and emotions comes into view, starts the journey to knowing what you need.
The FEED THE BRAIN program will introduce you to:
- Your body's internal cues for recognizing hunger and fullness.
- Understanding the body's natural balance for achieving optimal health
- Having the tools for coping with stress and reactivity.
It's all there, you just have to trust it and listen!
Acknowledging different states of mind are at the root of mindful eating
Which state of mind controls your eating habits?
Do you battle the different voices in your mind? there is the rational mind that tells to eat good food, there's the emotional mind that responds to external influences and anxiety and then there's the wise mind that keeps us in check.
Sometimes we need all three!
Inner wisdom + Outer wisdom = Informed decision making
A mindfulness practice is a natural partnership with mindful eating. It blends the mind's activity with the body's physiology and gives you the tools to make wholesome decisions.
Whether you are an emotional unconscious eater, a careful eater, or the professional dieter, the stress that you've been carrying stays in the mind and body and can only be released through mindful awareness..
Mindful eating brings acceptance, curiosity, non-judgement to eating habits. It can change your brain's neural pathways to making conscious choices about your habits. Connecting to your breath, your body's sensations and being in the present moment, transforms the desire for more!
Mindful eating is a solution to many physical and mental health problems. It can change your eating habits into daily routines of breathing, eliminating, or sleeping.
- Eating whatever you want!
- Enjoying nourishing foods
- Moving your body with intention and ease
- Having a positive self image no matter where you are in the weight department
- Nurturing a kind relationship with your body.
- Developing a kinder relationship with your inner citric
- Feeling confident!
- Rediscovering a positive, nurturing and nourishing connection with food
- Feeling the difference between fullness and satiety
- Appreciating the sensory qualities of foods that make it taste delicious.
- Slowing the mind down and connecting with how the body and tummy really feels.
- Not all thoughts in your head/mind are true.
- Knowing that you may make over 200 decisions a day about food for no reason at all and that's okay!
- Trusting your body knows how to heal and feed itself!
HI I'm Rani
Here I am with my kids after a Thanksgiving dinner. One of my sons won the most eaten turkey that year (notice the turkey hat).
I am a certified holistic nutritionist , mindfulness-based stress reduction trainer and clinical somatic educator. I help clients develop coping strategies with mindfulness practices to build resilience, reduce stress and improve their health.
I know what it's like to struggle with your relationship to food and body image. My emotional attachment to food has consumed me my whole life. I’ve been on many restrictive diets, my weight has yo-yoed up and down where I have lost and gained over a 100 pounds and I'm small-sized person! The idea was put in my head that I was not good enough or had a disordered eating problem, made me a slave to dieting. I’ve always struggled with my self-worth and body image. when I discovered mindful eating it changed my understanding of how I approach food.
l ate poorly craving sweets and while I knew it was not good for me, I would get sick and feel terrible with headaches, gas, bloating and nausea. I got colds often and gained weight easily and I did it again and again and again! Since I’ve been on diets for most of my life, I already knew that sugar and fast eating caused weight gain, acid reflux, IBS and other serious health issues.
As I aged, not only did the pounds accumulate, but my health also shifted through stressful life scenarios of pregnancies, birthing, work stress issues, family problems, deaths, menopause and declining health.
I made a shift eight years ago when I went back to school and studied holistic nutritionist. Not only did I learn more about the nutritional value of food, but the correlation between being sick and healthy. Its benefits were transformative. Yet, I could not keep the weight off.. When I applied myself with willpower and stopped eating all those foods. I lost weight but craved those “forbidden” foods and gained it back.
Only recently did I discover what mindful eating was when I became a mindfulness stress-reduction trainer. Bringing mindful awareness to my relationship with food, informed me why my body sensations were clues, my mind was on hyperdrive and I experience anxiety. I go to food when I’m upset or have difficulty making decisions or other mundane reasons. As a mother and family caregiver, I was always rushing to get food on the table, eat it quickly, and never stopping to enjoy the qualities of food.
Applying mindful eating with a mindful meditation practice, slowed my brain down. I began noticing patterns and habits of how my body felt and becoming aware of what the physical signals of fullness and satisfaction felt like.
Bringing my mind to body awareness connected the dots to trusting my body.
That’s my story, and I will share with you countless stories of other people whom I‘ve worked with who struggle with mindless eating in FEED THE BRAIN.
The eight week program covers:
- How this program works?
- The role of diet culture and the food industry on women's body image
- Health and Wellness is a non-diet lifestyle
- What is Mindfulness?
- Exercise: Observing a food object
- The Nine Hungers
- What is your body telling you about which part is hungry in there?
- Exercise: Exploring your habits and food cravings!
- The physiology of the digestive system and transit time
- Recognizing stomach hunger and mind hunger
- Exercise: Tasting Sugar, Fats and Salt
- What Are your Beliefs and habits?
- Getting in touch with your inner critic
- Stress reactivity and communication
- Exercise: Letting go of your inner critic!
- Awareness of the Senses: Smell, Touch, Hearing, Taste
- Becoming an informed foodie expert
- Exercise: Food sampling, quality versus conventional
- Mixed perceptions about exercise and stress
- Movement in daily health
- Sleep regulation and patterns
- Exercise: Energy in, Energy out
- Body Awareness and loving kindness
- Mindful attention can change your relationship to stress and increase choices
- Integrating mindful eating into your life and how you can relate to the world with greater resilience
- Exercise: Tapping into your heart hunger
Healthy living in your environment
- Practicing gratitude with Loving Kindness
- Planning your future practice
- Supporting your practice: People, resources and tools
- Exercise: Looking deeply into your food
THIS PROGRAM IS NOT FOR:
People looking for a fast weight loss program.
When on a fast-reducing diet, the brain thinks its in starvation mode. The minute you're off the diet, the body wants to get back into balance and craves food, the weight goes back on. FEED THE BRAIN, is a process that looks at the inside of you not the outside of quick fixes.
Eating a restrictive diet
A restrictive diet, sets up you up for disaster because its based on willpower. The brain hasn't done the work to create new neural pathways of changing your habits. Mindful eating begins to sort out those new pathways so your willpower is not always challenged.
Aspiring for a slim/ideal body
diet culture has brainwashed into thiking we have to have a thin perfect body. We come in all sizes and shapes and some bodies will never be perfect and slim. in this program, we explore our values and beliefs about body awareness.
Looking for a meal plan
As a nutritionist, I've been trained to create meal plans for clients. There are differences to being told what to eat then just eating what you want. Being organized for your meal is wonderful and should be based on your own meal plan.
Not interested in the mind/body connection
Developing awareness about how the mind and body communicate is pivotal to understanding your needs. In eastern religion practices, the body and body function as one working together to create balance. The body has the ability to heal itself and is always seeking balance.
How this program works:
- Feed The Brain program runs for eight consecutive weeks for two hour segments.
- Mindful movement, meditations and interactive exercises are covered weekly.
- Home practice is encouraged such as meditations, reflective journaling and readings.
- Weekly sessions encourage participants to share their experiences in a group setting.
- At present, the sessions are virtual using the Zoom platform with the use of a web camera on your computer.
- The program is a collaborative process offering participants the opportunity to express themselves in each session.
What People Say......
Mindful Eating has changed the way I eat food. I used to gobble it down without thinking. Now I sit down, look at my food, feel grateful for what's on my plate and slowly chew enjoying the sensual quality of each bite.
- Mary L.
Rani Glick acknowledges each participant’s experience without judgement and with kindness. Under Rani’s guidance, I found myself developing and expanding my horizons without effort or discomfort of any kind.
- Jane D
Feel The Gratitude for your Body, Heart and Mind!
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The body, heart and mind thrive when movement, nutrition and mindfulness are integrated. Food is necessary for feeding the cells and the gut-brain axis, movement strengthens the body, releases stress or trauma and the mind attunes to awareness bringing the whole body, heart and mind into balance.