You Are What You Eat!

Mastering Slow Eating Truly Calmly Deeply

Is that really true, Are you what you eat?

Most of the time we eat on autopilot not consciously aware from when it started. Were you raised with conditioned messages of what, how and when to eat?

Does this sound familar?

You can’t leave the table until your finish your plate of food!

If you eat too much, you’ll get fat!

Don’t waste your food, people are starving around the world!

What rules effected your relationship to food?

We first learned how to eat as children as young as toddlers (18 months to 3 years), eating just the right amount, if you were lucky!  My parents were worried we weren’t eating enough and often overfed us. There were underlying messages from our parents and grandparents who lived through the depression and world wars. Food was scarce in those times.

The Canada Food Guide came into existence after the Second World War to provide recommendations of what foods to eat setting a standard for a nation-wide balanced diet.

I was overfed when I was a child being tiny and as I grew up my gauge for knowing enough and being satisfied became warped.

Becoming connected to your internal body sensations and external environment is much more than going on a diet or having the willpower to change your eating habits.

It goes deeper…. it’s connected to:

  • What your eyes see
  • Your stomach perceives
  • Your mind thinks
  • How your heart feels
  • How your digestive system fuels you!

In FEED THE BRAIN: A mindful eating approach to nourishing the body, heart and mind program, we explore the senses of sight, smell, sound and taste, the mechanics of the brain and the physiology of the body to balancing your relationship with food.

Register for the program here.

There was an experiment done with children, in which toddlers (between the ages 1 and 3 yrs.) were placed in high chairs with trays of foods put in front of them. Within a week, the children were eating on their own a balanced diet. Intuitively, without direction, they ate the right nutritional balance and the appropriate number of calories. It’s as if they had an inner nutritionist guiding them. We innately have an inner wisdom inside us that knwos what to do. When eating habits have gone out of control, our natural ability to conenct to our body has been disrupted.

What conditioning comments were said in your household?

  • To a girl they may say, “If you eat too much you will get fat and know one will like you”
  • To a boy they may say, “look how much he eats, he’ll grow big and strong like his daddy!”

Content and images from magazines, TV, posters and general social behaviours, women are more shamed about being overweight or made fun of for eating too much. It’s not considered feminine or is too manly. Diet culture and social conditoning inteferes wiht our natueal ability to heal ourselves!

In my home, eating until your plate is empty was the rule. We ate a lot of meat with lots of carbs such as potatoes, rice or bread and a limited variety of vegetables.

Also in my home, everyone attacked the food quickly, ate fast and dinner was over in no time. The family table was rife with emotional and verbal debates that weren’t always pleasant.

What were you’re rules at home growing up that you’ve taken with you into adulthood or carried on to your family? How does it effect your relationship to food?

FEED YOUR BRAIN program is not about another diet, nutrition or weight loss. It is a program about changing the way you approach food, your daily relationship to food, your body’s reaction to food and how the mind perceives food. READ MORE HERE

Mindful eating is a solution to so many physical and mental health problems. The equivalent to breathing, eliminating, or sleeping. It is focused on embodying an internal awareness, that doesn’t require will power or a specific diet, to observing your habits, patterns and bringing a conscioous awareness to appreciating food.

This program begins on Tuesday August 23  and runs to  October 11th, 2022, for eight consecutive weeks. Space is limited to 10 people.

Register for FEED THE BRAIN here.

I’d love to know more about your food rules growing up and how it has helped or challenged you through your life!

MORE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES TO EXPERIENCE:

This culminates on September 17th with Retreat in the City , an in-person event (limited to ten people). Save the date! More to come about this event.

  • Continue your meditation practice and mindful movement in a group setting (for graduates from the MBSR eight-week program or have a practice of their own). Sign up for Practice Together, get a 10-pack of one-hour meditation and movement sessions. READ MORE here
  • The next Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR)  now called Heal to Health: A Mindful Approach to Coping with Stress, begins September 15th to November 3rd.  Heal to Health is a brilliant way to start your personal mindfulness practice learning many different practices in one program.  Find out more here.

Register for Heal to Health here

All these programs are available to you are at reduced rates.

Happy to talk with you if you have any questions or ideas!

My best in health,

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