Yoga & Mindful Eating: Balancing Nutritional Needs Intuitively

Whilst advancement in nutrition sciences has helped many people to overcome illness and disease, we have more people battling with obesity than ever before on this planet. How can it be that we have more knowledge than ever about food and what it does for us, but more problems with overeating and obesity? We can blame it on sugar, refined carbohydrates, trans fats, fried foods and many other unhealthy food options we now have available, but what it really comes down to is that we’ve lost touch with ourselves and our bodies. We’ve forgotten how to tune in and truly listen to what our bodies need.

What doesn’t help is that we’re living in a world of distraction. We all know exactly what our bodies need, nutritionally and energetically. The only problem is that we spend most of our lives distracted so that we don’t actually tune-in and listen to this guiding voice.From a young age we are becoming distracted by television, social media, gaming and devices. Marketing messages are constantly telling us that we are not good enough, but if we ‘buy this’, ‘eat this’ or ‘do that’ we will be good enough. We are always striving to be somewhere or something we are not. We are no longer present.

This is one of core teachings of yoga and mindfulness – awareness of the present moment. Through the various practices of yoga and mindfulness we learn how to become present in our bodies. We also learn how to accept where we are and who we are. Through acceptance and presence we can become more aware of what our bodies need – when we are hungry, when we are full and what we need to nourish ourselves in terms of food and movement.

Join me at this year’s Annual Nutrition Conference being held in Paris, France for my workshop which will cover some of the following:

  • Practice: Mindful Eating food meditation
  • Practice: Standing / chair yoga routine
  • Presentation: Cultivating an awareness of what our bodies need
  • Presentation: Food Energetics – there’s more to food than nutrition & calories
  • Presentation: Overcoming overeating with mindfulness
  • Presentation: Living in our bodies not just our heads
  • Practice: Mindful eating practice

I look forward to seeing you there!

Address: Hotel L’Elysee Val D’Europe, 7 Cours du Danube, 77700 Serris

Date: 19 October 2018

 

References:

  1. Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) for Binge Eating – A Randomized Clinical Trial. Jean Kristeller & Ruth Q. Wolever & Virgil Sheets. Springer. Mindfulness ISSN 1868-8527. Mindfulness DOI 10.1007/s12671-012-0179-1
  2. Finding the Middle Way – A multi-domain model of meditation in the treatment of compulsive eating. Jean Kristeller and James W Jones. Buddhist Thought and Applied Psychological Research. Trancending the Boundaries. Edited by D.K. Nauriyal, Michael S. Drummond and YB. Lal. 2006. Routledge Taylor and French Group.