Mindfulness and Nutrition

Did you know you can learn how to become a more mindful person? Mindfulness is a calm awareness of your body, emotions and thoughts, and it can be a powerful tool when creating healthy habits especially related to nutrition.

“Many people recognize and even understand the basics behind nutrition and weight loss – eating healthy and moving more, but there are other tools that help combat obstacles to that approach,” said Lindsay Hager, a mental health specialist with Memorial Wellness Center. “Mindful eating strategies addresses a number of triggers people face when trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle.”

A new Mindful Eating program now offered through the Memorial Wellness Center examines those emotional eating triggers and how to respond in a positive, affirming way. Five sessions taught by a licensed clinical professional counselor with special training in weight loss will cover strategies clinically proven to enhance weight-loss results when combined with healthy diet and exercise.

Is this program for you?

  • Do you identify yourself as an emotional eater?
  • Do you eat more in situations where there is food displayed or social situations where others are eating?
  • Do you get frustrated and feel it’s unfair you have to change your eating patterns?
  • Do you tend to have unstructured eating habits with irregular meals and varying meal times?
  • Do you feel you know what you should do to lose weight, but you have difficulty making yourself do it?

Participants in Mindful Eating will build confidence and commitment to weight loss; increase awareness of the connection between thoughts, behaviors, eating and exercise; decrease hunger and cravings; respond to sabotaging thoughts while building helpful, productive thoughts; and soothe emotions without food.

Want more information about the program or Memorial Wellness Center? Call 217-788-3948 for more information about the program, pricing details and insurance options or to register.

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