Mindful Eating

Eating is an activity that we all engage in every day.  It is part of our socialising, our work life, and our relationships with our families and friends.  And it has powerful impacts on our health and well-being.   We all eat and drink at times to sooth ourselves.  Mindfulness helps connect the mind and the body, to slow down, connect with ourselves, and move from reactive eating to responding to what we actually need in the moment.  There is a shift towards gradually feeling more at the helm of our lives.

If you want to use the 8 week program to explore your eating habits and to find a new relationship with food, do let your teacher know this, so they can keep you in mind during the program.

We love to give discounts to Health Care Card holders and others in financial difficulty. To keep the books balanced, if you can afford it, we would greatly appreciate it if you could pay the full fee.

 

Come and explore what this eight week training can offer you.

Course locations

Please either select a location from the dropdown or enter a location in the field to see if we have a course available.

Location
Time
Venue
Camperdown
Mondays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
The Buddhist Library
90 Church Street, Camperdown
Bondi Junction (Night)
Tuesdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Loft and Earth
70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
Bondi Junction (Day)
Wednesday 10:00am - 12:30pm
Loft and Earth
70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
Artarmon
Thursdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
139 Artarmon Rd, Artarmon
Northern Beaches
Mondays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club
Surfview Road, Mona Vale
 
 
Armadale (Day)
Tuesdays 10.00am - 12:30pm
Chi Flow Yoga  
Suite 3A 727 High St, Armadale
Moonee Ponds (Night)
Wednesdays 6.30pm - 9:00pm
Moonee Ponds Mind Body Health
23 Gladstone St, Moonee Ponds
Hawthorn (Night)
Thursday 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Melbourne Centre for Mindfulness
16 Trinity Place, East Melbourne
 
 

What will you be learning in the course?

presence

Focus and presence

Cultivate more concentration and capacity to be in the moment with what matters to you most, here and now.

The practice helps interrupt endless rehearsing the future and rehashing the past and to arrive in the moment, again and again.

Savour your precious life.
Stop procrastinating.
Become present with loved ones and your work

clarity

Emotional calming

Reduce reactivity, learn to befriend your emotions and to express them in ways that set clear and caring boundaries.

The practice helps to digest difficult emotions and cultivate more positive states including calm, interest, warmth, vitality and compassion

Dissolve anxiety and irritation.
Find more peace and ease.
Understand the process of your own mind

focus

Clarity and wisdom

See your patterns and values with more clarity so that your actions can be more beneficial to yourself and others

The practice helps to grow confidence in building new habits and more choice in responding to challenges

Be curious.
Recognise your situation.
Act with courage.

How can the mindfulness program help me with my eating patterns?

Mindfulness helps us to become aware of our body sensations, our emotions and our thoughts - all of which shape our relationship with our food.  It helps us explore our eating habits and the motivations that drive them.

We learn to pay close attention to our physical hunger signals - what are they?  How strong are they?  Am I hungry for food or am I bored or anxious or feeling down?  We train to deliberately be able to tolerate the sensations and emotions that drive reactive eating and to interrupt these urges and watch them pass.    Hard but worthwhile work!

The training can also help us step back to see the whole shape of our day, to be able to choose more wisely what is nourishing to the body and mind.  

Eating with awareness involves:

  • tuning into your own natural physical hunger signals
  • really tasting your food
  • choosing foods wisely, both for satisfaction and for health
  • learning to know when you’ve had enough
  • cultivating some knowledge about what foods are good for your body and mind
  • tolerating when things are challenging and finding ways to soothe that don't involve eating

 

 


 

 

 

What People Are Saying

I gained a lot from this course! I would definitely recommend it to friends and already have. I hadn’t been feeling ‘myself’ at the start of the course, and hadn’t been for almost a year. I had long term RSI which has gotten better in the 8 weeks – not 100% yet, but better than 6-8 months of physio beforehand! I feel myself again, and friends and work colleagues have noticed I seem happier, less stressed and I feel able to cope with stresses easier.

Tracey, 2017

Inner strength, confidence through knowing myself better, a more positive view of my future knowing that all I need is to turn into my pain and remember it will pass

Anna, 2016

It has definitely changed relationships in my life. Also it has helped me deal with confrontation a lot better. It has helped me become a lot more task focussed and given me the skill to see where my mind often wanders and why it goes to certain places. Loved the course and would recommend it to everyone.

Lacee, 2015

The course has made me feel a lot calmer in a busy life. It has reminded me to stop and smell the roses. It has taught me that awareness – is just that – not complicated! That meditation is not about stopping all thoughts but acknowledging them and letting them pass and then focussing back on the here and now.

Lisa 2016

It is hard to verbalise the surprisingly profound impact this experience (so much more than a course) has had on me. It has been so complete—spiritually, emotionally, professionally and intellectually.

Patrick 2016