Mindfulness-Based Interventions for distressful relationships with food, body and eating/disordered eating.

Our relationship to food is a central one that reflects our attitudes toward our environment and ourselves. Mindfulness-based interventions are particularly well suited to addressing disordered eating behaviours.

These interventions train individuals to simply observe feelings, behaviours and experiences which gives people the chance to disengage from automatic and dysfunctional reactivity. This process provides participants time and space to work with and develop wiser and more balanced relationships with themselves, their eating and their bodies. As a practice, mindful eating can bring awareness to actions, thoughts, feelings and motivations; and insight into the roots of health and contentment.

Mindful eating is:

  • Allowing ourselves to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food preparation and consumption by respecting our own inner wisdom.
  • Choosing to eat food that is both pleasing to us and nourishing to our bodies by using all our senses to explore, savor and taste.
  • Acknowledging responses to food (likes, neutral or dislikes) without judgment.
  • Learning to be aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide our decision to begin eating and to stop eating.

Minding the Food Space (MTFS)

Minding the Food Space is a platform that offers mindfulness-based courses, workshops and retreats to help all interested people wanting to develop healthier relationships with food, eating, their bodies and themselves. The 8-week course (offered to women only) provides an in-depth training and healing opportunity, and is offered at the same time intervals as the MBSR courses allowing shared Days of Mindfulness (in week 6), 3-4 times a year.

Cape Town

Facilitator: Julie Deane-Williams (was McIntosh), Registered Dietitian Tel: (021) 761 4646, e-mail julie@mindingthefoodspace.co.za, and www.mindingthefoodspace.co.za

Johannesburg

Facilitator: Fathima Bux, e-mail: buxf@mweb.co.za

Mindfulness Eating

A Mindful Approach to Food and the Body. These workshops are run in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Facilitators: Dr RJ Chippindall, cell 074 998 1167, e-mail rjchippindall@yahoo.co.uk and Xenia Ayiotis, cell 082 659 300, xenia@intekom.co.za and www.theartofmindfuleating.com