Mindful Eating integrates mindful practices with the science behind eating habits and weekly group education & discussion sessions.
Introductory Session: Find out what it is all about SUNDAY JANUARY 8th, 4PM at the Wendell Library
For those who choose to continue:
Free Four Session Mindful Eating Course
Sundays Jan. 15th, 22nd, 29th & Feb 5th at 4-5 pm with Instructor Michelle Miller
Attendees of the 4 session course will need a smart phone or other Internet connected device to participate.
Details: As part of the mindfulness training, participants learn the scientific basis of how eating habits are formed and how to use this knowledge to change them. Concrete mindfulness skills will be taught to help raise awareness of, and gain control over, eating and how to activate these skills at your convenience and pace.
Throughout the week participants will be guided in short, daily mindfulness trainings via a free App on their mobile device. Then, once a week on Sunday afternoons, participants will meet at the Wendell Library in a facilitated group session to practice, discuss challenges and celebrate learnings and outcomes. Participants are asked to commit to all 4 sessions for the most effective outcome.
Dr. Judson Brewer, UMass Amherst, expert on addiction has developed Eat Right Now, an App that delivers mindfulness training to your devise. The App offers over 30 very short video modules, along with in-the-moment exercises, allowing users to build skills one moment at a time. Participants are encouraged to take 10 minutes each day to complete a new lesson and to learn how to put it into practice throughout the day in manageable, bite-sized pieces.
Group-base learning & support
Studies have shown that group-based learning and support helps change habits. Led by Michele Miller, Guiding Teacher at Amherst Mindfulness, the Mindful Eating group will meet weekly at the Wendell Free Library on four consecutive Sundays 4-5pm. Each session provides hands-on mindfulness practices, as well as expert and peer support as participants go through the process of changing their relationship to eating.The intention is to combine mindfulness skills training with the Eat Right Now App to transform ones behavior and relationship to eating.
How we form habits
How to work with cravings
How to use mindfulness when you eat
Stress vs. hunger
Goals and staying on track when you slip up
Coping with triggers
Working with difficult emotions
How mindfulness works
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Michele Miller
Michele has recently transitioned from a career in real estate development and property management to pursue work as a Mindfulness teacher. She completed the MBSR practicum at UMass Medical Center, Center for Mindfulness and is currently receiving mentorship from Diane Reibel through the UC San Diego, Center for Mindfulness. In addition to her training in MBSR, she is currently apprenticing under Judson Brewer, Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness, UMASS Medical School, training to become a facilitator of his Mindful Eating program. Michele is also training to teach Mindful Self-Compassion.
Michele says Mindfulness has transformed her life and she is very grateful for the opportunity to introduce these practices to others. She has a daily meditation practice and spends 15-20 days a year in silence Along with Mindfulness, she has a strong interest in concepts that relate to energy, intuition, and spiritual connection and is currently doing some experiential work in these areas. She lives with her two children in Amherst.
Sign up at the Library Circulation Desk. 978-544-3559.� We will give you instructions on how to access the App.
This program is made possible thanks to a federal IMLS grant to promote Libraries as Science Literacy Centers and made possible thanks to matching funds from the Friends of the Wendell Free Library.