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Mind Over Eating

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What is the Mind Over Eating Program?

The Mind Over Eating Program is an online program that is focused on the concepts of Mindful Eating combined with awareness strategies and therapeutic approaches that maximize the mind + body connection in order to achieve optimal life abundance. This non-diet approach provides the tools and techniques that will help you take control of how you think, feel and behave to get the desired results in reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.

 
What types of tools are used in the Mind Over Eating Program?

This program combines the concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focus Therapy, Transactional Analyses Therapy, Group therapy, Stress Management techniques, Relapse Prevention techniques, holistic and bariatric nutrition, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) techniques, guided imagery and mediation techniques to assist each person in long term behavior change.

 
Where does the Mindful Eating approach originate from?

Mindful Eating originated from the Buddhist teachings of mindfulness: becoming aware of one's thoughts, actions and motivation. Mindful eating was made popular through the psychiatric practice of mindfulness meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 
Can I really eat what I want and still lose weight?

Yes, however Mindful Eating is not only about food, it's about identifying what triggers your food intake. To learn more about Mindful Eating, click here.

 
What do senses have to do with eating choices?

When you take the time to see, smell and taste your food while taking in positive surroundings, you help create the feeling of satisfaction with less food intake.

 
What is a mindful breathing exercise?

Mindful breathing exercise is a beginner guided meditation. Meditation quiets the mind from the useless negative internal dialogue that many times is the culprit to mindless snacking or overeating. To find out more details regarding the mindful breathing techniques, please join us in our Mind Over Eating Program.

 
Can I purchase the webinars on DVD?

No, you may purchase the Mind Over Eating Program by logging into the online program via our program portal, Purchase Now.

 

Nutrition

How many times do I eat per day to support a healthy weight?

On average, three to six meals can be consumed daily. Eating less than three meals per day can cause your blood sugar to have highs and lows. This in turn creates an environment for you to over eat during your next meal. It is best to stabilize your blood sugar throughout the day.

 
When is it ok to snack?

Snacking can lead you down a road to an unhealthy weight. Usually, when people snack it is not due to physical hunger. Rather, snacking is normally associated with "mindless eating" from emotional hunger.

 
Does it benefit me to count my calories?

We do not believe that calorie counting is most effective for a healthy weight. However, we do believe that what is most important is to track your mindless eating patterns. Identify when you are physically hungry and when you are not physically hungry. Then, determine the reasons behind each hunger pattern. A key to long-term success is becoming aware of what role food plays in your daily life.

 
How many times do I eat per day to support a healthy weight as a bariatric patient?

On average it is recommended that bariatric patients have three meals plus a protein shake per day.

 
How many ounces of food does a bariatric patient eat with each meal?

A bariatric patient's stomach is changed from the size of a flattened football to the size of an egg after surgery. Their new stomach size supports approximately 4oz. of food per meal. It's recommended that bariatric patients eat 3oz. of protein and 1oz. of the patient's choice of food during a meal in order to create a longer sensation of satisfaction.

 
Why are bariatric patients told not to drink with their meals?

If you drink during a meal you can push the food through the pouch faster, therefore disrupting the feeling of satisfaction. You may also find that you will get the urge to eat more frequently than what is needed to support a healthy weight. If you drink right before your meal, fluid will fill the pouch up and you will not be able consume the recommended food portion of 4oz.

 

Psychological

How do psychological approaches maximize the mind + body connection?

Through therapeutic approaches we can understand the many reasons for our thinking and behaviors and how that can affect us physically, emotionally and spiritually. Mind Over Eating instead of Lifestyle 2 Wellness we believe that the use of therapeutic approaches maximizes the mind + body connection in order to achieve optimal life fulfillment.

 
What is the difference between psychological/emotional hunger and physical hunger?

Psychological or emotional hunger is when we eat to feed an emotion (i.e. boredom, sadness, celebration, stress, loneliness, as a reward, etc.) Physical hunger is when we physically feel our stomach growling, decreased focus, attention, emptiness in our stomach, mouth watering, etc. Most people eat for emotional reasons and most of the time it is done unconsciously, whether that person has a weight problem or not. This behavior or habit is ingrained in our nervous system and it is hard to break. From birth, we have learned to associate food with emotions. Most of us do not realize the gigantic emotional role that food plays in our lives. Therefore, it is essential that we learn to satisfy our emotional and physical hunger appropriately.

 
Why does the Mind Over Eating Program focus on the mind instead of the nutritional information?

We believe that everything starts with a thought and if we feed on that thought it becomes a feeling, and if we feed on that feeling it becomes a behavior. Our behavior is the tip of the iceberg, what lies underneath is the most challenging part, which is our thinking. Our stomach is not the source of our weight issues, but our mind is.

 
How can I change a behavior/habit that is automatic?

An automatic behavior is the result of long-term repetition of that behavior, which creates a pattern. That pattern becomes engrained in our nervous system in the form of a physical connection called a "neural pathway." The more we repeat a behavior, thought or emotion, the stronger that neural pathway becomes. In order to change a behavior, it is crucial that we address our thinking first so we can choose the direction we want to go. Then with conscious and consistent repetition of a desired thought, feeling and/or behavior we will be able to create a new behavior/habit.

 
How long does it take to build a new habit or break an old one?

Experts believe that it takes between 21-30 days to break or build a new habit. As stated in the previous questions, habits are ingrained in our brain in the form of neural pathways. In order to destroy a neural pathway, repetition, practice and persistence are required and there is no substitution for that. It will take time and patience, but you will eventually be able to destroy any undesirable neural pathway.

 
Can I take medication to help me enhance my thinking, feelings and behaviors?

Our brain's chemistry can be changed temporarily with medication or drugs, however, our neural pathways can only be changed by persistent repetition and practice of whatever changes we desire. Dr. Thomas A. Richards, a psychologist and director of the Social Anxiety Institute says that, "Your neurochemistry is determined by your neural pathways and associations, not the other way around. Without repetition, neural pathways and associations cannot change. When our neural pathways and associations change, our brain chemistry will also change."

 
What does a belief system have to do with weight loss?

Everything! Our beliefs dictate our behaviors as they are also neural pathways in our nervous system. Here is an example, if we believe that we will always have a weight problem because of our family history, then that is what will happen. Once we accept a belief, we often fail to recognize that it is just our interpretation, and we start to treat it as a reality. Beliefs are like absolute commands that rule us.

 
Why it is important to become aware of my subconscious inner voices/self-talks?

It's important to become aware of your subconscious inner voices because they affect the way we feel and ultimately they drive our behaviors. Awareness is the most important and the first step to change. Most of us have learned to use food to feel good since childhood. Becoming aware of our subconscious self-talks can help us choose the thoughts that are supportive of our goals and ultimately affect in an empowering way the approach what we use to respond to our emotions. Therefore, instead of eating a big piece of pie when you are feeling lonely, you can choose to talk to a friend, listen to your favorite music, read a book, watch a funny movie, etc.

 
What psychological resources do you recommend for successful long-term weight loss?

We encourage a full lifestyle change in order to be successful in your long-term weight loss journey. Our Mind Over Eating Program offers tools and techniques that provide you the help and support you need in order to reach your long-term goals and permanently change your behaviors.

 
What if I am currently struggling with depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder or some type of addiction?

We recommend that you consult with your general physician and psychotherapist who can assess and treat your condition. We also encourage you to become a Lifestyle 2 Wellness member and utilize our online resources such as Community, Groups & Forums and social media sites for additional support lifestyle2wellness.com.