All of us want to be happy, but as we rush through life it is easy to become confused by the overwhelming amount of contradictory information published about food and health. As a result, we can lose confidence in our ability to recognise what truly nourishes our bodies and minds, and develop an uneasy relationship with ourselves and with our hunger.
Mindful Eating provides a way to pause, re-centre ourselves, and carefully consider advice that we hear. We can then experiment in order to decide for ourselves which foods and eating patterns support us, lift our mood, and make us feel strong and positive.
This one day course explores how Mindful Eating can be used to identify the unique food and eating patterns that will support you most effectively, and how simple mindfulness techniques can be used to help you enjoy more moments of happiness in each day. We look in detail at how a wide variety of foods can be used to provide the strong physical foundations for happiness; for example which foods are known to provide the biochemical building blocks for serotonin, your ‘happy’ neurotransmitter. By the end of the course you will have:
This course is suitable for:
The course assumes no previous knowledge of how food and eating patterns can be used to support positive mental health, nor do you need any previous experience of mindfulness or mindful eating. No pre-course reading material is required, but there will be many resources for future reading included in the course itself.
The course will include short sessions of slide presentations to establish key concepts, practical ideas and their scientific underpinnings, followed by group work and discussions to consolidate learning and encourage mindful approaches to nutritional change. This course focuses on turning knowledge into practice and contains a number of practical exercises, some of which will be undertaken during the day and others that can be undertaken at your leisure. The day will finish with an opportunity to prioritise the exercises that you feel are of most relevance to you, and there will be plenty of time to discuss ideas raised during the presentations. You will be provided with essential information, practical tips and take home resources to help quickly implement learning from the course into your life or work.
A smartphone, tablet or laptop is required for full participation in all the online exercises, but the day is mainly structured around paper based tools that will be provided on the day.
Katie Sheen FdSc, DipION, CNHC, PGCE, MA.Ed (Founder of Soul Nutrition and Astro Brain Tumour Fund)
Katie has taught in various academic settings including the MSc Nutritional Therapy at the University of Worcester and CPD events for Lamberts Healthcare. She runs mindfulness workshops, courses and events for corporate clients and the general public, including at the Michelin starred Lucknam Park Hotel and Cookery School. She has been using mindfulness in her own life for over 16 years, and studies in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who was proposed for a Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King in 1967.
The award winning interactive website Soul Nutrition (www.soulnutrition.org) brings together well-being tools that Katie developed for her MA Education. It enables people to develop a mindful approach to health and happiness, as well as providing tools for positive change. Astro Brain Tumour Fund supports research into the potential use of the ketogenic diet as an adjunct therapy for brain tumours, and is currently contributing to the development of the first clinical trials in the UK.