This first part of the workshop will cover the damaging effects of dieting, the cycle of eating, and how intuitive eating can alternatively create a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body. Intuitive eating helps us be mindful by incorporating principles such as honoring hunger and making peace with food. Some of the benefits of intuitive and mindful eating are cultivating a trust with ourselves on hunger/fullness cues, enjoying food more, and helping digestion. There will also be an activity where participants will be guided through a mindful eating exercise.
The second part of the workshop will cover the “diet culture” food messages we are exposed to through our family, friends, co-workers, and media and how they can damage our relationship with food over time. Many people are left believing that they must choose between feeling deprived of their favorite treats or guilty for indulging. By learning to greet our hunger and food experience with kindness, we allow ourselves to more fully enjoy the sensuality and pleasure food has to offer. Together we will explore ways to leave food baggage at the door!
Amanda Sauceda is a lifestyle-focused registered dietitian nutritionist who guides and supports women to identify and enjoyably pursue their personal wellness vision. She specializes in working with women who want to discover their personal wellness vision through nutrition coaching and therapeutic diets for digestive disorders.
Sarah Zepeda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the incorporation of mindfulness principles and Cognitive Behavioral techniques in the treatment of adults with Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma. After experiencing profound benefits from her own mindfulness and meditation practice developed in her teenage years, she was early on an ardent believer in the mind’s ability to heal itself. Now that research has caught up and clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of meditation on neutral integration, she is delighted to share these strategies with others on their journey to becoming their highest self.