FREEDOM FROM PROBLEMATIC EATING
WHERE: 2228 Broadway #213
WHEN: August 1st - Oct 25th
DO YOU WANT TO LOVE YOUR BODY NOW ON THE JOURNEY TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.
In this 12 week group program, you will begin to look at what is keeping you stuck in the destructive cycle of problematic eating. Problematic eating is a symptom of a deeper problem, an underlying issue. In this program you will begin to uncover the very thing that is keeping you from a true connection with yourself and those around you. You will learn how to stop using food in a way that is physically, spiritually, and emotionally destructive.
Several factors contribute to problematic eating. Although obesity in the family, childhood weight issues, the media, and pressures about being thin do contribute, they don’t appear to be the most common causes for problematic eating. Being teased about weight and shape and hearing toxic environmental attitudes and distorted thinking that lead to low self-esteem seem to be the bigger culprits.
As low self-esteem increases, behavioral patterns grow and problematic eating becomes more of a dominant issue. In many cases, attempts to control weight by dieting and exercising too much eventually lead to more bingeing and excess weight gain; therefore, a cycle of unwanted eating behavior becomes more ingrained.
As a problematic eater, you may feel like there is no stopping when the food trigger is engaged. You may struggle with the ability to use food for its true purpose rather than as a tool to mask what is really going on. Those who don’t suffer from problematic eating are able to use food as nourishment and as a tool for self-care. Eaters who eat normally are able to choose foods they want, and they eat to live rather than live to eat. Essentially, their thinking around food isn’t distorted.
The exciting news here is that this thinking can be adjusted; therefore, complete healing is possible for anyone.
HOW TO HEAL
A change of thinking is often missing in the recovery of someone who has problematic eating: it is about moving from automatic, compulsive thinking to mindful, rational thought. Although it seems quite easy and obvious that one should simply adjust his or her thinking and make different choices, this task is often not so simple due to habitual behaviors, unwritten rules that shape actions, and distorted perceptions.
This Program is for those who suffer from any kind of problematic eating. Freedom covers a twelve-week recovery program and shares the necessary steps for a full recovery from problematic eating.
Before beginning this program, look closely at your life. Commit that you are ready to make this program and your recovery your highest priority. You must admit to your deepest self that the benefits of getting better far outweigh the costs of staying stuck in your disorder.
Over twelve weeks, you will uncover the distorted thinking that affects the lifestyle you want to have and the relationship with food you’ve always dreamed of. You will work with the patterned behaviors keeping you stuck and the compulsive actions affecting your personal well-being.
Being free from problematic eating doesn’t mean simply coping day to day. It is about mastering your relationship with food—for good. This will be the beginning of a lifelong journey of mindfulness and thought. The exercises and tools we will be using aren’t meant to be used like a checklist, where each activity must be completed each week. It’s more important to move through the modules each week and work at your own pace, really taking the time necessary to look at what resonates with you. In each module there are several activities available for different topics. Together we will choose the best fit for you and help you stay consistent. You will not be focusing on doing things “perfectly,” but instead focus on really finding the self-care system that works for you. This is why working with a guide who understands this process is also incredibly helpful.
SO WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
You think, “Today is the day. I will start eating mindfully and in a healthy way.” But you can’t get started, or you sabotage your plan before the day is done.
WHAT IS PROBLEMATIC EATING
“Problematic eating” describes any situation in which a person is unable to eat without some kind of stress. This person is often unduly concerned with weight and shape or has a strong concern about how he or she looks. A person with problematic eating will experience emotional, environmental, cognitive, and interpersonal triggers that lead him or her to act out in destructive behaviors around food. Eating emotionally because of feelings is one factor that may exist, and the person may eat compulsively in a trance state—that is, consuming food long after the point of being full. Often a problematic eater will experience episodes of compulsive eating and binge eating, when one rapidly eats large amounts of food at one sitting. Usually there is some restriction going on before the binge; therefore, psychologically the body and mind want to make up for what was missed. If the restriction isn’t present, then binging itself becomes the focus, and a person will move into this trance state at every eating episode, often eating alone because of embarrassment and shame.
WHAT IS RESTRICTION?
Restriction is the tendency to limit food intake regardless of the current level of hunger. It is most often associated with anorexic behavior but is a common thread in all problematic eating tendencies. A person restricts his or her food intake primarily to lose weight and limit calorie intake. Restriction is often associated with problematic eating and can lead to binging, food obsessions, worry, anxiety, and myriad health problems. It is essential to let go of any restriction in order to heal problematic eating and develop a normal pattern of eating.
WHAT IS A BINGE EATING DISORDER?
OTHER VERSIONS OF PROBLEMATIC EATING
"Orthorexia nervosa" Stephen Bratman, a doctor and nutrition specialist from the United States, coined the term “orthorexia nervosa.” This describes an obsession with eating healthy foods to the extent that thinking and worrying become destructive. Such a person is so obsessed with dieting and diet trends it affects his or her stress levels in a detrimental way. While orthorexia isn’t a recognized eating disorder in the mental health community, it is becoming more prevalent in society and therefore more closely examined.
A person who has Orthorexia nervosa may do the following:
If you can relate to at least two bullets here, you may have orthorexia. If you can relate to four or more, you very likely have it. “
"Bulimia nervosa” is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating and purging— or consuming a large amount of food in a short time. A bulimic will feel the need to rid him-self or herself of the food by purging (vomiting, doing excessive exercise, or taking a laxative, diuretic, or stimulant). Bulimics are too concerned about shape, weight, and body image.
Here are more characteristics of bulimics:
If you can relate to at least two of these bullet points, you may have bulimia. If you can relate to four or more, you very likely have bulimia.
“Anorexia nervosa” is characterized by unhealthy food restrictions, a constant fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body perception. Because they intensely fear gaining weight, people who struggle with this disorder restrict the amounts of food they consume. Even though they are underweight, those with anorexia have a distorted body image and see themselves as fat.
Here are more characteristics Anorexia nervosa:
If you can relate to at least two of these bullet points, you may have anorexia. If you can relate to four or more, you very likely have anorexia.
"EDNOS" (eating disorders not otherwise specified) are eating disorders that lie somewhere between anorexia and bulimia but don’t meet the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) requirements for either one at this time. People suffering with EDNOS show a variety of symptoms associated with both anorexia and bulimia or of one of the other disorders. They will often present other unhealthy eating behaviors that may not be present in anorexia or bulimia.
Here are more characteristicsof Enos:
If you can relate to at least two of these bullet points, you may have EDNOS. If you can relate to four or more, you very likely have EDNOS.
“Obesity” is a medical condition in which excess fat leads to health problems such as reduced life expectancy if the condition isn’t taken seriously and treatment obtained. Obese individuals can recover by using the program laid out in this book and by working side by side with a medical doctor.
Here are more characteristics of people with obesity:
If you can relate to at least two bullet points here, you may have obesity. If you can relate to four or more, you very likely have obesity.
This twelve-week program is designed to take you through a proven method to heal problematic eating for good. Each week focuses on specific elements in the healing process. There are no rules in terms of sticking to what is outlined in each, but this program is laid out in a step-by-step process because healing problematic eating doesn’t happen overnight and is a process that must be taken gently with much nurturance, patience, and understanding. You have already taken the first and most difficult step in the journey, so know that you will be guided and supported as you continue on the path and that wherever you are is perfect and completely good enough.
The assignments are tools for you, and you may find that some come more easily and are more comfortable than others. There is no right or wrong way to complete the manual, but your openness and willingness to show up 100 percent each week will provide a solid foundation for your long-term healing. The samples provided are only a guide, and you may find that you prefer your own creations for some of these activities. Feel free to alter any of the sample resources for your own benefit.
FREEDOM FROM PROBLEMATIC EATING
WHERE: 2228 Broadway #213
WHEN: August 1st - Oct 25th
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