I recently finished up a course on Mindful Eating through Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Program (MB-EAT), which was developed by Dr. Jean Kristeller. I decided to participate in order to deepen my own understanding and knowledge of mindfulness as a means to break free from the diet culture and have a more peaceful relationship with food.
What is mindfulness, you ask? Mindfulness is simply the act of being fully present. Our minds are often thinking about the past or imagining the future rather than being FULLY in the present moment. Mindfulness itself has its roots in Buddhist meditation (Vipassana) and is a key element in many spiritual practices & religions. But whether you are spiritual or not, in a world full of distractions, 24/7 connectivity through our cell phones and the internet, mindfulness is definitely becoming more challenging and equally more more important.