Healthy Eating Talks In Lightwater Surrey

Over the past decade I’ve given a lot of talks at various organisations, mainly at weight loss companies but also in different community settings such as cafes, churches, mother and baby groups and ‘drop in’ centres and support groups run by charities. During that time I’ve had an opportunity to develop many different talks, depending on the needs and preferences of the groups I’m talking to. I really enjoy giving talks- I’m passionate about teaching people things I know they will find healthy eating talks in lightwater surreyinteresting and useful about weight management, nutrition and health and the psychology of eating, and it’s great to get such positive feedback from attendees- after my talks, I’m always so pleased when people tell me they’ve gained some really valuable and interesting knowledge. I’m a great believer in ‘knowledge is power’, as it’s through learning and awareness that we can start making positive changes. There is such a lot of information out there that sometimes all people want is the most important, key points of a subject area clearly summarised for them, rather than having to research and wade through lots of information themselves. Although it’s very rewarding to teach and empower individuals through my one-to-one sessions, by giving talks I can reach a lot more people. For this reason I’m running a series of healthy eating talks in Lightwater Surrey.

The events I run are informal 90 minute talks, and due to the factual nature of the talks I always provide a detailed handout summarising each talk. Below is an outline of the healthy eating talks in Lightwater Surrey that I’m currently running, with a brief description of each. I also plan to offer a lot more topics over the coming months and to run all of the talks on an ongoing basis.

Healthy Eating Talks In Lightwater Surrey: ‘Food And Mood’

This talk addresses the importance of good nutrition for a healthy mind and balanced mood. For anyone who experiences low mood, poor concentration or poor memory, or who simply wants to keep their brain healthy, the talk looks at the link between what we eat and how we feel and function. The talk provides some helpful tips on simple steps you can take to support your mood and brain health from a dietary, nutritional and lifestyle perspective. It explains how food provides the building blocks for brain chemicals such as serotonin, which makes us feel happy and calm, and the importance of ‘good’ fats, vitamins and minerals for brain health and function. If we eat a poor diet, one low in nutrients, this can impact both our mood and brain function, so a good diet is important for supporting overall brain health.

Healthy Eating Talks In Lightwater Surrey: ‘Understanding Emotional Eating’

This talk covers a range of factors that can give rise to a tendency to ‘comfort eat’. I define what emotional eating is, what can Healthy eating talks in lightwater surreycause it and how food can be used for reasons other than to satisfy physical hunger. We look at how food can be the ‘go to’ solution during times of stress or emotional upset, and how turning to food as a coping strategy can lead to a vicious cycle. Eating doesn’t solve problems, it often just takes the focus off unpleasant feelings temporarily, or it can stop us from tackling problems. I cover various issues including self-perception (how we view ourselves and how we believe others view us), how food might be used to suppress or avoid feelings, how emotional eating might be a sign of unfulfilled needs, and how it might be used to fill a ‘void’. The aim of the talk is to enable people to gain a better understanding of themselves and of emotional eating, and to start thinking about how to create a better relationship with food. This talk is relevant for anyone who feels that emotional eating gets in the way of their attempts to eat healthily, lose weight or maintain their weight long-term, and is intended to help individuals become more aware of the specific factors driving their own eating and to give them some tools to tackle it.

Healthy Eating Talks In Lightwater Surrey: ‘Nutrition And Weight Loss- Truths Not Myths’

There is so much dietary, nutritional and weight loss information out there that it can be confusing! Common statements I often hear include:-

~ I must avoid high-fat foods; low-fat diets are best
~ It’s better to eat several smaller meals a day rather than three larger ones
~ I blame my excess weight on my slow metabolism
~ Skipping meals can help weight loss
~ The only way to lose weight is to go on a diet
~ A calorie is a calorie- it doesn’t matter what you eat, as long as you cut down on calories
~ Lots of weight loss on the scales means lots of fat loss.

This talk explores a range of topics to help clarify things for anyone who is confused about nutrition and which approaches work best for weight loss and long-term weight management. It’s so important to have the right information to hand, to enable us to make informed food and lifestyle choices. Being well informed also helps us feel more confident in ourselves, and self-belief is a key aspect of weight management.

Healthy Eating Talks In Lightwater Surrey: ‘Simple Steps To More Mindful Eating’

Many people eat on ‘autopilot’, putting very little thought into their food choices, and they eat pretty much the same thing every day because they can’t be bothered to explore, or haven’t considered exploring, other food options. When we’re busy it’s Healthy eating talks in Lightwaterso easy to default to the easy option. Hectic, stressful lives mean that food can drop right to the bottom of the priority list, and food ends up being regarded as simply fuel to keep you on the move rather than being seen as a vital source of nutrients that help our bodies to run optimally and which support our health and well-being. Mindless eating is very common, and my job is to teach people the importance and benefits of becoming a more mindful eater when it comes to weight management. However, mindful eating skills can also help us to make healthier food choices overall by enabling us to think before we eat. Creating some mental space before eating can help us to make better eating decisions, instead of spontaneous ones we might regret. It’s easy to enjoy food in the moment and to not think about the short-term and long-term consequences such as feeling stuffed or lethargic, regretting what we’ve just eaten, digestive reactions and over time, weight gain or poor health. If we can learn to anticipate the outcome of our food choices most of the time then we will be in a much better position to make good choices whenever we’re confronted by food.

The problem with food is that we’re constantly surrounded by it, so it’s important to engage the brain whenever possible to help us with our food choices. My mindful eating talk covers a range of topics including: the problem with dieting; unhelpful behaviours, thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and values in relation to food, eating and dieting; the ‘black and white’ mindset and its link with yo-yo dieting; the excuses we use to eat; how to become more satisfied with less food; calorie ‘shaving’, which is about being able to still eat the foods you enjoy whilst keeping things in balance.

Mindful eating takes into consideration factors such as what to eat, whether to eat, why we eat and how we eat- it’s about engaging the brain a bit more to help us improve our current eating behaviours and decisions in relation to food choices and the actual eating process. The key thing to remember is that we’re all different, with different needs and challenges, so finding a personalised solution to our eating is essential, rather than embarking on a way of eating based on someone else’s rules about what and how much to eat.

Through all of my talks I aim to make people more aware of what, how and why they eat, to help them gain insight into some of the key nutritional and physiological factors relevant to health and weight management, as well as give them insight into their own inner world and inspire them to become more vigilant when it comes to dealing with the food environment. By giving them the tools and knowledge they need, my goal is to empower people to start addressing their own particular challenges and struggles with food and to find strategies to deal with them.

Please click HERE for reviews of my various healthy eating talks in Lightwater Surrey and surrounding areas over the past few years.

If you’d like to attend one of my healthy eating talks in Lightwater Surrey, tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite via this link: http://mindfuleating.org.uk/mindful-eating-workshops/

 

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