Mindful Eating: Enjoy a Healthy Relationship with Food
Emma Randall: One-to-One Sessions, Talks and Support Groups for Weight Loss
If you want to lose weight, then my Mindful Eating service could be what you're looking for.
- Do you struggle to control your eating and your weight?
- Would you like to develop a healthier relationship with food?
- Do you have a history of yo-yo dieting?
- Have you had enough of dieting, and are you in need of a fresh approach to help you feel more in charge of food?
- Would you like help in setting up and maintaining long-term healthy eating habits?
- Are you confused about all the nutritional messages out there, and in need of some simple, effective nutritional advice to help you make more healthy, satisfying food choices?
So many people struggle to control their weight. Our environment constantly bombards us with delicious food, and without the skills, awareness and knowledge to deal with these temptations it can be a constant battle. As well as all the food temptations, so many of us have sedentary- and stressful- lifestyles. Stress can increase appetite, adding to the problem. It’s no wonder obesity has become such a common phenomenon! What’s needed is a weight management approach that equips us with more awareness, knowledge and skills to get more in control of our eating and lifestyle in a way that’s enjoyable and sustainable.
About Mindful Eating
I help people to develop a healthier relationship with food, to feel more in charge of their eating and to set up and maintain long-term healthy eating habits. My Mindful Eating service includes one-to-one sessions, a support group ‘Let’s Talk Eating’ (based in Lightwater, Surrey and online), taster sessions and a range of talks. If you’ve had enough of dieting, you feel out of control of your eating, you’re struggling with your weight and you want to find a fresh, flexible approach to transform your eating, then my services are designed to help you achieve just that. I also help people who might not be overweight, but who are seeking support in setting up and maintaining healthier eating habits.
Going On A Diet Doesn’t Necessarily Deal With The Heart Of The Problem
If a person wants to lose weight, and keep off the weight long-term, the first step should be to look at their current eating- not simply go on a diet where you follow someone else’s rules. Going on a diet doesn’t necessarily get to the heart of the problem. This is why many people re-gain their weight after a weight loss plan, and get caught up in yo-yo dieting. My aim is to help people to develop a healthier relationship with food, and then weight loss can follow naturally.
Mindful Eating was set up with the aim of helping individuals to make beneficial, long-term changes to their eating and lifestyle to enable them to reach their health goals such as losing weight, eating more healthily and getting more in control of their eating. Every individual has their own needs, preferences and challenges, so I wanted to offer a personalised service that would enable me to work with clients in depth. Read about my own weight loss journey here.
I help clients to become more aware of their own eating patterns and behaviours, and support them in adopting techniques that enable them to make better eating decisions which they can then use long term, without having to cut out favourite foods. Mindless eating is often linked with overeating, and we don’t necessarily enjoy food more when we overeat. For clients who overeat, I help them to adopt more mindful eating strategies that help them to enjoy their food more, whilst learning to eat less. My blog, ‘How To Eat Better Through Mindful Eating’, illustrates some of the key concepts I use to help clients. I also introduce how I help clients in this short video.
We Can’t Rely On Willpower Alone
Our attitude and approach towards losing weight can be our biggest downfall. It’s easy to fall into the rut of thinking that the only way to lose weight is to go on a strict diet- we try to harness as much willpower as possible and deny ourselves our favourite foods. The problem with this approach is that it’s unsustainable. Willpower is like a battery- we have a limited supply of it and it runs out. We can’t stick to a diet that’s rule-bound and unenjoyable, especially as food forms such a central part of our lives; we have to make multiple food decisions every day, and many social events revolve around food. I help clients to tackle the food environment by helping them to adopt a range of techniques.
The Dual Approach
In my practice as a Weight Loss Consultant I’ve come across many people who have embarked on a variety of weight loss diets, only to re-gain much of the weight they lost. Lack of nutritional knowledge, as well as certain beliefs about food and dieting can lead to unhelpful food choices and unsuccessful weight loss attempts. For example, believing that low fat or ‘diet’ foods help you to lose weight, believing that you have very little choice about what you eat, believing that all dietary fat is bad for you, that all healthy food is too expensive or believing that you’re no good at losing weight. Effective weight loss requires a ‘dual approach’, addressing not only the nutritional aspects such as knowing which foods satisfy your appetite and which don’t, but also the psychological aspects such as comfort eating and ignoring your body’s signals telling you when you’re full.
There are many commercial weight loss programmes available, but not many offer an in-depth, dual approach. My Mindful Eating service empowers clients by giving them the tools they need to get more in control of their eating. Clients benefit from addressing both aspects, but I can focus with the client on a particular area depending on their needs and preferences- one client might want to focus more on improving their knowledge of food and nutrition, and another might want to focus more on tackling their emotional eating.
Addressing Unhelpful Thoughts, Feelings And Beliefs
I encourage clients to address their mindset in terms of how they think and feel about food, a crucial aspect of learning how to manage the food environment. I help clients to address unhelpful thoughts such as thinking that you deserve to eat a certain food, thinking that you’ve ‘blown’ it after eating a piece of cake, or telling yourself that you’ll start to eat better once you’re back from your holiday/weekend away.
The Problem with ‘Quick Fix’ Diets: Weight Re-Gain
From my experience of working with clients, the problem with a short-term diet where all the thinking is done for you in terms of what to eat/not to eat, and where each day’s food intake is rigidly ‘prescribed’ in a calorie-controlled format is that the diet will inevitably end, after which it’s easy to return to old ways of eating. For many people it can be so easy to re-gain weight a few months after losing weight, especially if they’ve followed a ‘quick fix’ rapid weight loss plan- this is because following weight loss, a smaller body requires less food and so it’s easy to gain the weight back if you return to your former eating habits, such as eating large portions or making unhealthy food choices.
Addressing Underlying Habits And Thought Patterns
Not being fully aware of how they used to eat, or not knowing how to change their former, pre-diet eating due to lack of nutritional knowledge can cause clients to feel anxious and worried that they will put the weight back on- I’ve experienced this with many clients who have come to me for dietary advice following a quick-fix commercial diet programme. If a person has a tendency towards emotional eating and he or she has not learned how to deal with it, this can also make weight maintenance difficult following weight loss. Short-term weight loss diets may not always address underlying habits, and identifying unhelpful eating behaviours as well as unhelpful thought patterns is a key part of helping a client to improve their eating. My Mindful Eating service helps clients to adopt more healthy eating habits and attitudes towards food, to help them manage their weight long-term.
Health, Not Just Weight Loss
With the obesity epidemic and the increase in obesity-related health issues such as pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, it’s vital that overweight individuals have access to services that help them lose weight. My Mindful Eating service educates and empowers individuals by offering personalised dietary advice and supporting them in becoming more ‘mindful’ eaters. Losing weight can have a huge impact on health and medical conditions, and not only can it help to improve specific medical conditions, clients can also benefit from improved overall well-being such as better energy levels, improved digestion, better sleep, improved mood and better mobility. By adopting sustainable, more healthy eating habits and attitudes towards food, clients are able to work towards better weight control and better health, for life.
A More Personalised, Tailor-Made Service
My Mindful Eating service is useful for clients who have tried the traditional weight loss clubs and who now require a much more personalised approach. It moves away from the restrictive, often unsustainable, quick-fix diet approach, and instead focuses on long-term behaviour change. It helps clients to build the skills and awareness that will help them to consider their thought processes and attitudes in relation to food, to manage their food environment and to adopt a way of eating that is flexible, sustainable and enjoyable. I run sessions for individuals as well as for small groups.
I’m based in the Camberley area, Surrey, but also offer Skype sessions for clients living in other parts of the UK and elsewhere.
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For additional information and tips see my blogs.
I also provide video tips and advice on my YouTube channel.