FEAST Mindful Eating for Teens Study
The Center for Family and Adolescent Research in Albuquerque has developed a mindful eating program for teenagers and invites parents of 12-17 year old students to call to learn more about the program. This program teaches teens how to develop a healthy relationship with food and eating as well as how to reduce stress and manage emotions. There is no cost to participate in the program. There are only a few slots left for our Spring 2016 Program. Please contact Donna at 505-263-7318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Mindful Eating?
Why are people turning off their phones, televisions and other plug-in devices
and tuning in to the taste of food?
Growing research suggests that distraction while eating prevents a person from enjoying the bite in the mouth. Coined "mindless eating," this innocent behavior has been linked to overeating, stress, and weight gain.
How would you know if you are eating in a mindless or distracted way? One quick way is to recall what you ate at your last meal. Can you describe the flavor, the taste, the texture? If you are struggling to remember any of the specifics about your choice, you are not alone.
Learning mindful eating skills allows yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation.
By using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body, acknowledging your responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment, and becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating you can change your relationship to food.
Visit the FEAST study website for more information: http://www.ori.org/feast.