Mindful Eating Program

Eat Mindfully

Do you eat when you are stressed, bored or sad?

Have you tried to lose weight only to have regained it a few months later?

Have you tried to eat more healthfully, but just can't seem to stick with it?

About the Program - Eat Right Now

In the 4th most watched TED talk of 2016, A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit, Dr. Judson Brewer, MD, PhD., an addiction psychiatrist, speaks to the benefits of bringing curiosity to a craving, addiction, or bad habit, in order to break it and create a new, healthier response to stress. According to Dr. Brewer, “Obesity and smoking are among the leading preventable causes of morbidity and mortality in the world.” And citing another study, “we are only aware of what we are doing about half of the time.” Paying attention, or being mindful, can very literally save your life.

Forcing or willing behavior to change is less effective than paying objective attention to it.  Have you ever willed yourself to lose 20 pounds and months later, gained it all back? This is because the pre-frontal cortex, the part of the brain that is responsible for cognitive control, helps you remember that smoking or overeating, or eating certain things is bad for you. However, under stress, this is the first part of the brain to go off-line. So long willpower.

It’s natural, as humans to want to avoid, or turn away, from things that are unpleasant. When you want something to just go away, the bad feeling or disturbing thoughts, it’s our tendency to just want to shut them down by whatever means available – generally, that’s where the habits come in; the strategies you learned to help you feel better, more secure, loved. The counter-intuitive act of being curious about your behavior is the key to changing it because in doing so you are able to identify triggers for the behavior, the reward for the behavior; “what am I getting from this,” and the behavior or habit so that new more positive behaviors can be reinforced. This training will teach you the scientific basis of how we form eating habits, and how we can use this knowledge to change them. You will also learn concrete mindfulness skills to help you become more aware of and gain control over your eating.

Eat Right Now is a Mindful Eating program that helps keep you on track. Developed by Dr. Brewer the Eat Right Now® program, consists of a smart phone app, online community and support, and offline groups to help you succeed. The digital therapeutic delivers 30+ short video modules that build your skills one moment at a time. Take 10 minutes each day to learn a new lesson, and put it into practice throughout the day in manageable, bite-sized pieces.

Judson Brewer MD PhD is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at UMass Medical School. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for addictions, including both in-person and app-based treatments. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, spoken at international conferences, presented to the US President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, been featured at TED, TEDMED, TEDx, Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, Businessweek, NPR and the BBC among others. He writes a blog for The Huffington Post.

App-based training:

Dr. Brewer developed Eat Right Now, an app that will deliver mindfulness training right at your fingertips. Learn the mindfulness skills you need in your own home, at your own pace. The digital therapeutic delivers 30+ short video modules that build your skills one moment at a time. Take 10 minutes each day to learn a new lesson, and put it into practice throughout the day in manageable, bite-sized pieces.

Group-based support:

Studies have shown that group-based support helps change habits. Led by Cheryl Mills, a Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher, the Mindful Eating group is a 6-week program where you can get help with your food struggles right alongside others facing the same, or similar, obstacles. Each session provides hands on mindfulness practices, as well as expert and peer support as you go through the process of changing your relationship to eating. Class registration required.

See the Calendar for scheduling of the ERN Mindful Eating classes.  If you're interested in attending a Mindful Eating class you can find out more and register by clicking on the button below.

Eat Right Now

"MBSR provided practical tools to help me to improve communication, manage stress, and provoked positive changes to my own well being."

By Betsy M.

"I would definitely recommend this course. The effect of the meditation, yoga, recordings and discussion had a profound positive effect on my feeling of being able to manage my stress. 
Overall, I feel more positive about life and being able to make positive changes that I have been wanting to make for a long time.".

By Julie O.

"The benefits of this class are a structured but not rigid venue to explore meditation and practice a wide range of mindfulness as it applies to every day life.
It's a great opportunity to explore and reflect, both individually and with the class, and build on what you are learning from week to week. 8 weeks is the perfect duration. I learned several practices and things about myself that I feel will help me feel more fulfilled in the future.""

By Jana J.