How Formal Meditation Practices Change the Brain to Enhance Mindful Eating

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A formal mindful meditation practice is essential to increasing our awareness of the thoughts, feelings, and body sensations that drive us to eat mindlessly. In this two-part webinar series, we will discuss and explore different formal meditation practices that can re-wire the brain to become more attentive in our daily lives. In part one of the series, we provide an introduction to standardized mindfulness interventions that will provide participants with a better understanding of what mindfulness is, its history and benefits as a practice. We will practice the Body Scan meditation, and discuss the scientific evidence to suggest how the Body Scan may reduce depressive symptoms that lead to emotional eating. The Body Scan meditation practice will be offered as a home practice that you will do throughout the following week. Then, in the second part of the series, participants will have the opportunity to share what they learned from their practice, experience a mindful sitting meditation, and explore the neurobiological underpinnings of the sitting meditation.

Participants will be able to experience and describe two formal mindful meditations that can enhance mindful eating practices.

Participants will summarize the benefits of such meditation practices.

Given June 13 and 20, 2017

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Included: Two 60-min video (mp4), one audio body scan (m4a), two PDF handouts

Cinzia Pezzolesi, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapist. Cinzia is also a senior lecturer on mental health and wellbeing. Cinzia qualified as mindfulness teacher at the University of Bangor (North Wales, UK), and trained as Mindful Eating trainer in Boston (USA).

Sharon Theroux, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and board certified neuropsychologist, working in private practice with her husband in South Florida since 1995. As a therapist, she specializes in the treatment of individuals with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, eating disorders and addictive behaviors. As a neuropsychologist, she assesses individuals with brain-related disorders (e.g. head injury, stroke, dementia, ADHD, learning disabilities, and autistic spectrum disorders) to help determine their strengths and weaknesses for treatment planning.

2 MP4, 1 M4A and 2 PDF