News and updates for the Masters in Counseling Program (CSL) at DePaul University
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
RETRAIN THE BRAIN
Mindfulness for Eating Disorders
alexian brothers behavioral health
Integrating knowledge of health, nutrition, and how food makes you feel.
is in Fashion,
Does it Work?
food challenges facing those struggling with an eating disorder
are often overwhelming and beyond their control. Mindfulness
instills a level of self-awareness that enhances acceptance and
improves the ability to make appropriate choices. There is an overall
sense of peace and calmness that reduces the arousal state
produced by negative thoughts and emotions.
anxiety that drives the anorectic and bulimic to surrender to
food aversions can be
offset by ‘gentle eating’ and acquiring the skills to uncouple
destructive thoughts. The binge eater can master extracting
maximum sensory pleasure that will pacify their cravings and
short circuit their compulsive behavior through slow eating and
mindfulness techniques. The goal is to retrain and thereby rewire
the brain through the acquisition of knowledge and experience.
Healthy and appropriate eating is attained by developing a more
habituated behavior of remaining within the boundaries of
hunger and fullness or “zone of indifference.” One must learn
to accept that the urges to eat are a moving target that
necessitates the skills of mindfulness to navigate through the
daily challenges one encounters. Please join guest speaker, Ralph
Carson, LD, RD, Ph.D., for the
enlightening program, Mindfulness is in
Fashion, But How Does it Work, on Tuesday,
November 4, 2014. Dr. Carson is Executive Director of FitRx,
American Addiction Center in Tennessee, and Clinical
Nutritional Advisor of Pine Grove Behavioral Health and
Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
TUESDAY November 4th, 2014 9 AM - 12 PM
Conference Center | Hoffman Estates
available for this event, and continental breakfast will be