Intuitive Eating & Mindfulness at Mealtime

EDIT™ Worksheets | Be True To Your Self Intuitive Eating #8 | Intuitive Mindful Meal Process I grew up hearing the old adage, “you are what you eat.” Unfortunately for our clients, they believe this to be true. The truth is though, we aren’t what we eat. We need food to nourish our bodies and souls but we are not what we eat. Our clients are bodies, minds, hearts and souls. They are not pieces of chocolate cake or fried chicken! Mealtime is one of the most vulnerable times of our client’s days. It is at the dinner table or at the company luncheon that our clients are faced with the very thoughts and insecurities that plague them. Intuitive eating can help clients remember to “check in” with the type and amount of food their bodies truly need at meals. And mindful eating skills can help the client find freedom and security while eating, especially in environments which can otherwise be very triggering . The Intuitive Mindful Meal Process is one way we as therapists can directly support our clients on their path of healing and restoration. The best way to use this worksheet is to eat in session with your client. Instead of initially sharing a meal with one another, start out with a sample “safe” snacks – maybe a few apple slices, some baby carrots, a handful of raw almonds. If your client is willing, you can also add two pieces of dark chocolate (one piece for each of you). Lay each snack out on a table in front of you and your client, and being to walk through the worksheet. It helps to start out with...