Darwin Mindful Eating Program

The Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Program will help you:

Finally understand why diets don’t (and won’t) work for you or most other people.

Discover simple yet powerful methods for knowing when, what, and how much to eat without restriction.

Consistently eat the foods you love without guilt – and without bingeing.

Learn the truth about nutrition without confusing, arbitrary rules.

Nourish your body, mind, and spirit to build your health, energy, and joy.

Never again exercise to earn food or punish yourself for eating.

Watch this short video to find our a bit more about what the program involves. For more information visit www.amihungry.com

Some generally asked questions regarding the program are answered below.

For more information on the program check out our FAQs document. 

How can Mindful Eating help me?

Eating is a natural, nourishing, pleasurable part of life used to meet our body's requirements. However, living in our food abundant, diet-crazed culture, where there often is a lot of stigma around body shape and size and fear around food, we have "lost touch" with our intuitive ability to enjoy food. Instead eating is often mindless, consuming and guilt inducing. Mindful eating is grounded in the ancient practice of mindfulness with profound modern applications and implications in solving our love- hate relationship with food.

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Is Mindful Eating a diet?

No this program is not a weight loss diet. In fact, there is a substantial body of research to show that dieting is not sustainable and lead to a number of problems, including eating disorders, food and body preoccupation, weight gain, reduced self -esteem, weight stigmatisation and overall poorer health.

Diets can force us to disconnect from our body as we try to follow rules. This creates confusion, feelings of deprivation and despair as we try to stick the diet - we think we have

The Mindful Eating Program will guide you to break free from the diet mentality, and embrace your body as the expert to guiding you around when to eat, what to eat and how much to eat.

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So, what is Mindful Eating?

Mindful eating is learning to integrate your mind and body. You begin to trust and honour your body cues and learn how to meet your emotional needs more effectively. It's an integration of instinct (or body wisdom) with emotion and rational thought. We use mindfulness to begin to eat with intention and attention:

  • Eating with the intention of caring for yourself
  • Eating with the attention necessary for noticing and enjoying your food and its effects on your body

The Mindful Eating Program will guide you to break free from the diet mentality, and embrace your body as the expert to guiding you around when to eat, what to eat and how much to eat.

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testimonials

1. What where you hoping to achieve by registering in the program?
I wasn't really clear because I was in such a hard place but I knew I wanted some relief from what I was experiencing - for awhile, I literally woke up in the morning, looked at my body, and if it was bigger than I thought it should be (which was more often than not), I would start my day with a dose of self hate and it would go downhill from there. I confided in my friend and she suggested this program might help. So I thought, well, I haven't learned anything new about nutrition since primary school, so I'll just do it and see what happens.
 
2. How did the program help you?
It changed my life. I learned not to hate myself anymore or to think of myself as a failure if I wasn't thin. I learned that my value is not linked to my size and that you can't hate yourself thin. I also learned that restrictive dieting creates binge eating and that explained so much about the terrible year I was having trying to lose weight. I learned that I should trust my body to tell me when to eat and when to stop. And it's OK if no one else agrees with me about when to eat and when to stop - it's my body and I'm the one living in it, so they wouldn't know anyway! I learned not to miss the lesson and to accept myself and my choices even when those choices include eating entire boxes of chocolates in one sitting - because, I made that choice, and I wasn't powerless in that situation even though I ate when I wasn't hungry - I have the power to make different choices next time so I don't have to obsess over my failures. I learned that perfection is not possible and it is not actually desirable or applicable because every person is different.  It made a huge difference to be able to understand and articulate why I reacted the way I did around food and also to cultivate a stronger connection between my body and my mind.
 
3. What has been your biggest ‘aha’ moment?
SO MANY. Top three:
1. There's so much shame around using food to cope. But, at least I was coping. I wasn't doing drugs or turning to alcohol or abusing people - I was, on all accounts, a normal, well-adjusted, kind person. I just didn't know how to respond to a jar of Nutella in front of me on a bad day! And now I do. So it's like my toolbox has expanded enormously and it makes me feel so much more capable and powerful and resourceful.
2. Mindsets of scarcity and obligation - figuring out why I always clean my plate, why I never say no to food at family functions, why I can never allow food to be boxed and taken away, why if I see something nice I have to eat it immediately and all of it at once. It's how I was raised; you might not come back here again, when will you get to eat this again, the food tastes different after it's sat in the fridge overnight, your grandma worked really hard to cook this - I have learned to identify all of this noise and then make a decision in a mindset of abundance ("you do NOT have to eat all of that now. If you really want to, you can come back every day for the rest of your life and eat it! or you can learn to make it and enjoy it whenever you like!") and with a lot more love and respect towards my obligation to my own SELF. I feel like I owe myself the right to  make decisions that are tailored to my bodyand not to please anyone else who has no idea how full or satisfied or hungry I am.
3. A lot of understanding and forgiveness for my family. Honestly, Ana, I really thank you for this. I have experienced a lot of personal and interpersonal healing after doing your program. You have helped me so much. I realised that no one was trying to hurt me or trying to make me hate myself - it was just that they had no idea what they were doing to me because they didn't know that the diet mentality and the obsession with being thin hurts people. And that's not their fault - they bought into the same narrative that is everywhere in society. This program helped me kick off some very raw conversations with my family and we are all in a better place now. I think it'll be a long road for them still - they still don't understand why I say no to food but at least they don't pressure me as much (while simultaneously telling me I'm fat/unloveable and should lose weight).  I am so grateful I have to tools and knowledge not to allow their words to affect me because I know I am on a better path. I also feel much more empowered now that I am on a more stressful career path - because food is in its right place. I'm not worried about what food will "do" to me (I honestly used to get anxious when people asked me to go out for dinner because "Oh God, I'm so out of control around food, what if I just go crazy and eat enough for six?") because I know I am in charge - Food can't "do" anything to me. Food is just food. I do things to me because I am in charge of me and I eat so I can get on with life and do what I want to do! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
 
4. Would you recommend this program to others and why?
 
Absolutely. I have actually already told a lot of people about it. It will revolutionise the way you see food and it will help you feel so much more capable and powerful about eating. It will really set you free from spending all your precious brainpower on hating yourself and forcing yourself into a miserable existence and instead give you back the ability to focus on doing things you enjoy inside a body that is strong and capable of telling you what it wants.
 
- Tammy, Am I hungry? Mindful Eating Program Participant 

Invest in YOU!

This is a 2 month lifestyle modification program that will literally change your relationship with food and body. We currently offer the program at the very discounted price of $320, this price will go up from July 2019.

Online

$390

  • 8 weekly 90 min webinars using Zoom
  • Support and guidance from our trained Mindful Eating Facilitator
  • Receive the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Program Workbook and the Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat Book by Michelle May
  • Access to www.amihungry.net website for additional tools & resources
  • Access to a private Facebook group for ongoing interaction & support

In-Person

$390

  • 8 weekly 90 min webinars in person
  • Support and guidance from our trained Mindful Eating Facilitator
  • Receive the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Program Workbook and the Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat Book by Michelle May
  • Access to www.amihungry.net website for additional tools & resources
  • Access to a private Facebook group for ongoing interaction & support
  • Connect in a small group setting and lead powerful in person discussions

Yes! I am ready to heal my relationship with food and learn how to eat without rules, deprivation or feeling out of control.

Enrol today by clicking on the link (takes you to Eventbrite) or by getting in touch with us if you'd prefer to pay in person.

Eating can be quite complex....

We make thousands of decisions around food and eating each and every day. Our relationship with food starts from our childhood years, it is shaped by our family, life experiences, and so much more...everyone's experiences are individual and personal.

Week by week, we explore in depth the numerous decisions we make each day surrounding food and eating. The main tool we use to achieve this is called the Mindful Eating Cycle (as shown in the pic!).The cycle is used to help us explore without judgement  the hundreds of decisions we make around eating each day.

Every week we peel back another layer and get a step closer to a peaceful, enjoyable relationship with food and our body.

Are you ready to free your self and heal your relationship with food?

If you have dieted for years and cannot even bare the thought of another expert telling you what to do....

THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU.

The aim of the program is for you to become the expert in YOU. Feel in charge of your eating habits and in the process improve your overall health and well-being.

This is not another diet plan, exercise plan or a "we'll tell you how to live your life" plan. There is no restriction, deprivation or tyranny.

In fact, all the tools and strategies you learn in this program are there to make your life easier, not harder.

The skills become more natural and easy in time.

No more dieting. No more rules. No more shame, guilt or feeling confused about what to eat.

 

"I was so bad yesterday..."

When we label foods as good or bad, we give power to food. If we eat the "naughty" foods we are naughty, if we eat the "good" foods we are good.

We then get obsessed around what we eat. This is what DIET MENTALITY does to us. We create a love hate relationship with food that is cyclical and can take over our lives and leave us feeling defeated...

The Mindful Eating Program helps us end this battle. We become grounded in our own body cues, we learn to make decisions that serve us, we regain our power around food and eating.

No head games.

Oh....and no more weighing, measuring  or counting food, calories or your body!
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Keen to learn more?

We'd be happy to run a free information session for a group whether it's your family, friends or colleagues