Eat for Life is a 10-week mindful eating program designed to help you develop a loving and kind relationship with your food and your body. It was developed for faculty and staff at the University of Missouri and has been taught around the world to professionals and the general public for the past 12 years.
Whether you are seeking personal or professional development in the practice of mindful eating, the Eat for Life Program will help you enjoy the food you eat, the body you inhabit, and the life you live.
The program emphasizes the experiential practice of mindfulness meditation, mindful movement, body awareness, self-compassion, and mindful eating exercises so that participants will learn to make choices that reflect an increased self-awareness, whether those choices are about food or other activities that comprise a meaningful life. Taking the program is the first step in the certification process for teaching Eat for Life.
Research on the program demonstrated its success at helping people increase intuitive eating (eating based on hunger cues instead of emotional and environmental cues), increase mindfulness, decrease binge eating, and increase appreciation for their bodies (Bush, Rossy, Mintz, and Schopp, 2014). The concepts have been published in Dr. Rossy’s book, The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution (2016), named one of the top mindfulness books of 2016 by Mindful.org.
This program is taught live online by Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. who developed and researched the program.
Eat for Life is approved for 21 continuing education credits from the APA-approved sponsor, International Seminars Group. These CE credits can be used by psychologists, dieticians, and most other mental health professionals. Note: This is a required course for Eat for Life Teacher Certification. Please contact Dr. Lynn Rossy for details at MindfulRossy@gmail.com.
How does Eat for Life online work?
We will meet live as a group each week for two hours on a platform called Zoom. You can take the class from the comfort of your own home and still engage in a lively, meaningful group learning experience and exchange.
I have used the Zoom platform for a few years now and I’m very pleased with the results. While of course it’s not the same as being in the same room with people, it comes pretty close (see Zoom training videos here). Zoom offers the possibility to meet with the whole group but also for small break-out groups, which is also an important part of my in-person classes.
A high-speed internet connection is recommended. Computers, tablets, and phones work, but keep in mind that with the smaller screen of a tablet or phone the images of your class friends will be very small. Your device needs an in-build camera and either an in-build microphone or you need a microphone to plug in. In addition, I will be recording the sessions so that if you have to miss one then you will be able to see the entire session later.
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Orientation: February 17
Classes: February 24 – April 27, 2020
Lynn Rossy, Ph.D., is an author and health psychologist. She is the President of the
Center for Mindful Eating and has been teaching the Eat for Life since 2006. She is the Executive Director of Tasting Mindfulness, LLC, specializing in mindfulness-based interventions for eating, stress, and workplace wellness.
She developed an empirically validated mindful eating program called Eat for Life which helps people have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies — decreasing binge eating while increasing body image, mindfulness, and intuitive eating. She published the concepts from the program in a book entitled, The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution (New Harbinger, July 2016).
She founded a Mindfulness Practice Center at the University of Missouri and has been teaching Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programs since 2001—receiving her training from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society in Massachusetts. She completed her yoga teacher certification through the National Yoga Alliance Program at Kripalu in 2002. She completed a three year Community Dharma Leader Training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California in January 2008 and has been a student of Buddhist meditation since 1998.
Her greatest passion is helping people find delicious ways to eat and move their bodies, while discovering greater meaning and purpose in life. She loves to play the piano, dance salsa, eat fabulous food, and celebrate life with friends. She can be found anywhere by listening for her infectious laugh.
Sign up for her monthly blog and listen to her mindfulness recordings at LynnRossy.com, be inspired by her posts on Facebook, or sign up for her daily tweets on mindful eating and living on Twitter @DrLynnRossy. You may email her at MindfulRossy@gmail.com.