Many Americans who self-medicate with food to relieve stress, anxiety or depression find no lack of grazing resources: all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants; fast-food drive-up windows serving supersized portions; mega supermarkets with any treat imaginable; and gas station mini-marts stocking snacks, beer and soda 24/7. Two Central New York psychotherapists believe that even with these eating traps dotting the landscape, we can change course and learn to have a healthier relationships with food.
On Saturday, March 16, Crouse Hospital’s Institute for Integrative Medicine will present “Coming to the Table: A Mindful Eating Workshop.” Pauline Cecere, LCSW, and Nicole Christina, LCSW, will lead the three-hour program for women and men from 9 a.m. to noon at St. David’s Church on Jamar Dr. in Dewitt. Cost is $75 per person, which includes the program, a light meal and free parking.
“Healing our relationship with food means developing nourishment with life at all levels,” according to Cecere. During the workshop, she and Christina will lead an exploration of how we can learn to trust our body and transform meals from eat-fests into celebrations of a daily practice of mindfulness. Participants will learn ways to change the way they think and feel about eating; create a compassionate self-care model for eating; learn to read hunger cues and eat accordingly; and learn innovative strategies to stop yo-yo dieting, compulsive overeating & binge eating.
Cecere is an experienced psychotherapist with a private practice in Cazenovia. She is also a long-time practitioner of mindfulness meditation. Her passion for meditation has inspired her to teach mindfulness-based stress reduction classes for the past 12 years. Her love of food now leads her to guiding others in the practice of mindful eating. She is on the clinical factulty of Upstate Medical Center, a certified Kripalu yoga instructor and a certified SoulCollage® facilitator. Christina has been a psychotherapist for more than 20 years. She specializes in food related issues, anxiety, and depression. She has presented on mindful eating both locally and nationally, and blogs at NicoleChristina.com and can be reached for more information about the workshop or mindful eating questions at 315/426-8330 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through the Crouse Health Foundation, Crouse Hospital’s Institute for Integrative Medicine provides education about integrative medicine to the general public and the medical community. The Institute is also committed to the provision and facilitation of evidence-based integrative medicine modalities for the benefit of patients and hospital employees.
Information and Registration
For more information: Call 315/655-3066 or 315/426-8330 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register: Call 315/470-8076 or sending a check or money order made payable to the Crouse Health Foundation for $75 per person to Crouse Health Foundation, 736 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210. Deadline to register is March 4.