The Zen of Eating: Using Mindfulness Techniques in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Thursday, March 21, 2013: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Kenitra A/B (Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort)

Background: Eating disorder behaviors are often a means of distraction, anesthetizing or dissociation. Patients disconnect from their bodies and their hungers driven by automatic negative and destructive thoughts. Mindfulness techniques can be effective, powerful tools for managing behaviors, thoughts and judgments. Workshop will provides a philosophical basis using practical experiential techniques.

The Zen of Eating:

The Mind

Mindfulness and Eating Disorders

Mindfulness Skills

From Mindlessness to Mindfulness

Foundations of Mindfulness

Mindfulness Techniques

Mastering the Mind

Changing the Mind

This workshop will explore how eating disorder behaviors develop and serve as a means of distracting, numbing or dissociation in response to pain, impulse, trauma or fear.  At the onset these behaviors develop as a means of coping and are usually creative mechanisms for survival.  Ultimately these behaviors become destructive, unhealthy and often life threatening.  Patients become disconnected from their feelings, bodies and hungers and are driven by negative and destructive thoughts and behaviors that have become habitual and automatic.  A critical element in the healing process is the ability to be able to tune back-into internal cues and to be less responsive to automatic and external cues or negative messages.  This workshop will introduce professionals to the value of mindfulness as part of the overall goal of listening inward and finding ones own voice thereby helping patients reconnect to the inner self and internal cues.  Mindfulness skills can be used to help patients be in the moment, modulate intense feelings, listen to their hungers, challenge their automatic behaviors, relax and pursue their own essence.  We will explore how awareness is the first step in this process of healing and change and experience several techniques for developing awareness.  Eating, breathing and thinking mindfulness techniques and Zen based skills, that can be effective and powerful tools in the management of eating disordered behaviors and the thoughts and judgments that drive the behaviors will be incorporated in exercises and case studies.  You will leave this workshop with a clear philosophical basis for the use of mindfulness to heal eating disorders and with specific practical experiential tools you can start using immediately to improve outcomes.

Sondra would be thrilled to present this or any revision to this proposal or any other topic that the committee feels would contribute to the 2013 conference.

Primary Presenter:
Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CEDRD

Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CDN, CEDRD, Founder/Nutritional Director of the Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative Nutrition Counseling Specialists with offices in Westbury, Hauppauge and Manhattan, NY. Author: Comprehensive Learning/Teaching Handout Series for Eating Disorders on CD and author Beyond Talk Therapy, Let's Eat: The Use of Therapeutic Eating Events. Former Board Trustee: NEDA. Member: NEDA, AED, IAEDP, SCAN, ADA. Specializing in the training and treatment of the collaborative approach to eating disorders. Currently working on F.E.E.D. (Family and Friends Eating Events and Direction) treatment programs. Awarded IAEDP 2010 Eating Disorder Specialist Certification for nutritionists, CEDRD. National workshop leader/speaker.

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