Two Kelowna-based businesses are partnering to offer a special one day workshop that assists people in overcoming food and body image preoccupation.
Align Nutrition and True Nature Yoga have teamed up to offer Freedom from Emotional Eating & Body Image Obsession.
“We’re very pleased to be able to offer this type of workshop in Kelowna —we understand that the need is great here,” said Virginia Preston, yoga/meditation/self-inquiry teacher and owner of True Nature Yoga. “The goal of this workshop is to help individuals change their relationship with food and weight issues, and to develop a healthier attitude toward themselves and their bodies.”
The one day workshop takes place May 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Tap Into Life Healing Centre on Pandosy Street.
Participants can expect an insightful and engaging day of education, tools and experiential practice related to issues that underlie emotional eating and weight preoccupation.
Workshop discussion topics will include the diet mentality vs. natural eating, food as a coping strategy, tools for dealing with mental and emotional stresses, understanding metabolism, the food-mood relationship, and how to fuel your body for living. “Our goal is to help people understand why they do what they do with food, and to find different, more life-enhancing ways to deal with life stresses, both from an emotional and a physiological perspective,” said Preston.
“We aim to offer participants concrete, practical tools that can be used when the need arises.”
When the desire to over-eat or restrict arises, it’s simply a signal that we need to tune in and give ourselves more attention, she noted. “As we learn to slow down, listen and respond to our needs, we see that our unhelpful coping strategies start to fall away naturally, and are no longer necessary.”
The diet industry in Canada boasts sales of upwards of $300 million annually, but only a five to 10 per cent long-term success. “Many of the strategies that deal with weight and body are ‘band-aids’ rather than real solutions,” said Angela Wright, registered nutritional consulting practitioner, and owner of Align Nutrition.
“In Freedom from Emotional Eating and Body Image Obsession, we explore a number of the underlying concerns that cause people to over-eat, or restrict.
To register for this workshop, contact Angela at 250-451-9208; www.alignnutrition.com.