Mindful Relationship to Food

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Alison Ross, LMFT from Center for Eating Recovery will be teaching four welcoming and supportive eating psychology classes. Each class offers a mindfulness-based approach to developing a positive body image and a healthy relationship with food.

These workshops are adapted from the Heal the Hungry BrainTM program.

The classes are held Tuesdays 7 – 8:30 pm. Take any of them individually, or take all four! The classes are:

  • How to Walk Past Chocolate Part 1 – 8/22/17
  • How to Walk Past Chocolate Part 2 – 8/29/17
  • How to Stop Your Inner Body Bully – 9/5/17
  • How to Eat “Just One” – 9/12/17


How to Walk Past Chocolate, Part 1

Do you struggle with food cravings? Do you sometimes feel that food controls you? Does the mere thought or presence of certain foods overwhelm your best efforts to eat healthy? In this workshop, learn simple and powerful mindfulness and self-regulation tools that put the brakes on food cravings and put you in control of food and your health.



How to Walk Past Chocolate, Part 2

In part one of this workshop, you learned how to put the breaks on food cravings. In part two, you will learn to minimize the frequency and intensity of food cravings. Discover how cultural stressors such as the thin ideal and the weight watching mentality, as well as life stressors can trigger a Hungry BrainTM, leaving you vulnerable to overeating or making unhealthy food choices. Learn mindfulness and self-regulation techniques that regulate the nervous system, turning down the hungry dial in the brain and reducing the frequency and intensity of food cravings. You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to eat healthy when you become the master of your nervous system.



How to Stop Your Inner Body Bully

Did you know that negative, ruminating thoughts such as “I’m fat” can increase hunger, food cravings and weight?  In this workshop, learn about the connection between negative thoughts and unhealthy eating patterns. And learn a simple technique that can stop your inner body bully, while improving health and a positive body image.



How to Eat “Just One”

A Lay’s Potato Chip advertisement once made a bold challenge – “Betcha Can’t Eat Just One”. Well, they were right. It’s difficult to eat “just one” when modern foods have been engineered to drive overeating. In this workshop, learn the mechanism by which modern foods cause overeating and disrupt the innate weight regulating system. And learn a mindfulness strategy, as well as two simple food rules that will help you to regulate how much you eat when you enjoy modern foods.



Alison Ross

Teacher – Alison Ross, LMFT

Alison Ross is the founder of Center for Eating Recovery in Agoura Hills. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in eating and body image who created a health coaching program called Heal the Hungry BrainTM to help adults and teens who struggle with eating and body image problems. Alison started the Center for Eating Recovery after she healed her relationship with food and her body.

Her mission is to help others to build resilience to personal and cultural stressors including the thin ideal, the weight watching mentality and the processed food culture that initiate a Hungry Brain, driving disordered eating patterns and perpetuating eating, weight and health problems. Alison helps her clients to liberate themselves from negative mind-states, to release themselves from the state of craving, to stop destructive eating patterns, to develop a positive body image, to find/maintain a healthy weight and to get truly healthy from the inside-out.

In addition to her work at her Center, Alison is a consultant at the California Health & Longevity Center at the Four Seasons Resort in Westlake, CA and the Wellfit Wellness Resort in Malibu, California where she offers her Heal the Hungry BrainTM coaching program to help participants to get healthy as they tame the Hungry Brain.  She has been speaker in health and psychology classes at UCLA and regularly presents eating psychology classes and workshops in the community to help adults and teens learn how to get healthy in their bodies by developing a healthy mind.

Alison has nearly twenty years of education, training and experience. She earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. She completed internships in private practice under Carolyn Costin, LMFT, at the Eating Disorder Center of California and at the Wright Institute Los Angeles/Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program. She served on the executive board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She was a consultant at Harmony Place Drug & Alcohol Residential Treatment Center and Beit T’Shuvah where she helped to create an environment where clients can heal their relationship with food and their bodies while adjusting to a life of sobriety. In 2007, Alison assisted in the launch of the Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program for Teens.

Alison is a yoga enthusiast, mindfulness practitioner and a former yoga instructor. She earned her RYT from Yoga Alliance and a certificate from Sacred Movement. She lives in Agoura Hills, CA with her husband, two children and two dogs.

Learn more about Alison @ http://centerforeatingrecovery.com

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