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What is Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Workplace Wellness?

By Rebecca Johnson

WorkplaceWellnessResourcesAs we continue to expand our services in the corporate wellness arena, we wanted to succinctly describe what the Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Program is, how it’s different, and how it can be implemented in diverse workplace environments. We created the short video below to describe the most important tenets of our programs and the growing body of evidence behind them.

Am I Hungry? is a non-diet, weight-neutral, mindfulness-based program that empowers individuals to take charge of their decisions about eating, physical activity, health and self-care.

In the next few posts, I’ll provide additional details about why we are committed to this non-diet, weight-neutral, mindfulness-based approach, and give you a snapshot of what the research concludes about these concepts. In the meantime, here’s a summary.

Non-diet: A non-diet approach encourages a more natural, instinctive way of eating founded on becoming attuned to internal cues. It allows for a flexible, sustainable, and satisfying relationship with food where individuals re-learn how to make decisions that about eating based on their own body wisdom in any situation.

Weight-neutral: A weight-neutral perspective recognizes that we cannot assume we know a person’s health status or risk based simply on a number on a scale. With this approach, we focus on improving health and decision-making for everyone.

Mindfulness-based: One definition of mindfulness is purposely paying attention to the present moment; cultivating awareness of both internal and external experiences; observing and accepting these experiences as non-judgmentally as possible; choosing responses, and making intentional decisions. When these principles are applied to our relationship with food, it is called mindful eating.

Take a look at this video then check back in for a deeper dive into the non-diet approach.

What do you think about the video and/or any of these three concepts?

 

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About the author

Rebecca Johnson is a leader in the health promotion industry with more than 20 years of experience in diverse roles. She is a licensed Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Program Facilitator and Coach and advocates for the use of mindfulness-based and weight-neutral programs in the workplace. Rebecca also serves as a consultant for organizations ready to leverage the power of organizational development and employee wellbeing to create truly thriving cultures.

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