One of my favourite mentors in the field of food, weight and body image issues is Geneen Roth, author of Breaking Free From Emotional Eating, When Food is Love, Feeding the Hungry Heart, When You Eat at the Refrigerator Pull Up a Chair, Women, Food & God and Lost & Found.
In my private practice as a therapeutic counsellor, life-coach and psychotherapist, I have worked with 100s of women from all walks of life; many of them have suffered with food, dieting, weight and body image issues. Alongside therapy, I often recommend this Raisin, Chip & Chocolate exercise to learn how to eat mindfully by Geneen Roth featured on Oprah.com.
The Raisin, Chip & Chocolate Exercise is a useful tool if you are:
- Using food to soothe, punish or distract yourself
- Bingeing or overeating
- Depriving yourself of a wide range of foods or food groups
- Missing what you eat
- Questioning whether you even like the food that you are eating
- Wondering how the food you are eating is affecting you
- Labelling foods as good or bad
- Associating memories with certain foods
- Suffering with disordered eating/an eating disorder
The Raisin, Chip & Chocolate Exercise can help you to eat mindfully and develop:
- The mindfulness skill of ‘noticing’
- Presence to what and how you are eating
- How to eat without distractions
- Emotional satisfaction by the eating experience
Before you start you will need:
- 2 raisins
- One corn/tortilla chip
- 1 wrapped chocolate
As with any psychological exercise /visualisation, this exercise can evoke strong feelings. Please make sure you seek appropriate support if you are suffering with disordered eating/ an eating disorder.
Jodie is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and wellbeing. She has a wealth of personal and professional experience and knowledge in the field of addiction and eating disorders. Her experience includes a Master’s thesis on eating disorders titled ‘Call off the Search: Eating Disorders a Symptom of Psychospiritual Crisis’, (you can read an excerpt here), post graduate training in addiction and ‘women’s business’, work experience in the ‘Eating Disorder Unit’ at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, the Eating Disorders Foundation (now part of The Butterfly Foundation) and Women’s Health NSW. She is an ‘approved service provider’ for South Pacific Private Addiction and Mood Disorder Treatment Centre and works in private practice, treating eating disorders as well as other women’s issues in Manly and Allambie Heights on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia.