Our Retrain your Brain Mood Food workshop has evolved through a sheer labour of love from our passion around learning about our emotions, well-being and our love of all thing’s food!
FOOD plays such an integral part in all our life’s not only to sustain our very being but to nourish our SOUL and in many instances to soothe our human experiences. Over the years we have been fortunate to work within many communities. Through our work we have learned a great deal about how we use external means to soothe our emotional pain whether it be alcohol, drugs, gambling, or other self-destructive behaviours which we use to cope with our everyday lives.
We have been in communities where food at times has either been plentiful or limited. Yet regardless of means, FOOD like most external products which we put into our bodies has the potential to cause us real harm when we abuse and use it in any other way than as a food source to fuel our bodies and minds. Food then becomes our issue and focus, in society the guilt and blame which accompanies our eating habits is indeed shameful! Very rarely do people eat vast amounts of food because they are hungry. We then get into a cycle of behaviours which affect out thoughts and feelings and ultimately our day to day life’s, our view of our self and our relationships with others.
We cannot underestimate the impact FOOD has on our minds and bodies when we abuse it. Our mental health which is key to every area of our life functioning is massively affected not only by our view of self but also the affects certain foods have inducing our anxiety and perpetuating our depression. Which as we know when we have experienced any type of emotional pain it is a very isolating place and a very difficult place to get ourselves out off. Currently in Ayrshire 70% of the population who are middle aged are overweight – 70% of women and 80% of men. The overall impact on our health is massive and it is ultimately OUR responsibility to make changes. Of course, we all know this, but it is very difficult to know where to begin, and it is very scary to take the first step to make change especially when we have been unable to sustain change in the past. This is where we would like to work with you to enable you to make sustainable change. We will go BACK to BASICS to support you to make sense of YOU and YOUR experiences.
Retrain Your Brain – Mood Food
Our workshop is over three separate days spread over a six-week period to enable you to develop and learn a new way of being in your relationship with food. The workshop has a maximum of eight attendees and incorporates Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Nutrition. CBT focuses on how our thoughts and beliefs affects our feelings and behaviour. CBT also teaches us new skills for different issues we have in our lives. Nutrition helps us to understand how to fuel our mind and bodies in a positive way.
The 4 Key Elements the workshop will focus on are –
SELF – Awareness
SELF – Care
SELF – Purpose
SELF – Ownership & Responsibility
Incorporating both CBT and Nutrition into the sessions will enable YOU to learn how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours link into the food YOU eat, and the impact food has on your health and well-being. Over the course of our time together our aim is for YOU to gain a better understanding of –
− Where your relationship with food first began
− The reasons you use food for comfort
− How you use food in your daily life
− How food affects your mental and physical well-being
Through experiential learning, which will be fun and informative, we will enable YOU to develop tools which will help YOU make sustainable changes in your day to day relationship with food. As YOU will retrain YOUR brain into a new way of being, this will help YOU regain control in other areas of your life. The tools we provide will enable you to –
− Gain a better understanding about the untruths and stories we tell ourselves about our eating habits
− Develop an understanding of your body’s signs for habit or hunger
− Learn about YOU and your individual relationship with food
− Develop new ways to challenge YOUR thoughts and beliefs around food
− Learn new ways of being in your relationship with food
− Develop a new understanding to identify your triggers
− Learn how to stop your favourite story…which always starts on a MONDAY!
− Develop YOUR new story starting NOW!!!
The understanding and tools we provide will help YOU implement positive changes in YOUR daily life. Throughout the course and beyond we will provide both Emotional and Nutritional advice on an ongoing basis through social media, where as a course attendee, YOU will be able to access ongoing support.
“Having been to numerous group/classes and tried everything from hypnotherapy to shakes. In desperate measures to control my weight issue. My weight has fluctuated all my adult life depending on what challenges I was going through. I seen an advert for “Retrain your Brain “which intrigued me as the concept of the course incorporated, how we eat and how it connects to thoughts and emotions. I decided to go on this course which was 3 days committed to understanding the links between our behaviours and food.
I was surprised at how much the course entailed. The information taught provoked my thinking on how, when and why I eat. The course is about our individual lifestyle and our patterns created from our life experience this affecting our thoughts and beliefs around food. During the course I learned my triggers to why I emotionally eat, habits, challenging thoughts and most of all how I could make small changes that would impact on my lifestyle and health. This involved a structured way in setting goals and how I could make changes and achieve them. Within the first week it was emotionally challenging as it was about facing why I sabotage myself and understanding why I choose to eat or drink certain foods and not opt for healthier options.
The course is well structured with professional advice and support. This is a lifestyle change that has helped me sleep better, eat healthy which has raised my energy levels. My confidence and self-belief that I am in control and have tools that help me daily to meet the challenges that can present in daily life. This is reinforced with knowledge I have been taught, bringing together evidence-based food information and getting rid of “what should I eat?” confusion from media/diet plans and myths around food.
I didn’t realise how food can impact on your mood. Having anxiety and depression for years I hadn’t realised I was contributing to these with what I was eating and drinking. I learned how I could make small changes which I have implemented to help my symptoms. The course has taught me the link between mental health and food. This has allowed me to shed weight naturally without focusing on the number on the scales. My clothes are looser, and I feel so much better within myself. I am realising I have mental clarity and feeling de-stressed as the food knowledge has helped overall with my mental well being.
This course has been so much more than I expected it has taught me so much about myself and my habits. It has helped me also personally and professionally set goals in other areas of my life to make positive changes. I feel I have regained structure in my life that has a beneficial effect on my family.
Having felt like I failed in the past with many “diets” plans having done so many the information became obscured and I realise I didn’t know what to eat to be healthy and fuel my body. At Retrain your Brain I was made to feel so welcome and accepted, as they get to understand your own individual needs they tailor the course in such a way that it is personal to you and support you with knowledge and guidance, teaching you about lifelong lifestyle changes that help you live your best life feeling positive about the future.”