Most of our clients who overeat have already tried so many diets and know so much about “healthy eating” and exercise that they could write books on the subject. In this workshop, we’ll discuss a different approach called attuned eating, which encourages clients to recognize and use internal cues to determine when, what, and how much to eat. You’ll learn how to help clients identify and accept their negative emotions, rather than managing or avoiding them by eating. We’ll explore how clients can make peace with food by paying attention to bodily cues while eating, eating when hungry, eating exactly what they’re hungry for, and stopping when full. We’ll discuss positive body image and size diversity, and participants will have an opportunity to explore their own attitudes toward food, weight, and body image.
Judith Matz, L.C.S.W., the director of The Chicago Center for Overcoming Overeating, has treated eating and weight issues for more than 25 years. She’s the coauthor of Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Therapist’s Guide to Treating Compulsive Eating and The Diet Survivor’s Handbook.