The Renfrew Center has designed a specific program to meet the therapeutic needs of individuals who turn to food as a primary source of comfort, coping and emotional fulfillment.
The Renfrew Center’s Emotional Eating Track:
- Utilizes a psychotherapeutic, experiential approach to self-care, in which participants learn to shift their focus from self-denigration and body hatred to self/body acceptance, and from weight consciousness and dieting to mindful eating.
- Is based on the conviction that self acceptance and self worth provide a foundation for physical wellness and emotional health.
- Provides a safe, supportive group environment, in which participants develop skills to reframe their distorted body image and establish healthier, more satisfying relationships with food, self, body and others.
- Empowers participants to:
—Explore new options for self-care
—Learn about healthful nutrition
—Understand their relationship with food
—Practice mindful/intuitive eating
—Live in their body (rather than their head)
—Acknowledge connections between their feelings, actions and thoughts
—Identify and address issues that underlie their need to eat emotionally
—Explore new ways to cope with problems and negative behavior patterns
—Use their voice more effectively to make others aware of their needs and feelings