Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT), developed by Jean Kristeller, addresses mindless eating, stress-related eating, disordered eating patterns, and obesity through the application of mindfulness meditation. This workshop for health care professionals provides intensive training in the application of MB-EAT in clinical settings. Informed by Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) work and the basic principles of food intake regulation, the MB-EAT program employs mindfulness meditation, experiential eating exercises, didactic instruction, and self-reflection to cultivate mindful awareness and a more balanced and positive relationship to eating and weight.
Throughout this training, we use demonstration, role play, simulated exercises, and discussion to cover the themes, material, and exercises in the MB-EAT program. We also deepen our own mindfulness practice through daily meditation practice, eating meditations, body awareness and movement meditations, and a half-day silent retreat. For those with a professional background treating eating issues and a substantive background in meditation practice, this program provides the necessary skills for delivery of the MB-EAT program. For those with less experience in these areas, it provides a substantial introduction to the issues and skills involved.