Befriending Your Body Workshop

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What You’ll Learn:

Sick of being at war with your body? Ready to explore the idea of befriending your body? Then this educational and experiential workshop is for you! You will be guided through the 5 dimensions of embodiment to deepen your understanding of healing body shame and be invited to begin offering connection and comfort to your own body.
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Join Certified Body Trust® Provider, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Holistic Psychotherapist Jennifer DiGennaro in this 45 minute workshop on Befriending Your Body. In this workshop Jennifer shares her expertise and heart as she offers a deeper understanding of what it means to befriend your body and the barriers to living at peace in your body.

You will learn about each of the 5 dimensions of embodiment from the research of Niva Piran, as well as the disruptions to embodiment in each of these dimensions so many face. Jennifer creatively presents the dimensions and offers up guided inquiry, readings, personal stories and examples to help bring in a deeper understanding of what it means to befriend your body and be embodied. Just some of the things you will hopefully come away with are a practice in creating a “nurture surround” to comfort your body, insight into how intuitive eating is path to deeper embodiment and an invitation to start connecting to your own voice, choice, needs, desires and heart.

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Meet your workshop instructor, Jennifer DiGennaro MA, LPC.

Jennifer DiGennaro MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Grand Rapids, MI. She is a Certified Body Trust® Provider, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and a NARM® Therapist as well as the founder of Nourished Energy Holistic Psychotherapy and Couples Counseling. She specializes in treating chronic dieting, binge eating disorder, body shame, complex trauma, and relationship issues. She brings a deep passion to her trauma-informed, evidence-based and heart-centered clinical work. Jennifer is committed to ending the war that is waged against bodies in our culture and believes one powerful place to start is in our own bodies.

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For each task you complete during this challenge you'll be entered to win the prize. Physical prizes are only available to those who live in the continental USA. Should you be a winner and reside outside of this area you will be provided with a comproable prize (ex: gift card or a free month inside the membership; prize is subject to disgression of The SociEATy and not able to be chosen by the winner) Winner will be chosen the following month after the challenge and the prize will typically be shipped withing ~1 month.

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What is one small thing you can do today to brighten your spirits? (ideas: get a coffee, take a walk, take 5 deep breaths, etc.)

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tips to help honor your hunger

1. "Wake Up" Your Hunger Cues

In stage 3 of The SociEATy we talk about how to "awaken" your hunger cues. To do this you need to so something called "biological reconditioning" which includes eating every 3-6 hours, eating to satisfaction and including carbs, fat and protein.

2. Brain Rewiring

If your brain is saying "don't eat!" talk back to it. Rewire your thoughts like we discuss in stage 1 video 3. "My body deserves fuel and I don't need to feel guilty over that!"

3. Practice!

The best way to overcome the guilt and fear of honoring hunger is to DO. Ask yourself what is holding you back. Worry of weight? Checkout stage 1 & 2 for more info on this!

create an emotional eating toolbox

Now, for each emotion list 3-5 ways in which you can cope with that emotion in a constructive way. For example, if your emotion is boredom maybe you’d write: do a puzzle, paint my nails, walk the dog or start a new book. If it’s stress, maybe you’d say take 5 deep breaths, make a to-do list, journal about how you feel, step away from the stressful task and take a walk around the block. Do this for each of your emotions.

1. Write down common emotions you feel

This is just going to be a place for you to start, you can always add to it later as you begin to notice emotions arise.

2. Create an action plan for each emotion

When you feel emotional eating coming on ask yourself the following questions:

3. Now it's time to use your toolbox!

  • Am I hungry or do I have a specific craving? If so, eat!
  • What am I feeling? Can I identify the emotion?
  • What do I need? What tool from my emotional eating toolbox can I use?

how to be free from food guilt

1. Approach your thoughts with curious awareness.

Where did this thought come from? Is this thought serving me or helping me achieve my why? What do I know to be true about the thought itself or what this thought will lead me to?

2. Take this thought and ask: Is this true?

Just observe them without judgment. You can do this by imagining that these thoughts don’t necessarily come from you- because that’s the truth.

3. Now, reframe this thought.

Adjust it to match what you know to be a food freedom truth.

Use this 4 step thought assessment and reframing exercise to help overcome food guilt.

4. Reflect on the situation.

Did it feel better to your body honor your hunger, craving, etc? Do you feel empowered for listing to YOU and not diet culture?

tips to eat more mindfully

1. Limit Distractions

Try gain 1 even sense back (ex. listening to a podcast VS watching a video) It can be incredibly helpful! This may take some planning ahead.

2. Describe Your Meal

Pretend you'll descibe your meal to a friend after- pay super close attention!

3. Take A Break

Make a plan to pause 2-3x during your meal. Set your fork down, take a sip of water, and just take a moment to pause and reflect on the food itself and your physical sensations.

tips to help honor your fullness

1. Don't get too hungry

Typically you'll want to aim to fuel your body every 3-6 hours maximum to prevent this

2. Eat mindfully

Limit distractions while eating and check in with how the food tastes, smells, etc.

3. Practice self-talk

Remind yourself that you can have this food again and check in with how you might feel if you do/do not keep eating. What will feel good?