A lot of people I’ve spoken to, started their social-distancing journey in March feeling relatively grounded with their eating. Now as time has passed, I’ve been hearing that some eating habits and attitudes toward eating are surfacing that don’t feel particularly great.
“Is this the new normal for me?” you might wonder. “Am I going to keep heading down a direction I feel lousy about and then, come summer, end up really discouraged?”
I’d say the good news is, that a bit of loving course correction can really help mitigate some challenging eating habits and shift them in a direction you feel much better about. If you feel it’s time to get re-inspired about your diet, re-connect with dietary wisdom and nutritional practices that best support your body type, I’m very happy to invite you to Food REPAIR, a 3-week program to help you renew and re-inspire your diet. I’ll be leading you through a step-wise process bridging learning and practice over the course of three weeks. It’s designed to be encouraging, informative, and fun, too.
We’ll be working step by step, starting with morning practice and working our way through meals and snacks. I’ll also be weaving in core lessons on the balance of structure and pleasure, and how to find balance with your diet, while making the progress you’d like to make.
Module 1: Re-establishing morning rhythm/routine, learning about and implementing functional food breakfasts, therapeutic and delicious drinks. One case study. Week one assignment.
Module 2: Working on solid lunch & snack principles based on the health and eating concerns that are most important to you (ex. blood sugar, beauty, weight regulation, appetite regulation, meal satisfaction, etc…) One case study. Week two assignment.
Module 3: Working with dinner and evening eating habits & addressing any concerns or appropriate tweaks. One case study. Week three assignment.
This program is a good fit if one or more of the following are true:
You haven’t been feeling your best physically and know your diet could help you feel better
You don’t like the direction eating has been going
You feel a sense of relief at the thought of re-establishing some helpful eating habits and some structure
You enjoy learning about diet & nutrition and a bit about the psychology of eating
You like the idea of being part of group of people journeying together
I trust that most people will know if this program will feel supportive and is the right time. The easiest barometer is checking in, imagining you’re about to start learning together later in the month, and see if you feel encouraged and hopeful or if you feels stressed out. (Of course, encouraged and hopeful is what we’re going for. Stressed out, and this may not be the right timing)
How do I attend? What’s the format?
I’ll be leading the series through a private Facebook group where you’ll find the week’s video lesson each week along with discussion prompts, a Q & A section, and a resources section. Facebook has a Group Learning function in their groups now that allows me to break things down into learning units. It’s pretty user-friendly.
What’s the cost?
The 3-week program is $45. (simple math: $15/week) You have a core lesson/teaching each week and space to ask questions as we move along together.
Once I enroll, then what?
Once you register, I’ll send you an email connecting you with the private Facebook group to join. You’ll find a welcome section right away and your first lesson will go live on Sunday morning on May 24th.
I think those are the details! If you have any further question, you can reach me here.
If you know this will be good for you and you’d like to join me, you can register below. I know it’s an unreal time, my friends. Caring for our physical well-being is one way we can focus on something within our scope of power. I’m looking forward to the time together.
ENROLLMENT IS NOW CLOSED. STAY TUNED FOR UPCOMING CLASSES & SERIES.
The etymology of the word “care” brings us to the old English and Old High German “grief” and “lament.” In our time together, we’ll be addressing a deep kind of care for ourselves with diet, health, weight, and eating concerns as the doorway into self-care, while holding the vulnerabilities and soulful dimensions so many of us our navigating today. Expect a lot of heart in this one.
I’ll be addressing the following topics:
The care package class is 90-minutes and $20.
If an alternate payment arrangement is needed at this time, ($0-20) reach me here and we’ll work it out for you. Everyone is welcome.
As always, we start practical, and examine the deeper soulful themes.
Date: Wednesday, April 22nd
Time: 6-7:30pm EST
Place: Remote class via phone conference (just dial in and listen)
(I encourage you to attend the class live together as a community, though a recording will be available for a week)
Somewhere deep within the modern health-conscious woman, there’s a knowledge that eating is not meant to be so consuming, defining, or polarized with lists of permitted foods and forbidden foods. Somewhere deep…in her aboriginal mind, she knows…this is not what this life is about, nor is this the embodiment of real health.
Without a wiser sense of the nutritional terrain (that carves out space for both the salivating animal and the focused will of the spirit), she’s got a real ordeal ahead of her. If she blindly turns toward diet culture for guidance, anything but perfection or control may feel like failure. She either strives even harder or delays starting anything.
But following a less trodden path, she learns a new and counter-culture way that is guided by her heart and preferences, and stokes her metabolism by moving toward Nature instead of against it. – Laura Burkett
On Saturday, March 21st, I will be offering a day-long eating psychology retreat in my Eastown office in Grand Rapids, MI. Generally, this retreat will be a good fit if you tend to find yourself experiencing a split with your eating or attitude toward eating, meaning you might go through periods of dietary restriction followed by periods of dietary “indulgence” and want to learn how to transform this pattern or simply feel drawn to learning the deeper dimensions of nutrition, eating, and body weight.
During our time together, you’ll learn sound dietary principles that support metabolic functioning and learn exactly what needs to happen to reduce polarized eating patterns based on client case studies over 10+ years. We’ll address the deeper dimensions of perfectionism, nutrition culture in the West, common fears that arise in this work, personal evolutionary steps toward more empowered eating, and specific practices to heal your eating in a personal way, deeply rooted in the Feminine.
Prepare to feel uplifted and encouraged! Though my language is primarily leans towards women, class is open to anyone who feels drawn to the themes presented here.
Location: Real Food Wellness (1430 Robinson Rd. SE, Suite 219, Grand Rapids, MI 49506)
Date: Saturday, March 21st
(CLASS IS CURRENTLY POSTPONED in lieu of COVID-19 in an effort to care for our community - new date announced once it is more stable to do so. Be well!)
Laura Burkett Gutierrez has been serving West Michigan as a coach, counselor, and teacher since 2009. She bridges ancient and modern nutritional science, eating and depth psychology, and Internal Family Systems theory to fully support clients. Read more at www.realfoodwellness.com
Join Holistic Health and Eating Psychology practitioner, Laura Burkett, in a fun and life-affirming class on Ayurveda, one branch of the Vedic sciences dealing with the health of the physical body. Together we’ll explore Ayurvedic self-care and nutritional practices that honor our uniqueness as well as support us in living harmoniously with the cycles of nature.
The benefits include: improved sleep, better digestion, weight regulation, natural detoxification, more trust in the body, and feeling more connected to the Earth.
Some topics covered:
- The purpose of Ayurveda
- The importance of the lymphatic system & digestive system
- Ayurvedic eating guidelines & recommendations for your primary constitution
- Daily self-care practices
- Ayurvedic perspectives on detoxification, weight, mood regulation
- Q &A
Please note there is no need for your mat as we will not be doing any physical poses in this workshop. No prior knowledge of Ayurveda necessary.
Location: Cascade Yoga Studio (5060 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI)
Date: Sunday, February 9th, 2020
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