Divine Dining Method~ Why I created this program
By Catherine Russo Epstein
How often do you listen to your body? Do you consistently make food choices that are not aligned with your intentions of living a more healthy lifestyle?
I’ll admit, that I’ve struggled with food issues for most of my life. I’ve always used food as a reward to make myself feel better. But, like most behaviors that are not physically or emotionally healthy- I knew something needed to change.
As the founder of the Living Lotus Group and a Transformational Life Coach who helps people to align with the life they want, I studied various ways of personal development. One of the recurring themes with the clients I worked with was always about people not living in alignment with their thinking and their behavior. What this means is that people who say they want to eat more healthy foods, yet .
I created the Divine Dining Method back in 2008 and began teaching workshops to help people who struggle with food issues to learn conscious and mindful ways to eat- so they learn to have a healthier attitude toward eating.
If I were to simplify the Divine Dining Program, I would tell you to try these 3 Tips:
~Focus on the food you eat while you are eating.
~Pause and take a deep breath before your 1st bite
~Be very grateful for your food. (where it came from, and who prepared it)
It’s important to remember that the Divine Dining conscious eating program is different for every body. Everyone has different food issues. Some people can’t eat they’re stressed, some over-eat when they’re stressed. Ome eat late at night and some eat while cooking dinner. Once you understand your own issues, you’ve made the first step in making lasting changes.
I’m so passionate about helping people to understand and accept their food behaviors and to get them to realize this is the first step in making lasting changes.
I’ve been so inspired by how people have done in our past programs,
Here is what a recent client had to say:
“The Divine Dining Program taught me to sit and relax while eating and to savor my food instead of rushing through a meal. I was often guilty of leaving the table mid-meal to write a note or put something away. Now I have been treating each meal as a sensory experience.”
Here are some of the benefits:
~Aid with weight loss
~Put you in full control of your eating
~Work in conjunction with any eating style
~Activates a healthy digestive system
~Encourages you to be in full control of your eating.
I’ve run workshops, had private sessions, run on-line virtual retreats, and NOW, because of my desire to have this program reach more people, I’ve created an on-line course that has the entire program in an easy to use format! With lessons, a workbook, meditation recording; you’ll have the support you need to have a successful Divine Dining experience.
You will be inspired in more ways than you could ever have imagined in this healing journey – And so more information, information and tools to help guide you on your way.
You will come away from this program with many ways to transform your food issues and desires- empowering YOU to make these amazing changes.. You’ll be challenged to confront your existing belief systems- and will discover how to willingly let go of old patterning; while simultaneously opening the way for the new and exciting ways of mindful eating to fully take hold in your consciousness.
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