Eating for Wellbeing

Nourish Your Body and Soul. Feel Good. Enjoy Life.

A 10-Week (10 session) workshop to end overeating — for adults experiencing chronic overeating

Dates: Returning this winter (early 2018)

Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Location: the Lansing, MI area (exact location TBD)

Imagine eating the foods you love in amounts that are satisfying while feeling relaxed, comfortable and confident!

After participating in the Eating for Wellbeing Workshop, you can expect to:

  • Get back in touch with your body’s hunger and fullness cues
  • Distinguish between physical hungers and other “hungers” (such as the need for connection, rest, or play)
  • Trust yourself to eat for satisfaction and health
  • Have the energy and focus to engage in life more fully
  • Feel comfortable and confident with food and eating—even at parties, buffets and banquets

How? Step by step, you’ll become familiar with and practice the 6 Steps to End Overeating (below). Along the way, you’ll benefit from the guidance and support of Karen Giles-Smith, registered dietitian, and you’ll have the opportunity to share experiences and give and receive support and insights from the other members of the group.

6 Steps to End Overeating

Step 1:
Investigate Your Relationship with Food, Eating and Weight
Do thoughts about food, eating and weight occupy too much of your time and energy? Envision a life free from these worries! You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Take stock of your beliefs about food, eating and weight.
  • Gain clarity around what has and hasn’t worked for you as you’ve tried to manage food, eating and weight.
  • Gain insight about how your current eating habits affect your life, including your health, wellbeing, relationships, home, and work.

The awareness you’ll cultivate will help you decide how you want to be in your life in regard to food, eating and weight—this is the first step in making a change.

Step 2:
Ditch Deprivation; Learn How to Nourish Your Body and Soul
Are you tired of being at war with food? What happens when you try to control (restrict) what, when and how much you eat? Discover what works and what doesn’t in order to be at peace with food and at ease with eating.

  • Learn what the science says about the effectiveness and results of dieting.
  • Find out why it’s been so difficult for you to stick to weight loss diets—it’s not due to lack of motivation or willpower!
  • Learn how to take charge of your eating rather than trying to control it.

Take home tried-and-true tips to be free from feelings of deprivation, anxiety and guilt around food and eating.

Step 3:
Befriend Your Body: Let Your Inner Wisdom Be Your Guide to Health and Wellbeing
Are you tired of battling your body? Discover how appreciating, accepting, and trusting your body can help heal your relationship with food.

  • Learn what the science says about the relationship between weight/BMI and health.
  • Discover which lifestyle habits actually foster health and wellbeing—and the measurements that really matter.
  • Walk away with simple strategies to challenge body image myths, deal with a “bad body day,” and improve your body image.

You can stop being a slave to the scale, and you can drop the exercises you dread—and feel better!

Step 4:
Master Full-Engagement Eating
Do food fears rule your life? Rediscover the joy of eating by challenging food beliefs and experiencing eating without judgment.

  • Learn how to pay attention to eating and how your body responds—it’s the key to “hearing” your body’s hunger and fullness cues.
  • Practice eating without judgment—it allows you to respond to your hunger and fullness cues so that you can nourish your body in a relaxed and enjoyable manner.
  • Discover how to nourish your body to boost and sustain energy, improve mood, decrease cravings and help manage chronic overeating and bingeing.

Your mind and your body will thank you.

Step 5:
Address Your “Other Hungers”: What Do You Really Need?
Do you use food to cope with feelings? Most people do, at least sometimes. Occasional emotional eating is normal, but eating too often for reasons other than physical hunger can be problematic. You’ll learn how to handle situations when you want to eat but aren’t physically hungry.

  • Discover your emotional eating patterns.
  • Practice distinguishing physical hunger from “other hungers.”
  • Learn basic strategies to cope with emotions without using food—if you choose to do so.

Learning to trust yourself around food is a beautiful thing—and it’s possible for everyone.

Step 6:
Set Yourself Up for Success
Does the thought of attending a party, banquet or buffet cause consternation? For every challenging eating occasion, there are strategies to help you relax and enjoy the food as well as the festivities.

  • Receive insights about how to handle your toughest “real world” eating issues.
  • Make a plan for an upcoming event that includes food/eating.
  • Celebrate the challenges you’ve overcome and the changes you’ve made to date—acknowledging your inner strengths and resources that made it possible.
  • Decide what goals/strategies you would like to continue to work on so that you can keep the momentum going.

Consider this: What would you like to do with the time and energy you no longer spend thinking/worrying about food, eating and weight?!

Here’s what past workshop participants had to say:

“I love the group — people who are so honest and willing to talk about struggles with eating issues. I like having a workbook to use and discuss. Karen does a wonderful job encouraging discussion and offering suggestions and information from research.” 

“Is there a possibility of continuing the workshop? I would love that. I have come to enjoy the participants and have learned so much from them.”

“Great facilitator style. Very warm and compassionate. Keep up the great work!”

The Eating for Wellbeing workshop includes:

  • Ten 1½ hour (90 minute) weekly sessions in an informal, small group setting. Each session begins with a review of information and strategies by Karen Giles-Smith, registered dietitian, followed by a group discussion based on readings/activities from The Intuitive Eating Workbook.
  • A complimentary copy of The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.
  • A 45-minute pre-workshop phone session with Karen to begin to process your relationship with food, eating and weight and to create your vision for the future.
  • A list of recommended books and online resources.
  • Guided mindful eating practice.
  • One email “check-in” with Karen between each session.
  • Pre- and post-program assessment to measure your progress throughout the program.

Special limited time offer: By registering for the Eating for Wellbeing Workshop, scheduling your 45-minute pre-workshop phone session, and paying the registration fee in full, you’ll receive the complimentary e-book, Top 10 Tips to Reach and Maintain Your Healthy Weight without the Struggle by Karen Giles-Smith, MS, RDN.

Bonus: After completing the Eating for Wellbeing Workshop, you’ll receive a 20% off coupon for one-on-one nutrition counseling sessions with Karen.

Space is limited to the first 12 registrants.

Registration deadline: TBD

Investment in your health and wellbeing: $350 (a $600 value)

Payment Options:

  • Pay in full: $350 (by check or credit card)
  • Pay by payment plan (3 payments) including a service charge (credit card only):
    • The 1st payment is a deposit of $128 due at the time of registration
    • The 2nd and 3rd payments of $128 each will be charged to your credit card monthly for 2 months.

Call or email Karen today to find out if the Eating for Wellbeing Workshop is right for you.

  • Call 517-332-3105. If you don’t reach Karen directly, please leave a message with the best times and best phone number to reach you.
  • or send an email to In the email, note that you are interested in the Eating for Wellbeing Workshop and the best phone number and best times to reach you.

It’s possible: You CAN be at ease with eating!


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Phone: 517-332-3105 or 517-969-3109
Karen at

Campus Village Center
1151 Michigan Ave.
Suite 106
East Lansing, MI 48823

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