“I know what to eat, but I just can’t seem to do it.”
“I’m an emotional eater.”
“I want more control over my eating.”
Saying “no” to temptation takes more than willpower; it takes “skill power.” Learn new ways of thinking and behaving to help you change your problematic eating habits. Come to a Craving Change® workshop and learn why you eat the way you do, why it’s hard to change your eating habits and what you can do about it.
Craving Change® was developed by a clinical psychologist and a registered dietician in Canada. Throughout a 3-class series, Craving Change® will help you create a healthier relationship with food. Tara Smith, Chantal Morais, and Michelle Depner are Craving Change® facilitators for Prairie Mountain Health. Tara explains: “The focus is first on learning why we eat the way we do. We learn about how the environment plays a role in how we eat and our learned behaviours around food.”
Using self-awareness strategies, participants learn to recognize triggers that influence their eating. The program then encourages participants to reflect on their eating and identify what they consider problematic. This could include the what, when and how much you eat. Facilitators teach various strategies, called the ‘Change Buffet,’ to manage these habits and find the best approach. Chantal says: “Healthy eating is different for everyone. It is eating in a way that makes you feel good and is culturally appropriate for you.”
Facilitators have seen Craving Change’s positive impact. “The program is written in a voice that resonates with participants and facilitators,” explains Michelle. “The workbook contains meaningful exercises that clients refer back to years after the program.” The group environment provides a safe space for participants to share their experiences and learn from others who have similar struggles.
Through skill-building activities, participants practice implementing their new strategies as a group. Chantel says: “The program is strength-based and encourages clients to be kind to themselves and build skills to improve their eating behaviours. Many other programs are less effective because they’re not sustainable. Rather than just limiting eating options, we need to work with our bodies, environment, and how we think to make lasting change.”
Prairie Mountain Health adapted Craving Change® to a virtual format using MS Teams during the pandemic. Despite being apart, the facilitators have continued to see a supportive group dynamic during the virtual classes. With the lifting of Public Health restrictions this spring, the program will continue to be offered virtually. Instructors are also excited to be back hosting “In-person” classes scheduled for Dauphin, Neepawa, and Brandon.