Workshop and webinar topics:

Helping Patients Outsmart Overeating

Patients and medical professionals alike are frustrated with disappointing weight-based outcomes based upon our “eat less and move more” advice, which has been standard practice for decades. If we are to succeed in helping our patients resolve the eating and weight struggles that have evaded our current practices, we must understand and address the real reasons that patients overeat and under-exercise, as well as what prevents them from following our best lifestyle-related advice long-term. This workshop may be tailored to a clinician or patient audience.

Topics covered in this workshop:

  • Dysregulated eating: what’s really behind your patient’s “weight problem”
  • Biochemical and hormonal consequences of chronic dieting
  • Personality traits and skills deficits of the dysregulated eater
  • The wellness skill set: strategies for lasting success
  • How eating psychology, health and wellness coaching and lifestyle medicine can help

Avoiding burnout and Owning Your Life for the Physician or Health Care Provider

You chose medicine or nursing, or another health care profession, likely because you wanted to help people. You felt called to serve, support, educate, guide, and heal your patients. You devote your many working hours to caring for them. When you leave the office or hospital, you return to your home and care for your spouse, children, pets, parents, and maybe even your neighbors’ children! Even though your work in the world is good and meaningful, and satisfying, it is also challenging and draining, and, at times, maybe even feels thankless. You may struggle with impending burnout or feelings of hopelessness, wondering how long you can keep up this pace, and who is going to care for you.

Many of us in the health professions are excellent at caring for others, but we have no idea how to really care for ourselves. We jumped through every hoop placed before us in our training, and we continue to do so with our maintenance of certification and continuing education. But there were no classes offered on the subject of self-care. No seminars on how to regulate our efforts, or our emotions or even on how to manage what little free time we have. The result is often that we continue the pace that we adopted in our training, even accelerating that pace as we advance in our practices. At some point, if we neglect to safeguard balance in our lives, we may find ourselves wondering, “is this all there is?” Many of us refuse to even bring that thought into our awareness. We borrowed and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on our tuition and training (many of us are still paying off this debt, decades later). We may have received incredible emotional and/or financial support from family members and friends who believed in our dream. We don’t want to let anyone down, least of all ourselves, but we wonder how long we can sustain this lifestyle. We may overeat, drink, experience depression or anxiety, fight with our spouses, stop exercising, or just experience the nagging sense that something is missing, despite the fact that from the outside, it looks like we have it all.

The good news is that you likely do not have a career choice problem (although, if you do, that’s amenable to improvement). You likely have a self-care and life-balance problem. More good news: self-care and life balance skills are infinitely learnable. You just have to realize that you have a deficit or internal conflict in that area. Awareness is key, and as they say, once you know this, you cannot un-know it. Awareness is power. Click here for a list of topics that might be of interest to you if you are realizing that your life has become unbalanced. Mastering these topics may make you a better clinician. Your patients will undoubtedly benefit. But more importantly, mastering these topics (some of which you may never have considered) will help you to own your one and only, brilliant and perfectly imperfect life. You’ll become the captain of your ship, rather than a stowaway at the mercy of the changing tide.

Topics covered in this workshop: (each of these topics will have a short explanation, and eventually a short video, followed by a “learn more” button, which will lead to a landing page for workshops, individual coaching, and webinars).

  • Non-judgmental awareness/observation and self-compassion
  • Emotional intelligence and emotional regulation
  • Identifying needs, values and goals
  • Planning ahead for success
  • Self-regulation, including relapse and re-learning back to values

Introduction to Culinary Medicine: Fun and Success Strategies in the Kitchen for Clinicians

The evidence demonstrates that health care providers who are skilled in planning and preparing nutritious meals are more likely to provide helpful advice to patients in this area. However, many of us have little to no training in this area, and even less time to learn this important but often overlooked life skill. In this webinar, you’ll learn effective strategies for planning, preparing and packing meals and snacks that will keep your energy levels high and and your stress level low, both at work and at home. The course is taught by a physician, not a master chef, and the tips, strategies, and recipes are designed for real people on a real budget of both money and time. You will be able to share these skills and techniques with your family, so that mealtimes can be the calm, nourishing, restorative break during a busy day that may have eluded you in the past. This workshop may be tailored to a patient audience.

Topics in this workshop:

Planning ahead: Home ec for people who never took home ec

  • Identifying your goals your nutrition plan: Likes, desires, goals, requirements
  • The List
  • The tools
  • The fieldtrip
  • The prep       
  • Taking it on the road… awesome meals you can pack for work, any shift, any time   

Presentations and Speaking Engagements:

Learn and integrate practical, evidence-based success strategies that can be immediately implemented for interdisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses, and health care providers. Increase patient satisfaction and self-efficacy by learning how to design and facilitate effective group workshops for patients on overcoming overeating and empowered wellness.

CME and CEU credit can be arranged. Click here to request a presentation for a conference, department, office, or other group.

Workshop Design:

 Interested practices and departments may benefit from consulting on workshop design and delivery for their specific patient population. 

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