Create a Healthy Relationship - With Your Food

MeritCare Introduces Intuitive Eating SeriesMeritCare is offering an innovative series of classes to help people develop a healthier relationship with food and body. The 20-class series will teach intuitive eating and will be conducted by registered dietitians. Classes are on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and run from Wednesday, May 21, to Wednesday, Oct. 22. Most classes will be held at MeritCare Southpointe, 2400 32nd Ave. S. in Fargo.

MeritCare Introduces Intuitive Eating Series

MeritCare is offering an innovative series of classes to help people develop a healthier relationship with food and body. The 20-class series will teach intuitive eating and will be conducted by registered dietitians. Classes are on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and run from Wednesday, May 21, to Wednesday, Oct. 22. Most classes will be held at MeritCare Southpointe, 2400 32nd Ave. S. in Fargo.

It's not a secret that Americans have unhealthy eating habits. People are definitely eating too much - the rapid increase in the prevalence of obesity in the last several decades is staggering and has a negative impact on our health. More people than ever are on diets, which researchers have found don't work in the long-run. About two-thirds of dieters put back the weight they lost - and more - within four to five years. Not only are Americans overweight, but they aren't enjoying food anymore. Many eat while walking, working or watching TV, stopping only when the plate is clean or the show is over, not even realizing or experiencing what they just ate. People are taught certain foods are "bad" and then they feel bad for eating them. Many don't have a sense of control over their appetites and use food to satisfy things other than hunger, such as stress or unhappiness.

Intuitive eating is a new, powerful and different approach to food relationships and weight management. It teaches how to create a healthy relationship with your food, mind and body by becoming more mindful. Intuitive eating helps people distinguish between physical and emotional feelings and helps develop an eating environment free of depriving rules and unrealistic expectations.

The Intuitive Eating classes will focus on 10 topics with two classes devoted to each topic, the first focused on discussion and then second focused on action. Classes may include meal planning, grocery store tours and restaurant outings, physical activity and taste testing.

"We hope to give our participants hands-on practical tools they can use in the real world. If we are talking about purchasing food we will go to the grocery store and show people how to shop. If we are talking about the challenges of eating out we will go to the restaurant and discuss the options," said Kristen Liebl, clinical dietitian and one of the class instructors.

Class topics and schedule:
  • Rejecting the Dieting Mentality
    Wednesday, May 21
    Wednesday, May 28
  • Honor Your Hunger
    Wednesday, June 4
    Wednesday, June 11
  • Make Peace with Food
    Wednesday, June 18
    Wednesday, June 25
  • Challenge the Food Police
    Wednesday, July 9
    Wednesday, July 16
  • Feel Your Fullness
    Wednesday, July 23
    Wednesday, July 30
  • Discover the Satisfaction Factor
    Wednesday, Aug. 6
    Wednesday, Aug. 13
  • Rejecting the Dieting Mentality
    Wednesday, Aug. 20
    Wednesday, Aug. 27
  • Alternatives to Food for Comfort
    Wednesday, Sept. 3
    Wednesday, Sept. 10
  • Respect Your Body
    Wednesday, Sept. 17
    Wednesday, Sept. 24
  • Exercise Feel the Difference
    Wednesday, Oct. 1
    Wednesday, Oct. 8
  • Honor Your Health - Good Nutrition
    Wednesday, Oct. 15
    Wednesday, Oct. 22

The cost is $60 for each set of classes. Those who sign up for all classes will receive a $50 discount on the cost of the whole series ($600). To register for a class, please call MeritCare at (701) 234-5570 or (877) 234-4240 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.meritcare.com.