In January many of us are considering what we are eating and how we can adjust our diets for the year ahead. Sadly, this mindset often doesn’t last much beyond February! So, what can we do to make small steps towards a life change so that the good intentions of January become ingrained in our lifestyle on an ongoing basis?

We spoke to Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi, Vice President of the Centre for Mindful Eating, about the subject of Mindful Eating, what it is and the benefits it can bring to our lives.


"Food reveals our connection with the earth.  Each bite contains the life of the sun and the earth…We can see and taste the whole universe in a piece of bread! Contemplating our food for a few seconds before eating and eating in mindfulness, can bring us much happiness."

Thich Nhat Hanh

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To hear more from Katie Sheen, Founder of Soul Nutrition, come along to her presentation at The Mindful Living ShowClick here to find out more.

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Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi
Clinical Director
The Centre for Mindful Eating and The Mindfulness Project

Cinzia is a chartered Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer on Mental Health and Wellbeing. She qualified as a mindfulness teacher at the University of Bangor (North Wales, UK) and as a CBT therapist at Oxford University. She is currently acting as the Clinical Director of The Mindfulness Project (UK).
She is also a Mindful Eating trainer, having trained formally in Boston USA and is the Vice-President of the Centre for Mindful Eating in the USA.
She has a PhD in Human Factors in Health Care and obtained  her Clinical Psychologist degree from the University of Urbino (IT). She currently lives in the UK, and over the years has developed a strong research interest around wellbeing and mindfulness in various health care settings. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, eating disorders and wellbeing at work.

Mindful Living Show Presentation
Saturday 3rd June
Session Title: Mindful Eating - The End of Dieting

Katie Sheen
Teacher, Speaker and Founder
Soul Nutrition

Katie runs regular events for the public as well as delivering corporate workshops and conference sessions for a wide range of audiences. She offers you a free, interactive website at www.soulnutrition.org that includes the Mindful Eating photographic food diary ‘Nourish’.

Raised in the hospitality industry, Katie saw from an early age how food is used to bring people together and form the heart of happy memories. She went on to study the ways in which food can be used to support both physical and psychological health, and has travelled extensively to teach on nutrition and mindfulness.She holds a Masters degree in Education, a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. She has taught in academic settings including the Masters Science degree in Nutritional Therapy at the University of Worcester, the Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition for the College of Naturopathic Medicine, and CPD events for Lamberts Healthcare. She has also written and presented both one-day short courses and online courses for the Institute for Optimum Nutrition.
Katie has been practising mindfulness in her own life for over 16 years and is a member of The Heart of Manchester and Stockport Sanghas, part of a growing network of groups composed of people from a wide range of faith backgrounds who aspire to develop peace in themselves and in the world through the practice of mindful living. These Sanghas are supported by The Community of Interbeing, a registered educational charity that offers mindfulness in the tradition of Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who was proposed for a Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King in 1967.

Mindful Living Show Presentation
Friday 2nd June
Session Title: Mindful Eating for Health & Happiness

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