Library hosts workshop series to end stress eating

Have you ever said that you overeat because you’re stressed, under pressure, nervous, mad, sad, bored, or focused on your responsibilities? Do you reach for comfort foods when you have a “bad day?” Those are the same reasons why almost all weight reducing efforts result in re-gaining weight that has been lost.

A psychologist and a nutritionist have developed a new approach to discarding excess weight and to ending the cycle of repeatedly losing and re-gaining more weight. They believe that overeating begins in the mind, and the mind is the place to end overeating.

Their program, “Beneath the Weight” puts you in touch with what is happening in your mind when you overeat so that you can create and maintain a new eating lifestyle that is not controlled by stress, moods, and emotions.

Starting Wednesday, March 22nd, from 1:30pm to 4:00pm, the first of a series of three “Beneath the Weight” workshops will take place at the St. Bernard Parish Library’s main branch, located at 2600 Palmisano Blvd., Chalmette. These workshops are designed to allow participants to explore topics that will help them end stress eating.  The second and third workshops in the series will be held on March 29th and April 5th from 1:30pm to 4:00 pm. The topics are different at each workshop. The program is free and open to the public.

The workshops have no lectures, diets, exercises, or products. Participants do self-focused activities about their current and past eating lifestyles and then help each other learn to live without stress eating. The participants agree to be positive, encouraging, and supportive when helping each other.

In the third of the three workshops, a nutrition specialist, an exercise coach, and support group members will do interactive demonstrations about how they work with weight-challenged individuals. Each practitioner offers the participants a free personal introduction to the services they provide.

The workshops are sponsored by the St. Bernard Parish Library and SelfCare Health Initiatives, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to help individuals lead healthier lives.

Group size is limited so interested participants are asked to register by calling the library at 504-279-0448 to reserve a seat.  For additional information please contact library staff member, Janet Perez or Paul Waldman at or 504-220-2576.