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Eat for Life is a 10-week mindfulness-based intuitive eating program that helps participants learn to have a healthy relationship with their food and their bodies. Research on the program has demonstrated that, after the class, participants had greater appreciation for their bodies, were more intuitive eaters, decreased binge eating, and had an increase in mindfulness.

Contact: Lynn Rossy at for more information about the programs.

Summer 2016 Online Class

Orientation: – week starting Friday, June 3
10 Week Class: – week starting Friday, June 10 through week starting Friday, August 12
Cost: $50 for faculty/staff (and family members) of the University of Missouri ($25 to be refunded with full participation); $180 for members of the community
Registration link: Coming Soon  

Summer 2016 In-Person Class (Columbia – Memorial Union)

Orientation: Wednesday, June 1, from 12:00 ­to 1:00 p.m.
10 Week Class: Wednesdays, June 8 through August 10 from12:00 to­ 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $50 for faculty/staff (and family members) of the University of Missouri ($25 to be refunded with full participation); $180 for members of the community
Registration link: Coming Soon

Read what participants have to say about the class:

“EFL has been a transformational experience…my relationship to food has changed dramatically.  I actually think about food much less than before -- now it's rarely on my mind until I begin to experience hunger.  And I am savoring my food infinitely more…EFL embodies an intuitive, gracious approach to living, and I am captivated by the gentleness and kindness inherent in the process.”
--Linda Dyer

“It is amazing that 10 weeks have gone past…I will use the "make peace with food" for a long time to come, that has been the most successful tip. I don't have forbidden food, or food that is "bad". I can have it just in the quantity that will satisfy…I thank you for the insight and the motivation.  You have made this a successful experience that has changed my life.”
 --Amy Hampton

What is Eat for Life?

Eat for Life is a 10 week program that uses “mindfulness” as the foundation for learning how to create a healthy relationship with your food, mind, and body. Using mind-body practices such as meditation and yoga you can learn how to listen to the wisdom of the body for better health and well-being. This is a “non-diet” approach to eating that advocates self and body acceptance as the first step in making changes. We use a non-judgmental and compassionate approach to re-learning how to use your internal physical cues to guide what and when you eat. This program teaches the BASICS of mindful eating, the principles of “Intuitive Eating” as outlined in the book “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, and relevant research, synthesized to make sense out of the multitude of messages that we get about what, when, and how to eat. Discover the pleasure of taking care of yourself in a way that nourishes and heals.

Details of the Eat for Life Program?

There are two versions of this program—(a) an in person class and (b) a class that can be taken at home over Blackboard as an online course.

  1. In Person Class
    The program consists of a series of classes that meet for 1 or 1-1/2 hours each week. Classes include instruction in formal mindfulness practices (eating meditation, sitting meditations, body scan, and mindful yoga). Group discussions address the experiential component of the classes and didactic components emphasize the application of mindfulness, intuitive eating principles, and relevant research to facilitate in changing your relationship with food and your body. Weekly practice assignments to do at home help you develop mindfulness skills and apply them to the way that you eat and think about eating and how you relate to your body. Regular class attendance and a commitment of 15-30 minutes of practice per day for the entire duration of the course are required. CDs of the formal mindfulness practices and weekly handouts will be provided as learning aids.
  2. Online Course
    This is an exciting opportunity to take the same components of the in person class but in the comfort of your own home. Video and audio components teach you the foundational mindfulness practices (eating meditation, sitting meditations, body scan, and mindful yoga) and the BASICS of Mindful Eating. All you need is a computer and the commitment of time to take the class and complete the readings and practice exercises. Once you are signed up for a particular class, you will have a week to complete each section. There are practice exercises to complete each day. You are asked to participate with the other people in your class by emailing to a discussion board about your experiences with the exercises and readings.

Who should enroll in the program?

If you have a history of chronic dieting, have rigid “healthy” rules about eating, or find yourself eating more than you want when you’re stressed, bored, or unhappy, then this may be the program for you. If you want to enjoy eating every day and appreciate the miracle of your body, then this program may be for you. If you are under a doctor’s supervision for diabetes or on any kind of doctor prescribed diet you can still benefit from the principles you learn in this program for creating a healthier relationship with your body and your food.

What are the benefits I can expect?

Research in this area is still in its infancy and many results are not yet published. However, people who have engaged in programs that have used mindfulness as applied to eating behavior have reported a decrease in psychological symptoms as well as a decrease in binge eating.

What is the cost?

  • For faculty and staff of the University of Missouri, there is a $50 fee.
  • For the in person class, if you attend 9 of the 10 classes you will receive a $25 rebate.
  • For the online course, if you participate on blackboard for 9 of the 10 weeks you will receive a $25 rebate.
  • For Community Members the cost is $180.00 with no refund.

Required Book:

  • Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

Recommended Books:

  • Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth
  • Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink, Ph.D.
  • Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays, MD