Eating Peace Basics 101

Eating Peace Basics 101

8 Wedesdays: May 5 - June 23, 2021
9-10:30am PST

The Eating Peace Basics 101 Course introduces 8 foundational principles and stories to question to break apart the eating battles that bind you when it comes to food. 

With looming thoughts in our minds and hearts about eating, foods, diets, weight management, food dangers, bodies, perfection vs mediocrity… we try to navigate our lives, we become anxious, suspicious, defensive, fearful, angry, or lonely. 

And then? We eat even more. 

For me, my angst with eating began around age 14, although I felt stressed about weight and awareness of the fear of fatness at age 8.  

My trouble with food….just happened to coincide with a driving passion….for thinness. And in direct opposition, a driving passion that seemed almost beyond my control….for eating!  

Thus began a battle with food, eating and my body for many years. Never peaceful, never enough, often too much, never just right.  

My stressful thinking went like this, and you might relate:  

*My body is disgusting *I can’t succeed in eating the right amount *I feel more attractive if I’m thin, I hate being fat *I feel empty, and I can fill the hole with food *I can’t handle hunger, fullness, feelings, being seen by others, figuring this out *eating normally is impossible *cravings are maddening and insanely hard to control *I don’t know what to eat *something terrible is going to happen (and I’ll break my diet, or binge) *none of this matters anyway–I can’t win, I can’t be happy, I may as well enjoy food  

What I know now is that anyone can end the fight, struggle, argument or stress involved with eating, food, or body….It’s your birthright to live peacefully with the experience and joy of eating.  

Eating was not created to hurt. We can take the suffering we've experienced, and turn it all around. 

If you don’t feel peaceful with eating, then likely somewhere in your life, like me you began to believe painful thoughts about thinness, fatness, weight, attractiveness, joy, love, foods, connection and eating.  

There is a way to enter into the experience of peaceful eating, permanently.  

How do I know?  

Because it happened for me.  

I was a binge-eater, bulimic for a decade (binge-eating and vomiting or over-exercising), borderline-anorexic for several years, and constantly tortured by violent thoughts about food, weight, and eating. I weighed too much, then too little, yo-yo’d up and down, and hated my body. I felt nervous around large quantities of food. I said things like “I can’t keep x in my house!!” because I’d think about it obsessively until I ate it.  

But it’s over now.  

Food can be wherever it is, including covering a huge buffet table in my presence, and it doesn’t scare me or create anger or make me say things like “careful! stay in control!”  

That kind of unrest can be over for you, too.  

I used to isolate, stay home, avoid gatherings with large amounts of food, go to gatherings with food just to eat it instead of pay any attention to people. I felt lost, lonely, terrified and thought I was going crazy.  

I spent hundreds of dollars on binge food. I drove into fast-food restaurants for meals one after the other trying to act “normal” to the employee working behind the counter instead of desperate and almost in tears. 

I went to Overeaters Anonymous, weight watchers, therapy, in-patient treatment for eating disorders at Porter Memorial Hospital in Denver, completed Living Binge Free program, People House, more therapy, Beyond Dieting program, Course in Miracles, Alcoholics Anonymous, est, Context Trainings and group therapy. 

All of these helped a little, my eating slowed in its excessiveness, but nothing cured my compulsive thinking. 

And then, between a very powerful group therapy program and learning The Work of Byron Katie, I found a lightness and freedom from eating wars I always dreamed of but never thought possible.  

This approach to Eating Peace gathers three vital and important principles together, and lives out of them:  

1) Eating (or any activity and consuming) is a part of the flow of in and out, up and down, of life….and everyone can live eating peacefully with that flow, like the tides going in and out…..everyone. Without any upsetting fluctuation in weight.
2) You are not a special case that can’t be cured, no matter how long you’ve been suffering with this problem.
3) Eating, food, and body image has grown to have more importance in your world than it should because of your perceptions and unconscious, limiting, very stressed mental activity.

You can find out what you need instead of food or eating. You’ll learn what you need to say “no” to in your life, and most importantly, you’ll question the stressful lies you’ve been believing that drive off-balance eating. 

You don’t have to figure out all your feelings, resolve dilemmas, or feel good all the time. (You won’t). But you can stop overeating or eating or starving obsessively or thinking about food or your weight….and bring your focus to where else you don’t feel free, and question your mind.  

The Eating Peace Basics 101 8-week course cover 8 key topics and stories necessary to address in order to end the insanity of eating out of balance. While we're not aiming for a "cure" to all eating woes in 8 weeks, you will be offered the basics for a new foundation of peace instead of suffering with food. You'll know where to take your practice when the course is over, and how to continue on your journey to freedom. 

We work in the realm of mindfulness, feelings, questioning our old beliefs, and living in freedom–we address our eating obsessions at the root level. 

You do not have to be controlled, or to follow, the directives of your unquestioned thoughts. You can end the cycle of insanity. Your life includes the possibility of joyful, balanced eating. 

I’m living proof. So are other people who have done this work. 

No control or rigid plans are necessary. (Although you will learn how to review, refine and clarify your own eating and continue to automatically stick with peace). 

Eating Peace Basics 101 Online: A Live Zoom Course with a different topic each week for 8 weeks. 

Brief outline of the program:
• Session One: How To Dissolve Our Stories. A Few of The Most Common and Troubling Tales We’re Thinking Are True.
• Session Two: Eating Our Feelings. The Key To Stopping.
• Session Three: To Plan or Not To Plan. Chaos vs Structure and Finding Our Way With The Actual Food.
• Session Four: Empty, Bored, Hungry. When The Moment Isn’t Enough.
• Session Five: Fear, Trauma, Pleasure. When The Moment Is Too Much.
• Session Six: Relationships and Family of Origin. Parenting, Eating Patterns and Questioning The Beliefs We Adopted.
• Session Seven: Healing Body Image Angst. When Body Image Is Who You Are, it Hurts.
• Session Eight: The Spiritual Journey of Eating. Understanding How Suffering With Eating Leads To En-lighten-ment If You Let It. 

About Presenters

Grace B

Grace Bell, M.A., Certified Facilitator and Counselor, has a private practice in northeast Seattle in-person and zoom, working with people from all walks of life, with special care for concerns around eating disorders and eating issues of all kinds. She loves working with teens and older on eating anxieties.

Grace spent over 10 years experiencing brutally painful beliefs resulting in bulimia, anorexia, bingeing, dieting and panic around body image and food. After some years of therapy and normalizing, and then finding The Work, she lives as someone whose relationship with food is constantly, amazingly peaceful. To watch Grace’s presentation on Eating Peace at the Institute for The Work 2016 Convention, please see this link:

Additional Information

“This class has been huge for me since I was so new to Byron Katie's Work. My sense of peace around food is wonderful and I thank you deeply for helping me find it.” ~ 8 week course participant

“I'm so thankful for you to have reached out to help those of us who were looking for relief from this life-long battle! I honestly thought it was going to be a never-ending struggle (but that's because I was believing my thoughts)! In the past when I've been on diet after diet I always hated it and felt so uneasy about how long I had to be on the diet and "deprive" myself of all the things I wanted to eat. I was always, ALWAYS hungry every time I dieted, which caused me to be irritable and feeling defeated every time. Now, because my mind is different, I don't feel hungry! I’ve lost 20 pounds in the last 3 weeks. I know you've struggled just like we have and I'm so thankful that you're sharing these questions to lead us to really locate these concepts that are buried inside of us, and for facilitating us through inquiring into them. Life changing!” ~ participant 2017

“Grace, I wanted to share with you a big gift from the Eating Peace retreat. The exercise you had us do - to see if we could find anything positive in the struggles we had with food...I filled 3 or 4 pages!  It literally brought me to tears to find that the struggle had brought me home to myself and to a greater connection with Source. I am experiencing greater moments of joy than I had ever dreamed possible and am finding capabilities and gifts I never knew I had.” ~ participant 2016

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All cancellations must be received 3 days in advance of the workshop. Your tuition will be refunded less a $50 processing fee. If you do not give advance notice, if you do not attend, or if you leave the workshop early, your payment is non-refundable and non-transferable. If you cannot attend within the week prior to the retreat event, you may transfer your registration in full to another Eating Peace retreat offered in the future, to be used within one year.