Dietitian, Nutrition Specialist, and Mindful Self-Compassion & Yoga Teacher
Katherine Dittmann, MS, RD, is a nutrition therapist specializing in eating behaviors and disorders. She has worked the full spectrum of eating disorder treatment for a decade. Katherine uses a food-positive and pragmatic approach, weaving in concepts from yoga and mindfulness to help people connect with the body and eat with more ease. Katherine is a certified Mindfulness-Based Yoga Therapy for Eating Disorders teacher, certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, and former chef. She completed her master's thesis by investigating eating attitudes, spiritual beliefs, and body awareness in women who practice yoga (Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 2009).
At Mind Therapy Clinic, Katherine leads Therapeutic Meal Group for Eating Recovery. Part nutrition education and part culinary skills development, this group is designed around a coached meal and post-meal process group. Even as recovery progresses, many people encounter difficulties at meal time such as trying new foods, preparing their own food, and implementing skills from intuitive and mindful eating. This group intends to bridge that gap and act as a laboratory to learn about and practice new skills and discover the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that show up during meals that may be inhibiting progress in recovery.
Some objectives for this group are:
- Exposure to new or challenging foods
- Learn simple cooking techniques
- Increase comfort with social eating
- Practice mindful and intuitive eating skills
- Reinforce adequate portions and balanced meals
- Encourage enjoyment when eating
- Provide community support
- Increase awareness and tolerance of thoughts and feelings when eating
- Practice challenging food beliefs in the moment
- Apply self compassion when eating is hard
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"Above all, the goal of therapeutic meal group is to create more ease with eating and maybe even have a little fun."