Here’s what some recent graduates had to say about this program:

Dr Lerner did a great job of being approachable and making the class relaxed. I never once felt intimidated or judged. I’ve learned to focus less on why I struggle and more on what I can do to change the habits I’ve created for myself and my family. Reframing my eating had a big impact on helping me be less judgmental of myself and helped me to realize this isn’t linked to my self-worth. This eight weeks has really been a time of curiosity, discovery and finding insight. I’m now ready to make changes, Dr Lerner did a great job of setting an atmosphere where I felt comfortable sharing all of the things that I have NEVER said out loud to another person. It was a great outlet and relief. After years of going through programs and nutritionists, this is what I was looking for and seeking out. I’ve always known how and what to eat, yet wasn’t having success in losing weight because I wasn’t addressing my behaviors or habits. Kristin Dickerson

Richmond, Texas

The class has made me mindful of my eating triggers. It made me more aware of why I am eating. I gained tools to help me in my getting healthy journey. The class discussion was always good. It helps to know you are not the only one struggling. I really enjoyed the class and am glad I made the time to take it. B.P.

Pearland, Texas

What I liked best about this class was the discussion and the examples. I learned that I view meals as rewards or treats, and that avoiding problems leads to stress eating. I feel better equipped, and I’m more mindful about my choices. I’m able to recognize emotional eating, and to determine if I’m really hungry. A.B.

League City, Texas

I enjoyed learning different strategies and being able to discuss everyone’s ideas. I learned that I use food to satisfy needs other than hunger, such as loneliness, depression and boredom. I can definitely see how the class has reminded me of the importance of eating well, and it has kept me motivated each week. I am more aware of why I want to eat, and I think twice before eating. I welcome physical hunger and don’t “store up” by eating, anticipating hunger. I don’t eat empty calories on a regular basis now. When I feel an impulse or trigger to eat, I try to think it through before deciding whether to eat or not. The class has made more aware of stress, and that I have a choice of how I deal with it. I have tools to use to soothe myself instead of eating. I really appreciated the constant reminders not to judge myself. I really have enjoyed the class. It’s been very informative and motivating. Tina H.

What I liked best about this class was learning the material in a supportive and nonjudgmental group followed with good discussion and clarification. I learned to view eating triggers with curiosity, no judgment, and not in terms of good and bad. Since having the class the challenge no longer feels so overwhelming. I’ve learned to think rather than react and make better choices. I’m more aware of when I’m eating for reasons other than physical hunger. Z.S.

I liked the camaraderie amongst the class members. I learned that I let my emotions control me – I let anger, stress and depression control my eating. I learned to take a moment to calm down and ask myself why. Now, I have a much deeper respect for myself, my mind and my body as a whole. I actually care what kind of food I put in my body. I now ask myself, “Do you really need this? Are you really hungry?” I also take the time to calm down and deal with my emotion. When I get with a group of people, I now try to enjoy the interaction instead of the food. If I want something, I watch the portion. I now speak to myself with kindness, and I use different ways of managing emotions, urges and stressors. Gina D.

Pearland, Texas

The class provided a safe format for me to focus on weight management. In thinking about my values, I leaned how my weight problems may prevent me from reaching goals related to my core values. I also learned that being a mindful eater will be helpful, and also the need to plan for meals. I tend to ignore stress, pretend it isn’t impacting me. The class has helped me to realize that it’s detrimental for me to do this. It has helped me be more aware, and to plan for replacement behaviors for emotional eating. I’m more focused on being prepared for meals and snacks. Suzanne Anderson

Deer Park, Texas

I liked the small class size and the open discussion. I learned that emotional eating is playing a key role for me. I’m motivated to change, and I’ve admitted that emotions control my eating – I would never have admitted that before this class. I liked the helpful hints on thought processes. I learned to identify my emotions and stressors, and to process my personal reactions. I have a heightened awareness of my cravings and the knowledge to think differently. Dr Lerner has a unique ability to connect with people by being fully present, listening and caring. The materials were extremely helpful. Debbie B.

I liked the discussions among class members. I learned that I use eating as a distraction when bored, stressed, worried, etc. I learned to be constantly mindful. The more I practice, the better I can do this. As a result of the class, I recognize when I’m prone to overeat, and try to balance those times. The class added an extra layer to help maintain my motivation. M.B.

Houston, Texas

I liked the class discussion, helpful tips and strategies. I learned to cope with emotions, identify triggers, recognize harmful thoughts, and improve my coping skills. The class has helped me to better understand how to make better choices, and think about the big picture. I’ve become more aware of when I’m hungry versus eating to fill an emotional void. I’m more aware of emotions, negative habits and strategies for change, and I’m more aware of how to manage impulses, urges and cravings. D.F

Pearland, Texas

I liked the size of the class and the individual discussions. The workbook was helpful and easy to understand. This class has had a positive impact on my eating habits, my weight, my general health care practices, and my relationships with other people. I have no improvements to suggest! Peggy B.

Houston, Texas

Dr Lerner’s class has helped me understand “why” I sometimes overeat when I’m not hungry. Now that I know why, I’ve been able to alter my reactions to stress or emotional upsets. I refuse to ever go on another diet and thanks to the homework materials provided for the class I am able to focus on what is really behind my cravings. The Full Mind Weigh has been very successful for me and I recommend it to anyone who has dieted only to gain all the weight back. Brenda L.

Pearland, Texas

It gave me the beginning of how to love myself in spite of how others react to me. The homework was very thought-provoking. The reason I took this class was to help me make a plan to change my eating patterns, a plan I could stick to. I have put a plan in place to begin a life change. The class gave me the strength to push forward. I have steps to take when I am feeling stressed. M.B.

Houston, Texas

I liked the fact that this class has given me a deep awareness of my emotions, identifying who and what triggers them and how it relates to my eating habits. Most helpful have been techniques on self-soothing and self-validation, very effective strategies for reducing stress, ongoing strategies to incorporate into your daily life. I learned how my body and organs work, and motivating myself – why it’s really important to live a healthy lifestyle and manage my weight one day at a time. P. Murray

Pearland, Texas

When I began this class, I was not sure what we would be learning. What a surprise to uncover so much about ourselves and what triggers us towards certain behaviors – like eating! I have learned so much! The content and workbook were great. My eating habits have changed for the better and I am beginning to exercise again. I have a better understanding of me. Thanks, Doreen! Stephanie F.

Pearland, Texas

I liked the stories you shared about overcoming struggles. I learned that I’m an emotional eater, and that I eat mindlessly. I learned to think about my food choices. My level of motivation has increased, and I definitely think about what I am eating and why. S.H.

Dickinson, Texas

Doreen is a gentle guide and sweet-spirited educator. Her soft-spoken style leads you to self-discovery and gives you good solid tools to help you make changes in your behavior. I highly recommend this class and am thankful I had the opportunity to take it. C.L.

Pearland, Texas

Since taking this workshop I feel very hopeful that with commitment to the methods I have been shown that success is possible, that I can grow as a person and develop healthier habits not just for my physical well-being but for my emotional well-being. I would recommend this class to anyone who struggles with emotional overeating and wants to address more than just the “diet and exercise” of conventional weight loss programs. L.F.

Pearland, Texas

Dr Lerner did a great job of being approachable and making the class relaxed. I never once felt intimidated or judged. I’ve learned to focus less on why I struggle and more on what I can do to change the habits I’ve created for myself and my family. Reframing my eating had a big impact on helping me be less judgmental of myself and helped me to realize this isn’t linked to my self-worth. This eight weeks has really been a time of curiosity, discovery and finding insight. I’m now ready to make changes, Dr Lerner did a great job of setting an atmosphere where I felt comfortable sharing all of the things that I have NEVER said out loud to another person. It was a great outlet and relief. After years of going through programs and nutritionists, this is what I was looking for and seeking out. I’ve always known how and what to eat, yet wasn’t having success in losing weight because I wasn’t addressing my behaviors or habits. Kristin Dickerson

Richmond, Texas

Doreen’s class gave me some very practical tips and strategies for eating mindfully and, thus, controlling my weight. Gurutej Khalsa said, “You should have a life plan, not a diet plan”, Doreen’s program truly sets you up for life if you continue to follow her advice. Doreen’s demeanor is super-pleasant and her advice is super-on-target.

Shaya Kass

Tel Aviv, Israel

 

Bethany after

I started one on one mindful eating sessions with Doreen in January of 2016.  I had a Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass in May of 2015.  At first after surgery, you lose some weight because it’s impossible to eat too much.  But then the hard work begins- it’s up to you.  Surgery is not the ‘easy way out’.  You have to learn how to eat all over again.

Doreen was my guide to learning how to eat mindfully and enjoy eating (and not feel guilty and to listen to my body) for the first time in my life.  It’s not dieting- it’s mindful eating.  I had plateaued with my weight loss, but after working with her, it is slowly yet surely coming off again.  I see food not as an enemy but as something to be savored.  She is kind, patient, knowledgeable, non-judgmental, and understanding.  I highly recommend working with her to have success with all your wellness goals!

Bethany M.

Houston, Texas

Doreen helps me to provide personal accountability for myself.  She helps me with the tools I need to think for myself and take control of my own behaviors.

I’ve learned to stop and think about why I am overeating.  I’ve also learned that this is a lifelong journey that won’t be won or lost in a single meal.  Every choice I make towards good health is positive and when I don’t make the best choices, it’s not the end of the battle.

Using Doreen as a coach has kept my motivation high because I look forward to reporting my progress.  Knowing that I will be speaking with her causes me to think ahead and think about the challenges I might face.  The very fact that I’m thinking about it means I’m being proactive and not reacting to food impulses and emotions.

I can hear Doreen in my head as I walk past the kitchen.  I find myself asking if I’m really hungry or am I bored, stressed or responding to another trigger other than physical hunger.  Conversations with Doreen remind me to think first, eat second.

The biggest change to my eating habits after regular conversations with Doreen is that I am much more proactive in my eating.  I not only plan ahead for meals but I plan ahead and anticipate triggers that might throw me off my plan.  Things like travel and parties no longer throw me off track.

Doreen has a way of opening up a conversation and making you think for yourself about how you want to conduct your life.  She doesn’t give you the answers – she helps you find the answers for yourself making the result far more meaningful.

Debi M.

Houston, Texas

I really enjoyed my personal coaching program with Doreen. I have tried for a long time to take control of my eating habits, and I was not doing a good job of it. I had issues with guilt and etiquette and confidence, and this program allowed Doreen and me to address each of these issues and work through them to find a solution that would work for me. Weekly phone calls kept me on target and gave me enough time to try to implement the ideas we had discussed, and then tweak them as needed to keep me motivated and excited. I learned about changing the way I look at food and eating so that this is a new lifestyle, not a temporary change or quick fix, and how to assert myself to my family and friends without feeling guilty about my decisions.

What I liked best about this coaching program was the personalized attention. The best strategies, tips and tools that I’ve learned from this coaching program are ways to stand up for myself and terminology to use to make family and friends understand how serious and important this is to me. My motivation is much higher after this program due to confidence and a better understanding of how I need to approach my decision to eat healthier. I have looked into keeping healthier snacks available, and finding other ways to manage my stress with exercise and other activities.

I have learned to anticipate eating difficulties when I go out and to prepare ahead of time for them. The program has taught me to take charge of my eating and make the decisions that are right for me, such as eating before events so that I’m not as hungry and can concentrate on making better choices. I have learned how to talk to people about my choices and decision to eat healthier in a way that is not combative yet is strong and unyielding.

Lisa L.

Houston, Texas

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