Welcome to WISE Philosophy…a comprehensive wellness program for emotional eaters who misuse food to numb and avoid uncomfortable feelings. Using a long-term, small group setting (10 months with 8-12 members) WISE offers Wellness, Insight, Support & Education to understand the root cause of our emotional hunger and how to heal and move on. Whether you are a potential Group Member or Group Facilitator, please see below for more about what we offer (Our Mission).
The WISE Philosophy is an educational group for people who want to improve their mental and physical well-being, including being at a healthier weight. WISE emphasizes:
- Well-being (instead of weight)
- Insight (as opposed to denial)
- Support (to provide encouragement and accountability)
- Education (the cornerstone of real change)
Based on a highly successful three-year pilot project, we have created a long-term intensive program (75 hours over 10 months) for those who overeat to manage their emotions, stress and anxiety. If you do not feel that this is why you are overweight, then this is not the program for you.
While we ultimately look at food and activity, this is not the focus of the program. There are no weight goals, no weigh-ins nor a prescribed diet and exercise program to follow. Instead, we look at issues such as our legacy of family of origin, anger, twisted thinking (including that Voice in Our Head), self-esteem, Diet Head mentality, body image and resistance and how they have shaped our emotional F.A.T., (feelings, actions and thoughts). With this understanding, we can determine what action we are willing to take to achieve true and enduring emotional and physical wellness.
Here are other important foundations upon which the WISE Philosophy is based:
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is much more complex than we think. Thus simplistic advice (such as eat less and exercise more) will always be insufficient.
It is normal human behavior to resist change – however, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight requires significant modifications in different areas of your life. Learning how to balance change with resistance is a necessary part of the process.
We all want to feel that we matter, that we are heard. That we are smart enough and good enough. Acknowledged and validated. Everyone’s details are unique but the resulting pain and anger (passive as well as aggressive), and feelings of rejection and abandonment when we do not feel we are valued, are surprisingly similar.
No one is coming to rescue you (not even this program). You must embrace personal responsibility (as opposed to being the victim who blames or makes excuses) and the fact that you alone are in charge of the life choices you make.
To do well at this program, you only need commit to commitment. The only way you can fail is to completely give up.
|For Group Members|
The WISE program is a long-term, credible and effective way to guide overweight people through a process of becoming happier and healthier, making a significant and positive impact on obesity, one of the largest health crises facing Canadians today.
|For Group Facilitators|
To provide those in the helping profession with a credible and effective training program to guide people through a process of becoming happier and healthier, making a significant and positive impact on obesity, one of the largest health crises facing Canadians today.