About the Course

What is mindful nutrition?


In addition to the physiologic effects of nutrition on the body, there are many emotional and sensory aspects to food that are often overlooked. Food is an important aspect of our emotional lives. Celebrating holidays, birthdays and festivities are only a few examples of how we connect emotionally through food. The process of preparing and enjoying food is also a way to connect with our loved ones.

We may often think that we’re eating for pleasure - meaning we choose to eat the foods we like. However, pleasure with food goes beyond exciting our taste buds. The sights, sounds, smells, and touch or texture of food also play a large role in our overall experience and satisfaction. These novel ways to experience the pleasure of eating can also bring us closer to our partners. Furthermore, slowing down and taking time to enjoy food creates a mindful experience promoting relaxation–a severely lacking ingredient in our day to day lives.


Your Instructor

Giedre Astrauskas

Giedre Astrauskas

Giedre is a registered dietitian with training in functional medicine/nutrition. Her interest in nutrition started at an early age. After learning the complex interplay between nutrition and the human body, she became passionately devoted to learning all that she could about the concept of “food as medicine.” This interest led her into a career as a Registered Dietitian.
Growing up, she was surrounded by the great beauty & bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Because of her environment, she learned the importance of fresh whole foods in the diet–from nutrition as well as sensory perspectives. As a dietitian, she practices evidence-based healthcare with a whole person approach.
Growing up, she was surrounded by the great beauty & bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Because of her environment, she learned the importance of fresh whole foods in the diet–from nutrition as well as sensory perspectives. As a dietitian, she practices evidence-based healthcare with a whole person approach.