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Unit 4: Comforting Interludes

Need State Description

Comforting Interludes is described as a comforting personal moment alone.

See the complete Comforting Interludes (2.4 MB PDF)

Defining Needs

"I want to..."

Benefits Sought in Food

"I want something that..."

Defining Eating Occasions

Comforting Interludes Lessons

Comforting Interludes lessons center on options for connecting healthier foods with comfort and relaxation. Lesson activities include using a hunger/fullness scale, identifying emotional and environmental triggers that lead to these eating occasions, and creating a healthy and portable snack and breakfast menu.

Objectives

By the end of this lesson, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and snacks.
  • Make a list of foods that are “comfort foods.”
  • Identify triggers (both emotional and environmental) that lead to the need for comfort or relaxation from food.
  • Complete a hunger scale before and after specific Comforting Interludes eating occasions.

See the complete Lesson 1 (409 K PDF)

Time for this Lesson: 55-65 minutes

Activities in this Lesson

  1. Introduction and Review
  2. The Importance of Snacks and Breakfast
  3. Comfort Foods
  4. Emotional Triggers
  5. Environmental Scan
  6. Hunger/Fullness Card
  7. Review and Goal Setting

Handouts

Objectives

By the end of this lesson, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the 5/20 rule when reading a breakfast or snack food label.
  • Eat a breakfast or snack with appropriate portion sizes.
  • Plan a healthy, convenient, and portable breakfast and snack menu.
  • Select breakfast and snack foods that are healthy, convenient and portable.

See the complete Lesson 2 (1.2 MB PDF)

Time for this Lesson: 55-65 minutes

Activities in this Lesson

  1. Introduction and Review
  2. Homework Review
  3. 5/20 Rule
  4. Portion Distortion Quiz
  5. Plan and Select Menus
  6. Review and Goal Setting

Handouts

Objectives

By the end of this lesson, the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize how foods in their environment affect food choices for comfort and relaxation.
  • Describe how modifying comfort foods increases overall dietary quality.
  • Choose healthier alternative or modified foods that provide comfort during specific eating occasions.
  • Include other activities or rewards rather than food to provide comfort or relaxation.
  • Engage the five senses when enjoying a comforting eating occasion.

See the complete Lesson 3 (926 K PDF)

Time for this Lesson: 55-65 minutes

Activities in this Lesson

  1. Introduction and Review
  2. Homework Review
  3. Environmental Cleanup
  4. Jumping Over the Candy Jar (Modified Foods)
  5. Comfort Bank
  6. Savor the Kiss
  7. Review and Goal Setting

Handouts

 

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