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Table 2 Content and formal practices of each session of MBHP and MB-EAT

From: Mindfulness as a complementary intervention in the treatment of overweight and obesity in primary health care: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Program MBHP MB-EAT
session
1 What is mindfulness?
Formal practices:
-Eating a raisin
-Body scan
Internal and external wisdom
Formal practices:
- General mindfulness meditation
- Eating four raisins
- Introduction to a general mindfulness practice
2 Mindfulness in breathing
Formal practices:
-Mindfulness while breathing
-Body scan
Mini-meditations, eat consciously and food calories (smart changes)
Formal practices:
- General mindfulness meditation
- Introduction to mini-meditations (10 min)
- How to read labels and the nutritional composition of products
- Mindfully eating high-fat food: cheese and crackers
3 Mindfulness in the body (part I)
Formal practices:
-Mindful walking
-Mindfulness while breathing
Mindfulness while breathing
Awareness of physical hunger, awareness of body and emotional eating
Formal practices:
- Longer meditation practice
- Hunger awareness self-rating practice
- Body scan
4 Mindfulness in the body (part II)
Formal practices:
- Mindful movements
- Mindfulness while breathing, sensations, sounds and thoughts
- 3-Min breathing space in pairs
- Mindful walking
Physical activity, satisfaction of taste and self-healing touch
Formal practices:
- General mindfulness meditation
- Taste satiety exercise with chocolate food
- Healing self-touch
5 Mindfulness and acceptance
Formal practices:
- Mindful movements
- Mindfulness of thoughts
- 3-Min breathing space in doubles
Awareness of fullness, conscious choices and forgiveness
Formal practices:
- General mindfulness meditation
- Stomach fullness and body satiety
- Making mindful choices: cookies and chips
- Emotional eating, anger and forgiveness meditation
6 Silence
Formal practices:
- Mindful movements
- Body scan
- Mindfulness while breathing
- Mindful walking
Integrating internal and external wisdom: becoming conscious about nutrition and energy balance
Formal practices:
- Mindful eating choices exercise: fruits and veggies
- Integrated mindful eating meditation
7 Compassion
Formal practices:
- Metta (for oneself and others)
- Mindfulness while breathing
- Mindful movements
Eating, conscious choices and community meal
Formal practices:
- Brief meditation practice
- Mindful choice/taste awareness meditation
- Mindful eating: potluck meal
8 Mindfulness for life
Formal practices:
- Metta (for oneself and others)
- Mindfulness poem
Conscious movement and emotions
Formal practices:
- Mindfulness meditation
- Body scan
- Trigger meditation
- Craving meditation
- Walking meditation
9   Stress, suffering, eating and values: working with thoughts and emotions
Formal practices:
- Mindfulness meditation
- My favourite food exercise
10   Breaking the chain, connecting to yourself and moving on
Formal practices:
- Meditation practice
- Experience of sitting meditation
- Wisdom meditation
- Shared celebration/eating