Mindful Eating Program

Contact: Terry Podolak, RD
Location: Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY13210
Phone: 315 464-4992

"Rebuild your self-image and rediscover the pleasures of eating."

Program Leader

Terry Podolak, RD
Terry Podolak, RD,
Outpatient Nutritionist

Upstate Medical University

The Mindful Eating Program is a non-diet approach designed for those individuals who:

  • Are chronic dieters
  • Have struggled with their weight
  • Have tried all the "latest and greatest" fads and gimmicks
  • Have hit the diet bottom

Participants will learn to:

  • Respect & recognize their hunger
  • Enjoy foods, while naturally eating less
  • Cope with emotions without using food
  • Exercise for fun
  • Be at peace with their body

The Mindful Eating Program is a non-traditional approach to healthy weight loss and improved self-esteem. Using the principles of mindfulness, individuals learn to recognize what triggers their eating. Participants learn to recognize the difference between physical and non-physical hungers and how to cope in a healthy way with both.

Program Structure

Ten-week course, 2-hr sessions.

For date and locations of the next session—please contact Terry Podalak, RD at 315 464-4992.

Cost is $300 and will include texts, course material, and food during classes. Payment plans and scholarship applications are available.


  • Overview of Mindful Eating
  • Eating personalities
  • Rejecting the diet mentality
  • Recognizing hunger & using the hunger scale to measure it
  • Making peace with food
  • Challenging the Food Police
  • The eating experience/fulfilling your cravings
  • Coping with emotions and non-physical hunger
  • Exercise for fun
  • Nutrition for life

Facilities/Care Locations

UH Upstate Medical University
Location: 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210
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Phone: 315 464-4992

Marley Education Center Marley Education Center
Location: 725 Irving Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210
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