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The Psychology of Eating Podcast

Real people. Real breakthroughs. For more than three decades, Marc David has helped millions discover the true causes of their unwanted eating habits like overeating, binge eating, emotional eating and the inability to lose weight. In this unscripted show, Marc coaches real clients using his unique blend of psychology and nutrition. Whether you want to transform your relationship with food or learn how you can help others, there’s no better place than The Psychology of Eating Podcast, and there’s no better way than hearing the stories of real people.
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Dec 6, 2016

Like so many people, Caroline thought that if she could just create the perfect body, everything else would fall into place. Tormented as a child for being overweight, Caroline turned to intense exercise as a way to ensure that she wouldn't have to feel rejected for her appearance ever again. But when she had achieved the body she wanted and still didn't feel happy at age 40, she knew something else had to change. In a powerful first session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helped Caroline become aware of the hidden costs of her perfectionism and gave her some timely guidance to help her navigate a major transition period. In this follow up, you'll find out how she's integrated Marc's suggestions and where they've taken her!

Nov 29, 2016

There's a fascinating connection between our emotions and our relationship with food. Jenny was worried because she thought of herself as an "emotional eater." She weighed more than she wanted to, and she had developed a habit of using food to fill the gaps in her emotional life. Having been raised by a single mom, she learned to cook at a young age, and she loved it; food soon became her friend, her mother, her intimate partner, the only place she could count on feeling nourished. In her first breakthrough session, Marc David, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helped Jenny to see that while her food "issues" were actually important coping strategies for her during certain periods of her life, she's now reached a stage of maturity and empowerment where she is able to rely on other sources of nourishment. Marc helped Jenny to revise her story about her past and understand that she has not been broken, but is right on track for personal growth. Tune in now to Jenny's follow up session and see how her new story is unfolding!

Nov 22, 2016

Bridie spent many years pouring all of her energy into her career as a professional actress - until she realized she was stuck in the real-life role of Ms. Perfect Helper. When she discovered that she was consistently putting others' needs before her own, and that her health was suffering as a result, she made the courageous decision to leave the stage so that she can truly take care of herself. In her poignant first session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helped Bridie begin to let go of her acting career so that she could fully step into her own life. Tune in to Bridie's follow up with Marc and find out how she's feeling after a few months of putting herself first!

Nov 15, 2016

Iris spent more than 40 years hating her body, continually beating herself up for being 10 to 20 pounds overweight. When she looked at photos of herself from years ago, she could see that there was never anything wrong with her - but the habit of negative self talk was so deeply ingrained, she feared she'd never be able to shake it. In her powerful first session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, gave Iris some straight talk, some tough love, and some solid life coaching around the deeper spiritual lessons at play to help her jumpstart a new, positive attitude toward her body. In this follow-up, find out how Iris has taken Marc's words to heart and see where her journey has led!

Nov 8, 2016

Joe lost over 150 pounds and went on to become a health coach, helping others to develop a positive self image and create the healthy body they desire. He practices consistent self care, regular exercise, and great nutrition, and knows that he will never never regain the weight he lost - most of the time. However, there is a part of him that has feared his weight challenges would always be with him, waiting in the wings to return the moment he lets down his guard. In his uplifting first session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helped Joe to realize that the way through is to honor the part of his life cycle that he's in right now: a time to get more precise, to sharpen his inner sword, and to find the confident warrior within. Tune in now as Marc does a follow-up session with Joe, and see where Joe's journey has taken him!

Nov 1, 2016

Shalom has dealt with weight issues for two decades, and has gained and lost hundreds of pounds over the years. He struggles to feel comfortable in his body, and fears that he will not be able to find anyone to love (or anyone who can love him back) until he is able to lose the excess weight - but he's ready for a change. In Shalom's first session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helped him to see more clearly how he could finally start to feel empowered around food, life, and love. Tune in now to the follow-up and find out how Shalom has put these insights into action!

Oct 25, 2016

Pamela knows about nutrition. She practices healthy eating and exercises regularly. After working hard on her relationship with food and body, she has made peace with almost every aspect of herself, but one thing has still been bothering her: her belly. No matter what she tries, she can't seem to get rid of the excess fat that concentrates there. Whenever she's feeling down, she attacks her belly with negative thoughts, and it responds with symptoms of physical discomfort. In a heart-opening first session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helped Pamela find a way to work on her belly without attacking herself. Now tune to Pamela's follow-up session with Marc and learn how her relationship with her belly has changed since she started adding love to the equation!

Oct 18, 2016

Cydney has spent the last four years feeling completely controlled by her relationship with food and her drive to obtain body perfection through diet and intensive exercise. At the same time, she's been frustrated by feelings of insecurity that she can never seem to shake: she worried about health, finances, her appearance, what others think of her, and more. In a powerful first session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helped Cydney see that she tends to stay stuck in her head and does not let herself feel. Once she started shifting the focus from her diet to her larger challenge around finding security in life, Cydney came to understand that she carries that insecurity in her belly - but that it is possible to have a different experience. In this uplifting follow-up, you'll hear how Cydney has used these insights to begin living life from a more empowered place.

Oct 11, 2016

Kayla recovered from bulimia, but still struggles with binge eating. She's a personal trainer who tends to do things to extremes: a period of perfect healthy eating, followed by a period of of self-destructive binging. A history of sexual abuse has left her feeling uncomfortable in the presence of men. In her first session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, suggested that Kayla's binge eating is not actually the real problem, but that it's a symptom with an important message for her, and it's time for Kayla to really listen to that message. As Marc helped Kayla to see, a key part of that message is that in order to release binge eating, she will need to begin to heal her relationship with men. Tune in to this follow-up session to see how far Kayla has come!

Oct 4, 2016

Linda wants to lose 50 pounds, but feels like it might as well be 500. She continually criticizes herself for not being thin enough, smart enough, or lovable enough - for not being perfect. She'd like to break free of the cycle of self hate, but decades of dieting have not taken her where she wants to go. In her uplifting first session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helped Linda to see the ways she still thinks of herself as a disempowered, ignored little girl living in her parents' house. Tune in to this follow-up session with Marc and see how Linda has progressed toward owning her successes in life and embracing her authority!

Sep 27, 2016

Lee has been struggling to lose weight for over 30 years. He feels uncomfortable in his body and would like to lose 150 pounds to relieve the stress on his knees and ankles. Each time Lee has tried to follow a diet, it ended in a backlash of compulsive eating. He knew that he was approaching dieting from a place of hostility toward his body, but he couldn't seem to find a different way to create the change he longed for, until his first session with Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, where Marc helped him to see that he still has some inner work to do around his feelings about being adopted. Tune in to this inspiring follow-up session and see how Lee has been able to step into his mature masculinity.

Sep 20, 2016

Have you hit a plateau in your weight loss efforts? Maybe you know the feeling: you count calories, you plan your meals perfectly, but the numbers on the scale simply refuse to change. This can be especially frustrating when a diet that was effective for a while suddenly stops producing results. If your efforts to lose weight by following a particular eating plan have stalled, you won't want to miss this illuminating new podcast episode. Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, explains why the best way to get unstuck just might be to look beyond food food you're eating and consider some other key factors in your lifestyle. These great tips may be the missing pieces for you or someone you care about.

Sep 20, 2016

Sometimes, getting close to achieving our goals for our ideal body can be pretty scary. After all, our body may have altered its weight, shape, or appearance in the past because that's what it thought we needed to keep us safe. Lindsey has done plenty of self exploration and healing work, and she's now ready to take it to the next level and release the last remaining challenges: an extra 10 pounds, chronic eczema, and a less than friendly body image. In an earlier session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, coached Lindsey toward accepting and empowering herself as a beautiful young woman. Tune in now and see how Lindsey has progressed on her journey to connect the dots between her past, her dreams, and her struggles with emotional eating.

Sep 13, 2016

How's your gut feeling today? If your digestive system is functioning at it should be, chances are, you won't notice a thing, except maybe how good you feel. But if something's not working quite right, your gut will definitely let you know. If you've been experiencing digestive symptoms and you're not sure why, you won't want to miss this fascinating new podcast episode, where Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, explains three very common factors that could be contributing to your discomfort. These digestive challenges affect so many people today, but the good news is, there strategies that are simple, effective, and in many cases, completely free. Tune in to learn how you can start feeling better right now!

Sep 13, 2016

Mara is a self-described research junkie. She loves learning about health, wellness, and good nutrition, and she's in tune with her body's signals. But despite all her knowledge, she's frustrated because she finds herself turning to food for comfort, and can't seem to break out of a pattern of emotional eating. She dislikes her body shape and wants to lose weight, but hates how restrictive most diet plans are. In this thought-provoking session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Mara to take a closer look at the target weight she's chosen for herself, and prompts her to ask some deeper questions about what she truly wants to change in her life. Tune in as Marc coaches Mara to start putting her energy toward a different and more powerful goal.

Sep 6, 2016

With so many diet plans out there, it can be hard to separate the truly helpful advice from the fluff. If you're contemplating making a change in your eating style, you may be reading up on a variety of methods that promise to help you lose weight and feel better. But how can you decide which approach is right for you? In this straight-shooting new podcast episode, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps narrow the field by breaking down 5 weight loss strategies that simply don't work - and may even take you farther away from your goals. And once these have been ruled out, Emily offers some timeless wisdom to help you tell which nutritional approaches can have real potential!

Sep 6, 2016

Iris has hated her body for more than 40 years, continually beating herself up for being 10 to 20 pounds overweight. When she looks at photos of herself from years ago, she realizes that there was never anything wrong with her - but the habit of negative self talk is so deeply ingrained, she fears she'll never be able to shake it. Wanting to be free from self hate, she came to Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, for advice. Tune in as Marc gives Iris some straight talk, some tough love, and some solid life coaching around the deeper spiritual lessons at play to help her jumpstart a new, positive attitude toward her body.

Aug 30, 2016

In today's weight-obsessed culture, it's easy to feel pressured about having a certain body shape or size. Messages from family, peers, or the media often tell us we need to be thin to be happy, and we can even start internalizing these beliefs and beat ourselves up for not having the perfect look. Some people think that these continual reminders about how important it is to get rid of excess pounds will keep us motivated to stay on a diet or put in our daily gym time, but the reality is sobering. Consant criticism, whether it's coming from others or from ourselves, keeps us in a state of chronic stress about our weight, which produces a biochemical chain reaction in our body that actually makes it much harder to burn fat - and may even have the opposite effect. In this compelling new podcast episode, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, explains why it's time to let go of fighting our bodies, and let the magic of life take over.

Aug 30, 2016

Julia is in her early 40s, and she'd like to lose 60 to 80 pounds - but she feels stuck. She's tried all the diets, and found that if she restricts herself severely, weight comes off temporarily, but that method simply isn't sustainable in the long term. She knows there has to be another way. She wants to learn how to model a healthy relationship with food, body, and weight so that her son can grow up with a positive influence. In this moving session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Julia to realize that in order to lose the weight she's been carrying, she must first learn to feel safe in her own body - possibly for the first time ever.

Aug 23, 2016

We've all heard that calcium is important for strong bones, and that we need to consume more. But there's another side of the bone-health coin that's seldom addressed: how the body actually loses calcium. In this insightful new podcast episode, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, describes the mental and emotional states that cause the body to actually break down existing bone tissue and resist absorbing calcium from our food. Could your body be excreting necessary nutrients? If you're eating in a state of chronic stress, it's very possible. Tune in and learn how you can use the power of Mind Body Nutrition to get the maximum nourishment from the food you eat. If you've ever wondered what you can do to ensure long-term bone health, you won't want to miss this episode.

Aug 23, 2016

Joe lost over 150 pounds and went on to become a health coach, helping others to develop a positive self image and create the healthy body they desire. He practices consistent self care, regular exercise, and great nutrition, and knows that he will never never regain the weight he lost - most of the time. However, there is a part of him that fears his weight challenges will always be with him, waiting in the wings to return the moment he lets down his guard, and he'd like to put these uncertainties to rest so that he can move on. In this uplifting session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Joe to realize that the way through is to honor the part of his life cycle that he's in right now: a time to get more precise, to sharpen his inner sword, and to find the confident warrior within.

Aug 16, 2016

If you believe that good nutrition is key to good health, you probably put quite a bit of thought into what you eat. After all, you want to make sure your body is getting the vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients that it needs to thrive. But what about the eating process itself? Do you take time to savor your food? Are you fully present when you eat, or do you prefer to grab a protein bar on the go? When we eat in a rush, we not only miss the opportunity to experience one of the greatest pleasures of life. More and more, science is proving that our metabolism functions best when we give our meals the time and space they deserve. In fact, fast eating can cause our digestive system to eliminate nutrients instead of absorbing them into the bloodstream - and all the care we put into choosing that beautiful bunch of kale is literally washed down the drain. In this timely new podcast, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, explains why slowing down to eat may be the most important dietary change you’ll ever make!

Aug 16, 2016

Shalom has dealt with weight issues for two decades, and has gained and lost hundreds of pounds over the years. He struggles to feel comfortable in his body, and fears that he will not be able to find anyone to love (or anyone who can love him back) until he is able to lose the excess weight. He is very knowledgeable about nutrition, and he gets so much enjoyment from food that he has a hard time limiting himself in any way - but he's ready for a change. Tune in as Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Shalom see more clearly how he can change his relationship to pleasure, and his relationship to himself, so that he can finally start to feel empowered around food, life, and love.

Aug 9, 2016

Bitterness has a bad rap. No one ever talks about having a “bitter tooth” - a powerful craving for bitter foods to snack on - and few of us would want to be known as a bitter person. In fact, nature has helpfully made many plants bitter-tasting as a way of warning us that they could be dangerous. But if we take bitterness at face value and try to avoid it altogether, we might miss out on some amazing gifts that are hidden below the pungent exterior. In this intriguing new podcast, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, dives deep beneath the surface to explore the healing and life-enhancing properties of bitter substances. You’ll learn why the right dose of something bitter can be nutritious and supportive for our body, heart, and soul. Maybe it’s time to welcome a little bit of bitter back to the table!

Aug 9, 2016

Chloe developed anorexia at age 14, and though she was able to pull herself out of the the restrictive behaviors, she never fully dealt with the feelings of unworthiness and unlovability that were underlying the eating disorder. Before long, anxiety and obsessive thoughts about food and body grew into orthorexia (fixation on a healthy or pure diet), exercise addiction, and late-night binge eating. Now Chloe is struggling to regain some of the weight she's lost, and finding it to be the toughest challenge yet. Tune in as Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Chloe map out a plan for weight gain that she can embrace with a sense of hope and dignity.

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