Have you ever found yourself in a situation like this? You run out the door in the morning with breakfast in hand - something portable that you can eat in the car during your commute. Lunchtime comes before you know it, but you still have lots to do, so you eat in front of your computer while you type. At the end of the day, you’re too hungry to wait for a home-cooked meal; instead, you hit the drive-through window and you’re finished with your dinner before you even get home. Later, you may not feel very well, and you might wonder if something is wrong with your digestion. But in fact, your digestion may be functioning perfectly. It’s just doing something you don’t want it to do - namely, keeping energy in reserve for fight or flight, because your fast, distracted eating throughout the day has signaled your system that you’re under threat. In this eye-opening new podcast episode, Emily Rosen explains why these common eating behaviors can make it harder for us to digest our meals, even if we’re eating nothing but the healthiest foods. If you’re one of the many people who don’t think they have time for a lunch break, you won’t want to miss this video. Spend five minutes with us now, and you just may change your metabolism for good!
Rachelle wants her energy back. She successfully recovered from anorexia, but was later diagnosed with a thyroid disease that has sapped her vitality and left her battling chronic fatigue and depression. She has made many changes to her diet and lifestyle, searching for the treatment or intervention that will finally bring her relief from her symptoms - but she's beginning to think that the real source of her challenge is emotional. In this fascinating session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, asks Rachelle the key questions that help her to realize that her fight to get her energy back is actually draining her energy rather than enhancing it. Tune in as Rachelle learns some surprising new ways to start reclaiming her life!
For so many people, having more energy is at the top of the wish list. As full as our schedules may be, we often feel like we could be doing more, if only we had more energy. For this reason, the marketplace is filled with supplements, beverages, and bars that promise a quick energy fix, but these won't sustain you for the long term. So if you've been looking for ways to boost your energy so that you can get more out of life, then please join Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, as she shares 5 out-of-the-box nutritional techniques to raise your energy level in a way that's healthy and sustainable. These tips may surprise you, but give them a try and you'll soon find yourself with energy to spare.
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 still bothers 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 this heart-opening session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Pamela find a way to work on her belly without attacking herself. Tune in as Pamela learns that she doesn't have to love her belly, but she does need to love herself. Without this key ingredient, happiness and weight loss success will be much harder to find. But with a little love, all things are possible!
It seems like every few months, a new food fad takes the nutrition world by storm, and everybody, from the diet experts to the bloggers to the celebrity chefs, jumps on the bandwagon. Whether it’s a newly-discovered superfood or a common household item that we need to avoid at all costs, we’re constantly being instructed, “Eat this, but don’t eat that.” It can be hard to keep up with the changing trends - and frustration can arise when a food we thought was OK to love turns up on the “bad” list. Fortunately, there’s an excellent guideline that can help us navigate the shifting nutritional landscape and even enjoy ourselves along the way. In this empowering new podcast episode, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, talks about the key factor that makes the difference between food that depletes our energy, and one that enhances our life force: quality. Tune in and learn why quality is so important when it comes to nutrition, and why a birthday cake that’s made with the best ingredients can be better for you than a kale salad that’s not.
As a child, Terrie learned to use food as a substitute for love. Throughout her life, she continued to overeat as a way of dealing with painful feelings and stress. She sought bariatric surgery when her weight led to a heart condition, and has kept off the 150 pounds she lost, but continues to struggle with obsessive thoughts about food and with feeling "fat" when her weight fluctuates even a little. Tune in as Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, offers Terrie some surprising advice on how she can begin to reclaim a positive and joyful body image.
It's amazing how closely linked food and sexuality can be in our mind, often without our even realizing it. We may spend years dieting with the goal of having a more attractive body that will one day bring us our soul mate, or we might find ourselves turning to food for comfort when relationships are stressful. We might even look to certain ingredients as aphrodisiacs when our desire levels seem to be low. There are so many ways our relationship with food can intertwine with our thoughts and feelings toward romance, sexuality and intimacy. Sometimes these connections will be positive and life-affirming, but at other times, our concerns with food can get in the way of our love life. In this eye-opening new podcast episode, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, looks at what can happen when food issues take over - and how we can reclaim our sexuality in the midst of our beautiful human imperfection.
At a young age, Marta was encouraged by her parents to go on a diet, and ever since, she's been on a roller coaster of weight loss and weight gain that never quite arrives at the goal. When she started to come close to her ideal size, she developed a new obsession with finding the perfect diet to treat hypothyroidism, but she suspected it was just a new way of distracting herself from her underlying dissatisfaction with her life. Tired of draining her energy, she came to Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, for guidance. Tune in as Marc helps Marta find some powerful questions to ask herself and some new shifts to make in her relationship so that she can finally find peace with her body.
We often think of experiences like falling in love, grieving a death, or standing in awe of a beautiful natural landscape as phenomena of the emotions, of the heart or of the soul. But as the saying goes, we are spiritual beings having a human experience, which means that transcendent and meaningful feelings such as these each have a precise biological component, as well. When we feel pleasure, our brain is producing molecules that cause us to feel pleasure; when we feel humble, our body is making chemicals that trigger this feeling. And just like any chemical reaction that takes place in our body, all of these molecules have a measurable impact on our metabolism. In this fascinating new podcast episode, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, takes a look at the ways our experiences of the sacred can literally change our metabolism, and how we can tap into this often-overlooked source of metabolic power to transform our lives for good.
Michelle struggled with overeating for years until she finally had a major breakthrough that shifted things in a big way. She thought those challenges were behind her for good - but then the overeating came back. She works hard, and doesn't feel like she has time for self care; she loves what she does but can't seem to find a balance. In this poignant session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Michelle see the connection between the lack of self care in her life and her inability to stop overeating. A long-standing habit of people-pleasing has her saying "yes" to everyone else, and "no" to herself. When Michelle learns to put herself and her body first, the urge to overeat begins to loosen its grip.
Life is all about growth, and just about everyone has something they'd like to change about themselves, whether it's their income, their habits, or something related to body and health. These days, the personal growth field is a booming business, with all kinds of experts promoting foolproof systems for creating the life you've longed for. But some of the most effective, time tested methods for making lasting, positive changes are available to everyone, any time, and they're completely free! In this inspiring new podcast episode, Emily Rosen explores 5 things you can do to support yourself in making the changes you've been wishing for. These strategies might be a bit outside the box, but if you try them with an open mind, we think you'll find they give you just the boost you need for making a shift.
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 this breakthrough session, Marc helps Jenny to see that her food "issues" have actually been important coping strategies for her during certain periods of her life, and she's now reached a stage of maturity and empowerment where she is able to rely on other sources of nourishment. With Marc's support, Jenny is able to revise her story about her past and understand that she has not been broken, but is right on track for personal growth.
Heart health is a huge topic in the nutrition world today, and the experts are always trumpeting the latest pill, exercise, or superfood that's guaranteed to lower our blood pressure and keep our heart pumping at full strength. Many of these suggestions can indeed be helpful, but sometimes the experts have a narrow focus when it comes to nourishing the human heart and miss the big picture. In this insightful new podcast episode, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the psychology of Eating, shares 5 truly innovative strategies to support your heart. Each of these "superfoods" is a unique and powerful way to give your heart a boost. Try one today, and you just might find that your happiness levels show a dramatic increase.
For many people who struggle with obsessive thoughts about food and body, a closer look reveals that food isn't the real issue after all, but a distraction from something deeper (and possibly scarier). 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 frustrated by feelings of insecurity that she can never seem to shake: she worries about health, finances, her appearance, what others think of her, and more. In this moving session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps 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. And when she realized that she already has some powerful sources of security in her circle of female friends, Marc coached her to start tapping into these resources and begin living life from a more empowered place.
If you've ever struggled with an unwanted eating challenge, you may have reached a point where you wondered if it would ever get better. And if you've worked on the same issue for years, if you've tried everything and still haven't been able to make the changes you want, you might start to feel like there is no hope. If you've ever found yourself in that place, or if you know someone who has, please join us for this powerful new podcast episode where Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, shares 5 game-changing insights that can completely transform the way you approach any eating-related concern. You'll come away with some fresh ideas and perspectives, and hopefully, a new sense of possibility. No matter what you've been dealing with, there is hope for you - and these key distinctions can help you regain your optimism.
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 this illuminating session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, suggests that see 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. And as Marc helps 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.
When it comes to nutrition, there's no shortage of seemingly important numbers. We have recommended daily allowances for nutrients, calorie amounts, cholesterol levels, and target weight, just to name a few. And if we're following a specific diet plan, chances are, we know a lot of those numbers by heart. We may even use them to help us make important life decisions. Nutritional numbers can be a great starting place, but sometimes we can start to feel like they're running our life, leaving us no room for fun or spontaneity - and for all the attention we give them, they really only tell part of the story. In this thought-provoking new podcast episode, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, looks at the benefits and limitations of nutritional data, and offers some powerful alternative sources of guidance. If you find yourself checking the scale more often than you'd like, it may be time to give the numbers a break and tune into your own body's wisdom about what it needs to be fully nourished. What you learn may surprise you!
Tired of dealing with obesity for most of his life, Kevin had weight loss surgery - but after three years, he had gained most of the weight back. He'd like to be 100 pounds lighter, but he feels stuck, and can't seem to get himself motivated. In this fascinating session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, explains that sometimes, our extra weight really IS stuck energy. Marc helps Kevin see that in order to make his weight loss goals a reality, he might need to dive deep into his past to recover his inspiration. Once these missing pieces are in place, Kevin will finally be able to step into his manhood like never before and become the captain of his own ship - his body.
If you're interested in nutrition and health, chances are, you like to keep up with the latest news from the nutrition and diet experts. Certainly, these are great sources of information and inspiration, but if you're only looking to others for advice about what to eat, you could be missing out on the best guidance of all: the wisdom of your own body. In this empowering new podcast episode, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, shares 5 key questions that everyone who eats should ask themselves. Before you pick up another diet book or surf through another blog, take some time to check in with your inner knowing, and you just may be surprised at what you learn.
When she became a mother, Linda found that the strategies she had been using to keep her weight under control weren't working anymore. She left her physically active backcountry job so that she could be available to her family, but the change in her lifestyle led to weight gain that left Linda feeling uncomfortable in her body. To make matters worse, her husband criticized and shamed her for eating too much and "letting herself go." In this poignant session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, suggests that Linda might need to look in an unexpected direction to find the answers to her weight questions. Tune in and see why, in order to change her body, Linda first had to make some big changes in the way she sees herself.
Knowledge can nourish us. It can open our minds and make us feel empowered. But as with anything we consume, it's possible to have too much of a good thing. If you've done any reading in nutrition and health, it probably didn't take you long to notice that for every expert promoting a revolutionary new diet plan, there's an equal and opposite expert who swears by a completely different style of eating. They all have scientific studies to back them up, and they all promise that THEIR system will give you health, happiness, and long life. So, when the facts contradict each other, how can we know what to eat? In this practical new podcast episode, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, cuts through the confusion with some powerful insights from the field of Mind Body Nutrition and shows you how to tap into a highly reliable source of dietary wisdom: You!
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 this uplifting session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Linda to see the ways she still thinks of herself as a disempowered, ignored little girl living in her parents' house. Tune in as Marc coaches Linda toward owning her successes in life and embracing her authority as an adult so that she can finally begin to treat herself with love.
If you like to stay up to date with the latest developments in nutritional science, you might be able to relate to this experience: A new book, study, or diet method is released with much excitement and fanfare, but when you take a closer look, you realize there's not much that's "new" about it after all. It seems like the experts just keep rehashing the same old themes: how to get rid of weight or lower your cholesterol, what foods will save your life and what foods will poison you. For sure, these studies can include some useful tidbits, but have you ever wanted something truly different, a real breakthrough? If so, then you won't want to miss this podcast episode, where Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, shares some surprising new insights that can transform the field of nutrition for good. You'll never look at your diet the same way again!
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 Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helped him to see that he still has some inner work to do around his feelings about being adopted. In this surprising session, Marc shows Lee how finally dealing with his past will allow him to truly step into his mature masculinity.
Most people who are trying to lose some extra weight don't care about how it got there -- they just want it gone, and preferably yesterday. But 99% of people who lose weight on a diet gain it back within a year, often because they haven't fully addressed the underlying reasons why the excess weight appeared in the first place. Weight can be a powerful teacher, and it tends to show up when there's something we need to learn. If we try to bypass or ignore the lessons, weight has a funny way of hanging around until we actually listen to what it's trying to tell us. In this illuminating new podcast episode, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, explores several of the messages that excess weight can have for us. If you've struggled to lose weight, or if you've lost weight and regained it, tune in and see if one of these messages might be for you.