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.
In this episode of The Psychology of Eating Podcast, Marc David speaks with 50-year old Samaria from Costa Rica. Samaria has Type 2 Diabetes and high cholesterol, and has been instructed by her physician to avoid certain foods that could be detrimental to her health. But Samaria is having a hard time making the nutritional changes she knows would be good for her.
In their conversation, Samaria reveals she’s been struggling for most of her life with deep depression. Food is the only real pleasure in her life. So giving up the foods that make her feel good sounds like a recipe for an even less fulfilling life.
What is Samaria to do?
Eat the foods she loves but will perhaps cost her a longer life?
Or avoid unhealthy food, but live a life with no real pleasure or fulfillment?
As Marc explores, there’s an important third option that Samaria — and the rest of us who find emotional sustenance from food — will do well to consider.
In this episode of The Psychology of Eating Podcast with Marc David, Marc interviews Paleovalley co-founder, Autumn Smith. After suffering from debilitating digestive issues and crippling anxiety for most of her life, Autumn saw specialist after specialist only to be told that nothing could be done to improve her symptoms. Almost ready to give up, Autumn turned to whole foods, and found that her IBS was cured in just 30 days - and her mental health also greatly improved.
After such a powerful personal transformation, Autumn went on to dedicate her life to helping others harness the power of whole foods to live vibrant lives. A graduate of Marc’s Mind Body Eating Coach Certification Training, Autumn co-founded Paleovalley in 2013 with her husband Chas, to help people get the essential nutrients they need without added sugars, grains, and other harmful ingredients. Inspired by regenerative agriculture and the healing powers of grass-fed, pasture-raised meat, Autumn and Chas launched their next venture, Wild Pastures, in 2018.
In her interview with Marc, Autumn explores the relationship between ancestral/Paleo-style of eating and its impact to our overall well-being, particularly our mental and gut health. Listen into hear Autumn’s research and advocacy on nutrient-dense whole foods, and how we can use them to powerfully transform our health challenges.
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In this episode of The Psychology of Eating Podcast, Marc David works with guest coaching client Susan around her frequent habit of stress eating. Like many of us, Susan’s life was hugely impacted by COVID-19. After enjoying working from home for many months of the pandemic, Susan has returned to her workplace only to find it a pretty stressful experience. She’s not so much worried about her personal safety, but is missing the sense of freedom she experienced working from home.
In their conversation, Marc coaches Susan on the psychological reasons we turn to food in times of stress, and how our eating challenges are often symbolic of our need for control and freedom in other areas of life. Marc helps Susan recognize how she can shift her stress eating - not by focusing on food, but by looking at how this unwanted eating challenge is asking her to grow as a person. As Susan acknowledges, she’s ready to make some necessary changes in her relationship to her work and career, as well as ensure that she doesn’t let go of the daily self-care habits she developed while working at home.
Lenka, 43 and from Prague, recognizes a pattern with food that many of us will relate to: turning to food as a form of self-abuse. At the age of 15, Lenka developed bulimia, beginning a troubled relationship with food, and body dysmorphia that told her she wasn’t good enough if she wasn’t thin.
Now an academic with a very busy life, Lenka has improved her relationship with eating, even finding herself somewhat relaxed around food at times. But in general, Lenka is not relaxed - not about food, and not particularly about anything else in her life. She’s single and can’t quite understand why, has been called a workaholic by her family and friends, and often feels alone and confused about her path in life.
In their coaching episode - part of the “In Session with Marc David” series on The Psychology of Eating Podcast, Marc David works with Lenka to uncover what’s really at the root of her eating challenges.
As Marc teaches, our relationship with food often mirrors our relationship with life itself. And our challenges with food and body are always asking us to learn and grow, and to be open to what they’re here to teach us.
As they explore, at an early age Lenka developed a core toxic belief that she needs to make her life perfect. And that deep desire to get everything “right” inevitably sets her up for failure. In this light, turning to food to self-abuse makes great sense if we think we’re to blame … and therefore deserve punishment.
So tune into this episode of the podcast where we take a deep look at the core beliefs that hurt and hold us back, and how we can instead find the flow, beauty, and freedom with food and life that we all deserve.
In this episode of The Psychology of Eating Podcast, eating psychology expert Marc David works with 28-year old dietitian, Leah. A graduate of the Institute’s Mind Body Eating Coach Certification Training, Leah loves her profession and has a special affinity for working with Highly-Sensitive people (HSP). An HSP herself, Leah has been eating more sugar than she feels is good for her, and looks to Marc for guidance on what’s truly at the root of her habits with sugar.
Through the course of their conversation, Marc and Leah explore some fascinating connections between her sugar habit and her experiences as a Highly-Sensitive Person. Part of what they identify is a need to be aware of the effects of overstimulation (technology, noise, etc), and how sugar can be a strategy to feel more embodied … something we ideally do through healthier mind-body practices.
So many of us see our challenges with food as weaknesses or as a willpower problem. But as this episode demonstrates, there’s usually a deeper reason for our unwanted eating habits - not all of them immediately apparent.