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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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Now displaying: February, 2023
Feb 22, 2023

Many of us have had the thought, “I just want to feel comfortable in my own skin.” 

But have you ever stopped and truly considered this phrase?

When we talk about feeling comfortable in our skin, we’re usually thinking about our weight. We want to be thinner, have a flatter belly, or trimmer thighs. We’re eager to feel good in our clothes, and want to like what we see in the mirror.

And it seems like a reasonable desire to have the body that we want. 

But as we explore in this episode, there’s an implicit negative belief behind this seemingly innocent goal: that, once we lose the weight, we’ll finally feel good about ourselves, and be happy.

And perhaps that we’ll finally feel proud of ourselves, and that we’ve accomplished something important, and are therefore “worthy.” We can finally let go of all the guilt and self-blame, and bask in a glittering pool of self-acceptance.

Here’s one thing we know, and at some level, you probably do, too…

Believing that we’ll finally love and accept ourselves after losing weight is simply false.

Can we prefer to have a different body? Might we enjoy being at a certain weight better than others?

Yes, and yes.

But we can’t reach our ultimate goal – to feel good about ourselves – when we’re not loving and accepting ourselves along the way – in all our forms, shapes, and sizes. 

So be sure to tune into this episode, where Marc David works with fitness instructor, Brenda – who would like to eat healthy all the time so she can keep the weight off for good, and feel like a great role model for her clients. 

Like many, she judges herself for not being able to eat healthy all the time, and worries that she’s turning off potential clients who don’t see her “walking the talk.”

As you’ll hear, Marc covers some important terrain we can all use to hear, including:

✅  Where the roots of feeling uncomfortable in one’s skin comes from (and why that matters)

✅  Why the unrealistic expectations we put on ourselves can be destructive and self-abusive 

✅  How to work with challenges around emotional eating and yo-yo dieting

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Learn more about us at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating: https://psychologyofeating.com/ 

Ready to call a ceasefire in your battle with eating, and find peace and freedom with food? Learn more about our newest program, The Emotional Eating Breakthrough! https://learn.psychologyofeating.com/

Interested in becoming a certified coach in eating psychology? Then tune in to hear Marc talk about our Mind Body Eating Coach Certification Training, and download a copy of our School Catalog: https://psychologyofeating.com/info-kit/ Learn our powerful, cutting-edge approach, and discover how you can create a unique career helping others find peace and freedom with food.

Follow us on social: 

- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Psychologyofeating

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IPEfanpage

- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eatingpsychology/

- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/eatingpsych

#weight #weightlossjourney #dieting #emotionaleating #bodyimage #bodypositivity #embodiment  #selflove #psychologyofeating

Feb 15, 2023

Ask anyone who has diabetes what it’s like living with this disease, and you’ll probably hear a lot.

… About the hundreds of decisions that have to be made on a daily basis to manage their condition.

… About how scary it often is knowing that blood sugar dysregulation can be life-threatening.

… About how depressing it can be knowing this is a lifelong condition.

… And about how exhausting it is to do all of this, WHILE managing the other demands of life.  

Diabetes management is a big deal, and living with it isn’t easy. 

Affecting an estimated 422 million people globally, diabetes is one of the most common chronic modern illnesses we currently face. 

And while there’s increasing awareness of how to manage diabetes, there’s not enough focus on the emotional impact that diabetes has on those affected by it.

The truth is, we simply don’t hear enough about the emotional havoc our illnesses can play on us. 

In this episode of The Psychology of Eating Podcast, we take a special look at the very real issue of emotional burnout around managing diabetes (and other chronic, life-threatening illnesses). 

Living with diabetes is far more than just learning how to eat the right diet, or monitoring glucose levels, or making the right lifestyle changes.

It’s also about:

✅ Being able to still live the life we yearn to live, and honor our desire to feel happy and free.

✅ Recognizing when self-compassion is needed, and discovering what that truly means for us.

✅ Letting go of the guilt and shame we can feel from having diabetes in the first place.

And what does all of this ultimately mean?

It means that living well with diabetes requires us to cultivate a healthy emotional relationship with it, and that we learn to embrace it as a spiritual and emotional teacher.

Because we may not be able to put an end to the daily decisions, tasks, and vigilance – but we can use it as a fuel for some of our deepest personal growth. And this ultimately leads us to a place of greater peace, acceptance, and vitality.

If you have diabetes or other chronic illness, we HIGHLY recommend you tune into this powerful episode!

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Learn more about us at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating: https://psychologyofeating.com/ 

Interested in becoming a certified coach in eating psychology? We’re currently enrolling for our Mind Body Eating Coach Certification Training! Download a copy of our School Catalog to learn more about our powerful, cutting-edge approach, and how you can create a unique career helping others find peace and freedom with food: https://psychologyofeating.com/info-kit/ 

Follow us on social: 

- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Psychologyofeating

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IPEfanpage

- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eatingpsychology/

- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/eatingpsych

#diabetes #mentalhealth #selfcompassion #diabetesawareness #emotionalwellbeing #embodiment #weight #podcast #eatingpsychology #marcdavid

Feb 8, 2023

In this episode, we explore some of the gifts and hidden messages our health challenges are here to teach us.

For 56-year old Lynn, there’s been a lot of adjustment to her previously active lifestyle since sustaining a knee injury. Previously, Lynn was very active and has always enjoyed helping others.

But since her injury, she’s been in such pain that she isn’t moving her body like she did before – leading to weight gain and digestive issues.

And yet, Lynn’s spirits haven’t been dimmed. Instead, she’s feeling hopeful and inspired about what’s next. 

As she explores with Marc David, Lynn has found her health challenges have taught her a lot. She’s learned that perfectionism is no longer her highest value, and that setting boundaries with herself and accepting “what is” have been key to her emotional and physical well-being. 

So in this special episode, we celebrate one woman’s journey in discovering how our health challenges don’t have to be our downfalls – they can be our allies, spurring tremendous personal growth and deeper life fulfillment.

Key insights:

✅ Perhaps the hardest lesson of life is that we die. Illness and injuries are a sort of “mini-death” along the journey of life, and profoundly change our relationship with our bodies and our lives.

✅ Accepting, grieving, and other important emotional processes can help us through hard times in our life. They can also help us move forward into our next chapter of life, and open up to the beauty and wonder of life in a whole new way.

✅ There’s a distinct power in “owning” who we are as individuals, and reckoning where our true value comes from. 

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Learn more about us at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating: https://psychologyofeating.com/ 

{Ready to call a ceasefire in your battle with eating, and find peace and freedom with food? Learn more about our newest program, The Emotional Eating Breakthrough! https://learn.psychologyofeating.com/}

Interested in becoming a certified coach in eating psychology? Then tune in to hear Marc talk about our Mind Body Eating Coach Certification Training, and download a copy of our School Catalog: https://psychologyofeating.com/info-kit/ Learn our powerful, cutting-edge approach, and discover how you can create a unique career helping others find peace and freedom with food.

Follow us on social: 

- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Psychologyofeating

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IPEfanpage

- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eatingpsychology/

- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/eatingpsych

#weightgain #injury #spirituality #eatingpsychology #healingjourney #weight #chronicpain #illness #marcdavid #podcast #eatingpsychology

Feb 1, 2023

In this week’s episode, Marc works with 52-year old Hulya on the important topic of how we learn to manage stress and regulate our emotions, so that we can experience the most optimal conditions for health.

And Marc takes a special look at anxiety, constipation, and midsection weight gain, including some of the hidden wisdom these conditions have for us. 

As researchers have discovered, there’s a profound connection between gut and brain health. So much so that “the gut-brain axis” is now established as one of the most important and complex systems in the body. 

The gut is often referred to as a “second brain” due it’s separate but interconnected system of over 100 million neurons. This complex system, the enteric nervous system, is responsible for all the major digestive functions including enzyme production, nutrient absorption, and elimination.

What’s fascinating is that research is now revealing the intricate relationship between our gut, and our thoughts, mood, and emotions. 

When we feel happy, our body naturally goes into parasympathetic dominance (the relaxation response), and our absorption and elimination typically improves. Conversely, when we’re under stress, the gut feels it – and the normal, healthy functions of our digestive system can become impaired. 

Many of us are aware of how various stressors, like work or marital challenges, can make us feel physically unwell. Perhaps you get heartburn or a knot in your stomach after a big fight, for example.

But what most people do not realize is that our challenges with food and body can become yet another source of stress.

For example, when we worry about our weight or feel self-hate for our body for years on end – this creates a powerful neurohormonal cascade in our physiology that can cause gastrointestinal issues like constipation or acid reflux – and ironically, can also lead to further weight gain.

Over time, sustained negative emotions can wreak havoc on every part of our body, but the gut is often the first place that we’ll experience illness. 

 

{Ready to call a ceasefire in your battle with eating, and find peace and freedom with food? Learn more about our newest program, The Emotional Eating Breakthrough! https://learn.psychologyofeating.com/}

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Learn more about us at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating: https://psychologyofeating.com/ 

Interested in becoming a certified coach in eating psychology? Then tune in to hear Marc talk about our Mind Body Eating Coach Certification Training, and download a copy of our School Catalog: https://psychologyofeating.com/info-kit/ Learn our powerful, cutting-edge approach, and discover how you can create a unique career helping others find peace and freedom with food.

Follow us on social: 

- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Psychologyofeating

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IPEfanpage

- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eatingpsychology/

- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/eatingpsych

#constipation #overeating #stress #stresseating #emotionaleating #weightloss #guthealth #foodfreedom #bodypositivity #mindfuleating #healthateverysize #eatingpsychology #marcdavid

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