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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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May 31, 2023

When it comes to weight, many people can identify with the concept of “weight extremism” – otherwise known as yo-yo dieting. 

We’re “all in” with our health commitments, whether that’s daily exercise, a healthy diet, getting to bed early every night. We analyze, assess – and maybe even obsess about – every little morsel of food we put into our mouth.

And then, well – life happens. Tragedy happens. Stress happens. 

Our habits start to unravel, and before we know it: our healthy lifestyle is kaput.

We’re secret-eating in the dark and binge eating when we think no one is looking. 

The weight starts to creep back up, and before we know it, our weight has swung widely to the other side of the spectrum. 

And every bite of food is accompanied by terrible, self-attacking thoughts like, “I’m so disgusting. I can’t believe I’m doing this again, I can’t stand who I’ve become.”  

As Marc David explores in this episode, the extremist mentality can go way beyond the realms of food and body. 

But in every case, our extremistic mentality simply isn’t sustainable – and when we fail to notice that, our heart, mind and body suffers.

That’s what’s happening with guest coaching client, Jeff, 53, who has gained and lost 100 lbs many times since he was young. Through extreme approaches like juice fasting and running marathons, Jeff has always been able to lose the weight.

But inevitably, something happens in life that throws him off. He gets divorced, his parents die, he moves. Grief arises, as does loneliness – and he turns to his familiar friend, food.

But Jeff is deeply tired of the yo-yo dieting, and of all the weight that piles on – and that’s so much harder to lose as he gets older. 

And he’s exhausted of all the shame-filled, hurtful thoughts his brain hurls at him about how he’s “weak” – a message that’s all too familiar from the childhood lectures his parents used to give him around his food and weight. 

So how can Jeff and the rest of us move beyond weight extremism, yo-yo dieting, and the “all or nothing” mentality? How do we find the middle ground with food?

Find out in this moving conversation…

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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.

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

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#weightloss #emotionaleating #bingeeatingrecovery #shame #healingjourney #selfworth #selflovejourney #eatingpsychology #foodfreedom #mindfuleating

May 17, 2023

Food is so much more than just fuel for our bodies.

It’s also a powerful connector. 

Food brings us together with family and friends, and allows us to express and receive love and appreciation, spark new relationships, create memories, discover and care for the world around us, and even navigate and explore our inner emotional and spiritual landscape.

Because food helps us feel connected, we may also reach for it in moments of disconnection, distress, isolation, and loneliness. We can turn to it for comfort, or for a sense of familiarity and reassurance.

And that’s because of a foundational, biochemical truth for every human being on this planet: 

When we eat food, we feel better. 

As Marc David unpacks in this episode, using food to self-soothe and comfort ourselves isn’t all bad. In fact, the conscious use of food to feel better can actually be beneficial.

Fifty-nine year old guest coaching client, Debra, endured the death of her late husband several years ago – and now finds herself again grieving the loss of a relationship – this time, a breakup. 

In response to her grief and sadness, Debra has noticed she’s started eating compulsively in the evenings. And she feels ashamed of having gained some extra weight in recent months.

Follow their conversation, as Marc explores how the loss or absence of close relationships and social ties in our lives can mean we look to food to satisfy some of our most basic needs – and how, at different times in our life, that can be a therapeutic strategy.

🎧 Listen now to learn more about why eating for comfort or connections isn’t shameful, and can actually be supportive in our healing journey – if we learn how to make it work for us, not against us. 

You’ll hear how consciously seeking intimacy through food can ease the pain of isolation, while prioritizing social time in everyday life can help protect us from falling into future loneliness.

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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

#emotionaleating #nourishnotpunish #grief #loneliness #mindfuleating #intuitiveeating #selflove #eatingpsychology #marcdavid

May 3, 2023

Our culture is quick to praise dramatic weight loss. But it rarely acknowledges the heaviness that so often lingers afterward – the fear of gaining it all back.

When we’re afraid of being overweight, it’s easy to see food as the enemy. We’ll often try to skip meals and deny our appetite.

And it seems to make sense … After all, it’s food that makes us gain weight, right? 

The challenge is, when we fear or blame food – or try to repress our biological need for nourishment, we can develop other unwanted eating habits like “sneak eating” or binge eating. Which often leads us to spiraling into even more fear about our weight.

That’s what we explore in this episode of The Psychology of Eating Podcast, where Marc David finds our guest coaching client Tamara at a critical crossroads.

Tamara’s journey with weight began at age 10, when she was bullied for being heavy as a child. Through a series of lifestyle changes, Tamara, 48, has lost nearly 270 pounds – and yet, Tamara is still haunted by her weight.

With 10 more pounds she’d like to lose, Tamara lives in fear that her “addiction” to food and late-night eating will prevent her from further weight loss – and may well cause her to gain weight again.

So many of us can relate to Tamara’s fear of gaining weight. In fact, fear of weight gain is one of the most common food and body fears out there. 

But as this episode demonstrates, being afraid of weight gain can take a huge toll on us. It undermines our mental and emotional well-being, and it can keep us in survival mode. 

As Marc explores, one of the keys to healing our relationship with weight is learning to trust life, and seeing the beauty in our personal journey.

“Until you embrace the beauty of your journey, and the success of your journey,” Marc says, “all the little tricks and tools – they're not going to work.”

Follow along as Marc offers essential insights for understanding the toll our fears can have on us, and why learning to trust our journey is an essential ingredient in repairing our relationship with food and body.

You’ll also learn:

✅ Key tools for working with fear of weight gain

✅ Why the concept of  “food addiction” can do more harm than good

✅ How food is the solution and not the enemy

✅ How to move from food fear to food freedom…

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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 #bodyimage #dieting #foodfreedom #antidiet #healingjourney #psychologyofeating #foodpsychology

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