The psychology of eating is a newer approach in the health & wellness industry as it takes the approach of holistic nutritional healing. Marc David, founder of The Institute for the Psychology of Eating, has been teaching, writing and consulting for the past 3 decades, and has found that we need to approach our health from a holistic standpoint that reunites “the psychology of eating with the science of nutrition.” He has come up with two powerful approaches that I learned about and studied through my training at the institute: Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind Body Nutrition.
So what is “Dynamic Eating Psychology?”
Dynamic Eating Psychology is an approach that empowers everyone with their relationship with food; it’s positive and uplifting and “honors the unique, fascinating, and ever changing experience of food and body that each one of us has.” It’s a fascinating approach that sees our eating challenges as doorways and our symptoms as messages; if listened to, these doorways and messages can lead to growth, transformation, healing, and the opportunity for us to become more of who we’re truly meant to be.
This approach truly is for anyone who eats, as it’s all about your own unique “food story” and it embraces all of who we are, as people and as eaters – body, mind and soul.
You can find more information about Dynamic Eating Psychology here: http://psychologyofeating.com/what-is-dynamic-eating-psychology/
And what “Mind Body Nutrition?”
Mind Body Nutrition is really one of my favourite things. It is an approach that also originated at IPE. It takes the approach that what we eat is only half the story; the other half is who we are as eaters. Each of us is unique and different, and to some varying degree, our approach to health should be as well. Mind Body Nutrition therefore is the psychophysiology of how digestion, assimilation, calorie burning, and all the nutritive functions of the body are impacted by stress, relaxation, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, pleasure, nourishment, awareness, meal timing, our personal story, and more. All of these do indeed have an impact on us nutritionally, therefore by taking the Mind Body Nutrition approach to health, we are connecting what we think and feel with our food choices, and how and when we eat, and more. It’s an approach that uses techniques and strategies to create lasting changes, and teaches us to become more aware of who we are as eaters, and to learn how to tune into our own body wisdom.
You can find more information about Mind Body Nutrition here: http://psychologyofeating.com/nutrition-training/
So, eating psychology, or the psychology of eating, encompasses who we are as a person, as eaters and our relationship with food. What you eat is only part of your story and your health challenges and concerns. Generally speaking, most health, nutrition, diet, fitness, etc. experts tend to create approaches from accurately reading the needs of their own body, and then mistakenly translate their findings as being good for everyone else’s body as well. While there are basics across the board, and yes, ‘science’ can prove virtually any position in health, medicine and well-being, using the eating psychology approach teaches us it’s our own body wisdom and experience that is key to nutrition and health.
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