Eating Psychology

The best activity is the one you love to do

I follow a few bloggers in the world of nutrition, health and functional medicine whose articles are well written, thoroughly researched, and informative. One of these bloggers is Mark Sisson, whose website Mark’s Daily Apple is a trove of information, especially for Paleo and Primal enthusiasts, but there are nuggets of wisdom for everyone. Recently he wrote about the best exercise anyone can do which, to no surprise, is whatever exercise you do consistently. What...

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Broken? Need fixing? Maybe not…

Heal: to cause a person to become sound or healthy again – from Old English haelin, meaning to restore to sound health Cure: relieve the symptoms of a disease or condition; eliminate with medical treatment – from Latin curare, meaning to take care of, originally used in the context of spiritual care until it began to include the idea of successful medical treatment A couple of months ago, I read about parents who discovered that...

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The Food Journal

“One part of wisdom is knowing what you don’t need anymore and letting it go” - Jane Fonda I first went to Weight Watchers in 1978 and learned to keep a food journal to track what I ate. Each time I started a diet or began working with a nutritionist, I started a food journal. When I stopped the diets, I stopped tracking. Food journals were a tool for weight loss, and I needed every tool...

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Safety or Resistance?

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink” – 12th century English proverb For nearly a millennium, people have understood there is only so much you can tell a person to do and the rest is up to them. Coaches know part of the challenge in coaching is helping people discover their path while giving them the space to find their way at their own pace, in their own time. You...

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Putting It Together

This is the third in a three-part series about the stress response, the relaxation response, and how the two processes influence who we are as eaters, our relationship with food, and our relationship with life. Like all living creatures, we seek nourishment, and our brain chemistry guides us to take in what we need to sustain us. What differentiates us as humans is that we are also pleasure-seeking creatures with complex emotional lives. Where other...

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What is Dynamic Eating Psychology?

Until recently the term eating psychology was synonymous with eating disorders, a troublesome relationship with food needing fixing. In recent years Marc David, the founder and director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating in Boulder, CO, developed a new field of Dynamic Eating Psychology, a positive eating psychology, appropriate for everyone – not only for those with disordered eating, a small percentage of the population – but for every one of us who...

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