5 Super Important Questions to Ask Yourself About Food – with Marc David

Food and nutrition are such honorable topics for any human to focus on. By now, the reasons for this are obvious. With this in mind, it seems that the #1 nutrition question so many of us ask is – what should I eat? And for sure, this is a key nutritional question. But there are a handful of other questions that can have a big impact when it comes to our nutritional health. Join Marc David, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating as he discusses 5 Super Important Questions to Ask Yourself About Food in this thought provoking IPEtv video. We think these can be game changing questions that you might never have thought about, and that can make a powerful difference in your nutritional well being.

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Here is a transcript of this week’s video:

Hi, I’m Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Today’s topic: 5 Super Important Questions to Ask Yourself About Food

Here’s the story: if you care about health, if you care about nutrition, if you care about good eating, then it’s a good idea to keep asking good questions.

Asking the right questions inevitably points us in a smart direction.
The greatest advances in science, technology, philosophy, art, and culture have so often come because somebody somewhere was asking the right questions.

Questions can be quite powerful.

Who am I?
What’s my purpose in this world?
How can I reach my highest potential?
How can I contribute?
How can I find true love?
What do I need to be happy?

Such questions activate the mind and guide the soul. They’re like fine tuned honing devices that help us access a greater wisdom.

So in the interest of having a healthier body, a well functioning metabolism, and a nourishing relationship with food – here are five powerful and important questions to ask yourself about you and food.

1. Do I eat in the ideal state of digestion, assimilation, and calorie burning?

This is a foundational question that I consider one of the top two questions that anyone could possibly ask in the realm of eating and nutrition. That’s because we could be eating the healthiest food in the universe, but if we’re not under the ideal state of digestion, assimilation, and calorie burning – which happens to be the physiologic relaxation response – then we are in no way getting the full nutritional value of our meal. If we eat under stress, we’re excreting nutrients, digestion is impaired, hormones such as insulin and cortisol are secreted which can stimulate weight gain and deregulate appetite, the function of healthy gut bacteria is impaired, and the list goes on and on. We are physiologically designed, by the brilliance of evolution and a higher wisdom – to be optimal processors of nutrition when we’re in the state of parasympathetic nervous system dominance – a fancy term for relaxation. Ask yourself this powerful question every meal, and commit to techniques such as deep breathing, slowing down, taking time with food, and calming your mind – and you’ll officially be a nutritional superstar.

2. Am I nutritionally flexible?

Being nutritionally flexible means that we’re willing to explore when it comes to food and diet. We live in a time when the nutritional landscape is changing rapidly. We re exposed to stressors, toxins in the environment, poor quality food, and all kinds of assaults on our immune system. It’s a good time to be flexible and experiment. Are you willing to try different supplements? If you’ve been a heavy meat eater for all your life, are you willing to go vegetarian for a while? If you’ve been vegetarian for a long time and your health is suffering, have you considered eating high quality animal foods? Are you open to cleansing? Would you consider going gluten-free for a few months? Switching to organic foods? Buying locally produced foods? Have you tried including more healthy fats in your diet? Do you try new foods? Nutritional flexibility gives us the greatest chance for long-term health and long-term survival. Plus it can be a lot of fun.

3. Am I in my body?

This might be the hardest question to wrap yourself around. A lot of people eat well, exercise, and do good things for their body. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we are “in” the body. Another way to say this is that there are a lot of us walking around a bit checked out from the body. Such people are disembodied. This is a subtle distinction, but it has profound effects. When we’re checked out of the body, we’re not fully present, we’re not fully sensitive to body wisdom and body feedback, and the mind is always wandering somewhere else and not paying any attention to the thing that the body is doing in the moment. When you exercise, are you focused on your body or are you in your head? When you eat, do you focus at all on the food, or are you living inside your mind that’s chattering away? When you’re touching your loved one or hugging your kids, are you really feeling them and truly embracing them? Fully embodying is a powerful practice that’s a metabolic game changer. Simply asking yourself “am I in my body” throughout the day helps us embody. And the more we embody, the more metabolically powerful we become.

4. Do I put love into the equation?

Good for you if you focus on good nutrition, good for you if you read up about health and healing, and congratulations for learning as much information as you can about food and eating. What I often see happen with people who have a solid interest in nutrition is they forget vitamin L – love. Love is the missing ingredient in a majority of weight loss diets, nutritional approaches, it’s a missing ingredient in the food industry, and it’s often absent in the offices of practitioners who help us with food and body. No matter what you eat, what kind of nutritional philosophy you adhere to, or what foods you think are the right ones for everyone to eat – if there’s no love in the equation, then our nutritional strategies are deficient. This is a great homework assignment for you. Get creative about all the ways you can add more love into your relationship with food.

5. How do I nourish the world?

Nutrition, food, and health are no longer a mere personal affair. How our food is grown, produced, marketed, and consumed impacts all of us. There are a lot of people out there who don’t have enough. There’s a lot of people out there who are lacking in education and understanding of good health. There’s far too much social and nutritional injustice in the world. So, how do you nourish the world? How do you give back to others? How do you share your good bounty?

What goes around comes around. Nourish yourself, and nourish the world, and the best of who we are is automatically born.

I hope these questions were helpful my friends.

Marc David

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  • Fayette

    This is such a wonderful presentation! Every point is so true and the ideas so important to incorporate into our lives. We as a society take so much for granted and have a tendency to just go and go and go and we don’t stop to take a look at our lives to see what we are doing to ourselves. You have a wonderful role in teaching us and I have learned so much since I originally participated in the first conference. Thank you for changing my life!

    • Hi Fayette,

      Thank you for sharing your kind words and appreciation for the work. I’m happy that you enjoyed and resonated with the presentation! It’s an honor to be able to impact the lives of others …


  • Beautiful! Thanks for asking the big questions, and bringing them into the conversation about food. How we do anything is how we do everything, right? Your heart shines through it all. Much appreciation for your work –

    • Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for watching and for sharing such kind words:) Its really reassuring to hear that the love behind my words shines through.


  • Nancy Morgan

    Hi Marc, the questions I’m starting to add in are “Am I being kind to my body by eating this?”, and “How am I likely to feel physically after eating this?” Over time, I’m getting clarity on what foods affect me how. The other question is “If this isn’t likely to have me feel well afterwards, is this food worth feeling poorly over?” I’m blest to work with Geneen Roth, who has taught me these things. Appreciate your work as well.

  • Those are excellent questions to ask, Nancy! It’s amazing how this clarity builds over time. We respect Geneen’s work as well! — Marc D.

About The Author
Marc David

Marc David is the Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, a leading visionary, teacher and consultant in Nutritional Psychology, and the author of the classic and best-selling works Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet. His work has been featured on CNN, NBC and numerous media outlets. His books have been translated into over 10 languages, and his approach appeals to a wide audience of eaters who are looking for fresh, inspiring and innovative messages about food, body and soul. He lectures internationally, and has held senior consulting positions at Canyon Ranch Resorts, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Johnson & Johnson Corporation, and the Disney Company. Marc is also the co-founder of the Institute for Conscious Sexuality and Relationship.