Are You Suffering From Toxic Nutritional Beliefs – Part 2

Have you felt stuck around food? Are there challenges you face around weight loss, body image, overeating, binge eating that just don’t seem to go away? I’d love to help you help yourself get unstuck. I meet far too many people who are locked in a lifelong battle against food, weight, and appetite. I meet far too many people who feel like they keeping hitting a wall no matter what they try. Sometimes, it’s really as simple as this: if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get the results you’ve always gotten. If you want to get out of the eternal spin cycle when it comes to your challenges with eating, if you want to feel a sense of freedom and victory, then it’s time for a new strategy. Here’s my suggestion: take a look at your toxic nutritional beliefs.

Toxic nutritional beliefs are rules we hold about food that are factually incorrect. They’re outdated. Considered them old, worn out science. They’re the kind of beliefs that have a nasty way of sticking around despite their harmfulness. They drain our energy. They waste our time. And they run us around in circles, seemingly forever. Think of a toxic nutritional belief as a bad virus or parasite that debilitates us no matter what. With such a hostile invader, we need to do some serious intervention to skewer them and remove them from our system. Once these beliefs are flushed out of our system, the truth floods in. We can breathe. Insight emerges. Unwanted behaviors change naturally. And we can finally heal and move forward.

Check out the three videos below. In each one, I spend a few minutes on a different toxic nutritional belief that’s worthy of your attention. As you notice each of these beliefs operate in your life, as you see them arise, catch yourself, stay awake, and literally use your sword of intention to kill them in each moment. The results will be profound. Try it and see.
And if you haven’t already seen Part 1 of this two-part video articles, you can find it Here.

Less Food, More Exercise

In this video, we look at how the old strategy called “eat less food and exercise more” is woefully inadequate when it comes to losing weight. It’s so scientifically and socially acceptable that it has us hypnotized to it’s utter ineffectiveness. How do we know it’s a toxic belief? Because it has failed dramatically. It does not address the full range of our biology, nor does it even vaguely consider our inner world.

 

Food is My Enemy

Many people have been taught to believe that food is indeed the enemy. This is a powerfully toxic belief that can ruin your metabolism and your life. It goes against the most basic tenets of biological science. It creates a stress response whenever we think about food, or eat it. And that very physiologic stress response puts us in a diminished metabolic state that creates all kinds of unwanted health consequences and food habits.

Fat in Food Equals Fat Me

Somehow, we have been conditioned to believe that fat in food is the ultimate enemy when it comes to weight. We equate fat in food with fat on our bodies. Not true. Yes, certain fats are indeed harmful. But essential fats – EFA’s – are indeed necessary for life. A huge number of people limit their fat intake and suffer the consequences. And did you know that one of the symptoms of clinical fat deficiency is the inability to lose weight?

Warm regards,
Marc David
Institute for the Psychology of Eating
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  • joe Grosso

    Marc,
    Loved it, it makes so much natural sense. As we can all see look how far that “ancient belief “has done.
    Nothing!
    thanks
    sincerely
    joe grosso

  • amarja

    Hi Marc. I couldn’t look at the videos…. anything you or I can do about that? love from amsterdam

    • KarnaN

      Hi Amarja,
      Karna here – Director of Student Relations at IPE.
      I’m from Sweden and usually I have no problems watching Vimeo videos from Europe.
      E-mail me directly at Karna@psychologyofeating.com if you need further help!
      Warmly,Karna

  • Hi, Marc!

    Isn’t it amazing that common sense comes in to play in all of this? The old vs. the new. The attitudes people develop as a way to help weight loss. More damage has been done in the name of “weight loss” and the cultural need to be thin to be acceptable. I’m hoping that we can begin to change this paradigm — to celebrate normal women who are in normal women’s bodies. True beauty is something that shines out from each one of us and it has absolutely nothing to do with the scale. I believe that you’re definitely on the right track, starting with the food. When we can re-teach people that food is our friend and that complete metabolic health is what we need to strive for, we’ll be well on our way. Thanks so much for you wise comments!!

    Warmly,
    Jeanne Rust, PhD

    • KarnaN

      Hi Jeanne,
      Yes it is amazing… Thank you for your reply and kind words – we really appreciate your feedback!
      Together we are changing this paradigm, one person at a time.
      Keep up your good work in the world, we sure need more people like you.
      Warm regards,
      Karna Nau – Director of Student Relations at IPE

  • Imber Coppinger, DO

    Hi Marc!
    I am one of your biggest fans!

    As a Family Prictice Physician I’ve used your evidence based wisdom to help many many of my patients transform their bodies and minds! Thanks so much for doing what you do! I hope to get out to a conference with you sometime!

    Sincerely,
    Imber Coppinger, DO
    Athens, Ohio

    • Marc David

      Hi Imber,

      I appreciate your kind words, and am so thankful that you are spreading this work to your patients to improve their lives. Thank you for reaching out.

      Warm regards,

      Marc David

  • This is great advice! I’m going to try my best to incorporate this positive thinking. Indeed, I am one of those people who is constantly fearing and stressing out about food. I see food as calories, not energy. I want to be more loving toward my body because I’m sure that’s a big factor in not being able to lose weight. Thanks for all of this great advice!

About The Author
Marc David
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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.