Additional Health Articles

  • 3 Ways to Raise Health Conscious Kids

    Kids learn by watching their parents. If you want to raise a healthy eater and a child who likes a variety of foods, then it is best to model this behavior. But even if you have eaten a salad in front of your kids every day since they were born and they still don’t like it, not to worry! Here are 3 strategies to help healthy food start to become part of your child’s daily life.

  • Children and Food Allergies: What you Need to Know

    Children and Food Allergies: What You Need to Know Food allergies in children are increasing at an alarming rate in the US and in developed countries. The CDC reported a 50% increase in pediatric food allergies between 1997-2011. What causes food allergies and why are they increasing? What new research and treatments are emerging in this field, and how can families more effectively manage the physical and psychosocial impact of these conditions?

  • What is Binge Eating?

    What is Binge Eating? Ravenous appetites, devouring foods, wolfing your meal.. these phrases conjure an image of an out of control eater who just can’t get enough. We’ve all had moments in our life where we eat our food without awareness or even knowledge of what we’re ingesting. It’s like driving home from the store, and forgetting how you got there. You temporarily lost yourself and consumed food in an altered state. But what are the differences between binge eating, compulsive eating and overeating? How is binge eating different from other eating challenges that cause us to over-consume foods, and when is it harmful? Let’s take a look at binge eating using the guidance of Dynamic Eating Psychology.

  • What is Food Addiction?

    What is Food Addiction? Food Addiction is a hot topic in the health and wellness industry. There are countless programs that promise to break your addiction to food. Help for your addiction can be found through 12 step programs, cleanses, detoxes, and even hypnosis. But is there more to the story then just stopping consumption of certain foods? Food addiction is a complex problem, and diagnosing and overcoming the challenge will require a look from several Mind Body Nutrition angles. Let’s dive deeper into food addiction, its definition, its symptoms, and how to overcome it.

  • Food and Social Justice in the United States

    Food and Social Justice Regardless of your history or socioeconomic status, you most likely believe in some form of the “American dream,” the idea that anyone in the US, regardless of race, social class, or geography, can find and build upon opportunities to create a successful and rewarding life. But what about food, and how does it factor into our social justice system? On closer examination, we find some significant differences in the levels of access to healthy, nourishing food. These differences are often connected to location and economic status While the media covers such high-profile current issues as discrimination, low-income jobs, and a dwindling middle class, there’s little discussion regarding the limited access to healthy food that many in the United States experience every day. Could solving our food crises also lift up the lower class and create an environment where hunger and poverty don’t exist? This is a big topic, and there are certainly no easy answers or quick fixes. But let’s dive in using the lens of Dynamic Eating Psychology.

  • 4 Ways Stress Impacts Digestion

    You have been hearing for years that stress isn’t good for you, and that it can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and cancer. What you may not realize is that stress has a hugely negative effect on your digestive system. It’s not just the big stressful events, like moving or losing your job, that can wreak havoc on your digestion, but the everyday stressors of life can also make you run for the Rolaids. Can stress really have that big of an effect on your digestion? The answer is yes. Your body does not easily manage stress and digest food simultaneously. You are wired this way for some good reasons. The physiologic stress response is your body’s survival mechanism, also known as the fight or flight response. When you are being attacked, your body is not concerned with digesting food. Instead, it will garner all of its energy to focus on the attack at hand. Depending on the severity of the attack, this may cause your digestion to completely shut off, leaving the food in your gut un-metabolized. In the case of a less severe attack, your digestive system still slows way down and could cause you to suffer in a number of ways. Low-grade stressors that can impact your metabolism include a poor diet, certain medications, work-related anxiety, a lack of sleep, or negative thoughts, just to name a few. Read on to learn about 4 ways that stress impacts your digestion!

  • The Health at Every Size Movement

    Health at Every Size (HAES) is an idea and a growing movement that "supports people in adopting health habits for the sake of health and well-being (rather than weight control)". While the movement’s origins can be traced to the 1960s, in the past decade the message has gained traction and widespread attention from the work of Linda Bacon, Ph.D. Linda is an internationally-recognized authority on topics related to nutrition, weight and health. Her 2008 ground-breaking book, “Health at Every Size,” has created a large community of advocates who are spreading the message that being overweight is not directly related to poor health and disease, and that anybody of any size can achieve health without dieting or weight loss.

  • 5 Ways Chronic Dieting is Affecting Your Life

    There is no doubt that dieting is ingrained in our culture. It seems like almost everyone has been on a diet at some point in their life. But what happens when dieting becomes a lifestyle? When year after year, you are spending the majority of time on a diet, or planning the next diet? Dynamic Eating Psychology refers to this as chronic dieting. Chronic dieting is when, over a period of years, your world is ruled by diets, calorie counting and food restriction, all with the goal of achieving or maintaining a certain (often unrealistic) weight or body type. To be clear, the dieting can be continuous or intermittent. If you’re dieting intermittently, either you are ON your program and tightly controlling your food intake, or you’re OFF the program, during which time you may be indulging in everything you had restricted before, and you are likely to be consumed by thoughts of when you will get back on the program. This is distinct from occasional or targeted dieting, where you go on a specific diet or eating plan for a period of time to address weight or health concerns. Chronic dieting is an ongoing quest with no real end.

  • 4 Tips for a Positive Body Image

    Pills to control hunger, ads for facial injections, songs about the size of body parts, spray tans, hair extensions, padded bras...What do all of these have in common? They’re messages that you hear several times a day, telling you that you are not good enough as you are. That you need to be improved and enhanced. That you just don’t measure up. Hearing these messages enough times can lead you to become self-conscious, or worse--it could lead to a poor body image. The definition of body image is simply how you view your body. This is a completely subjective view, and it’s prone to being easily swayed by your thoughts. How do you protect yourself against dissatisfaction with what you see in the mirror? Bolster, strengthen, and foster a positive relationship with your body! Dynamic Eating Psychology has some tried and true methods of developing a positive body image.

  • Men and Body Image

    Body image is a widely discussed topic these days. Many health experts and media outlets report on negative body image, especially in the celebrity arena. There are even new “body love” campaigns that celebrate real women, and a backlash against photo retouching and unrealistic images of women and models. This is good news, and we want the discussion to evolve and for more women find love for their bodies. But what about men? We often forget that men can also have issues with body image. It’s a topic that is often stigmatised for them but it’s an issue that is quietly growing among males.

  • 4 Reasons Why We Overeat

    These days, many people feel they are overeating. The so-called obesity epidemic is headline news and we think that it’s our fault. We eat too much. We don’t know how to stop. If only we could eat less, then all of our food and body challenges would disappear. But with all the science and research out there, there is still much confusion about how much we, as individuals, should actually eat on a daily basis. If there were clear answers, we would have solved this problem by now. Instead let’s explore 4 surprising reasons we overeat.

  • 4 Reasons Why Diets Don’t Work

    Are you currently on a diet or do you know anyone on a diet? If you live in the modern world, then your answer will most likely be yes! The statistics on diets are quite sobering. According to some experts, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year. What is even more shocking is the $33 billion - yes, billion - dollars spent each year on weight loss products. So perhaps it’s time we put an end to dieting, or at least an end to the current “eat less and exercise more” paradigm that rules the current weight loss industry. If that actually worked, wouldn’t it have worked for more people by now? Instead, obesity and body image dissatisfaction seem to be rising, and more and more diet products enter the marketplace each day. If you have a desire to lose weight, before you go on yet another diet, consider these 4 reasons why diets DON’T work.

  • 4 Tips for Helping Kids Love Exercise

    It’s easy to see why children and exercise are no longer synonymous. Gone are the days when kids had an hour of P.E. in school, and were able to safely run around their neighborhood for hours on end. There is tremendous pressure on children to do well in reading, math and science, while the creative and physical curriculum has been drastically cut and even removed from schools. There’s also a wealth of distractions that make it easy NOT to exercise, including smart phones, video games, and on-demand television. But there are still many ways to cultivate a positive exercise relationship with the children in your life. Let’s explore a few of them.

  • Best Online Health and Wellness Resources as awarded by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating

    Here at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, we love keeping our finger on the pulse of the health and wellness community. There's so much excellent information and wisdom available online, and we’re inspired to help you find the very best of what's out there. That's why we've created our Best Website Awards program. Each year, we honor the best blogs, websites, and podcasts in a variety of categories including Nutrition, Psychology, Yoga, Health Coaching, Women's Empowerment, Personal Development, Veg [...]

  • Yoga and Body Image

    Practicing yoga can have a strong impact on how you feel about your body - but whether that impact is positive or negative depends a great deal on you, and what you bring to the practice. If you struggle with negative body image or food issues, ask yourself whether your primary goal for your yoga posture practice is to get a ‘“yoga body.” See if your dedication is masking compulsive exercise, or if you’re using hard, fast and intense asanas to distract yourself from deep or uncomfortable feelings. Check in with your inner dialogue, too. Often, even when we can contort ourselves into the most advanced postures, our thoughts are still repeating, “body not good enough.” After all, how we show up on our mats is a reflection of how we show up in life.

  • What Yoga Can Teach You About Your Relationship with Food

    As the Zen master Cheri Huber once said, "How you do anything is how you do everything!” Yoga can teach us many, many things about our relationship to life, and in particular, our relationship to food. Our eating style is a reflection of our internal state, and when we are feeling stressed or chaotic, it’s likely our eating style will be that way too. When we are feeling balanced and relaxed, that’s how we show up with food. When we practice yoga, we become more mindful, which makes a big difference at the dinner table. After all, we don’t do yoga to be better at yoga - we do yoga to show up better in life. So what can yoga teach you about your relationship with food? Let’s take a look at the foundational guidelines that underlie all of yoga, the Yamas and Niyamas.

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