Additional Health Articles

  • 8 Career Paths For Your Training in Nutritional Psychology

    A Training in Nutritional Psychology opens up a world of exciting career opportunities, and allows you to channel your unique passions and background into a path that is right for you. Here at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, we prepare our students with an education that allows you to be successful in a variety of career placements.  If you already know this is the next step for you and are interested in learning more about working with commonly seen eating concerns, such as weight, body image, overeating, binge eating, digestion, fatigue, immunity, and m [...]

  • Is the Paleo Diet Healthy or a Hoax?

    Here at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating we do NOT endorse or promote any particular diet or nutritional lifestyle. We do highly encourage that each person openly explores the wide variety of nutritional approaches and dietary strategies that are available to them. We see nutrition as an ever changing journey. We believe that a healthy relationship with food and a well functioning metabolism is possible when we can each be open to what works best for ourselves, and others. We believe there’s a nugget of wisdom to be fo [...]

  • The Month-Long Vegan Diet: 5 Tips for Beginners

    Here at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating we do NOT endorse or promote any particular diet or nutritional lifestyle. We do highly encourage that each person openly explores the wide variety of nutritional approaches and dietary strategies that are available to them. We see nutrition as an ever changing journey. We believe that a healthy relationship with food and a well functioning metabolism is possible when we can each be open to what works best for ourselves, and others. We believe there’s a nugget of wisdom t [...]

  • 3 Steps for Healing from Disordered Eating

    It’s incredible to consider that, despite the amazing advancements we have made in our understanding of nutrition, fitness and wellness in the last hundred or so years, so many struggle with their relationship with food and body. When we go in and do the math and crunch the hard numbers, over 1 million men in the United States are said to suffer from an Eating Disorder. When it comes to women – the number increases ten-fold – that’s 10 million women (of all ages) afflicted with a very challenging and delicate disorder. Whether it appears as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, orthore [...]

  • Chronic Dieting: The End

    We’ve become so used to those around us, friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues, changing the way they eat throughout the year that its been normalized. Some say that 85% of women and will attempt a diet in their lifetime, most of which will continue dieting behaviors for upwards of seventeen years! Dieters typically make four to five attempts per year. Even Men. It seems there’s more going on here than just an effort to eat healthier… So, what exactly is Chronic Dieting? The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition defines Chronic Dieting Syndrome [...]

  • Exploring the Connections Between Body Image and Shame

    When it comes to our bodies, shame is an all too common feeling that many people, especially women, hold on to. Consider this statistic: On any average day, 97% of women say that they dislike their bodies.  And acclaimed Shame Researcher Brene Brown found through that the number one source of shame for women was body and weight. So it isn’t any surprise that if most women are spending each day in internal discomfort around their bodies that over 67% of women say that they are on a diet in large part to change their bodies. But how did we get in this state of persistent body sh [...]

  • The Secret to Digestive Wellness

    Ever wonder what it would be like to have a magic switch to turn your digestion on or off?  Imagine if you could actually control your body’s ability to digest, metabolize and assimilate food. Well guess what?  You do. Each of us has an on-off switch for our digestive and metabolic systems, but we know it as our central nervous system. This is our metabolic switch. And depending on how it’s responding to our environment, our thoughts, or our meal will determine if we experience the comfort of being “on”  - or the ill effects of feeling “off”. Our nervous sy [...]

  • What is Nutritional Psychology?

    Nutritional Psychology is an innovative new approach to working with some of the most common issues we see in our word today when it comes eating, body image, and weight. Since the key to wellness is often found beyond the actual foods one might choose to eat, the realm of Nutritional Psychology appreciates and respects the profound effects that what we think and feel has on our ability to receive nourishment. Over the last 20 years, research within the field of the mind-body sciences has shown us unequivocally that how we feel and how we think deeply impacts our body on a multitude of levels.

  • Why We Need Holistic Nutrition

    In the past, those wishing to enter the realm of nutritional education had to do so completely under the auspices of Dietetics … but times have changed! Today, the amount of information at our fingertips, about what we should eat and what nutrition can do, is astounding. Anyone inspired to learn more about Nutrition can – and sometimes with just the click of a button. Nutrition information is everywhere: all our foods are all labeled with nutritional facts. People have become label-savvy. Every other blog, our daily news, and magazine headlines touts the nutritional facts of the l [...]

  • Why Study Spiritual Psychology?

    When we come to the study of Mind Body Nutrition, it becomes very apparent that there’s more to the human being than just the brain and the biology. In fact there’s a whole underlying story at work beneath the surface of each person. Before the term psychology was “invented,” the workings of our minds and behavior in this way came under the auspices of philosophy in Ancient Greece. But in the late 19th century, about 150 years ago, psychology moved into the realm of science. Si [...]

  • What Does Ideal Body Image Even Mean?

    If Barbie were real, she would be 5.9 and weigh 110 lbs. She would be considered anorexic. If GI Joe was life-sized, his biceps would be almost as big as his waist. So begins our journey to answer the question: what does ideal body image even mean? Barbie and GI Joe are often one of the first models of “ideal body image” our children receive. The message being: if you want to be beautiful or strong, you need to look like Barbie or GI Joe. From the very beginning, it seems, we're launching our children off with a highly unrealistic, bizarre and stylized sense of what the b [...]

  • 6 Natural Weight Loss Tips

    Are you looking for a handy list of healthy foods that will help you with natural weight loss? You won’t exactly find that here – but you just might find something even better! The 6 natural weight loss tips you’re about to discover are quite different than a list of foods, and are some of the important missing ingredients when it comes to natural weight loss. That’s because they’re the underlying practices that truly support sustainable and natural weight loss. Let us know what you think:   Natural Weight Loss Tip #1 - Trust Your Body This is step [...]

  • How Do I Stop Binge Eating?

    “I was out of control” “I couldn’t stop” “I had to finish the whole package” “It was like a wild hungry wolf took over my eating” These phrases are familiar to those of us who struggle with binge eating.  We know all too well the feeling of being in a wave of eating that we can’t stop, even though we know we “should” stop. It might be very clear that we’ll feel physically uncomfortable if we keep eating, yet we still can’t put the fork down. It can feel like a tidal wave that just sweeps us away, and then at the end, pummels us down to the beach w [...]

  • Does Anyone Know How to Stop Overeating?

    Did you know that “how-to” videos are the most-searched type of video on YouTube?  So many of us want to know how-to do something, or how to fix our problem, whatever it is. Overeating is no different - we naturally would love to know the “how-to,” to stop our overeating; the exact steps that will lead us to a happy relationship with food. Wouldn’t it be great if we knew the trick that would make it possible for us to stop overeating so we aren’t plagued with the, “I wish I hadn’t eaten that” feeling? Imagine if we knew how to stop overeating that second [...]

  • Why Choose an Online Nutrition Degree?

    If you’re looking into pursuing a nutrition degree, you’re probably passionate about nutrition. You want to take your interest to a deeper level so that you can help others step into more healthy eating habits. You may be exploring an online nutrition degree because you want: Convenience: Your life is busy and you don’t want to lose time commuting. Perhaps you don’t live within a reasonable distance of a nutrition school. For this reason, an online nutrition degree starts to make a lot sense. Flexibility: You want to schedule your classes instead of your [...]

  • It’s Time to Go Beyond Dieting

    In the US, dieting and weight loss is a multi-billion dollar industry. It’s a never-ending stream of income for those who are selling the dream of being thin. It’s never ending because 98% of those who diet gain back the weight they lost. Yes, you read that right. Only 2% of people who diet actually keep the weight off. Can you imagine any other industry being able to survive with only a 2% success rate? Of course not. So why does the diet industry continue to thrive? Because they’re not really selling weight loss, they’re selling the dr [...]

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