The Metabolic Power of the Throat – with Emily Rosen

Most people tend to think of “metabolic power” as coming from outside of us – the foods we eat or the supplements we take – but oftentimes, metabolic power is generated from within. In fact, our bodies have a built in source of wisdom and energy that’s encoded in our genetic memory, and that often goes overlooked. One such source of surprising power is in the throat. Join Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating as she discusses the Metabolic Power of the Throat in this informative IPEtv video. You’ll discover some great insights that combine timeless and ancient wisdom, modern psychology, and mind body nutrition that can serve you in your journey to nutritional and emotional mastery.

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In the comments below, please let us know: Can you think of any ways that the Metabolic Power of the Throat can serve you in having a healthier relationship with food and self? We love hearing your thoughts!

Greetings friends, this is Emily Rosen COO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Today’s topic: The Metabolic Power of the Throat

When it comes to nutrition and health, the throat is a part of the body that doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves. We give way more attention to the digestive system, to brain, liver, heart, adrenals – so it’s time to give more love to this very fascinating part of the human anatomy.

There’s a special power that exists in the throat.

This power allows us to have a more nourishing and uplifting relationship with food – which ultimately translates into better health. And this same power has the ability to impact our personal life and the world around us in some pretty amazing ways.

Let’s get right down to business:

Your throat is how you declare yourself to the world. It’s the vehicle for your voice. Words are some of the most powerful energies in all of existence. Words make the world go round, words tell the world who we are, what we believe, how we feel, what we desire, and what we wish to be. When you walk into a restaurant and tell the waiter or waitress what you want, the food magically comes out. When you tell the bank teller how much money you’d like in your hands, there it is. It’s easy to take words for granted.

Words can heal, words can create intimacy, words can bring people closer together, words can expose darkness and evil and create positive change across the globe, and of course, words can wound us as well.

Our voices are our power.

It stands to reason then, that when we hold back our voice, we hold back our power.

And holding back our power isn’t such a good thing. It’s as painful and as silly a strategy as trying to hold back from peeing.

Simply put, when we hold back our power, we tend to suffer.

In the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and yoga science, the throat chakra was considered the locus of creative power in human beings. It’s fascinating how the thyroid gland – essentially located in the region of the throat – helps regulate and control the metabolic rate of just about every cell in the body. When the thyroid is weakened, so are we. Hypothyroidism by definition will lead to low energy, low mood, unnecessary weight gain, and a feeling of powerlessness.

So when it comes to food and nutrition, here’s the punchline:

Withheld power often leads to unwanted eating challenges – food becomes the symbolic place where we play out our powerlessness.

It’s no coincidence that the voice, the throat, is connected to food. It’s all the same portal. When we hold back our voice, it’s easy to distort that throat energy into the need to eat.

We might find ourselves eating to stuff down emotions, desires, and our thoughts, and all the things that we’re really thinking and feeling. This works – to a degree, but it’s psychically painful and never takes us even close to our potential.

Most people with eating challenges are quite worried about what’s going into their mouths and how they can stop it. Better to also pay attention to what’s not coming out of your mouth – your true voice – and how to help those words find the light of day.

The more we allow the truth of who we are to come out, the less we need to have unneeded food come in.

This is one of the great ways to help transform unwanted eating habits – overeating, binge eating, emotional eating. Start empowering yourself. Sop waiting for some obscure time in the future when you’ll be the real you and start being real now. Say who you are. Declare yourself to the world. Be authentic. Speak up. Be yourself. Stop worrying about pleasing everyone, and commit to giving the world the real you.

So ask yourself the question – how can I unleash the power of my voice?

The result can be whole new relationship with food, and a whole new life.

I hope this was helpful.

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This is Emily Rosen, Chief Operating Officer for the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

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  • dee

    Thanks Emily and Marc for including the written transcripts to these videos. I am hearing-impaired and so this is a big help!

    • Hi Dee,

      Thanks for following us! We are happy that the transcripts were of help to you!


  • Brandi B

    Wow! Very insightful and extremely timely for me as well. Thank you so much for your presentation!

    • Hi Brandi,

      So glad you found the video to be timely and insightful! Thanks for watching:)


  • Molly

    Thanks Emily,

    This video REALLY resonated with me, and I thank you! This line in particular caught my attention to the point where I rewound the video numerous times to hear you say it over and over again, and even consulted the written transcript so I could put it in my journal without any distraction:

    “The more we allow the truth of who we are to come out, the less we need to have unneeded food come in.”

    This is so deep and powerful, I have tears in my eyes right now and need to spend some more time digesting it’s true meaning for me. I’ve never been someone at loss for words; in fact, people often characterize me as outspoken, aggressive, and demanding. As a child I was always criticized and made fun of for talking too much and asking too many questions, so it’s no wonder I turned to food at an early age to quiet that voice and all the things I wanted to share with the world. In adulthood I haven’t yet figured out the most diplomatic way to be heard, but I’m on the path to smoother, calmer, more loving communication with everyone in my life.

    As a lifetime compulsive overeater who’s only recently started to get a handle on my eating issues, most recently through a one-month elimination diet to address some chronic digestive woes, I find your site so helpful and these videos even more so. I’ve been a follower of Marc’s for years, having purchased The Slow Down Diet a while back and read every word of it.

    Keep up the great work. Can’t wait for the July seminar!

    With gratitude,

    • Hi Molly,

      I’m so touched by your comment and happy that you are seeing growth in your relationship with food! Thank you so much for taking the time to watch and share a bit of your story around speaking your truth.


  • Marcian

    Fascinating! It occurred to me that the effect of the voice on the thyroid may be physical as well as psychological. Speaking causes vibration right behind the thyroid. Could this vibration be a stimulus for the thyroid? Just wondering. I know that I’ve been speaking much less since I retired from teaching and spend most days at home writing. I’ve also been feeling increasingly sluggish and fatigued. I had figured that it was just the change in activity level, but I’m wondering now if not speaking as much might play a role in my change of energy level.

    • Thank you so much for sharing this insight, Marcian!

      Our vocal vibrations can definitely influence our physical bodies, and what you are suggesting could very well be a factor!


  • Thank you so much for sharing this insight, Marcian!

    Our vocal vibrations can definitely influence our physical bodies, and what you are suggesting could very well be a factor!


  • Audrey

    I have found that the more I do mantra chanting the better I feel. I think I am probably vibrating the thyroid when I do this?

  • Hi Audrey, Thank you so much for your comment! I’m sure there are a range of reasons that mantra chanting makes you feel good. Your hypothesis is most likely correct. Music is vibration, and all organs have a vibratory frequency. Om mani padme hum! Warmly, Emily

About The Author
Emily Rosen

Emily Rosen is the Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations in addition to her role as Senior Teacher. With an extensive and varied background in nutritional science, counseling, natural foods, the culinary arts, conscious sex education, mind body practices, business management and marketing, Emily brings a unique skill-set to her role at the Institute. She has also been a long-term director and administrator for Weight Loss Camps and Programs serving teens and adults and has held the position of Executive Chef at various retreat centers. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to teach, counsel, manage, and be at the forefront of the new wave of professionals who are changing the way we understand the science and psychology of eating and sexuality. Emily is also co -founder of the Institute for Conscious Sexuality and Relationship.