Podcasts

  • Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode #175: Finally Getting Comfortable in her Own Skin

    For most of her life, Catherine has struggled to really love her body. Ever since she can remember, she has been reminded by herself and even by her mother that her body was never good enough. Despite her best efforts, she has always come back to this place of wanting to fix her body and never feeling comfortable in front of other people, except for her husband. In this breakthrough session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Catherine uproot some of the major underlying obstacles standing between her and her right to feel comfortable in her own skin. Catherine generously shares the story of her mother, her sister, and how those relationships influenced how she felt about and talked about her body for the years to come. Listen in as Marc and Catherine rewrite the story and reset some of those lifelong beliefs Catherine has held about herself.

  • Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode #173: Discovering the Gift of An Eating Disorder

    For many people who have ever struggled with an eating disorder, a closer look reveals that this very eating disorder can be the symptom of something much deeper. In this podcast episode, Amanda opens up about her struggle with an eating disorder that has persisted for over 16 years. Triggered by stress and the fear of uncertainty, Amanda has felt very frustrated by and controlled by her habits with food. However, after further digging, Amanda and Marc make some great discoveries on what her eating disorder has really meant to her and what she can do to begin to let it go. In this powerful session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Amanda rephrase the role of her disordered relationship with food by uncovering the important role it has played in her life. By the end, Amanda celebrates a greater self -awareness and readiness to end the cycle of binge eating that has plagued her for so long.

  • Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 163: Follow-Up: Even A Great Health Coach Can Struggle with Weight

    Joe lost over 150 pounds and went on to become a health coach, helping others to develop a positive self image and create the healthy body they desire. He practices consistent self care, regular exercise, and great nutrition, and knows that he will never never regain the weight he lost - most of the time. However, there is a part of him that fears his weight challenges will always be with him, waiting in the wings to return the moment he lets down his guard, and he'd like to put these uncertainties to rest so that he can move on. In this uplifting session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Joe to realize that the way through is to honor the part of his life cycle that he's in right now: a time to get more precise, to sharpen his inner sword, and to find the confident warrior within.

  • Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 161: Follow-Up: Do We Really Need To Lose Weight To Find Love?

    Psychology of Eating Podcast - Episode 161: Do We Really Need to Lose Weight to Find Love? Shalom has dealt with weight issues for two decades, and has gained and lost hundreds of pounds over the years. He struggles to feel comfortable in his body, and fears that he will not be able to find anyone to love (or anyone who can love him back) until he is able to lose the excess weight. He is very knowledgeable about nutrition, and he gets so much enjoyment from food that he has a hard time limiting himself in any way - but he's ready for a change. Tune in as Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Shalom see more clearly how he can change his relationship to pleasure, and his relationship to himself, so that he can finally start to feel empowered around food, life, and love.

  • Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 159: Follow-Up: When We Fight Our Belly Fat, It Tends to Fight Back

    Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 159 Follow Up When We Fight Our Belly Fat It Tends To Fight Back Pamela knows about nutrition. She practices healthy eating and exercises regularly. After working hard on her relationship with food and body, she has made peace with almost every aspect of herself, but one thing still bothers her: her belly. No matter what she tries, she can't seem to get rid of the excess fat that concentrates there. Whenever she's feeling down, she attacks her belly with negative thoughts, and it responds with symptoms of physical discomfort. In this heart-opening session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Pamela find a way to work on her belly without attacking herself. Tune in as Pamela learns that she doesn't have to love her belly, but she does need to love herself. Without this key ingredient, happiness and weight loss success will be much harder to find. But with a little love, all things are possible!

  • Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 157: Follow-Up: Letting Go of A Problematic “Belly Image”

    Episode 157 Follow Up Letting Go of a Problematic Belly Image For many people who struggle with obsessive thoughts about food and body, a closer look reveals that food isn't the real issue after all, but a distraction from something deeper (and possibly scarier). Cydney has spent the last four years feeling completely controlled by her relationship with food and her drive to obtain body perfection through diet and intensive exercise. At the same time, she's frustrated by feelings of insecurity that she can never seem to shake: she worries about health, finances, her appearance, what others think of her, and more. In this moving session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Cydney see that she tends to stay stuck in her head and does not let herself feel. Once she started shifting the focus from her diet to her larger challenge around finding security in life, Cydney came to understand that she carries that insecurity in her belly - but that it is possible to have a different experience. And when she realized that she already has some powerful sources of security in her circle of female friends, Marc coached her to start tapping into these resources and begin living life from a more empowered place.

  • Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 155: Follow-Up: It’s Time To Put An End To Binge Eating

    Episode 155: Follow Up - It's Time to Put an End to Binge Eating Kayla recovered from bulimia, but still struggles with binge eating. She's a personal trainer who tends to do things to extremes: a period of perfect healthy eating, followed by a period of of self-destructive binging. A history of sexual abuse has left her feeling uncomfortable in the presence of men. In this illuminating session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, suggests that we see that Kayla's binge eating is not actually the real problem, but that it's a symptom with an important message for her, and it's time for Kayla to really listen to that message. And as Marc helps Kayla to see, a key part of that message is that in order to release binge eating, she will need to begin to heal her relationship with men.

  • Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 153: Follow-Up: A Lifelong Struggle with Weight

    Episode 153 Follow Up: A Lifelong Struggle with Weight Linda wants to lose 50 pounds, but feels like it might as well be 500. She continually criticizes herself for not being thin enough, smart enough, or lovable enough - for not being perfect. She'd like to break free of the cycle of self hate, but decades of dieting have not taken her where she wants to go. In this uplifting session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Linda to see the ways she still thinks of herself as a disempowered, ignored little girl living in her parents' house. Tune in as Marc coaches Linda toward owning her successes in life and embracing her authority as an adult so that she can finally begin to treat herself with love.

  • Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 151: Follow-Up: A Surprising Factor in Weight Gain

    Episode 151: A Follow Up - A Surprising Factor in Weight Gain Lee has been struggling to lose weight for over 30 years. He feels uncomfortable in his body and would like to lose 150 pounds to relieve the stress on his knees and ankles. Each time Lee has tried to follow a diet, it ended in a backlash of compulsive eating. He knew that he was approaching dieting from a place of hostility toward his body, but he couldn't seem to find a different way to create the change he longed for, until Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helped him to see that he still has some inner work to do around his feelings about being adopted. In this surprising session, Marc shows Lee how finally dealing with his past will allow him to truly step into his mature masculinity.

  • Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 149: Follow-Up: Emotional Eating at 25 Years Old: A Surprising Cause

    Episode 149: Follow Up - Emotional Eating at 25 A Surprising Cause Sometimes, getting close to achieving our goals for our ideal body can be pretty scary. After all, our body may have altered its weight, shape, or appearance in the past because that's what it thought we needed to keep us safe. Lindsey has done plenty of self exploration and healing work, and she's now ready to take it to the next level and release the last remaining challenges: an extra 10 pounds, chronic eczema, and a less than friendly body image. In this inspiring session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, coaches Lindsey toward accepting and empowering herself as a beautiful young woman. Tune in and see how Lindsey is able to connect the dots between her past, her dreams, and her struggles with emotional eating.

  • The Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 147: The Weight Just Won’t Come Off – Now What?

    Episode 147: The Weight Just Won't Come Off - Now What? Mara is a self-described research junkie. She loves learning about health, wellness, and good nutrition, and she's in tune with her body's signals. But despite all her knowledge, she's frustrated because she finds herself turning to food for comfort, and can't seem to break out of a pattern of emotional eating. She dislikes her body shape and wants to lose weight, but hates how restrictive most diet plans are. In this thought-provoking session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Mara to take a closer look at the target weight she's chosen for herself, and prompts her to ask some deeper questions about what she truly wants to change in her life. Tune in as Marc coaches Mara to start putting her energy toward a different and more powerful goal.

  • The Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 145: It’s Never Too Late for Self Love

    Episode 145 It's Never Too Late for Self Love Iris has hated her body for more than 40 years, continually beating herself up for being 10 to 20 pounds overweight. When she looks at photos of herself from years ago, she realizes that there was never anything wrong with her - but the habit of negative self talk is so deeply ingrained, she fears she'll never be able to shake it. Wanting to be free from self hate, she came to Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, for advice. Tune in as Marc gives Iris some straight talk, some tough love, and some solid life coaching around the deeper spiritual lessons at play to help her jumpstart a new, positive attitude toward her body.

  • The Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 143: Sometimes, Losing Weight Means Feeling Safe

    Episode 143 Sometimes Losing Weight Means Feeling Safe Julia is in her early 40s, and she'd like to lose 60 to 80 pounds - but she feels stuck. She's tried all the diets, and found that if she restricts herself severely, weight comes off temporarily, but that method simply isn't sustainable in the long term. She knows there has to be another way. She wants to learn how to model a healthy relationship with food, body, and weight so that her son can grow up with a positive influence. In this moving session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Julia to realize that in order to lose the weight she's been carrying, she must first learn to feel safe in her own body - possibly for the first time ever.

  • The Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 141: Even A Great Health Coach Can Struggle with Weight

    Joe lost over 150 pounds and went on to become a health coach, helping others to develop a positive self image and create the healthy body they desire. He practices consistent self care, regular exercise, and great nutrition, and knows that he will never never regain the weight he lost - most of the time. However, there is a part of him that fears his weight challenges will always be with him, waiting in the wings to return the moment he lets down his guard, and he'd like to put these uncertainties to rest so that he can move on. In this uplifting session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Joe to realize that the way through is to honor the part of his life cycle that he's in right now: a time to get more precise, to sharpen his inner sword, and to find the confident warrior within.

  • Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 139: Do We Really Need To Lose Weight To Find Love?

    Episode 139: Do We Really Need to Lose Weight to Find Love? Shalom has dealt with weight issues for two decades, and has gained and lost hundreds of pounds over the years. He struggles to feel comfortable in his body, and fears that he will not be able to find anyone to love (or anyone who can love him back) until he is able to lose the excess weight. He is very knowledgeable about nutrition, and he gets so much enjoyment from food that he has a hard time limiting himself in any way - but he's ready for a change. Tune in as Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Shalom see more clearly how he can change his relationship to pleasure, and his relationship to himself, so that he can finally start to feel empowered around food, life, and love.

  • The Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 137: Difficulty Gaining Weight – It’s More Painful Than You Think

    Chloe developed anorexia at age 14, and though she was able to pull herself out of the the restrictive behaviors, she never fully dealt with the feelings of unworthiness and unlovability that were underlying the eating disorder. Before long, anxiety and obsessive thoughts about food and body grew into orthorexia (fixation on a healthy or pure diet), exercise addiction, and late-night binge eating. Now Chloe is struggling to regain some of the weight she's lost, and finding it to be the toughest challenge yet. Tune in as Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Chloe map out a plan for weight gain that she can embrace with a sense of hope and dignity.

  • The Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 135: The Road To Recovering from Fatigue

    Rachelle wants her energy back. She successfully recovered from anorexia, but was later diagnosed with a thyroid disease that has sapped her vitality and left her battling chronic fatigue and depression. She has made many changes to her diet and lifestyle, searching for the treatment or intervention that will finally bring her relief from her symptoms - but she's beginning to think that the real source of her challenge is emotional. In this fascinating session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, asks Rachelle the key questions that help her to realize that her fight to get her energy back is actually draining her energy rather than enhancing it. Tune in as Rachelle learns some surprising new ways to start reclaiming her life!

  • The Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 133: When We Fight Our Belly Fat, It Tends to Fight Back

    Pamela knows about nutrition. She practices healthy eating and exercises regularly. After working hard on her relationship with food and body, she has made peace with almost every aspect of herself, but one thing still bothers her: her belly. No matter what she tries, she can't seem to get rid of the excess fat that concentrates there. Whenever she's feeling down, she attacks her belly with negative thoughts, and it responds with symptoms of physical discomfort. In this heart-opening session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Pamela find a way to work on her belly without attacking herself. Tune in as Pamela learns that she doesn't have to love her belly, but she does need to love herself. Without this key ingredient, happiness and weight loss success will be much harder to find. But with a little love, all things are possible!

  • The Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 131: Bariatric Surgery Worked But She Still Thinks She’s Fat

    Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 131: Bariatric Surgery Worked But She Still Thinks She's Fat As a child, Terrie learned to use food as a substitute for love. Throughout her life, she continued to overeat as a way of dealing with painful feelings and stress. She sought bariatric surgery when her weight led to a heart condition, and has kept off the 150 pounds she lost, but continues to struggle with obsessive thoughts about food and with feeling "fat" when her weight fluctuates even a little. Tune in as Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, offers Terry some surprising advice on how she can begin to reclaim a positive and joyful body image.

  • The Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 129: Moving Through Body Hate

    Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 129: Moving Through Weight Hate At a young age, Marta was encouraged by her parents to go on a diet, and ever since, she's been on a roller coaster of weight loss and weight gain that never quite arrives at the goal. When she started to come close to her ideal size, she developed a new obsession with finding the perfect diet to treat hypothyroidism, but she suspected it was just a new way of distracting herself from her underlying dissatisfaction with her life. Tired of draining her energy, she came to Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, for guidance. Tune in as Marc helps Marta find some powerful questions to ask herself and some new shifts to make in her relationship so that she can finally find peace with her body.

  • The Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 127: Sometimes, Weight Loss Means Saying No to Others

    Sometimes Weight Loss Means Saying No to Others Michelle struggled with overeating for years until she finally had a major breakthrough that shifted things in a big way. She thought those challenges were behind her for good - but then the overeating came back. She works hard, and doesn't feel like she has time for self care; she loves what she does but can't seem to find a balance. In this poignant session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Michelle see the connection between the lack of self care in her life and her inability to stop overeating. A long-standing habit of people-pleasing has her saying "yes" to everyone else, and "no" to herself. When Michelle learns to put herself and her body first, the urge to overeat begins to loosen its grip.

  • The Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 125: Food is Always On Her Mind

    There's a fascinating connection between our emotions and our relationship with food. Jenny was worried because she thought of herself as an "emotional eater." She weighed more than she wanted to, and she had developed a habit of using food to fill the gaps in her emotional life. Having been raised by a single mom, she learned to cook at a young age, and she loved it; food soon became her friend, her mother, her intimate partner, the only place she could count on feeling nourished. In this breakthrough session, Marc helps Jenny to see that her food "issues" have actually been important coping strategies for her during certain periods of her life, and she's now reached a stage of maturity and empowerment where she is able to rely on other sources of nourishment. With Marc's support, Jenny is able to revise her story about her past and understand that she has not been broken, but is right on track for personal growth.

  • The Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 123: Letting Go of A Problematic “Belly Image”

    Episode 123: Letting Go of a Problematic Belly Image For many people who struggle with obsessive thoughts about food and body, a closer look reveals that food isn't the real issue after all, but a distraction from something deeper (and possibly scarier). Cydney has spent the last four years feeling completely controlled by her relationship with food and her drive to obtain body perfection through diet and intensive exercise. At the same time, she's frustrated by feelings of insecurity that she can never seem to shake: she worries about health, finances, her appearance, what others think of her, and more. In this moving session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, helps Cydney see that she tends to stay stuck in her head and does not let herself feel. Once she started shifting the focus from her diet to her larger challenge around finding security in life, Cydney came to understand that she carries that insecurity in her belly - but that it is possible to have a different experience. And when she realized that she already has some powerful sources of security in her circle of female friends, Marc coached her to start tapping into these resources and begin living life from a more empowered place.

  • The Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 121: It’s Time To Put An End To Binge Eating

    It's Time to Put an End to Binge Eating Kayla recovered from bulimia, but still struggles with binge eating. She's a personal trainer who tends to do things to extremes: a period of perfect healthy eating, followed by a period of of self-destructive binging. A history of sexual abuse has left her feeling uncomfortable in the presence of men. In this illuminating session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, suggests that see that Kayla's binge eating is not actually the real problem, but that it's a symptom with an important message for her, and it's time for Kayla to really listen to that message. And as Marc helps Kayla to see, a key part of that message is that in order to release binge eating, she will need to begin to heal her relationship with men.

  • The Psychology of Eating Podcast Episode 119: Weight Loss Surgery Didn’t Help. Now What?

    Episode 119: Weight Loss Surgery Didn't Work, Now What? Tired of dealing with obesity for most of his life, Kevin had weight loss surgery - but after three years, he had gained most of the weight back. He'd like to be 100 pounds lighter, but he feels stuck, and can't seem to get himself motivated. In this fascinating session, Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, explains that sometimes, our extra weight really IS stuck energy. Marc helps Kevin see that in order to make his weight loss goals a reality, he might need to dive deep into his past to recover his inspiration. Once these missing pieces are in place, Kevin will finally be able to step into his manhood like never before and become the captain of his own ship - his body.

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