Psychology and Nutrition: The Perfect Union

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Simply put, our mission here at the Institute is to forever change the way the world understands food, body and health. We’re here to re-unite the Psychology of Eating with the Science of Nutrition. We believe in the powerful connection between our inner world and our nutritional health. The Institute is eclectic and inclusive. We present the best tools and techniques in the fields of psychology and personal growth that are most relevant and produce results. These include coaching and counseling models, cognitive approaches, body centered practices, spiritual psychology and archetypal psychologies, positive psychology, and others. At the same time, the Institute is firmly grounded in the best of clinical and scientific nutrition, complementary and alternative medicine, and the mind-body sciences.

Most of us have been taught that good nutrition is about getting the right vitamins and minerals, enough protein, and the right amounts of fat and carbohydrates. Some foods are bad for you, while others are clearly the “good guys.” And all this is certainly true, yet is woefully inadequate in describing the fullness of our nutritional reality. It’s not always enough to tell someone what to eat or how much to exercise and expect instant and magical results. We are much more complex, more interesting, and more deep. At the Institute, we see food and nutrition as a doorway into our personal world. We recognize that our challenges with food, weight, body image and health are not merely about faulty chemistry, but are linked to concerns that often run much deeper.

2 Important New Approaches

Mind Body Nutrition

Mind Body Nutrition™ is an exciting new approach that looks at the psycho-physiology of how digestion, assimilation, calorie burning and all the nutritive functions of the body are literally and scientifically impacted by stress, relaxation, thought, emotion, pleasure, our personal story, eating rhythm, eating speed, awareness, and so much more. WHAT we eat is half the story of good nutrition. The other half of the story is WHO we are as eaters. Mind Body Nutrition™ provides this all-important missing link to metabolic health.

Dynamic Eating Psychology

Dynamic Eating Psychology™ is an eating psychology for everyone. It’s a positive approach that sees all of our eating concerns as an opportunity for growth and transformation. It explores how our food challenges are here to teach us, rather than enemies to be attacked. It looks to uncover the connections between our personal world and our unwanted eating habits.

Some Core Principles That the Institute Upholds:

  • The world needs an eating psychology for everyone
  • It’s time for a positive and uplifting approach to food and body
  • It’s time to re-unite the science of nutrition with the psychology of eating
  • Our challenges with food and body are here to teach us
  • We’re here to heal and transform our relationship with food
  • Our eating concerns often run deep – and deserve our heartfelt attention
  • Body hate and weight prejudice are old and outdated ways of thinking
  • There’s hope for every eating concern
  • There’s not one perfect diet, but an entire spectrum of nutrition
  • It’s time for an approach that honors all of who we are as eaters: body, mind, heart & soul

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“The study of nutrition alone is no longer adequate enough to address the issues we face with health, weight, body image, overeating, and the challenges of being an eater. Every concern with food and health has a deeper teaching that’s perfectly designed to fuel our growth and transformation. Our job is to listen. The biology of the body is always mirroring the experience of the soul.”

Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating

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“I’ve not only been able to dramatically heal my own struggles with food and body- I’m now able to serve others in a similar way. That, to me, is the beauty of this work. Each of us can use our own personal journey to serve others and do rewarding work in the world that supports us and makes a real difference.”

Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating

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