What Should I Eat? – Video with Emily Rosen

When it comes to the information people are most hungry for about food and health, perhaps the number one most often asked and important nutritional question of our times is this one: “What should I eat?” After all, given the endless amount of nutrition information that’s available to us and given the fantastic number of different nutritional systems and approaches put forth by some very smart and passionate experts, a lot of people are confused. And it’s perfectly understandable. We haven’t been given any clear-cut answers. The good news is, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, provides some great insights in this very helpful video from IPEtv. You’ll learn some great strategies that are based in body wisdom, and you’ll come away with a whole new understanding when it comes to the question of what we should eat.

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Here is a transcript of this week’s video:

Hi, I’m Emily Rosen, Chief Operating Officer for the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Today’s Topic: What Should I Eat?

Perhaps the most common and compelling and important straight-up nutritional question of our times is indeed this one: What should I eat?

After all, given the massive amounts of nutrition information that’s available to us, and given the fantastic number of different nutritional systems and approaches put forth by some very smart and passionate experts – a lot of people are confused.

And it’s a perfectly understandable confusion.

I know of few fields that are this important and this controversial.

I know of few fields that have so many intelligent, committed, and determined experts of all varieties who are often giving very conflicting advice.

So, no wonder people who consume a lot of nutrition information are still feeling like they’re left in the dark.

The world has a lot of nutrition refugees – meaning well read, concerned and truly interested people who learned a lot of information but still feel like they’re wandering in the desert with no true nutritional home base.

So allow me to do my best to help answer the question – what should I eat? – and to clear up perhaps a lifetime of confusion when it comes to this wonderful topic.

Here’s a lesson in nutrition that I think likely applies to life in general as well:

If an answer to your important question isn’t forthcoming and hasn’t shown up after a good period of inquiry, then it’s time to change the question.

A better question will yield a useful answer.

A better question will empower us into action.

Ultimately, when we keep asking “what should I eat” – that question assumes that there’s an absolute 100% correct and surefire answer.
We expect it to be like a mathematical equation.

But nutrition follows no such laws.

Nutrition is a unique field of inquiry, where science, psychology, genetics, biochemical individuality, lifestyle, environment, and so much more interact to yield an ongoing moving target of all sorts of different answers to the question of what one should eat.

We need to ask a different question.

Here are my suggestions for a more powerful way to get some real and useful answers:

What food is my body calling for right now?
What would best nourish me in this moment?
What would satisfy my desire for something that feels good AND my desire for something that’s healthful for my body?

Can you see the difference in these questions?

When most people ask, “What should I eat?” the question lands straight in our intellectual and informational processing center. Our mind wants to know the one correct answer. But we end up in stress and strain because the reality is, it’s not like asking, “What does 5×5 equal?” There is no one certain answer.

It’s time to get in touch with your internal nutritional GPS system.

It’s time to tap into your nutritional intuition.

Meaning, it’s time to access this thing called body wisdom.

This is something that’s not considered scientific so to speak, but if you have any kind of scientific training and you’ve studied creatures in the wild, they have a very instinctive way of eating. You don’t see birds flying around all confused and upset because they don’t know what to eat. You won’t see frogs debating each other about the relative merit or demerit of eating insects.

Every creature in nature relies on an internal navigation system that comes from deep within.

For sure, human beings are fantastically different. We’re unique in the pantheon of organisms on this planet. Most of us no longer are foraging in the wild. We’re taught what to eat when we’re very young, we’re conditioned to eat certain foods, and many of us lose our natural instinct for what truly nourishes the body because those instincts were never truly cultivated in us.

This is about reclaiming your natural inborn nutritional instincts. And the only way to do this is to practice. The only way to do this is to continually ask:

What food is my body calling for?

What would best nourish me in this moment?

What would satisfy my desire for something that feels good AND my desire for something that’s healthful for my body?

When answers come, check it out and experiment. See if the foods that you intuitively tune in to indeed feel good in your body. If they do, mission accomplished! If they don’t, then consider this a trial and error process where you’re simply learning to get better and better at tuning in to the wisdom of your biology.

This is admittedly scary for a lot of people because so many of us just want hard and fast answers. Well, if that’s what you want, there are plenty of people who will be absolutely willing to tell you exactly what to eat. And then you’ll likely be back to where you started from, because eventually someone else will say something different, or you’ll just lose interest in a way of eating that’s not really working for you.

Claim your nutritional power.
Claim your nutritional intuition.
Believe in yourself.
Practice tuning in.
Ask empowering questions, and you’ll get empowering answers.

I hope this was helpful.

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Again, that is psychologyofeating.com.

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

Thanks so much for your time and interest.

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About The Author
Emily Rosen
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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.