What is Dynamic Eating Psychology?

The Institute for The Psychology of Eating has pioneered and developed an exciting new approach – Dynamic Eating Psychology™. For more information about this exciting body of work and how you can be a part of this new field, sign up to learn more - just let us know why you're here!

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Here at the Institute,

Marc David originated and developed a new and exciting approach: Dynamic Eating Psychology. This field was born out of over 35 years of clinical experience and research, and is making a huge difference when it comes to weight, body image, overeating, binge eating, emotional eating, endless dieting, digestion, fatigue, mood, immunity and more.

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Here’s the simple definition of this important new field:

Dynamic Eating Psychology is a positive and empowering approach to transforming our eating challenges. It’s designed for ANYONE who eats. It includes tools, techniques, maps, skills and protocols that are results driven and sustainable. It recognizes that our eating challenges are intimately connected to ALL of what makes us human – relationship, family, work, money, sexuality, spirituality, our search for fulfillment, and much more. And it sees our concerns with food NOT as an indication that we’re broken, but as a powerful opportunity to grow and evolve.

Each of us has a unique food and body story. Dynamic Eating Psychology affirms the importance of this epic story. It helps us transform our eating concerns through a deeper understanding of what they’re here to teach us, using the right skills, and within a context of love and insight. And it honors all of who we are as eaters – body, mind, heart and soul.

Eating Psychology works because everyone has a unique relationship with food driven by their beliefs, mindset, emotions, and past. And Eating Psychology is so effective because it provides the right tools and strategies that can help catalyze lasting change with greater ease.

So let us ask you this:

Is there something you know would make a big difference for your health that you’re just not doing?

Or, are you doing everything you’ve been told to do, and still not getting the results you want?

The good news is, Eating Psychology can help you figure out why.

It can help you figure out why you don’t do what you know you “should” and why some approaches that work for others don’t work for you.

We’re all biochemically unique and our physiology is profoundly impacted by our mind and emotions. Which is why this approach is so important.

So who is
Eating Psychology for?

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It’s for people who can’t stop obsessing about food


It’s for anyone who’s suffering after another night of endless eating


It’s for people who turn to food when they feel uncomfortable, sad or lonely

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For those of us who’ve lost weight and gained it back more times than we can count


For those of us who hate our body


It’s for people who push their body HARD with exercise yet never get the results they want


It’s for anyone who keeps having health issues, has little time for self care, and lives in a state of perpetual overwhelm


And we need it for those of us who feel that our experience of food and body is holding us back from living the life we’re meant to lead

Previously, eating psychology has been limited to those with anorexia, bulimia, and extreme obesity. The Dynamic Eating Psychology approach, though certainly applicable for those with eating disorders, was created for all of us.

Information is highly valuable, but without a deeper understanding the mind of the eater, our effectiveness will be limited.

Each one of us has a unique relationship with food and body that needs to be honored, respected, and nurtured.

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Here’s a simple example of how the Dynamic Eating Psychology approach is game changing:

So many people who struggle with eating concerns have a very common strategy. It’s called “attack.”

  • We attack our weight
  • We fight our appetite
  • We punish the body with forced exercise
  • We bombard ourselves with hurtful thoughts
  • We deny ourselves pleasure
  • We punish ourselves with dieting
  • We hate our body fat
  • And we postpone happiness until we have the perfect body, which is an imaginary day that never comes
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Well, one of the important hallmarks of the Dynamic Eating Psychology approach is this:

True change never happens when we attack and punish self, or aim hate at our own body or soul. It’s only the positive, uplifting, life affirming strategies that deliver real transformation and lasting satisfaction. Most people want to have their ideal weight and body and the best relationship with food so they can be happy. That’s the goal: happiness. So how can a road filled with self attack and and self hate possibly lead to a destination of happiness. It’s impossible.

The journey always informs the destination.

And that’s why all of our tools, strategies and protocols are founded on EMBRACING our eating challenges as if they are great and beloved teachers.

It may sound counterintuitive, but when we go about the business of losing weight, healing body image, or transforming overeating, binge eating or emotional eating from a place of self acceptance, curiosity, and relaxation – breakthroughs finally happen.

Self attack and negative self talk generates the physiologic stress response, which creates to appetite deregulation, nutrient excretion, digestive shutdown, mood imbalances, and weight gain due to stress hormones and stress chemistry.

Dynamic Eating Psychology Highlights include:

  • The most successful techniques for healing and transforming body image
  • New, deep and powerful strategies for working with weight loss
  • Psychological tools for releasing unwanted food habits
  • The unique relationship that women have with food, body, and health
  • How psychology influences digestion, immunity, and food allergies
  • The connection between eating psychology and fatigue
  • The Dynamic Eating Psychology approach to overeating
  • Dynamic Eating Psychology tools for  mood and depression
  • How the mind impacts thermic efficiency – our ability to calorie-burn
  • The hidden connection between food, weight and sexuality
  • The influence of culture on nutritional metabolism
  • The hidden psychology of dieting
  • Working with our life story as a means to transform metabolism
  • The connection between psychology, spirituality, and nutritional health
  • And much more…

So the bottom line is this:

We need an eating psychology that doesn’t shame us, make us feel like we need to keep fighting our body, and that helps us find a way of nourishing ourselves that truly ignites our soul and is in alignment with not only our metabolic potential, but our personal potential as well.

Here at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, we’re on a mission to make things right and forever change how the world relates to food, body and health. We’re committed to an effective eating psychology for everyone.

For professionals, we do this in our online, distance learning Mind Body Eating Coach Certification Training, where we train our coaching students to use this powerful body of work to serve others. For everyone else, we do this in our popular online programs that are designed to help you take a big leap forward with any eating concern. A great first program to look into? Transform Your Relationship with Food, our 8-week fully online guided program to help you create a nourishing new relationship with food and body.

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The sooner we end our unnecessary struggles around food body and weight, the sooner we can live the life we’re meant to live, and the sooner we can have all our energies available to make this world a much better place. We think it’s time.

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