We’re excited to announce the launching of a powerful new program especially designed for the public! The Institute for the Psychology of Eating is internationally acclaimed for our one-of-a-kind professional trainings. And now, we’re sharing our cutting edge body of work with anyone looking for a breakthrough with food, body and health.
Are you tired of the same old messages about food, nutrition and health? Are you interested in letting go of the inner struggle around body image and weight? Have you ever imagined a greater possibility when it comes to your relationship with food – a way of eating and living that could leave you truly nourished and fulfilled? It’s time for a fresh, new conversation when it comes to eating. It’s time for a breakthrough.
This 8-week course is an opportunity to take a decisive leap forward with food! You’ll learn some of the powerful tools and techniques from the new approaches of Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind Body Nutrition that can help you create the change you need most. Marc David – Nutritional Psychology expert, best-selling author, and founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating – will deliver easy-to-practice techniques to transform your relationship with food and energize your metabolism. This will be an inspiring time together where you’ll discover the nutritionist within, and learn to nourish your body in a whole new way.
Some Key Highlights of
Transform Your Relationship With Food™ include:
The best tools for working with emotional eating
Simple strategies for natural appetite regulation
Hidden contributors to weight gain
Mind Body Nutrition techniques that fuel digestion
The nutritional power of pleasure
The unseen connection between metabolism and emotion
The potent influence of bio-circadian nutrition on energy
Regulating mood with macronutrient balance
How the physiologic relaxation response promotes calorie burning
Letting go of dieting, saying hello to eating
Change your thoughts, change your metabolism
Powerful strategies for a positive body image
Easy-to-practice tools for binge eating
Timeless wisdom teachings for healing your relationship with food
And lots more…
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Transform Your Relationship with Food™
is for Anyone Who Eats
It’s for those who are tired of dieting
It’s for people who are in a battle with how their body looks
It’s for anyone who has a challenging relationship with food
It’s for emotional eaters
Anyone with unwanted food habits
It’s for anyone who’s been trying to lose weight
It’s for people who have health concerns such as digestive challenges, immune issues, low energy, mood problems and others
Imagine the Possibilities
Imagine what would happen if all the energy you put into anxiety about body, weight
and food was available for your life.
What would you do with all that extra energy?
Who would you be?
What would you create?
The possibilities would be incredible
It’s time to stop draining your valuable life energy
It’s time to take all that life force that goes into worry, perfectionism, self attack and anxiety about eating and use it to create the life you came here to live! Take a look at these eye-opening
statistics about the coaching industry:
Where Does this Program Come From?
Transform Your Relationship With Food™ was developed by Marc David, Nutritional Psychology expert, best selling author of the classic books Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet, and founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Marc originated and developed the new approaches of Mind Body Nutrition and Dynamic Eating Psychology, and is a pioneer and leader in creating an eating psychology for everyone.
He’s been teaching, counseling and researching for over 3 decades and is dedicated to creating a positive, inspiring, results oriented approach to the full spectrum of our eating challenges. He’s combined various tools and distinctions from functional and clinical nutrition, along with a long list of psychological traditions that together create a fresh new approach that works. This approach is time tested with thousands of clients and tens of thousands of readers, students and followers around the world.
What Can I Expect
From Transform Your Relationship with Food™?
Expect a lot – especially if you give a lot; any training or program is as beneficial as the work we put into it. We’ll give you all kinds of great tools, insights, and practices that are designed to have a powerful impact on your relationship with food, and on your metabolic potential. We’ll provide you with a framework from which to build a new and nourishing relationship with food and body. We deeply believe in the power of any member of the human family to heal, grow and transform. It’s never ever too late.
We’re inspired to do this work because indeed, we’ve seen it work so well. Helping and mentoring others to heal, to find peace, to awaken, and to break through to a new and healthier place is perhaps the most rewarding service we can do for each other. So you can expect a great sense of commitment and care from the us here at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and you can expect the following as well:
New insights + Plenty of
Information you can truly use
A renewed sense of hope
More freedom with food
A deeper respect for your journey
A new beginning with your body
Consider Transform Your Relationship with Food™?
as a Great Choice if Any of the following Describes You!
You have a curious mind
You’re willing to look at yourself
You’re not afraid of a cutting edge approach
You’re open to new ideas
You’re tired of feeling stuck
You’re bored with the same old strategies and diets that don’t work
You’re ready for change
You’re tired of being told you don’t have enough willpower
You’re tired of beating yourself up
You know deep inside that there’s a better way
You want an approach to food and body that’s positive and uplifting
We Think You’ll Love Transform Your Relationship with Food™
and will Benefit Tremendously
We’re excited to share our breakthrough body of work, and we’re committed to seeing each and every participant in our program find a
whole new place of nourishment, health and freedom with food. It’s time to take a big leap forward!
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Here’s a taste of what we’ll be doing. This is by no means a complete look at the program – we simply want to give you a sense of
how things will unfold. We’ll cover a significant amount of material in this 8-week course:
Foundational Concepts for a New Relationship with Food
This powerful presentation will lay the all-important groundwork for breakthroughs to happen and for true change to take hold. A few highlights include:
How to work with and understand any
A new view of eating psychology
How to see your eating challenges in a whole
Understanding how our issues with food originate
Key principles to re-inventing your relationship with food
Harnessing the Metabolic
Power of the Brain
In this pivotal session we’ll take an in-depth look at the important ways that mind, brain, and emotions impact nutritional metabolism. Some highlights include:
Tools to access the metabolic power of the parasympathetic nervous system
Increasing digestion, assimila tion & calorie burning via emotion regulation
Letting go of toxic nutritional beliefs
A deeper understanding of emotional eating
How the brain i mpacts food addictionsand attachments
Lessons from Dynamic Eating Psychology
It’s time to re-invent how we view our eating issues, and the practical approaches we take to fix them. In this session we dive into exactly what results-based strategies look like when it comes to transforming your relationship with food:
Positioning yourself for breakthroughs with food and health
The 7 key domains of life that impact our relationship with food
Discovering the brilliance in your eating and health challenges
Strategies for navigating any eating concern
The Nutrigenomic Breakthrough
This session is a fascinating exploration into the leading edge of nutritional understanding. You’ll come away with doable strategies that can be metabolic game-changers. Some highlights include:
A deeper understanding of what creates nutritional and metabolic health
Key dietary strategies for a greater sense of empowerment and energy
New insights from genetics, clinical nutrition and cutting edge research
Nutritional self-care made simple
The Psychobiology of Pleasure, Desire and Appetite
In this fascinating session you’ll come away with a fresh new perspective and powerful insights around managing appetite, hunger, and our inborn need for pleasure. Some highlights include:
A big-picture understanding of hunger and appetite
Effective tools for natural appetite regulation
Mind Body Nutrition techniques for overeating
Tapping into the hidden wisdom of binge eating
Using pleasure to fuel metabolism and enhance nutritional status
Nutritional and Emotional Mastery
A detailed look at how our personal and metabolic worlds synergize to create health and vitality. This is a fascinating blend of science and psychology. Some highlights include:
Accessing the intelligence of the enteric nervous system – the brain in the belly
Harnessing the power of the gut-brain for empowering digestion
Enhancing energy with bio-circadian nutrition
The hidden connections between immunity, food and mind
Mastering your relationship with food
Food, Metabolism and the Sacred
This is a time to focus on the deeper aspects of our relationship with food and how it’s impacted by the larger life lessons that we’re here to learn. Highlights include:
Finding the places that you hold back
Discovering your personal life lessons and their impact on health
How giving your unique gift is a powerful metabolic enhancer
Unleashing your authentic expression as a way to empower your relationship with food
The connection between food, health and spirituality
Creating a New Nutritional Story
In our final session together we’ll integrate the lessons learned in this online retreat and chart a new course for a nourishing and inspired relationship with food. Some highlights include:
How our personal story impacts metabolism
Contacting your inner purpose around food and health
How to generate a long-range nutritional strategy that works
Managing obstacles into the future
Embracing greater levels of health, energy and freedom
Here’s What this Breakthrough Program Includes:
Access to Our
You’ll receive access to our easy-to-navigate private website that’ll be your home base for the duration of the online retreat. Each week a new class is released – and you can review that week’s material including videos, audios, and handouts.
Eight Inspiring Videos that
Create a Strong Foundation
Watch Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating and best-selling author, as he lays the foundational concepts for each week’s class and offers thought-provoking questions and inspiring musings about how to transform your relationship with food.
Eight Powerful Audio Classes
Each week also features a powerful audio class with Marc that dives into the heart of the material, concepts, and strategies to help you on your journey. All of these audio classes are yours to download and keep for life. After downloading, you can listen to them on the go and any time you need to revisit your relationship with food
Summary Handouts with
Each session includes downloadable PDF handouts of key highlights and the most important summary points from that session. This is a great way to reinforce your learning experience and focus on the material without the need to take notes. You can download these handouts and come back to them anytime you want a refresher.
Plenty of Helpful
With each week’s release, you’ll receive downloadable PDF handouts with journaling questions and introspective exercises to help you explore your relationship with food in a deep and powerful way. One of the important keys to transformation is practicing the right strategies that can take you where you want to go. You’ll have plenty of opportunity with these great exercises.
A Private Online
Enjoy an exclusive Facebook group where you can engage and connect with like-minded and like-hearted others in this transformative retreat. This will be a dedicated, private space where you can share with others on the same journey. Ask questions for peer feedback, share insights and stories, and receive and offer support as you dive into the TYRF experience.
Here at the Institute, we wholeheartedly believe in investing in
one’s Health and Well Being
We want you to feel inspired about your life, and your relationship with food. If that means putting your money where it counts, then why hold back? We believe that a happier inner world and a healthy body are foundational to abundance. Normally, to receive the kind of value this program provides would require a lengthy amount of coaching or counseling that would far exceed the price of this program. Transform Your Relationship with Food™ is designed to deliver. We’ve done our very best to create a program that has real value. Invest in yourself with the commitment to succeed, and the payoff will be immeasurable.
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Marc David, M.A. is the Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating; a leading visionary, teacher, and consultant in Nutritional Psychology; and the author of the classic and best-selling works Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet. He has held senior consulting positions at Canyon Ranch Resorts, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Johnson & Johnson Corporation, and the Disney Company. Marc worked in product development in the natural foods and supplements industry, combining expertise in clinical nutrition, functional medicine, and natural health. He also served on the editorial board of the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. His humorous, engaging, and informative speaking style has made him a popular and well-loved presenter, and his non-dogmatic approach to nutrition appeals to a wide audience of eaters
who are looking for positive, inspiring, and innovative messages about food and metabolism. Marc’s work has been featured on CNN and NBC, and in publications such as The New York Times, Chicago Times, McCall’s, Glamour, Elle, Utne Reader, Yoga Journal, WebMD, and numerous others
His books have been translated into nine languages. Marc has presented at a long list of professional settings including Harvard University, The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, Omega Institute and many more. Marc earned his M.A. at Sonoma State University and trained at the Harvard Mind Body Medical Institute. He lives in Boulder, CO.
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Success Stories from our Graduates
I was feeling desperately in need of help with a binge eating disorder which was out of control at the time I began the course, as well as my long time desire to finally put to rest my turbulent relationship with food, and hoping to come to some sort of inner peace regarding what I was eating and how much. I wanted to end the misery of a inextinguishable self-critical judgment of body image that lead me to self-loathing, punishment, and rejection... a very unpleasant experience. I was hoping to put an end to all that by joining this program.
In completing your program, I now would like to re-listen to it, and really take it in. You have helped to turn my thinking around, towards honestly looking at myself and committing to myself in the body that I am in this moment. I find myself beginning to listen to my body's sensations of hunger, and EAT rather than try to control the hunger and abstain from eating as I have done for most of my adult life. I am learning to trust my hunger, as I now understand it to be a calling for life… I am learning, and this one is a hard one but I really want this, to accept my body as it is, every day. I am learning, through your guidance in the program, to rethink my entire relationship to food as it relates to every area of my life in the long run--and I want a relationship with food that will support all of it, and I now believe that it is possible.
No, I have not yet totally “gotten rid” of my binge eating, but I seem to be able to stop much earlier, as if I am getting some power and self-control over when I am able to stop and walk away instead of saying to hell with it and keep eating till it hurts. I embrace each time I do that and it adds up in the muscle of self-control, and that feels really good.
I am a Chef , a foodie, and into health and healthy nutrition, but most of all I am a spiritual being here on this beautiful planet, learning my lessons, and hoping to make a meaningful difference with people. This was stopped for me because of poor body image, self-rejection, and clearly a relationship with food that suffered as I did. All this is turning around for me, in its imperfect way, and I feel hopeful to fulfill on this purpose as I am more able to feel the full range of emotions being human without needing to escape unhappiness with my body and self through disordered eating. Your program is helping me to do that, and I believe that the material that was delivered in your course will continue to work in me and transform me. I hope that through my sharing it will cause the same in others as well.
I cannot recommend Transform Your Relationship with Food enough. It truly changed my life! When I first started I the program, I was severely malnourished after a lifetime of under-eating. I was so sick I was unable to hold a job. I actually had a team of doctors running allergy and blood tests like they were going out of style. And while the blood panels did finally reveal that I was severely malnourished, not one of those doctors took the time to ask me if or what I was eating. Throughout this program, I took my time and worked with my medical team. I listened and I journaled and I shared my way through; sometimes it was two steps forward and one step back, but I kept going. The coaching, support and encouragement I received in the Facebook group have been priceless. The absolute feeling of love and acceptance has soothed my anxieties and really allowed me to really dig deep and pinpoint my disconnect with self-care in general (and eating, more specifically). Learning to slow down and trust myself to take care of ... myself, was by far my biggest breakthrough. After years of not hearing or feeling the hunger signs from my body, I learned to listen to myself and respond accordingly. The length and format of the program really helped me build some long-term (dare I say lifetime?) healthy habits. Not just with eating, but with my whole-self! And I loved how portable it was! Thank you!
Susie Bedsow Horgan
I have been dealing with food and weight issues for six decades. I thought I'd tried everything there was to try, and so was quite amazed to happen upon Marc David and the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. I enrolled in Transform Your Relationship with Food and am currently in the middle of the program. This is a whole new approach to eating and food issues using love, acceptance, learning how to evoke the relaxation response, and so much more. It has changed my entire relationship with food at this late stage of my life. This program has finally ended my preoccupation and obsession with food and dieting and even how I look. It has allowed me to be joyfully present in the moments of my life without the scrim of misery that always used to separate me from living. I am eating healthfully and without any restrictions whatsoever. My weight is normalizing and I feel such freedom from the pain I've lived with around these issues for most of my life. I highly recommend it to anyone who struggles with food, eating and body image issues. It will change your life.
I thought about getting into the program for almost a year. I had doubts about how difficult it would be, or maybe it would be just another plan that wouldn't work. I didn't want to spend my time and money, but most of all I didn't want to be disappointed yet another time. A friend of mine told me about her experience with the coaching program and I saw how her attitude changed around food and body image. So I took my chance and registered. Since week one I realized that it was worth it, the time, the money, the hope of a new life. Every word has made an impact in my mind and soul. I begun a journey to change this aspect of my life that made me so miserable, took so much of my energy. I wanted to stop thinking about food, but I got so much more. I have seen into my soul, and I can easily say that I have modified every aspect of my life. It's not magic of course, not a quick fix; it is a journey that requires lots of work, soul searching, compassion towards oneself and others, and definitely being open to new strategies and beliefs. But I have found that it is a pleasant journey. The Facebook group was a great surprise and an excellent tool. The support is amazing and the Institute team's guidance took me (and others) to a greater level of connection with my feeling and experiences. I am only sad it's over!
I found tremendous benefit from the program! I just finished the last of the content today. I do a lot of city driving in a stressful area and have found that I'm much more relaxed in traffic now. A great side effect of the program! I have spent a lot of my life in self-loathing… my mom was an effective teacher in that respect. I know I'm not 100% there yet, but I feel a whole lot more love for myself, patience with myself, and more love for the people around me as well. I'm eating much healthier, doing salads with lots of raw veggies for dinner, making my own dressings. I wholeheartedly recommend this program for anyone looking to have a healthier relationship with food and their body! Thank you Marc! You've changed my life.
Before becoming a full time mom I worked as a registered dietitian for seventeen years. I have a masters degree in transpersonal studies and metaphysics. I found Transform Your Relationship To Food to be the perfect blend of science, psychology, and spirituality. This course wove these three threads of life beautifully with a powerful message of self love. I highly recommend this course for all looking to explore their relationship with food. Thank you Marc David for being a part of the journey of life for so many.
Transform Your Relationship with Food came into my life at just the right time. I've been in an ongoing troublesome relationship with food and my body for almost fifty years. Brought up in a home where "you can never be too rich or too thin" was the watchword, I started dieting and binging in my early teens. I never really had a good example to follow for a healthy relationship with food, much less one that was in any way connected to a Higher Purpose, Growth, or Learning. DIETING and anorexia and bulimia became part of my daily life for thirty years. My therapist suggested I try eating whatever I wanted and stopping when I was full, but it wasn't until I found this program that I got the skills and guidance to actually access the ability to do so. The video and audio presentations were wonderfully helpful. I journaled and took notes on everything Marc said. I did all of the exercises and couldn't wait for each week and each new "homework assignment." I felt a growing sense of power, especially from the concepts of slow eating and the relaxation response. I truly believe now that I am on a never ending journey in which I will not be perfect. I learn every day and work on spending the new energy I have on giving my gifts to the world.
I cannot say enough about the 8 week online class Transform your Relationship with Food. I knew after the first week that it was the missing piece in my weight loss journey. After countless attempts for well over 20 years (and really longer), I believe your program has provided the necessary tools to address the real issues surrounding food. It was definitely synchronicity when I discovered your transformative program. Thank you thank you!
I took the Transform Your Relationship with Food program because I have had digestive issues since 2013. I’ve tried so many things, but nothing has really helped until I realized that one of my problems was that I was really stressing about food. Food was my enemy. I was really confused. I didn’t know what to eat anymore. I am so glad that I took the program, not just because my relationship with food has changed, but because I have also changed… in so many ways. The program makes you rethink your life and guides you step by step to find your inner wisdom and claim your power back. I was going from doctor to doctor, from therapist to therapist, and was trying to be fixed; I felt broken. For me, the strongest revelation in the program was that “I am not broken… there is nothing to be fixed. I’m a perfect imperfect human learning on this planet.” I feel free from the limits I was putting on myself. My digestive issues have improved, I feel happier and I am not afraid of food anymore. I can choose better, and I can also listen to my body better. I liked a lot how the program was structured; it was easy to follow, and there was a lot of support. I loved to listen to Marc every Monday and be inspired. He was clear, direct and supportive. He gave you a lot of material, but at the same time he gave you the freedom to think for yourself and find your own truth. I would recommend this program to everybody, not only if someone has food issues. It is life-changing! Thank you very much!!
Lori Lippert, RDN
I remember the phone conversation vividly. I was listening to my mom, age 64, complain, yet again, about her weight and some high calorie foods she had recently eaten. Our conversations always seemed to revolve around this same theme. I asked her if we would ever quit worrying about this stuff. She told me she asked my grandma at age 80, the exact same question. My grandma admitted that she STILL worried. At 80 years old! I told myself, enough is enough. Then and there, I made a vow--this madness needed to stop. The obsession with the perfect diet, the perfect weight, was too much to bear any longer. I felt tired and the thought of 40+ more years of this was heartbreaking. Could it be possible to love myself for who I am right now? That same day, I stumbled on the IPE Instagram account. I believe divine intervention led me to the Transform Your Relationship with Food online program. Eight weeks later… my eyes have been opened. The lessons I'm learning are life-changing. My scale is gone. Calories are no longer important. Apps on my smartphone have been deleted. I feel free, liberated, relaxed, and most important, hopeful. I'm beginning to listen to and trust my amazingly beautiful body. During the eight week program, truths were spoken that have been bottled up for years. With the extra energy, I have been exploring and developing my spiritual relationship with God.
The format of the program worked well for me. I loved being able to listen to the audios at my convenience. Marc, your words of wisdom are priceless. But, honestly, the most transformation arose from the journaling exercises. I was forced to dig deep. This is where I found the most growth and opportunities to evolve. If you are looking for a breakthrough around your relationship with food, THIS IS IT! The program was transformational for me and if you are willing to put in the effort, it can be for you too.
Wow, wow by week 3 I realized through the emotional, thought provoking homework that this wasn’t another weight loss journey. Emotions I thought I’d put to rest came out to play. But you know what? The support from fellow “transformers” and the Institute team helped me to stay with the moments and become curious. I no longer thought of disputing my thoughts / feelings / behaviour, but experimented by staying in the moment. What was the message for me? My evolving journey of life. By weeks 4/5/6 I became anxious that "THIS IS WORKING," and self defeating thoughts of “When will the hiccup appear?” came out "to play." I continued trusting and experimenting with changing food groups, nutritionally dense foods, and compassion, always backed up with support from the course content / journaling and the homework. I am loving my experiments with eating the so-called "healthy fat foods" and leaving the “low fat" industry on the shelf. I am listening to my enteric self and changing things about a bit. I am looking at foods with curiosity and body wisdom. I’m on a journey of learning what my unique body is asking of me - a journey in progress with continuing support from my TYRF facebook friends. I’m accepting that the love, compassion, and care, which I give out so readily to others, is for me too. Weight loss is insignificant but I’ve actually lost 2 UK dress sizes since commencing TYRF and no longer count points! I would recommend this experiential 8 week course. I’m 63 years old now and love each day. Thank you for all that you do.
I have had a rocky relationship with food for as long as I can remember. Being that I'm 59, that's quite a long time. I've used food as my mother, comforter and protector; on the other hand, it has been my master and slavedriver. I have gauged my success and worthiness as a human being based on how well do with controlling my eating and weight. I came into TYRF looking for freedom. I have received the gift of a journey and the support I need to take this journey one baby step at a time. The lectures are amazing. Marc David has such insight into the psyche of the eater that it's mind boggling. As I've listened, I've found myself emphatically agreeing over and over again. The journaling questions encourage a lot of deep probing. It’s hard to find the time to do all the work, but that's the only way true transformation will take place. After all, as Marc says, it is a practice. The Facebook group is also amazing, and the moderators are wonderful, with their upbeat and encouraging messages. Now I'm not going to pretend that 8 weeks is sufficient time reach the goal, but it is a great beginning, and the foundation has been laid. I have been given the tools and encouragement to continue to do the work, one baby step at a time. I highly recommend TYRF to anyone who wants more out of life than just a battle with food to lose a few pounds.
Last week I finished listening to week 8 of Transform Your Relationship with Food and I found the class so enlightening and spot-on that I decided to go through the whole thing again. I am a stay-at-home mother of five children, and I am deeply grateful that you have chosen to share this message in a platform that is accessible to me in my home and on my phone so that I can listen as I go about my life. Your lessons resonate with me on a deep level. You have identified key issues that shape my relationship with food and my body. You have acknowledged the war on self that so many of us are engaged in - the pursuit of an ever-elusive ideal of perfection. It is a deeply paralyzing way of living, that steals our joy and our energy for life. You have connected the dots for me and taught me the importance of accepting what IS and working with that, rather than waiting for life to begin after I become perfect. Thank you so much for the love and generosity you pour into your work. I would like to be able to help other people in a similar fashion.
I have completed the 8 week Transform your Relationship with Food program and I want to say that it is a game changer! I had a food challenge of 25 years - bulimia, which I have recovered from, so I know very intimately how our false beliefs about ourselves, our body and our life can keep us in a destructive cycle. This program has taken my personal experience and my knowledge to another level. It is without a doubt the most inspiring, life affirming program I have ever done. Marc has a sincere desire to feed you with the truth about food, nutrition, body image and the truth of who you are. If you a ready to transform your relationship with food and body image and you no longer want to be a victim of your story, then this program is for you. It will illuminate your way, and help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I'm 63 now and there hasn't been a day in my life, since high school, that I haven't thought about my weight and wished that I was thin. I have been thin three times: I was anorexic in ninth and tenth grade. After two years of starving, I ate normally and maintained a low weight, until, at 22, I became a flight attendant, and I was told I was overweight at 132 pounds - so I struggled to maintain my allowed weight. In my mid-thirties, during a break-up, I got down to my glorious 110 again and maintained it (briefly) by eating two pretzels a day and a can of Diet Coke.
My desired weight came at a painful price. I have tried diets, diet pills, personal trainers, eating only once a day, and still couldn’t stay thin. Then, post-menopause happened and life gave me added "padding" around the middle. I was so frustrated I asked the Universe for help… And by the miracle of the Universe, I received your email and signed up for the course!
Marc David’s calming, caring voice and words of wisdom filled my entire being with love, understanding and acceptance! No one has ever talked to me like this!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! Your wisdom has grounded me and made me focus on what is truly important in life. We are all special, unique and precious human beings on planet earth to enjoy our journey by being grateful; to embrace "love of self" and share love with others. I truly DO slow down and savor my food now. I don't beat myself up. I eat healthy food and honor its source. You made me realize the blessings of my parents and grandparents who always said grace before meals. Who treasured family time around the table eating home grown food and never once talked about being "fat." I want that back! And thanks to you, I will have it! I can't thank you enough.
When I was introduced to the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, the idea of looking at food in a different way seemed intriguing. I had tried everything else out there, but nothing seemed to stick with me (except the extra weight). I was excited about starting the program. I knew my challenges with overeating and binging were “between my ears,” but I had never pursued therapy for that. I just kept trying one diet after another. The eight weeks of lectures were amazing. Marc captures the real needs that we as human beings have and explains how many of us fill those needs with food. The program encourages us to love ourselves, be kind to ourselves, and to progress through this new way of thinking in baby steps. The other amazingly helpful aspect of this program was the access to a private Facebook page where I could post about my frustrations, concerns, or celebrations. I always received support not only from other members, but from a coach as well. I would recommend this program to anyone who has struggled with their relationship with food. If you have been on myriad diets and “failed,” this program is for you. If you wonder why you eat the way you do, especially if you know it is unhealthy, this program is for you. If you look at your body and are disgusted by what you see, this program is for you. This program is a window through which you can climb to change your world into a more loving, dynamic, and happy place. A world we all deserve to live in.
]When I found this program, I was obsessively searching for information about diet, food and exercise. I am a diabetic for 30 years now with hypothyroidism and determined to "control" my disease and weight. I am 69 years old and had been dieting since 11 years old. During the week I listened to videos by Mark David. The information fed my soul. The homework was eye opening and the work freed me from the trauma and shame from my past that were driving my boat. The Facebook group helped me to know I was not alone in the journey. I am grateful for this program and the information this program has shared with me. It has been such a relief and comfort to once again trust my body and relax when choosing my meals. “Trust the program” is the advice I would like to share.
I started this program because I was concerned about my emotional binge eating habits. I was aware that I was using food as a way to numb out a flurry of thoughts, emotions, memories and planning, particularly after coming home from work. After completing the program, I now see that my eating pattern was a lot more complex than simply numbing out emotions from the day. I had a lot of unhealed childhood shame to process, and I recognized the negative self-talk and fear that kept me turning to food, rather than treating myself with true compassion. I now eat more slowly, allow myself to leave food on my plate, have compassion for myself if and when I eat to excess, remind myself of how awesome I am, give gratitude for my food and the daily gifts in life, and breath deeply during tough times. I am choosing love over fear. I enjoyed the journaling exercises for this program and supporting material. The Facebook group was a great place to share insights and get support as well. If you're ready to uncover the roots of your disordered eating patterns, this program will send you on a loving journey!
The Transform Your Relationship with Food 8 week program has been a great eye opener and life changer for me. I can now appreciate why restricting food and increasing exercise hasn't been a sustainable lifestyle for me. What I've taken away with me is that self love goes a long way to help with my food struggles. I'm certainly more accepting of myself. And the most powerful thing I learned was that somehow over the years I had thought I was an extremely fat person and always had been. Looking over photos from years ago I came to the realisation that I'm not a fat person, and have since reprogrammed how I think of myself. That's no longer my default setting of who I am. I also have a lot more awareness and forgiveness for myself and others. I would recommend this program to those who have tried to lose weight or conquer their food demons previously but it has not worked or not been a long term success. I've lost weight and put weight back on many times. I now feel confident that I can be the person I'm here to be, I can make food choices in line with my values in life and reach my potential without filling the voids in my life with food!
I have been dieting for past 30 years and also tried exercising, but it was all in vain. Then I joined Transform Your Relationship with Food to help me with my health problems as well as eating challenges. This program was very powerful as it taught me a lot of things and made me reflect upon my own behaviour. The videos and articles were very informative. The journalling questions were also very beneficial. Since taking this program, I have started listening to my body. I eat what I like and I'm trying to know what should I eat according to my condition (diabetes). I never knew that my body spoke to me and told me what to eat and what not to eat. I am happy and no longer worried about my weight. I know and understand that it will become manageable slowly and eventually. I have come to accept and love my body, as a beautiful soul lives within it. I am deeply thankful for your contribution and efforts, as because of you I have started living a healthy life.
When I first heard about the program I immediately assumed it was not for me. But I've been on a journey of holistic nutrition and doing a lot of self work to get out of my own way. And something I've learned from that search is that usually what we deny ourselves and build walls against, is exactly what we are missing in our life. So I took a second look at the program, and although I'm not a binge eater, nor have I struggled to lose extra pounds, there was something between the lines. I knew it was for me. I decided to take the program. I thought, "What can I lose?" And, man, did I learn more than a few things about myself, about food, and about our relationship with nutrition and the true meaning of nourishing. I will recommend this program to anyone, no matter what path of your life you are in.
Transform Your Relationship with Food has changed my life. Imagine finally being free. Free from your struggles with food and weight. Free to just live - to be the real you, to have love and joy in your life. So many of us want this, but feel we are not allowed to have it. Messages from our past, and from society, have taught us that we are not allowed to feel happy about ourselves until we are good enough - and we won't be good enough until we are skinny enough. Imagine finding out that not only is it okay to love and accept yourself right now as you are, it is necessary for finally achieving a sustainable transformation. Love, acceptance, and kindness towards self is Step 1, not the prize at the end. Imagine a philosophy that teaches how slowing down and relaxing into life, body, and your inner power is key. Doesn't that sound wonderful? Starving ourselves, bingeing and overeating, beating ourselves up, then starting all over again has not worked. So why not try this? You are worth it.
Like many others, I have tried a lot of different diets and get frustrated when they don't work. This program has definitely created a new awareness of my eating habits and how it correlates to my mind/body experience. I have been working on accepting my body the way it is today and learning how to enjoy the food I eat without the negative self-talk. I love the concept of doing the soul's work as a part of how I nourish myself. The inner and outer work continues, but it is coming from a place of acceptance and experimentation rather than anger and resentment when the diet fails me and I don't lose weight. Almost every woman I know would benefit from this program. It breaks my heart to hear all of the starvation tactics and negative self-talk used by friends and family members. Thank you for your incredible work and for sharing so many meaningful concepts in this program. I look forward to learning more!
What I loved about Transform Your Relationship with Food is that it is all about empowering us! Not telling us what to eat or what not to eat, but gently yet powerfully guiding us to the place inside us where we are our own best experts. As a Coach for Women with Bulimia, I embrace valuable opportunities to deepen my knowledge so that I can serve my clients even better. This course was such an opportunity. In addition to deepening my knowledge in emotional eating, I gained insights into new perspectives. For everyone interested in lasting results instead of quick fixes, in coming to a place of deep self-knowing and feeling empowered, as well as in a teacher and guide with decades of expertise and a huge heart for his clients, this course is for you!
Transform Your Relationship with Food pulls it all together for me! I'm a 51 year old woman who has struggled since I was about 10 years old with weight and body image concerns. And yes, I had tried NUMEROUS different ways to treat the "symptoms," most offering just a short distraction from the deeper underlying reasons why I was using food as my symbolic substitute. So many of your teachings and sessions rang true for me and I have been kinder and more patient with myself over these past weeks. I have enjoyed food more and have really deepened my understanding of the importance of my own metabolic power. I'm learning to sit with my feelings rather than simply reaching for comfort where time and time again it has been proven not to be found! I'm learning to help my body help itself, and it feels empowering! Thank you for your continued efforts and work at the Institute. I am very grateful.
I began the Institute for the Psychology of Eating course in a state of desperation. I spent many years battling mysterious dietary problems, several autoimmune conditions, as well as adrenal problems. I spent more money that I can recall on supplements (god, the number of supplements), went on every nutritional diet I could get my hands on and tried every alternative therapy out there - Rolfing, osteopathic doctors, Ayurvedic doctors, acupuncture, yoga, exercise. Still, nothing worked – my life was on hold while I waited for someone to fix me. This program finally provided me with the insight I had always known, but never was able to accept. Deep down, I suspected that there were components of my health issues that were not going to be able to be solved by “fixing my biochemistry.” As a scientist, it was hard to see that these very physical manifestations were somehow rooted in my mind. Now it is clear, very clear. I’m not perfectly healthy, but I am much happier and calmer. I love the concept of not seeing myself as broken and being able to live and enjoy my life. I am eternally thankful to this program for teaching a different story that allowed me to see that the responsibility lies on my shoulders and how that shift in thinking grants me the power to live the life I want to live. I hope others benefit as much as I have from this amazing program – we would be such an amazing society if this is how we all approached our health.
My life has truly changed. I am a 22 year old female with type 1 diabetes. I have struggled with body image and blood sugar perfection since I was diagnosed at 13 years old. Over the last eight weeks, something absolutely unimaginable has happened: for the first time in almost ten years I haven’t felt broken. Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires me to take insulin and count everything I eat in order to manually balance my blood sugar level. I constantly wear a continuous blood glucose monitor, prick my finger at least twice per day, and take 5-10 injections per day. Over the last few weeks I was able to do all of this, every day, and not feel broken. I still can’t believe it. This has touched me so deeply that I still can’t say, “I am not broken,” out loud without tearing up. This program has made a lasting impact on my mentality and my ability to have self-love, and has laid the groundwork for a long-lasting wonderful relationship with food.
Nikki Lucas, Remedial Therapist
Transform Your Relationship with Food was without a doubt one of the best courses I've ever done. Every singe week was packed full of incredibly useful information which I have been able to slowly integrate into my life. The program has had a positive impact on me that has reached far beyond my relationship with food. It has helped reinforce to me the importance of living a meaningful and authentic life and has helped me to strive for relaxation instead of stress in my every day life. I now understand how my negative relationship with food, body and myself is actually a gift and reminder to keep turning my compass towards fulfilling my purpose. I would recommend this program to everyone who finds their thoughts about food and body taking up way too much head space. I feel so lucky to have found this program and forever grateful.
The Transform Your Relationship with Food program has opened my eyes to far more than my relationship with food. In taking the time to love and nurture myself, I feel better able to relate to others and support those I cherish most. I feel far more confident to try new foods and I am learning to love to cook and experiment. Eating is no longer something to be feared and controlled but to be enjoyed. I feel able to get on with my life; food is for nourishment and is no longer an obsession. The journaling exercises and practices have been a useful tool to reflect on my progress and I will continue to use them in the future. I would recommend this program to anyone who struggles to regulate their appetite and gives over more power to food than it deserves. For anyone who wants to make peace with themselves and be free from self-hate, guilt, and shame around their eating habits, this is the course for you. Thank you for giving me the insight to slow down, breathe deep, and be present in my own life. I feel comfortable in my own skin and am enjoying life's journey. I have thoroughly embraced being imperfect. Long may my relationship with food be harmonious. Thank you.
There was so much information provided in this class and I am still processing it all and will continue to apply it all not only in my personal life, but to my work with my clients. I took this class at the perfect time; a time of spiritual emergence really, and as a result I have opened up emotionally, mentally, and spiritually in a new and exciting way. I had insights throughout the course that culminated in week 7 when processing my spirituality and greater gifts. At this time, I let go of old pain and opened up to a love and peace that I had not known. I have always had great belief in the spirit of the Universe, but have not been comfortable integrating it in my life and now I can be authentic with my spiritual values and begin to put it to practical use. I've realized my journey with food has been a gift; leading me to connect to a spiritual source through my physical senses. This far outweighs any comfort I receive with food. I know in my humanness I may want to return to food as a source of comfort, and yet I fully trust that my spiritual connection will continue to grow stronger and allow a beautiful and pleasurable relationship with food. I am very grateful for your holistic perspective and Marc David's integrity as a teacher and a leader in the field of the psychology of eating. I thank you for your gift.
I couldn't be more pleased with my investment in Transforming Your Relationship with Food. I truly believe it was the next step for me in my journey to making peace with my relationship with my food, my body, and my life. I had struggled with yo-yo dieting for over 40 years. I had earnestly tried to bring my body into a much healthier place, but I was constantly on an all or nothing path and I had reached the point where I was tired of losing the weight, only to gain it back again. TYRF gave me the space, the tools, the support, and the time to truly shift how I viewed myself, my eating, and my role in my own life. I had an opportunity to begin to "Claim my own true power," as Marc David teaches. I developed an awareness that I had been living in the old patterns of wanting, wishing, hoping, and fear that I had experienced as a child and which continued to play out in my relationship with food. The little girl living in my "belly" had been crying out for attention and love, and I had responded to her through judgment and the false nourishment of unhealthy foods. I am no longer that needy child. I am claiming my true power as a powerful and amazing woman who is practicing self care and self love; who is finding beautiful and nurturing nutrient dense foods to enjoy and take pleasure in eating; who is learning to speak up for herself and pursue things in her life which are satisfying; and who is learning to trust in the beautiful wisdom of her own body. Thank you, Marc David, for the powerful lessons of Transforming Your Relationship with Food.
I just want to say thank you to Marc and his wonderful team for this life-changing work. I came to this course with no expectations but a hope that my relationship with food could be transformed. It was. But, that's not all that I was able to gain from Marc's hard-won teachings. I slowed down, observed, and looked at what my personal relationships with others were doing to or for me or my family. Beautiful relationships were celebrated and fostered anew, and some toxic relationships were blessed for their lessons and then gently let go. Choosing life lived as celebration and avoiding people or situations where I or my family are only tolerated was an unexpected blessing of completing this course. Best money our family has spent in a long time. Thanks Marc. I have new eyes to see. Also, your compassion for people shines through everything you do and is contagious. Thanks for being you, being kind, and being present.
Anita Somogyi, Paleo Food and Lifestyle Blogger
I am writing this testimonial with such a gratitude and joy. A few months ago I wouldn’t have even thought that I was going to enter in a totally new, self-transforming dimension. Yes, I call this a new dimension…a spectacular spiritual, physical and psychical elevation.
Since the birth of my daughter (Christmas 2012) I often struggled with emotional eating. Every time there was any kind of stress in my life, e.g. lack of sleep, debate with my husband, or stress at work, I would go for some sweets. I tried my best to fight this symptom with very little or no success at all. I was frustrated, tired and sad. I thought there was no way I could stop it, and my skin, my hair and my mood started to suffer the excess sugar intake.
When I discovered the Institute, I decided to go for the Transform Your Relationship with Food program, as my inner voice kept telling me that this is the new path I should step on to experience a fresh, new and uplifting approach to eating. My precious family gave the program to me as a present and I started one of the biggest and most interesting journeys in my life.
I spent about 3-4 hours per week with the audio materials, while taking notes all the time, and I did the homework always during a peaceful and silent time after work or on weekends. The results were coming really fast and I couldn’t believe it at first - how could this be so effective? I still feel that it is a miracle that happened to me. My emotional eating was gone after about the 5th week and I felt so much better and more energized, and I became a happier mother and wife. I still eat sweets, but my relationship with desserts and the desires toward them have been completely transformed. The practices are really powerful and even if it sometimes felt difficult to deal with one or another part of it, deep down I always knew: where difficulty is, there is the challenge, and the solution must be just around the corner, too.
I thank you again and I trust to be with you soon in your other great training that I am dreaming about...
Ruth Anne Mayes
I do everything on the run. I really am working on slowing down. Everyday I re-listen to one of the 8 weeks. I've hated my body for at least 58 years and that IS CHANGING!! I'm always relating your "tips" and concepts to my friends. I have gained some body weight, but have lost emotional weight. It will be interesting to "reflect" after a year of change. The verse, "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind," comes to mind. You have no idea how God is using you!
My challenge coming into the Transform Your Relationship with Food program was to eat slowly and be satisfied; I would always eat too much and too fast, although I ate healthy food due. Since taking this program, I am mindful of when and what to eat, taking in oxygen and eating slowly and listening to my gut brain and body intelligence directing me. Another challenge was body acceptance. As the tallest, thinnest and the only flat-chested one in my family, I was teased and scarred. Weight became an issue. If any diet made me lose weight, I would always sabotage it (especially after compliments). While journaling for this program, I realized what had been happening and why. A real breakthrough came to me with joy, freedom, forgiveness, healing and acceptance of me as a whole person, which equals self-love. Liberating benefits from this program include eating and enjoying of food, understanding good eating rhythm, and better understanding metabolism. After seeing Marc David’s YouTube videos, I knew if I took the program I would be on a journey far beyond my borders, but the overall program was much more than anticipated. The support was excellent. I would recommend the Institute to those who need and want change.
I joined this program because I've had digestive problems for about 10 years, including leaky gut, poor digestion, poor assimilation, and poor liver detoxification. Most of those medical issues have now been resolved. I know that part of my problem stems from eating too fast. Some of what I learned is this: feeling stressed and eating quickly can affect how my body functions.
There was also a profound revelation about my past. I grew up with incest from my father, with my mother supporting his nastiness. People get many lessons from incest, and for me, one of those lessons was that my body is not my own. It exists to serve my father first, my family second, and myself last. Even though I am a 67-year old woman, I am still working on owning my body. Sitting down at a meal for me has always meant this: I need fuel and nutrients. I should cram them in quickly and get back to work. There is no value in lingering over food, nor over relaxing. Enjoying life is a luxury, not a necessity. So even though the 8 week course is done, I'm still working on eating slower, relaxing when I eat, and meditating. I am also working on off-loading some of the housework, yard work, and garden work to others. I will continue being frantic if I continue shouldering too much of the work. Now I'm continuing the medical healing (with the help of two very good doctors), and the emotional piece of valuing myself enough to slow down. Thank you for being part of my journey!
Geraldine L. Fitzurka
I found the Transform Your Relationship with Food program to be transformational. I now feel I have a solid foundation on which to begin a new and improved relationship with my body, food, and the dynamics of eating. I understand now that the stress and tension I was feeling about my body and my weight directly contribute to nutritional and emotional imbalances in my body, and how necessary it is for me to let go of toxic beliefs. I am moving into a way of life that no longer depends on how much I should weigh but instead is based on solid nutritional habits, self-trust and relaxation. My confusion about food, weight and body are clearing as I move easily into a more liberated, empowered and supported approach to Self. The most difficult issue for me was accepting myself AS I AM and not constantly wanting myself, my body, my appearance to be something or someone else. Through this program, I have been able to take steps closer to fully accepting myself regardless of my size or weight. I have been able to understand and accept that I do not need to punish, blame and belittle myself for having a body that is sensitive to hormonal imbalances and can easily gain weight. I learned through this program that I am powerful, and that my food and weight story is up to me. I loved the delivery of the program and looked forward to each week! I would highly recommend this program to others who are struggling to be at peace with their bodies in a culture that is filled with conflicting and confusing messages about food and weight. Thanks for putting together such a terrific program and I look forward to seeing more from the Institute!
Transform Your Relationship with Food is the mind-body connection piece that I have been missing on my health journey. Because of the suggested practices and journaling exercises, I am finally glimpsing self love, self acceptance, and self forgiveness. It is the first program that has encouraged me to be respectful and gentle with myself while in the process of healing and evolving. I looked forward to each week's new talks by Marc. I am repeating them, one lesson a week, and I have set intentions to increase my journaling practices as I recognize my resistance and even avoidance of some of the steps the first time through. I am evolving professionally as well. I am a health coach and love sharing the attitudes of tenderness, self forgiveness and nourishment of body and soul with my clients who are coming from wounded relationships. Thank you Marc
Nancy Norman, Retired ED Nurse
I have never written a testimonial before, and never have I felt more inspired to do so than now. This program really spoke to me in so many ways. My biggest food challenges were overeating (eating beyond fullness), eating too fast, eating when I wasn't even hungry, and over-exercising to compensate - which ultimately led to more eating! I was stressed out counting calories, trying to eat small portions, looking for the least-caloric meal on the menu when dining out, and not feeling satiated. I was beating myself up every time I strayed from my "diet" and feeling bad. My self talk was very negative. I could never look in the mirror without some level of disgust. As soon as I started on the "no-diet diet," I felt like I'd been let out of jail! I started to incorporate many of the principles of the program. I slowed down my eating, I relaxed into my meal, I tasted it, and I took pleasure in it, and it has become easier for me to recognize when it is time to stop eating. I thought the program was very well presented. I just finished my eighth week and I'm going to go back and listen to all of them again. I would recommend this program to anyone who has become frustrated with traditional dieting methods. It sheds a whole new light on the psychology and physiology of the eating process. Thank you so very much for this insightful program.
My sincere thanks and deepest appreciation for creating and delivering the Transform Your Relationship with Food program in the way you did! Your strong resolve to help others who suffer from food and body image issues is inspiring! With each new session, you consistently delivered your message gently and genuinely, saying all that needed to be said and beyond. Your approach based on compassion, self love and forgiveness resonates with my core beliefs as a spiritual person, that indeed peace in the world begins with our individual happiness and fulfillment, and grows when we learn to slow down and take in life.
This program touched my heart and gave me the clarity and courage to ask myself some hard, but necessary, questions. Like, how much do I value, accept and trust myself? How can I live in a way that’s most true to my self? I see my resistance to change and my battle with those fears and doubts under a different light now. When they creep up, I’m more ready for them. I try to sit with them rather than reject them with guilt, shame and self judgement. And when I feel defeated, I give myself more time to go through the process while I observe my emotions with more patience and kindness, trusting that they WILL transform. Now more than ever I want to trust the process, trust my body, trust my teachers, trust my life. I just turned 44 and I feel so youthful and vibrant, but sometimes I wish I had more energy and more confidence. No matter what, I will continue listening to your program, because I am determined and committed to reveal my highest potential in this lifetime, so I can live my purpose, starting from embracing my self fully now AS I AM.
Thank you so much for this journey and experience. I learned so many wonderful things that are helping me to change the way that I view myself and to embrace who I am as an eater. A couple of the big "take aways" for me were learning to enjoy who I am and where I am on this journey. I have learned the importance of slowing down and not creating stress for my mind and body by thinking negative things about my body and what I am eating. I never knew that I was creating stress chemistry in my body that was telling my body to do the opposite of what I wanted because I was thinking negative thoughts about myself. The mind truly is powerful. I also loved learning some of the science of food and what things are good for my body and what things are poison. I am in the experimentation phase of this and look forward to seeing the results. While I would love to have a quick fix, I am learning to relax into the journey. I recommend this course to everyone!
Liz Marushin, MFT
I so loved the eight week Transform Your Relationship with Food program! After working on my relationship with food all my life, I truly feel more at peace than ever before. I found Marc David’s warmth, intelligence, and depth, truly inspirational. One memorable experience was the exercise in writing my personal 10 Commandments. I was resistant at first but have found it to be one of the most helpful. One of my Commandments is to "just help make the planet a nice place to be." This commitment has really made my life much happier. Not surprisingly that shows up in food choices and overall well-being. I will recommend your course to all my clients, family and friends.
Transform Your Relationship with Food has been a life-changing experience for me! I have struggled with my relationship with food for years, and nothing has ever come close to uncovering some of the underlying issues and misbeliefs, like this program has. You can’t find a program like this out there - this is a completely one-of-a-kind invaluable program. It is chock-full of simple, yet profound exercises and information that are accessible to the modern, busy person. As a Health Coach myself, the information from this program has given me new perspective into my own eating issues and awareness that I know will benefit my clients. I cannot thank Marc David and the staff enough for creating this program. Everyone who is an eater needs to enroll in this program!
I came to this program looking for the answers behind my emotional eating. I used to weigh 260 pounds. I lost the weight and have kept it off. I had to totally change my lifestyle. BUT I was still an emotional eater. So I went searching. I came across Marc and Emily on the Autoimmune Summit and wanted to experience this Transform Your Relationship with Food on-line program. So I signed up. The information I learned far exceeded my expectations. And for me, my emotional eating just went away within the first 3 weeks. I think learning new information is key in changing behavior. As I came to understand WHO I was as an eater, the emotional eating stopped. Thank you Marc for all of your research and for having the ability to get this information out to the masses. I so appreciate this program!
I have struggled with various eating disorders, body image shame, and food issues since I was 16 years old. Over the past 28 years I have worked with countless therapists and programs searching for support. The Transform Your Relationship With Food was by far the most personal, invigorating, positively challenging, and thought provoking program I have participated in. I will carry what I learned from TYRF with me for the rest of my life and look forward to using these tools to help others in my own work as a clinician. Thank you Marc David and IPE staff.
The biggest gift for me was listening to Marc every week. Whenever I was struggling, or feeling like nothing was going to change, I would listen to his talks and get to feel that wherever I was, was perfect for me. What a gift. It kept me motivated to keep going and to have appreciation in the moment I was creating. I feel reverence for the work and for the depth to which Marc takes it. Way beyond what we really think are the issues, you get to show up for yourself and decide how you want to be from here on.
It’s inspiring and humbling and I am kind of a little in shock that my life has changed so dramatically. I really am so much happier in myself and with my body, and I’m empowered by being able to support others from the knowledge and awareness I've gained. I am so grateful. There are so many people I will be recommending this to, and you know what’s really, really cool? It will meet you exactly where you're at, wherever that is.
This was the most powerful and valuable online course for eating related issues I have taken. It was very different from any other "weight loss" courses I took in the past, most of which didn't delve deep enough to address underlying emotional issues. I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn that we are all beautiful no matter what our body shape is like and that we must stop trying to be perfect. I learned that it was okay to make mistakes and that we can simply try something different and move on when something does not work. I also learned to closely pay attention to my body and its physical and emotional needs. I would recommend this course to anyone who has eating issues or who is desperately trying to lose weight. Thank you for developing such a wonderful course and teaching the most important wisdom every person should have.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for developing such an amazing program. As someone who has struggled with weight, body image and self-esteem for many years, it is such a relief to feel that someone does understand and is able to provide guidance to moving through these issues in a loving, self-nurturing way. It is like a light at the end of the tunnel. The more I seemed to fight my weight, the worse off I was mentally and physically. While it's an ongoing journey, I now understand there is a message in my eating issues and finally I am able to make peace with some of the underlying issues. Thanks for giving me back my sanity! I would highly recommend this program as a first resort, not a last resort after trying everything else. Thank you so much, it is truly life changing in a very empowering way.
Thank you for Transform Your Relationship with Food! It has been mind opening. I am 66 and have been troubled with episodes of binge eating for many years. This course is an exploration, with an aim to effect transformation. The area of exploration around your relationship with food is yours to decide; Marc will be your guide but you will decide where to go. Exploration requires effort and commitment and constant constant practice. The course is not a magic wand, the momentum for progress will come from you and your practice. Your own mind will be the powerhouse of this next stage of your life. The process is effected with weekly talks summarised in notes available for later revisiting. Keeping a journal allows you to record everything happening around you and your mind. I found it a very useful protocol to dig deep, and then to redig in later weeks and notice changes. I'm now using the ideas and methods to transform my relationship with other roadblocks presently in my way, e.g., my relationship with "difficult" people, my relationship with anxiety in a sporting context, and so on. I recommend the program wholeheartedly.
I would just like to say how impressed I was with the Transform Your Relationship with Food program. I have been varying degrees of overweight most of my life and have made the rounds of diets and "nutrition programs" (which were really just diets in disguise), so at first was reluctant to sign up for this one. TYRF was such a refreshing change from the calories in, calories out, eat this, don't eat that programs. It was such a relief to realize that my actual food consumption was not the issue so much as the "diet mentality" I have held for decades. It was powerful to learn that even though I have not been on an official food program for a while, I was still thinking and eating as if I were! I consciously began to dismantle that mindset and allowed myself to eat freely, for the first time in years. And guess what - no weight-gain! In fact, I am starting to notice changes in the fit of my clothes and definitely have more energy. Although it was difficult at first I am allowing myself to eat a lot more during the day and it has definitely made a difference in the amount of binging later in the day. I would highly recommend the TYRF program to anyone who is wanting to understand and transform their relationship with food. It is not a quick fix and definitely gets you to take a look at yourself from all angles. I loved how each week Marc presented a different aspect of eating and life. This is a unique, multifaceted complete program you will not find anywhere else. I plan to revisit the material again and again. Thank you so much, Marc and your team!
I started Transform Your Relationship with Food out of a desire for something different. A few years of therapy had resolved many of my food related problems. Here I was, years later, a much happier person, more balanced and mature. I had a fair diet and good habits coming from European descent. No binge eating, no overeating, no emotional eating, but still overweight. Reasonably active, doing exercises I liked on a regular basis, knowing full well how diets just don't work and so, not trying to diet anymore. And still overweight and not too happy about that either, and not always accepting myself as I was. This program was a turnabout for me. I had never truly engaged my eating as a relationship before. Being present, appreciating the moment, being slow, listening in to what my body had to say. I was happy to find in the program a spiritual part, since I am a strong believer in the need to access something bigger than myself to heal thoroughly. I did the practices, the journaling, the observation of myself and I felt an inside change that is a win/win relationship with myself. I might be losing weight too, but really, that is not the point. In the end, what I GAINED is much more important: a best friend at my table, in my seat, for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for this simple yet deep, coherent and heartful approach, without guilt or shame. I am putting money aside for the coach training!
Jillian Grainger, N.D.
Transform Your Relationship with Food was fantastic and I am so glad that I will have these recordings and exercises available to me in the future. Marc’s way of approaching things has helped me to know that I am not alone in regards to my own relationship with food and health. His insights and wisdom have encouraged me to take a step forward in my journey with diet and well being on a deeper level. It is humbling to know that this lifelong journey may never be perfect and that it does not need to be. We must embrace whatever comes along and let go of what we think is not ideal. Even when we are faced with challenges, the important thing is to accept what’s there and love ourselves in the process. Thanks for the great program.
I can't say enough great things about the experiences that I've been through while studying this work. If you're wanting to expand and deepen your physical, emotional and spiritual life, then the Institute for the Psychology of Eating is for you. Transform Your Relationship with Food is an invitation to dive deep and to take an honest look at what truly nourishes body, mind, heart and soul. Marc David is a brilliant mind and a deep, caring soul. His conscious teachings beckon us to wake up and experience the fullness of our lives. I can not express the gratitude I have for this beautiful body of work. It has allowed me to share my gifts more fully, to better serve others as a teacher, healer, and counselor, and to step more fully into the fullness of my own life.
Jodie Lea Cleave
The way in which Transform Your Relationship with Food has been so skillfully structured, allowing each and every participant the time they require to immerse themselves fully into the depth and gravity of this important work, is a testament to the skill and wisdom of Marc David and all at the Institute. I already feel lighter in spirit and more centered in my body, I feel I have found my tribe. The wisdom I have gained by Marc's soulful and heartfelt delivery has touched my heart and spoken to my wise woman, giving her permission to take her rightful place as my guide. I especially enjoyed and got a lot out of watching the videos, and am delighted to be able to download the audio to keep for life. I feel the content will serve me well beyond the 8 weeks, and having it there to refer back to is a blessing. You promised to over-deliver, and over-deliver you did. I am awash with new and wonderful information, but more importantly I have had my existing knowledge confirmed, giving me added confidence and, most importantly, trust in my future choices.
My story begins about the age of eight. I was sexually abused by a family member who's threats would continue to haunt me for the next 10 years of my life, until he finally passed away. My way of handling this situation was turning to food. I have been an emotional eater for the past 43 years of my life. I have tried almost every diet under the sun, at times losing anywhere between 25-100 pounds, only to gain it back and more. I try not to let this abuse consume or define me, but I have always had this "stronghold" on me that I have never been able to get past. I came upon one of Marc's messages while listening to a Gluten Free Summit. I started listening to some of Marc's videos online and learned of this class, Transforming Your Relationship With Food. I loved his messages and felt that this was finally the program to help me break through this emotional eating, for good. I have learned so much from this program, especially learning to love myself and my body again. Marc taught me how to digest this experience and break free from this "Strong Hold" by recognizing when I'm emotionally eating, becoming more aware and to no longer think of myself as a victim. Life is good and although I understand there may be setbacks in my journey, this class has taught me to get over it, not give up and "Get back on the Horse!
As I am still in the middle of processing what I have heard over the last 8 weeks and the "nuggets of wisdom" are still constantly revealed to me and sinking in, I really feel like I might not be able to find appropriate words right now for how big the impact of the program on my life is. However, I will try to give you an idea of what it means to me: Transform Your Relationship with Food helped me to trust myself again and finally believe what I always felt was true. My heart is so joyful again and full of gratitude for this honest, encouraging and self-empowering program! It feels like being freed from a nearly lifelong burden of being in a self-destructive conflict with the truth I knew somewhere deep inside of me on the one hand and what I was constantly experiencing on the other hand. If I had to choose one word to describe the experience it would be liberation, because truth always sets you free. Thank you…
I was excited to hear about this course! The combination of the weekly sessions, the homework, the Facebook group support and my own experience in my relationship with food and my body made for an incredibly powerful transformation. Everything I was experiencing was full of openings and learnings and insights. Beginner's mind had me newly hearing and experimenting, from a place of curiosity and appreciation. What an amazing body I have, different from any other body on the planet. Now, when I do something that doesn't sit well with my body, I don't berate myself, it is all an ongoing exploration. This is not another technique, it is a new, beautiful way of looking, full of life and wholeness. Every aspect of the course was non-judgmental and welcoming of me and my experience, and as I shared more and more I was always met with respect. On the Facebook page many of us shared our own self-judgment, part of our experience, but no one judged another or tried to give advice. I felt listened to, seen, and valued, safe to speak about all of it. Marc David and IPE: your work is unique and brilliant and very inspiring! This course takes the judgment and the suffering out of the very natural and beautiful process of getting to know my body, and how my body wants to eat in any given moment. Thank you.
I have struggled with food issues all my life. Food has been a way to numb, to disconnect from the intense and conflicted emotions that continually erupt from deep inside. Marc David delivers a framework of principles and tools that create a paradigm shift. I have gained courage to explore those deep recesses in a more patient, loving and non-judgmental manner. This eight week course is actually just a beginning that sets me on a lifelong path. It is time to reconnect with all those experiences and feelings that sent me running. It is time to be messy, human, and unafraid to fail. I give myself permission, and I thank Marc for his fine work. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who struggles with their relationship with food.
The most memorable thing about the program was the realization of how important the gut is and how it impacts everything that we do. The role of cortisol and insulin on digestion led me to take steps to reduce my very excessive stress. I now do meditation, breathe before I eat and deliberately eat slower and enjoy my meal more. I won't say that the pounds fell off, but my clothes have gotten bigger and my face is once again recognizable as it is slimmer and not puffy. I would recommend this program to anyone because whether you need to lose weight or just understand the way the mind, the gut and digestion works, you get a step by step, understandable way full of aha moments to relax into your relationship with food, make it part of your humanity and get on with enjoying your life. Thank you!
Firstly can I say thank you for providing fantastic insights into the whole subject of eating issues and human behaviour. The most outstanding message I have taken from the course, among many, is "Expect Setbacks." And most importantly, the program gave lots of advice on how to manage these. Linked to that, there was some excellent help on the topic of Perfectionism. In my own case this was so well timed, because I thought after the first few audios that I really "got it" and was miraculously free from any torment about food and eating. Then I had a minor setback with predictable activation of self loathing, and fortuitously, Marc’s presentation came to my rescue. I am so glad I got the opportunity to access this program. It is truly life changing.
Writing a testimonial about my participation in TYRF is one of the hardest things I had to write.
The program and Marc David's teachings and insights go far beyond your relationship with food. It's about your relationship with life and yourself. It's about changing your paradigm completely. So many things impacted me in this life changing program. Throughout the program, I found myself crying many times, so many things stirred my soul and made me feel like, for the first time, someone finally got it right and understood our relationship with food from a totally different perspective. Marc addresses nutrition with so much wisdom, clarity and simplicity. After having been eating for so many years, I can finally say I feel nourished, eating gives me so much pleasure and I don't feel guilty anymore. Eating consciously, with awareness, has been for me one of the greatest benefits I got from this program. I would recommend this program not only for those with eating challenges. This program is for EVERYBODY, as it opens the doors to yourself and gives you a new understanding about something we all do: eating. I am so grateful to Marc for his powerful teachings, for caring and giving, and to all those at IPE that make it possible.
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