What is Mind Body Nutrition?
The Institute for The Psychology of Eating’s innovative health coach certification training and public programs are grounded in the field of Mind Body Nutrition ... a field that acknowledges the essential connection between nutrition and our own unique physiology.
A groundbreaking approach to Nutrition,
Marc David originated the field of Mind Body Nutrition to highlight that good nutrition is just the beginning of a healthy body. The other part of the story is our own unique physiology, and how our bodies make use of the nutrition we take in ... something that is linked to both our inner and outer environmental realities.
As you begin to incorporate Mind Body Nutrition strategies and principles, powerful changes happen to overall health including weight, digestion, energy level, mood, immunity, overeating, binge eating and much more.
Here’s a simple definition:
Mind Body Nutrition focuses on how the mind has a profound influence on the body when it comes to how we metabolize a meal.
More specifically, Mind Body Nutrition looks at the psychophysiology of how digestion, assimilation, calorie burning and all the nutritive functions of the body are literally and scientifically impacted by stress, relaxation, thoughts, beliefs, emotions, pleasure, eating rhythm, eating speed, awareness, our personal story, and more…
To put it another way:
What we eat is half the story of good nutrition – the other half of the story is who we are as eaters. That is, the person who we are literally and scientifically influences how we digest, absorb and calorie burn a meal.
Previously in the field of nutrition, we’ve made the assumption that the nutritional value of a meal is given exclusively in the nutrients it contains – macronutrients, micronutrients and so on. So if you wanted to know the value of a meal, you’d merely look at the label and the nutrient profile.
But nutrition is way more interesting than that. The error in thinking here, is that just because a food has a specific nutrient content doesn’t mean we will ABSORB all of those nutrients.
We need to look at the person who’s ingesting that food. We need to look at how their physiology is being impacted by mind and emotions. We need to ask the question “Are we in the optimum state of digestion, assimilation and calorie burning when we’re eating?”
The bottom line is this: you can be eating the healthiest food in the universe, but if you aren’t eating under the optimum physiologic state – which happens to be relaxation – then you won’t get even close to receiving the full nutritional value of that meal.
Increasingly, researchers and experts from around the world are recognizing this isn't a "feel good" concept.
This is simple and straightforward science.
So we have to look deeper, we have to be more creative, and we have to be willing explorers of what exactly is causing us stress. This is precisely what Mind Body Nutrition shows us. It asks us to especially look at self chosen stressors.
And these self created stressors can take MANY forms. For example, any guilt about food, shame about the body, or judgment about health are considered stressors by the brain and are immediately transduced into their electrochemical equivalents in the body. So if you’re thinking self loathing thoughts, you’re automatically generating stress chemistry, which means the digestion of your food goes down, and your fat storage metabolism goes up.
Are you beginning to see the importance of our mental/emotional state when it comes to eating and metabolism? Can you see how the nutritional value of a meal is determined by way more than the nutrient profile of the food?
Mind Body Nutrition helps us learn how to navigate our physiology, our emotional state and our mindset so you can finally begin to master your metabolism in a natural and sustainable way.
This has been the missing piece in the nutritional puzzle for WAY too long. There are so many more examples like the one we mentioned above,and it’s shocking this information is not headline nutritional news.
Here at the Institute, we incorporate the tools, techniques, protocols, and tricks of the trade from Mind Body Nutrition in our trainings and programs. This includes our premier online professional offering – the Mind Body Eating Coach Certification Training.
And it includes our well loved online programs for anyone looking to take a big leap forward with food and body.
We’re just scratching the surface here of what’s possible here, and we’d love for you to learn more about our work and joins us in one of our programs, trainings or events.