Eating Psychology Coaching (EPC) is a multi-layered, multi-faceted approach to therapy aimed at restoring a healthy relationship between our mind, our body, and food.
Chief among EPC’s components is Dynamic Eating Psychology which involves exploring the underlying influences of our binge and over-eating behaviors. More than we might realize, our eating habits may stem from stressors and concerns beyond our immediate awareness. Some of these issues may include: troubles within our work and career, romantic relationships, family challenges, financial hardships, health concerns, divorce, betrayal, sexuality, or unruly bouts of anxiety and depression, to name a few.
The vast majority of us have dieted at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, 97% of us gain the weight back which we lost, and sometimes more. It’s simply not enough to tell someone what to eat. And, of course, anyone familiar with fad diets are painfully aware of their short-term success.
But, therein lies the problem. Such fleeting glimpses at “the body of our dreams” can lead to renewed frustration, anger, hopelessness, and a familiar sense of set-backs and despair.
In order to sculpt and maintain our dreamy figures, it’s imperative to address our eating challenges from the inside out. The relationship with food and eating is a personal one. It will never be enough to “just say no.” Eventually, the unsurfaced stressors that influenced us towards food in the first place will rise up again.
How can these personal influences become unearthed and resolved? Supportive and compassionate exploration is needed to unveil and soothe these specific blockades, hurtful obstructions to a healthy relationship with food, eating, and our bodies.
What to Expect
What to Expect
Mind-Body Nutrition, a big component in EPC, introduces the subject of how our emotional state greatly influences our body’s ability to digest and assimilate food. It may also be helpful, here, to go over foods most favorable for your optimal health and body size.
Learning about the Mind-Body relationship with food is crucial due to its varied and complex nature. For example, did you know that:
- * Even if we consume the highest quality food available, if we eat too quickly, or while distracted and/or when stressed, our body will not benefit from that food
- * Our brain needs time to process that we’ve actually eaten, otherwise it will continue to send us hunger messages
- * If we eat while stressed, the hormones insulin and cortisol will rise and be released, respectively, both of which increase fat gain and the loss of lean body tissue
- * By slowing down our eating and focusing on our food – “mindful eating” – we can get back in touch with our natural appetite and experience satiation rather than deprivation
- * The time of day we eat can support or sabotage our efforts for optimal health and a leaner body
- * Our gut brain (Enteric Nervous System) is intricately linked to our brain and will shut down digestion when under stress
Mind-Body Nutrition also addresses common beliefs about nutrition which, in truth, may be more harmful than beneficial. Such nutritional beliefs include: eating for pleasure and nourishment, embodiment, macro-nutrient balance, food quality, food allergies, and the use of powerful substances such as caffeine.
Finally, EPC brings Key Soul Lessons into the picture. Depending upon the individual and his or her needs, these lessons may include: agreeing to be in the here-and-now, forgiveness, re-claiming the Feminine and/or Masculine, embracing positive spirituality, (however that is interpreted by the client), speaking the truth, healing sexuality, and claiming our power.
When the three components of EPC are brought together, (Dynamic Eating Psychology, Mind-Body Nutrition, and Key Soul Lessons), a powerful and effective method is created. EPC has helped enable many individuals to grapple with themselves and their specific eating challenges in a very new, much deeper, and more effective way than ever before.
EPC will allow you to get to the heart of your challenges involving your relationship with food, eating, and body image. This is a wonderful, supportive, and nurturing coaching style geared towards long-lasting optimal health and authentic body re-shaping.
- The Institute for the Psychology of Eating at psychologyofeating.com
- Marc David, Founder of The Institute for the Psychology of Eating at marcdavid.com
- Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession With Weight – and What We Can Do About It, by Harriet Brown
- The Gift of Our Compulsions: A Revolutionary Approach to Self-Acceptance and Healing, by Mary O’Malley
- Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, by Linda Bacon, PhD
- Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being, by Marc David
- The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness, by Mark Sisson
- The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, & Weight Loss, by Marc David
- When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, by Gabor Mate, MD