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Marc David – Psychology of Eating

Podcast 174

Many people struggle with food without realizing they have toxic nutritional beliefs. Marc David explains why food is not your enemy and how the power of being present can change your relationship with food.  

In this episode, Cathy and Marc David discuss: 

  • What eating psychology is and some of its core principles
  • Examples of toxic nutritional beliefs and their impact 
  • How Marc David helps clients with emotional eating, binge eating and overeating  
  • Why most diets and weight loss approaches don’t work 
  • How slow eating is a key practice in transforming your relationship with food  

Marc David, M.A., is the Founder and Primary Teacher of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. He is the leading visionary behind the fascinating field of Eating Psychology, and the author of the bestselling books, Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Marc holds a range of qualifications, including an M.A. of Psychology and a B.S. of Biology, and has participated in several Clinical Mind-Body Medicine Programs, all of which have shaped his groundbreaking approach to food, body, and nutrition.

For more than 40 years, Marc has been an innovator in Eating Psychology and Mind Body Nutrition, championing an uplifting, inclusive approach to food and body, and a warm, engaging speaking style that continues to attract listeners from around the world.

Among other positions, Marc has been a senior consultant at Johnson & Johnson; a master nutrition consultant and lecturer at Canyon Ranch Resorts; Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health; and senior consultant at The Disney Company. His corporate clients have included Kraft Foods, Pepsi, Coke, General Nutrition Centers (GNC), Richardson-Vicks, The International Olive Oil Council, and many others. Marc also served as the submissions editor for the peer-reviewed Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

In September 2007, Marc founded the Institute to channel his passionate mission of sharing an uplifting, results-driven approach to today’s most important eating challenges. Today, IPE remains the only Institute in the world devoted to teaching the principles of Eating Psychology and Mind Body Nutrition and attracts students from more than 60 countries each year. The Institute’s many thousands of graduates have used their world-class education in these revolutionary disciplines to transform the lives of countless people around the globe struggling with food and body challenges.

Marc’s work has been featured in a wide range of media outlets, including CNN, NBC, The New York Times, The Chicago-Sun Times, Glamour, Elle, Yoga Journal, Bon Appetit, Eating Well, and WebMD. His extensive background in clinical nutrition and eating psychology has made him a sought-after international speaker and mentor to many luminaries in the fields of nutrition and natural medicine. His past speaking engagements include Harvard University, The Institute for Functional Medicine, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the New York Open Center, and The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.

Memorable Quotes:

  • “Most people believe that if I’m binge eating, something’s wrong with me from overeating.If I’m emotionally eating, I’ve got a problem. And I’ve got to fix it. Really what’s happening is that those eating challenges are trying to teach us something.”  
  • “You show me a person that’s not getting enough nutrition, that’s not getting enough nutrient density in their diet because they’re under feeding themselves. I’ll show you a person is going to be overeating pretty soon.” 
  • “It’s a powerful habit to change if one is a fast eater—to become a slow, relaxed present eater.”


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