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conscious eating


I believe our plate is a reflection of our inner state.


—Carly Pollack author of Feed Your Soul


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nyone that has struggled to lose weight, eat right or deal with an eating disorder is familiar with the


emotional battle that can evolve from the simple act of seeking sustenance. “Te black-and-white mentality of


needing to be perfect or counting calories leads us into a rabbit hole of bingeing, diet- ing and stuck in a love/hate relationship with food,” says Carly Pollack, whose new book, Feed Your Soul: Nutritional Wisdom to Lose Weight Permanently and Live Fulfilled, comes out next month. “We live in a society that is obsessed


BEFRIENDING FOOD Embrace the Psychology of Eating by Marlaina Donato


Improve your Fitness and Health Today!


Judy Liu is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, a RRCA


Certifi ed Running Coach, an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certifi ed Fitness Instructor and Integrated Health Coach. She offers several group and private sessions at different studios in Cary.


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with mainstream media and celebrity cul- ture,” says Pollack. “Poor body image and an unhealthy relationship with food are synonymous. You can’t have one without the other.” Enter the psychology of eating, a move-


ment built upon a mindset that reshapes our relationship to food, focusing on emotions, beliefs and physiological responses. Tese insights, grounded in research, offer empow- ering, new perspectives.


Mind Games Nutritional Psychologist Marc David, who highlights research on the food/mind connection in his book Te Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss, says our thoughts about what is on our plates have even more impact on our physiological responses than vitamins or minerals. Guilt about consuming certain foods can slow digestion and increase chemical responses that store fat, while enjoying the same foods without stress can boost metabolism and nutritional absorption. “Te most important aspect of creating


and maintaining a healthy relationship with food is to bring awareness to our thoughts and behaviors around food,” says Pollack, founder of Nutritional Wisdom, a holistic practice based in Austin. Simplicity, eating real food and unrav-


eling perceptions are paramount. “With all of the information overload out there, ‘eating right’ has turned into ‘eating per- fectly,’” Pollack says. “I believe our plate is a reflection of our inner state.”


Gender Differences Fear-based approaches to eating generally and eating to cope with emotions are seen oſten as primarily women’s struggles, but a


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