What Is Dynamic Eating Psychology?

food shaped into human brain

I am going to assume that despite all of your years of dieting, you still struggle with food and weight, yes? (otherwise you wouldn’t have found yourself here reading this article on Dynamic Eating Psychology!). 

Wouldn’t you agree then that learning MORE about nutrition such as macros, carbs, proteins, superfoods, or cutting your favorite foods or food groups obviously isn’t stopping you from going all in on those cookies and ultimately sabotaging your mind and your efforts? You’ve been there done that a thousand times!

Dynamic eating psychology is a new field that is positive, empowering, transformational, and designed for ANYONE who eats.

Never heard of it?

Not surprised. Traditional weight loss programs and clinicians focus on the linear, mechanical aspect of nutrition and exercise: macros, calories, deficits, weight, points, timelines, and good/bad rules around food. While understanding fundamental aspects of nutrition is important, these approaches don’t reduce the pain, suffering, and confusion around food and weight in America:

  • Close to 90% of women disapprove of their bodies. 
  • Over 98% of people who lose weight on a weight loss diet, gain it back within one to two years 
  • Nearly 70% of American adults are classified as overweight or obese
  • Over 65% of people report digestive issues in any given week. 
  • Over 50% are dealing with fatigue. 
  • 81% of 10-year-old girls experience fear of getting fat
  • Depending on the study that you look at, anywhere from 20% to 80% of people that you poll in any given month are on a diet or thinking that they should be.*

Evidence also shows the more you diet the more weight you are likely to continue to regain due to physiological shifts you experience during short and long periods of dieting. 

These kinds of statics frustrate me beyond belief because it just shows that what is being put out into the public to improve eating habits and health is trash! 

People are complaining about emotional eating and overeating in record numbers, and many of them live in silent unhappiness about how they look and what they eat. 

So, I’m not here to contribute to the problem.

I’m a leader and problem solver, and I’ve got your back in helping you break through whatever eating challenge you’ve been struggling with for years or decades. 

I’m talking about body image challenges, emotional eating, binge eating, overeating, endless unsuccessful dieting, weight concerns, and health challenges that have a personal emotional component.

Shelby McDaniel 2020 Infographic Revised

Who Can Benefit From Dynamic Eating Psychology?

Each of us has a unique and ever-evolving relationship with food. Dynamic eating psychology is a positive life-affirming approach to all of our eating concerns. It sees our challenges with eating, weight, and health not as an indication that we’re broken, but as a beautiful opportunity to grow and evolve and as a doorway to more important life domains. I’m talking about love, intimacy, career, money, sexuality, family, relationships, spirituality, and so much more. 

Could your binge eating in the evenings be a symptom for the need to slow down in your life? To reconnect in your relationships? Possibly! 

Dynamic eating psychology shows us how our relationship with food has some amazing lessons to teach us. By learning those life lessons, our eating challenges naturally begin to heal and dissolve. A simple way to say this is that transforming your relationship with food is an extraordinary and skillful blend of science, psychology, nutrition, and emotion.

Don’t worry; it’s nothing woo-woo with chants or salt rocks. It’s just real talk about how food and life are connected, because, at the end of the day, it is all connected…HOW YOU DO FOOD IS HOW YOU DO LIFE… 

What Is Mind-Body Nutrition?

My work not only consists of dynamic eating psychology, but also mind-body nutrition. Mind-body nutrition is another exciting and timely new field that advances the practice of clinical nutrition by exploring the psychophysiology of how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs impact nutritional metabolism and health. 

Originated by Marc David, Founder of the internationally acclaimed Institute for the Psychology of Eating (where I studied), it goes far beyond standard nutrition by focusing on the connections between brain, body, and behavior

When it comes to good nutrition, what we eat is only half of the story — the other half involves who we are as eaters. 

Mind-body nutrition reveals how stress physiology, the relaxation response, breathing, awareness, pleasure, meal timing, and much more profoundly influence digestion and calorie burning. 

Did you know that your mind and emotions can have a powerful influence on digestion? Are you aware that low energy can be driven by fear of food and negative thinking about the body? Or that high energy can be created by changing the timing of your meals? Do you know how to use pleasure to fuel metabolism? Have you discovered that appetite can decrease during stress? 

Mind-body nutrition offers practical and results-oriented strategies for the most commonly seen eating challenges and health issues of our times.

How Is My Approach Different?

I hope you’re picking up what I’m throwing down as far as how my approach is different.

Dynamic eating psychology and mind-body nutrition allow me to effectively wear the hats of a nutritionist, life coach, and counselor with my clients. A little more effective than a meal plan or tracking your foods, don’t you think? 

I don’t see any eating challenges as a sign that there’s something wrong with you, but rather an opportunity to explore personal dimensions in life that impact food, weight, and overall health. My goal is to support you with coaching strategies and informed nutrition principles that are nourishing, sustainable, and yield results.

So, if you’ve been Googling:

  • How to overcome food addiction
  • How to stop comfort eating
  • How to recover from binge eating disorder
  • How do I stop being obsessed with food
  • Body image and eating disorders

Or anything related, 

I’m here and ready to help you. 

No, you don’t have to fix something in your childhood. However, there might be a connection that you haven’t made yet that is impacting your relationship with food that I can help you shake.

No, it doesn’t take forever. My clients experience breakthroughs in as little as eight weeks!

No, it’s not painful. Rather, it’s 100% empowering. It feels right. Eating is meant to be simple and nourishing, and I’m on a mission to help you hit the reset button with food. 

For far too long, we’ve all been inundated by negative and confusing messages about food, weight and diet. We’ve been told that we’re willpower weaklings or that we need more control. And that’s just not the case! 

I am sure you have demonstrate quite the control and discipline over the years with all the revolving dieting plans!

Let’s combine the best strategies from nutrition science and eating psychology to help you overcome the biggest challenges in YOUR journey. 

Let’s eliminate all the “shoulds and shouldn’ts” and focus on what’s right for your body and your personal style. 

Let’s allow your eating and health concerns to become a starting point of exploration. Instead of considering challenges as the enemy, let’s allow them to become opportunities for growth and self-improvement.

I have learned to help clients reach their goals not by strategies that punish, but through those that nourish.

I hope you see that the last thing I do in my line of work is repeat past failed approaches that keep you stuck! 

Imagine, just for a moment, how it might change the game for you if you had someone in your corner when it came to your challenges with food, body, and health, supporting you as you embark on a powerfully transformative journey that just might change your life forever.

If YOU have the sense that you could be on the cusp of a big breakthrough, if only you had the right support, then I would love the opportunity to support you! 

Reach out today to learn more about my online weight loss programs.

So what do you say? Are you ready to take a big leap forward?

I can hear the universe cheering you on…

Shelby McDaniel

*Institute for the Psychology of Eating, 2018.