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13. Emotions, beliefs and the psychology of food

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Humans as a species have always had a strong relationship with food. It’s what fuels us and nourishes our bodies to keep our remarkable biological ecosystem running.  When our eating habits become disconnected from the nutrition our bodies genuinely needs and our scales start to tip towards destructive eating patterns, maybe we should start looking towards our emotional attachment to the foods we decide to put on our plate?

Welcome to The Shift, an investigative series that follows naturopath, nutritionist and author Katherine Maslen as she explores the dysfunctional nature of the health industry and provides people with the tools, knowledge and understanding to make the shift in their lives. Each episode of The Shift features interviews with industry experts in gut and general health from across the globe. They accompany Katherine in tackling the difficult questions surrounding global health. If you want to make the shift towards more informed decisions regarding better health, then this podcast is for you.

On episode #13 of the Shift, emotions, beliefs and the psychology of food, Katherine gets to the emotional root of our relationship with food. Whether it’s the unquenchable desire to imitate our Instagram wellness heroes or turning to sugar or alcohol in a moment of turmoil, she explores the possible links to the emotional triggers that can alter the way we see and consume foods. On this episode Kathrine is joined by Angela Pifer, FMN, CN, Dr Tom O’Bryan, Christine Hassler, Kate Reardon, Diane Ryan, Rebecca Coomes, Jenny Tschiesche and Charlotte Watts.

Also discussed within this episode:

  • Our various connections with food
  • Childhood experiences encouraging certain food based relationships
  • Emotional connections to physiological problems
  • Our emotional attachments with food
  • What eating disorders are and the main types
  • Orthorexia and how it manifests itself
  • The impact of having an eating disorder on your digestive system
  • How binging, purging and trauma affect your gut
  • Why we are seeing a rise of eating disorders amongst our youth
  • Instagram wellness gurus and unrealistic health expectations
  • The self-love model and being the role model for others
  • Mindfulness around eating
  • How to develop a healthy relationship with food


The Shift Episode #13 guests, in order of appearance:

Angela Pifer, FMN, CN

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Dr Tom O’Bryan

Dr Tom O’Bryan – Website
Dr Tom O’Bryan – Facebook
Dr Tom O’Bryan – Instagram
Dr Tom O’Bryan – Twitter
Dr Tom O’Bryan – LinkedIn
Dr Tom O’Bryan – YouTube

Christine Hassler

Christine Hassler – Website
Christine Hassler – Facebook
Christine Hassler – Instagram
Christine Hassler – Twitter
Christine Hassler – LinkedIn
Christine Hassler – YouTube

Kate Reardon

Kate Reardon – Website
Kate Reardon – Facebook
Kate Reardon – Instagram
Kate Reardon – Twitter
Kate Reardon – LinkedIn
Kate Reardon – Pinterest

Diane Ryan

Diane Ryan – Website
Diane Ryan – Facebook
Diane Ryan – Instagram
Diane Ryan – LinkedIn
Diane Ryan – YouTube

Rebecca Coomes

Rebecca Coomes – Website
Rebecca Coomes – Facebook
Rebecca Coomes – Instagram
Rebecca Coomes – Twitter
Rebecca Coomes – LinkedIn
Rebecca Coomes – Pinterest
Rebecca Coomes – YouTube

Jenny Tschiesche

Jenny Tschiesche – Website
Jenny Tschiesche – Facebook
Jenny Tschiesche – Instagram
Jenny Tschiesche – Twitter
Jenny Tschiesche – LinkedIn

Charlotte Watts

Charlotte Watts – Website
Charlotte Watts – Facebook
Charlotte Watts – Instagram
Charlotte Watts – Twitter
Charlotte Watts – LinkedIn
Charlotte Watts – Pinterest
Charlotte Watts – YouTube


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