The Psychology of Eating


I get a lot of emails/questions about “the psychology of eating” (eating disorders, body image, etc.) and was especially interested in writing a post about it since the Marie Claire article (click HERE to read it) controversy in the blog world (involving two of my favorite bloggers Caitlin and Tina).  Right, so beyond the fact that I entirely disagree with this article and find it insane that Marie Claire lists “grains, yogurt and breakfast cereals” as foods that are “fat traps” (ARE THEY FOR REAL?!?!?) I wanted to just voice my opinion about the psychology of eating with the assistance of a manual I received from a National Eating Disorder Clinic, The Renfrew Center. Before I begin, I would like to say that if you feel you might have issues with food or anything I am about to say is triggering, please get help.  You are worth SO MUCH more than a number on a scale (a la Operation Beautiful:)) and have so much more to live for than the desire to achieve thinness.  Renfrew’s website is and they have treatment facilities across the US. You can also call NEDA’s (National Eating Disorder Association) hotline at 1-800-931-2237.  They are available from 8:30am to 4:30pm (Pacific Time).

(Above is the NEDA symbol)

Here are some important points I wanted to make in this post…According to the Renfrew Center:

-Food is often a source of conflict within an individual.  Three of many key ways this plays out in disordered eating are:

1.  Eating VS.  Deprivation

2.  Guilt VS.  Pleasure

3.  Self-Trust VS. Self- Control


1.  Intentional

2.  Conscious

3.  Exploratory

4.  Nourishing

5.  Connected

6.  Spontaneous

7.  Liberating, Enjoyable and Fun!

*This really speaks to Marie Claire’s assertions that the food bloggers mentioned in the article have disordered eating.  Clearly NOT the case.

A Diet-Paradigm VS. A NON-Diet Approach…

-With HUNGER; a diet-paradigm attempts to suppress or ignore hunger and transgressions are associated with lack of will power or :giving in,” whereas with the non-diet approach, hunger seen as physical cues sent out by the body, valued and relied upon

-With FOOD; a diet-paradigm categorizes food as good/bad or illegal/legal, whereas the non-diet approach sees all food as acceptable and neutralized.  Quantity, quality and frequency are all determined by hunger and fullness cues, sense of well-being, taste, and are self-regulated, non-restrained and internally-cued.

ENJOYING brie baguette sammies in France

I thought this was an important informative post to write and I hope you enjoyed it.  What are your thoughts on this topic?  I know it is a quite controversial yet very crucial one.  Love yourself, love your body.  It has done you well and so you should do it well.  You only have one.

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