Every day we are bombarded with a constant stream of information as to what constitutes the ‘the right diet’. This quickly leads to feelings of guilt about doing it ‘wrong’, not least thanks to the media’s suggestion that there is such a thing as ‘proper and healthy nutrition’.
The first question we need to ask ourselves is ‘what kind of nutrition is right for me in my situation?’
The second question: ‘why do I often do things that I know are not good for my health or my weight, and why do I not do other things that I know would be good for my well-being and my weight?’ Both questions mark the contours of the exciting field of nutritional psychology.
First question: which diet is right for me in my situation?
Second question: why do I often do things that I know are not good for my health or weight and why do I not do other things that I know are good for my wellbeing and weight? This outlines the exciting field of nutritional psychology.
Taking a look at the ‘mental control processes’ associated with our eating behaviour is highly constructive. These mental processes are critical factors in both our behaviour and in a number of physical processes as well.
Have you ever wondered how our society actually deals with health and nutrition issues?
A closer look reveals just how problem-oriented the communication around these topics really is. And yet the longer we focus exclusively on the problem side of things, the more difficult it is to develop solution strategies that help us permanently replace unhealthy patterns of behaviour with healthy, new behavioural habits.
This is especially true when it comes to nutrition, which has everything to do with familiar, stable behaviour patterns learned early on as a child at the family dinner table. Adding to this is the regular influence of a profit-oriented food industry, which complicates things even further and contributes to keeping our diet low in nutrients and us, the consumers, hungry. Manufacturers use various food colourings, flavours and other techniques to give consumers the impression – consciously and unconsciously – that they are eating something healthy
It has long been established that our eating habits are unique and usually controlled unconsciously. Permanently changing these habits means finding reliable strategies that we can apply in the long term. Doing this requires not only understanding the information, but also the effective methods we need to free us from the influence of outdated beliefs and behavioural patterns.
All this is to say that a successful nutrition strategy is more than the sum of nutrients in food.
Eating patterns are controlled by more than knowledge, will and experience alone. There are factors below the threshold of consciousness that have a significant influence on human eating behaviour.
Although these unconscious factors are precisely the ones that neither medicine nor nutritional science take into account, they are the critical factor when it coms to altering eating behaviour.
Coaching involves the use of various psychological resources to change consciousness, depending on the case at hand:
- NLP (neurolinguistic programming)
- Elements of the rational-emotive behavior bherapy
- Elements of cognitive behavior therapy
- Mindfulness training
- Elements from contextual coaching
Based on your current situation, individual measures are created for you so that you have a better quality of life in the future.
|illness, medication discomfort, symptoms||positive influence on the course of the disease relief of symptoms|
|weight problems||metabolic harmony|
|unpleasant eating habits, loss of control while eating emotional pattern||intentional control of eating behavior flexible eating behaviour taste & pleasure|
|limited quality of life||wellbeing, performance|
|general measures||individual recommendations suitable for everyday use|
|self doubt||professional support, strengthening your own competence|