4 Trends That Are Shaping the Future of Nutrition
Posted on 07 January 2014
Marc David here, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. I’ve spent the last 3 decades doing my best to advance the fields of nutrition and eating psychology, and I’m happy to say, there’s lots of good news to look forward to.At the same time, there’s plenty of room for improvement in the nutrition universe. So if you’re wondering what the future of nutrition will look like, and if you’d like to get a jump start on what's next when it comes to food, health, weight, longevity, and the best way to nourish yourself - then I'd love to pull out my crystal ball, and share some juicy ideas. Indeed, these are some of the same insights that the greatest experts of our times will be sharing in the upcoming Future of Nutrition Online Conference.
Consider these 4 trends:
1 - The Future of Nutrition is About Welcoming Back the PastI love advances in technology, health, and human affairs, but in our headlong rush into a modernized world, we've left behind too many nutritional practices that it turns out were the cornerstones of good health. I'm talking about the tradition of fermented foods that provided valuable probiotics crucial for long-term health, and eating locally grown foods and organically produced ones that are absent of the bizarre chemistry that’s taken over our food chain. Our good nutritional future depends so much on welcoming back some of our good nutritional past. Let’s do it.
2 - The Future of Nutrition is About Body WisdomWe live in a time of immense nutritional confusion. People simply don't know what to eat. The good news though, is this: such uncertainty points us back to square one - our own body wisdom. It’s time to rely more on an intuitive, trusting, and curious way that we can listen to the innate intelligence of our biology and make choices from that place. It's time to empower ourselves. There are as many useful nutritional systems as there are people in the world. Are you ready to begin to trust your own inner nutritional compass? Cows don’t hang around the pasture wondering if grass is good for them, or worrying about their weight. Neither should we.
3 - The Future of Nutrition is About Mature DialogueI love a good nutritional debate. The challenge is, the field of nutrition is often like the Wild West, and many of us get caught in the crossfire when the experts disagree. It’s time for a mature dialogue where we can find the nugget of wisdom in any approach. My apologies for the cliché, but we really have to work together on this. Here at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, we love fostering a dialogue where all expert voices are respected and heard. It’s time to invite all nutrition approaches to the table, have a nice lively meal, and see if we can finish it with some goodwill and good dessert.
4 – The Future of Nutrition is a Political AffairGood nutrition for so many people has been about “me.” Meaning, what should I eat, and what's good for MY body? I count myself amongst such nutrition enthusiasts. But we live in a world where far too many of our human family go hungry, and where corporate greed has hijacked our food chain. Humanity is awash in foods that masquerade as food, and as a result, we suffer. It’s time to put our attention to insisting upon a food chain that is real, honest, and devoid of the predatory practices that are rampant on planet Earth. Can we be courageous enough to see what's really going on – and start taking action? Of course, there’s a lot more to say about the future of nutrition. There’s fascinating new research about food and the brain, gut health, nutrigenomics, epigenetics, food allergies, reversing and preventing disease via elegant nutrition, and lots more. A great next step to help each other invent a nutritional future that’s truly worth living is to check out the FREE Future of Nutrition Online Conference going live January 27th – 31st. You’ll be exposed to over 50+ experts – including Dr. Sara Gottfried – who each have something unique and compelling to share. Our nutritional best is yet to come. Let’s meet each other there.
Marc David Marc David is the Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, a leading visionary, teacher and consultant in Nutritional Psychology, and the author of the classic and bestselling works Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet. His work has been featured on CNN, NBC and numerous media outlets. His books have been translated into over 10 languages, and his approach appeals to a wide audience of eaters who are looking for fresh, inspiring and innovative messages about food, body and soul. The Institute for the Psychology of Eating is the world’s only teaching organization dedicated to a forward thinking, positive, holistic approach to nutritional psychology. Learn more here: http://psychologyofeating.com