Every challenge we face with food and body has a wisdom to it that’s rooted somewhere in biology, genetics, neurochemistry or psychology. In other words, our eating concerns actually make perfect sense. They exist for a reason. Once we identify the brilliant reason, we can relax, let go of self judgment, and identify the right strategy for healing. For example, many people with the digestive challenge called heartburn find themselves on medication to manage this condition, and it never truly goes away. Heartburn, or gastro-esophogeal reflux occurs when the one way doorway between your food pipe and your stomach malfunctions and let’s the contents of your stomach move upwards. It’s very discomforting and painful. But when we look to find the unseen brilliance of this challenge, here’s what we learn: a majority of people with heartburn are simply eating too fast, or eating in a physiologic stress response. In a stress response, digestion goes into some degree of shutdown because the body wants all its energy routed into survival. that’s how we are designed. So it makes perfect sense that digestion would go into shutdown – and the symptom called heartburn is simply alerting us that we’re carrying stress in ways that don’t work for us, and it’s asking us to make an adjustment. So on an even deeper level, heartburn might be asking us to slow down in life pay more attention to our world, and smell the roses a little more. Still others experience heartburn because they’re eating poor quality food, or they’re simply eating too much food – and again, our physiology is literally rejecting that food by trying to push it back out of the body. So our eating issues or health challenges are asking us to listen to them, to decipher them, to be a willing explorer of our own metabolism, and to make course corrections in who we are and how we eat.

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.