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The Truth About Fat Loss - Free Online Summit

The Truth About Fat Loss - Free Online Summit
The Truth About Fat Loss Summit

In this free, online event, over 30 weight loss, health and wellness experts discuss the most effective ways to lose weight and keep it off.  Topics include different dietary approaches, hidden factors in weight gain, hormones, the role of stress, gluten and other food sensitivities, the psychology of weight loss, and the human microbiome.

The Summit is hosted by Jonny Bowden (the "Nutrition Myth Buster") and takes place online from Arpil 25 to May 2, 2016.

Disclosure:  we are NOT an affiliate nor receive any compensation for posting this link.

The Experts, Topics and Discussions:

Pedram Shojai, OMD The Urban Monk - Website
Life Hacks for the 21st Century
  • Who’s burning the fat?
  • Waking up to food is waking up to life
  • Weight loss and the Urban Monk 
Dave Asprey Best-selling Author and Creator of Bulletproof Coffee - Website
A High-Fat Diet for a Low-Fat Body
  • Why coffee is a health food
  • Secrets of a world-class biohacker
  • Everything you know about low-fat diets is wrong! 
Jimmy Smith, MS, CSCS - Website
The Secret of Success
  • Single biggest key to weight-loss success
  • The easy way to build confidence
  • Where should you start? 
Marcie Peters, Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach - Website
Aging Backwards
  • The 8 levels of transformation
  • How to talk to your inner critic
  • Happiness is YOUR choice 
Steven Masley, MD, FAHA, FAAFP, FACN, CNS, CCD - Website
The Smart Fat Program for Weight Loss
  • The problem with low-fat diets
  • A new definition of “good fat” and “bad fat”
  • Fiber and your waistline 
Eric Westman, MD MHS and Jimmy Moore Health Blogger and Radio Host - Website
Weight Loss on a Ketogenic Diet
  • Busting myths about cholesterol and fat
  • How to stop being a sugar-burner and start being a fat-burner
  • Ketosis: Truly a weight-loss “miracle”
Brian Mowll, DC, CDE, IFMCP Founder & Medical Director of SweetLife® - Website
Reversing Type II Diabetes
  • The functional medicine approach to diabetes
  • When low-carb diets aren’t enough
  • 3 supplements that help with blood sugar 
Dietitian Cassie, Registered & Licensed Dietitian CEO of Healthy Simple Life® - Website
The Unmaking of a Dietitian
  • Why eating more fat can change your life
  • The calorie myth
  • Hidden factors in weight gain 
Tom O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN - Website
Gluten, Food Sensitivities, Hormones and Fat Loss
  • Food Sensitivities and weight gain
  • Single best exercise to balance your hormones
  • When staying in bed is better than exercising 
Daniel Amen, MD - Website
The Brain Warrior’s Way
  • Sex and the brain
  • Serotonin, mood and cravings
  • Artificial sweeteners and weight gain 
David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM - Website
The Brain-Belly Connection
  • Is Alzheimer’s “Type 3 Diabetes?”
  • Does body fat create inflammation?
  • Gut health, grains and belly fat
Cynthia Pasquella Celebrity Nutritionist, Bestselling Author - Website
Transformational Nutrition
  • We know what to do, why don’t we do it?
  • 2 main keys to lasting changes
  • Discover what you’re REALLY hungry for! 
Marc David, MA - Website
The Psychology of Eating
  • Excess weight and sexual abuse
  • Toxic nutritional beliefs
  • The truth about food addiction
Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD - Website
The Psychology of Weight Loss
  • Simple trick to change your mood instantly
  • Stress and weight gain: A psychologist’s perspective
  • Never do these 2 things when stressed! 
Sayer Ji Founder & Director of GreenMedInfo - Website
What Research Really Tells Us About Weight Loss
  • Artificial sweeteners, weight gain and Splenda
  • Do supplements work for fat loss?
  • How coconut burns fat and stimulates metabolism 
Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS - Website
Hidden Causes of Weight-Loss Resistance
  • Fat-making bacteria (and what to do about them!)
  • How “ leaky gut” can make you fat
  • Can an inexpensive crock-pot change your life? 
Susanne Bennett, DC - Website
Energy, Weight Loss and the Mitochondria
  • Mitochondria: Essential for fat-burning and energy
  • Regenerating the mitochondria
  • Best supplements for energy 
Dan Kalish, DC - Website
How Toxins Make You Gain Weight (And What to Do About It!)
  • 3 things that make everybody fat
  • Toxins and weight gain
  • How toxins stimulate cravings 
Tami Meraglia, MD - Website
The Hormone Secret
  • Why testosterone matters to both sexes
  • The wrong solution: Exercising more and eating less
  • Learn the right way to detox (and why it matters!) 
Mira Calton, CN, FAAIM, DCCN, CMS, CPFC, BCIH and Jayson B. Calton, PhD, FAAIM, DCCN, CMS, CISSN, BCIH, ROHP - Website
The Hidden Reason You Gain Weight: Micronutrient Deficiency
  • Toxins and micronutrients
  • The 2 types of hunger
  • How nutrient deficiencies interfere with weight loss
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS - Website
Banishing the Fear of Fat Forever
  • Omega-7: The unknown omega that helps with weight loss
  • Help balance hormones with evening primrose oil
  • How to “flush Fat” with cran-water 
Barry Sears, PhD - Website
The Hormonal Effect of Food
  • Do calories count? Yes, but...
  • The tryst between inflammation, insulin resistance and fat loss
  • 2 main drivers of inflammation 
Drew Canole Founder & CEO of FitLife TV - Website
From Fat to Fit
  • Habit-Stacking: The easiest way to change your life
  • How juicing can change your life (and your body!)
  • Lose fat while sleeping! 
Alan Christianson, NMD - Website
Healing Your Adrenals
  • Are you a sugar burner or a fat burner?
  • Inflammation, insulin and the thyroid
  • The amazing benefits of light therapy 
Anna Cabeca, MD Gynecologist, Obstetrician, Functional Medicine Expert - Website
The Truth About Acid-Alkaline
  • The keto-alkaline solution
  • Intermittent Fasting: Why both sexes need it!
  • Why the paleo diet is NOT for women 
Kellyann Petrucci, MS, ND - Website
Why the L.A. Lakers Drink Bone Broth
  • Weight-loss resistance and leaky gut
  • The #1 thing to throw out of your kitchen!
  • Bone broth and the miracle of collagen
John Rowley Bestselling Author & Fitness Expert - Website
The Physiology of Success
  • Addiction and weight loss
  • The secret to overcoming challenges
  • Simple trick to 10x your results! 
Jade Teta, ND - Website
What to Do When Diet and Exercise Stop Working
  • Should you restrict carbs or calories?
  • Simple exercise to turbocharge weight loss
  • 3 nutrients for men and women with low testosterone 
Sara Gottfried, MD - Website
Resetting Your Hormones
  • Insulin and estrogen dominance
  • Why very low-carb diets don’t work for women
  • Benefits of intermittent fasting for men and women 
Donna Gates, M.Ed, ABAAHP - Website
The Body Ecology Program
  • The truth about food combining
  • How toxins in your gut make you fat (and what to do!)
  • Yeast infections (candida) and weight gain 
Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS - Website
Why Everything You Learned About Weight Loss Is Wrong!
  • Why the calorie theory is out of date
  • The role of hormones in weight loss
  • Why eating fat is your best strategy for losing weight 

Weight Loss: Where and How to Measure

Although the scale is a useful indicator of weight loss over time (as in tracking a trend in your body mass weight), it is not necessarily the best method of measuring weight loss progress in the short-term because the number on the scale can be deceptive.  For example, a person's weight can fluctuate 3-4 pounds (or more!) in a single day depending on hydration and various other factors.

Weight loss experts recommend not relying exclusively on the scale but instead to use several different tools for measuring progress - such as calipers (to measure fat loss), visual assessments (mirror and photographs) and the tape measure.

When individuals are asked to take body measurements, there is often some confusion about where and how, exactly, one should measure. This infographic entitled "Where Should I Measure?" illustrates and explains how and where to measure key areas of the body including the chest, bust, arms, waist, midway between the waist and hips (abdomen/lower abdomen), hips, thighs and knees.

Some people also choose to measure their neck and calves.

Regardless of which sites on the body are chosen for measurement, it is important to be consistent by establishing a regular day of the week and time of day and keeping an accurate record to chart progress.

Infographic source:

10 Tips for Guaranteed Weight Loss
5 Proven Ways to Lose Weight and Keep It Off
Weight Loss - 8 Secret Weapon Foods
How Women are Dying to be Thin
Weight Loss 101 - What's in a Pound?

Breathing for Health [Infographic]

Breathing for Health - Infographic from Huffington Post
Breathing is one of the body's most important detoxification systems.  It also directly and indirectly affects other aspects of our health.

Many health experts say that, unfortunately, most of us do not breathe "correctly".  That is, we routinely take short, shallow breaths and this type of breathing can cause various negative health effects in the body.

This infographic entitled "Change Your Breathing, Change Your Life" from Huffington Post illustrates and explains some of the many ways breathing impacts our health including how "correct" (controlled, long and deep breathing) can:

 Stimulate brain growth

❤ Improve heart rate variability

❤ Lower stress levels

❤ Alleviate anxiety and negative emotions

❤ Reduce testing anxiety

❤ Lower blood pressure

❤ Alter gene expression

Additionally, certain deep breathing techniques - like those often used in yoga and meditation - are thought to prevent premature aging, detoxify, and increase the metabolic rate.  For example, it is thought that the additional oxygen received from exercise (particularly exercise performed outdoors) boosts metabolism and helps to burn fat.

Together with reducing and managing stress (another big consideration in weight loss), deep breathing techniques may have the potential and effect of helping you to lose weight.

For additional reading and listening on this subject, we recommend:

Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing from Andrew Weil, M.D.

The Healing Power of the Breath: Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions from Richard Brown M.D., and Patricia Gerbard MD

Infographic source and more information:  Huff Post The Third Metric:  How Changing Your Breathing Can Change Your Life

Heart Healthy Foods
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How to Naturally Cleanse Your Body
Top Foods that Chelate the Body of Heavy Metals

Mindful Eating Marathon - 26.2 Tips [Infographic]

The Mindful Eating Marathon - 26.2 Tips
Infographic from
Many health, wellness and weight loss experts believe that mindless eating (a modern day phenomena) not only contributes to weight gain, obesity and eating disorders, but can have other serious health and emotional consequences as well.

Mindless eating includes ignoring our body's satiety and hunger cues, eating when we're not even hungry, grazing, skipping breakfast and other meals, eating on the go, while watching TV, talking on the phone, driving or multitasking.  It also includes eating to calm down or for comfort, continuing to eat despite feeling full, and making food choices without giving our choices any or much thought.

According to some nutritionists, dietitians and holistic health professionals, the practice of mindful eating corrects mindless eating and can profoundly alter our relationship with food in a positive manner, prevent and heal digestive disorders (which are thought to lead or contribute to various chronic diseases), help maintain a healthy weight and aid in weight loss, including toxic belly fat, and generally improve our energy levels, health and sense of wellbeing.

This infographic entitled "The Mindful Eating Marathon" illustrates 26.2 suggestions and tips to help individuals begin eating mindfully:

1.   Eat like a gourmet (smell, touch and savor)
2.   Sit down to eat
3.   Pull out the fine china or at least a pretty plate
4.   Don't multitask
5.   Turn off the TV
6.   Move mindfully (try yoga!)
7.   Eat dietary fiber
8.   Put your fork down between bites
9.   Eat with your non-dominant hand
10. Sip water between bites
11. Rate your hunger before you begin to eat
12. Take a deep breath before eating
13. Give thanks
14. Find your compassion
15. Stay hydrated
16. Get more sleep
17. Don't fight cravings
18. Eat your favorite food last
19. Distract yourself before giving into the urge to eat
20. Mindfully cook
21. Plan for tomorrow
22. Place healthy foods where you can see them
23. Try new foods
24. Be mindful of your dining companions
25. Put even more effort into what you do well instead of trying to change what you struggle with
26.  Focus on nourishing foods
26.2.  Write reminders to eat mindfully on your calendar

These 26.2 tips are from Susan Albers, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness and the author of several excellent books on the subject, including:

 Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food

 The Mindful Appetite: Practices to Transform Your Relationship with Food

✿ 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food

 Eat Q: Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence

Mindful Eating Tips
What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Infographic source and for a large version, please visit:

Water: Do You Need 8 Glasses a Day [Infographic]

Water:  Do You Need 8 Glasses a Day?
Infographic from
We know that adequate daily intake of clean, good quality water is essential to good health and is almost always recommended by nearly every weight loss diet plan and every detox or cleanse program.

According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, unintentional chronic dehydration contributes to and even produces pain, many degenerative diseases and mental health conditions including depression, cancer, weight gain and obesity.  Dr. B maintains that many of these diseases and conditions could be prevented and even treated by increasing water intake on a regular, daily basis.

For a more thorough explanation of Dr. Batmanghelidj's work, read
Obesity Cancer & Depression: Their Common Cause & Natural Cure or one of his other books.

So, just how much water should we drink?  Is 8 glasses a day too little, too much or just right?

It turns out that the 8 glasses per day recommendation is just a guideline.  In fact, each person's water intake requirements is different and depends on several factors as illustrated in this infographic. Factors influencing a person's individual water requirement include his or her size (weight), activity level, metabolism, geographical location, diet and general state of health.

Dr. B gives some guidelines on how much water to drink and the most beneficial times to drink it.  He also warns that if you are thirsty, your cells are already dehydrated.  He advises monitoring the amount and color of urine as a guide to whether or not you are taking in enough water and being aware of other symptoms of dehydration - including decreased coordination, fatigue, muscle cramps and headaches.

To stay properly hydrated, this infographic also offers some excellent tips.

Why Dehydration Makes You Fat and Sick
Daily Water Intake Table
How Alcohol Affects Your Body (and Belly Fat!)

Infographic Source: - HealthHub

Nuts - Health and Weight Loss Benefits [Infographic]

Nuts About Nuts - Nutrition and Calorie Information, Health Benefits
Infographic from
Many people who are trying to lose weight avoid eating nuts because they are generally high in calories.

But numerous scientific research and studies have shown that raw tree nuts may actually not only promote weight loss, but may also improve brain health and confer many other important health benefits - including lowering the risk for cancer and for many chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease and obesity.

Raw tree nuts are an excellent source of plant protein and energy and are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients.

Raw tree nuts are also a great source of dietary fiber and a small handful effectively curbs hunger cravings in most people - thus making them an ideal snack for everyone, nut just individuals on diets.  In these two ways, raw tree nuts promote healthy weight control and weight loss.

To get the health benefits of nuts, they need to be eaten raw and organic if possible.  Roasting and other heating methods destroys many of the important nutrients, including the coveted omega-3 fatty acids.  Oils, processed table salt and other flavorings used in making prepared nuts also contributes empty calories and may cause water retention.

Naturally, individuals with allergies to peanuts (actually a legume and not a nut) and one or more tree nuts must avoid consuming them.  For more information on various food allergens, visit Food Allergy Research and Education.

This infographic called "Nuts about Nuts" highlights the main health benefit and caloric content of  the following:

❤ Almonds
❤ Brazil Nuts
❤ Cashews
❤ Hazelnuts
❤ Macadamia Nuts
❤ Peanuts
❤ Pecans
❤ Pine Nuts
❤ Pistachios
❤ Walnuts

Infographic source

Paleo, Ketogenic, Vegetarian, Vegan, Anti-Inflammatory - Decoding Diets [Infographic]

Decoding Diets - Which Lifestyle is Right for You?
Infographic from in
Partnerships with
There is no shortage of the "best", the "latest" and the "healthiest" diets around these days.

All promise the same thing:  weight loss (including the unsightly belly fat).  Many promise that you will do so in record time and with minimal effort, i.e., it's easy - they say.  Some claim that you will not need to exercise very much, if at all.  Still, others assert that you will gain a plethora of other health benefits by following the particular diet.

Nearly all are constructed or backed by a physician, nutritionist or other health and wellness expert and offer plenty of citations to studies, research and scientific data to support their claims and show why theirs is the best, the healthiest, the most effective and perfect diet.

This would be all well and good if the majority of these diets were at least foundationally similar in their basic approach.  Unfortunately, some of the most popular diets today are radically different from one another in terms of basic nutrition:  i.e., allowed and disallowed macronutrients (i.e., protein, carbohydrates and fats) and/or in terms of severely restricting or completely eliminating entire food groups.

Its no wonder overweight or obese individuals who want or need to lose weight might struggle with keeping the various diets straight and figuring out which one is best for them.

This infographic called "Decoding Diets - Which Lifestyle is for You?" illustrates the basics, goals, tips and guidelines (including the breakdown of macronutrients) for five of the currently most popular diets:

☯ Paleo aka Primal
☯ Ketogenic aka Keto
☯ Vegetarian
☯ Vegan
☯ Anti-Inflammatory

Infographic source and to see the large version of this infographic, visit Ghregich & Co.


We Are What We Eat
Detecting Nutritional Deficiencies
Women Are Dying to be Thin

Annual Eating Psychology Free Online Conference - Part 4

Psychology of Eating Online Conference
2nd Annual Eating Psychology Virtual Conference

This is Part 4 of a series of posts on this free online premier event.  To learn more about the conference in general and read the biographies of some of the experts, please go to Annual Eating Psychology Free Online Conference Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

In this part, we are continuing with the summary bios of some of the many experts who are sharing the newest, cutting edge ideas, information, research and science on the psychology of eating, weight loss, dieting, binge and emotional eating, body image, health and nutrition:

Trudy Scott - Transform Anxiety and Cravings with Amino Acids and More
Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott is a nutritionist on a mission to educate and empower women worldwide about the healing powers of real whole food, the amazing amino acids and simple lifestyle changes for eliminating anxiety and emotional eating. Trudy works with clients one-on-one and in groups, serving as a catalyst in bringing about life enhancing mood transformations. Trudy is past president of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. She was recipient of the 2012 Impact Award and currently serves as a Special Advisor to the Board of Directors. She is also a member of Alliance for Addiction Solutions and Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Trudy is author of The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, and End Cravings.  She is also the creator and host of The Anxiety Summit, a virtual gathering of international experts sharing research and nutritional solutions for anxiety. She has been featured on NPR, GaiamTV, morning shows like Good Day Sacramento and been quoted in AARP, Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazines.
Tom Malterre - A Deeper Look at Nutrition, Life and True Healing
What if our state of dis-ease is coming from a lack of connection? A connection of where health and all of life comes from? What if the soil we grow our food in, the air that we breathe, and the water we drink are the key to sustaining health? What if these are the true currencies of life itself? After attaining two degrees in nutrition sciences, getting advanced training from the Institute for Functional Medicine, lecturing across the US and Canada, becoming a faculty member of the Autism Research Institute, and watching as thousands of my clients change their connection to their food, their earth, and their health, the message is becoming clearer every day. If we are kind to earth in which our food comes from, it gives us more abundance than we could ever imagine. My goal now is to share this insight as much as I possibly can and I am doing this through the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, Nourishing Meals book, and the website I am reaching our to physicians and other practitioners with hard sciences and clinical case studies in my Progressive Practitioner Coaching Programs so I can share the genius of Functional Medicine and it’s understanding of these principals of life. It is my belief that we can end unnecessary suffering through two simple means. Awareness and gratitude.
Janet Podleski - Reclaiming Cooking, Food and Laughter
Janet Podleski is the author (along with her sister, Greta) of four #1 national bestselling cookbooks, including their latest, The Looneyspoons Collection. Known for her trademark wit and humor, she’s also host of popular Food Network Canada TV series, “Eat, Shrink & Be Merry,” and is a sought-after inspirational/wellness speaker and Registered Holistic Nutritionist with a private practice in Ottawa, Ontario. Janet & Greta are to Canada what Jamie Oliver is to the UK: Health and wellness experts passionately dedicated to helping North Americans improve their eating habits. By combining good food, good health and good fun, the sisters have inspired millions to “take platters into their own hands,” getting them back into the kitchen preparing their own healthy meals.
Matt Stone - A Man's Journey with Eating Psychology
"With a high metabolic rate, EVERYTHING works better." Matt Stone is an independent health researcher, #1 Amazon bestselling author of more than 15 books, and the founder of 180DegreeHealth, a controversial website that has challenged the status quo on health with a combination of cutting-edge science and radical common sense since 2006. In his most popular books, Eat for Heat: The Metabolic Approach to Food and Drink and the Diet Recovery: Restoring Hormonal Health, Metabolism, Mood, and Your Relationship with Food series, Stone lays out explicit instructions for achieving a high metabolic rate, the details of which are Stone's greatest discovery in his decade of intensive research. With an increase in metabolic rate, thousands of Stone's readers and clients have reported improvements in a vast array of disorders: constipation, hair loss, low libido, acid reflux, insomnia, anxiety, cold hands and feet, frequent urination, allergies, skin conditions, chronic infections, infertility, and countless others, all while eating common, enjoyable, comfort foods to their heart's content.
Izabella Wentz - The Importance of Thyroid Health
Dr. Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP is a pharmacist who has dedicated herself to addressing the root causes of autoimmune thyroid disease after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 2009. She is the author of the best-selling patient guide "Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis" Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause".
Dr. Susan Albers - Mindfulness and Eating
Susan Albers PsyD is a clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic. She graduated from the University of Denver and did her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Albers completed her post-doctoral work at Stanford University. She has written six books on the topic of mindful eating including Eat.Q., Eating Mindfully, Eat, Drink & Be Mindful, Mindful Eating 101, 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, and But I Deserve This Chocolate. She conducts mindful eating workshops and lectures on 5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Eat.Q. internationally.
Sarah Ballantyne - Insights from the Paleo Mom
Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D. (a.k.a. The Paleo Mom) is the blogger behind the award-winning blog, cohost of the top-rated and syndicated The Paleo View podcast, and author of two books The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease, Heal Your Body and The Paleo Approach Cookbook: A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul (English and English Edition).  At the time her first daughter was born, Sarah was morbidly obese and suffered from over a dozen immune- and autoimmune-related diseases. After her second daughter was born, Sarah discovered the Paleo lifestyle. It had an amazing effect on her health, including contributing to her 120-pound weight loss! Over time, she healed herself of a long laundry list of physical complaints including: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, acid reflux, migraines, anxiety, asthma, allergies, psoriasis and an autoimmune skin condition called lichen planus. In fact, Sarah was able to discontinue six prescription medications, some of which she has been taking for 12 years, within two weeks of changing her diet! The dramatic improvements in Sarah’s conditions convinced her never to revert to her previous eating habits. She quickly became a passionate and enthusiastic advocate for the Paleo lifestyle.
Connie Sobczak - The Body Positive Approach
Connie Sobczak is the co-founder and co-director of The Body Positive, a nonprofit organization she founded in 1996 with Elizabeth Scott, LCSW, to prevent eating problems and improve the self-image of youth and adults. She is the author of embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!) which brings to life the five core Competencies of the Be Body Positive Model. Connie produced the BodyTalk DVD series for students in grades K-12, and Discover Your Healthy Weight, a DVD for adults and grand festival award winner in the 2009 Berkeley Video & Film Festival. She develops The Body Positive’s curricula and training materials, facilitates Be Body Positive workshops for the general public, and trains student groups in middle school through college to develop peer-led Body Positive programs. She was a 2008 semi-finalist for a Volvo for Life award honoring "real-life heroes."
Roy Nelson - Emotional Eating
Roy Nelson is known as "the last resort" for those who cannot stop their self-destructive habits. Living with a violent, alcoholic father drove him to pursue a life of distraction by any means possible - until he conceded that his self-imposed hell was killing him. It was then that he had a profound experience that changed everything. Over thirty-five years ago Roy "cracked the code" of his own addictive personality. As a result, he lost 120 pounds and overcome a myriad of addictions, as well as depression, panic attacks, and phobias. Based on his personal experience of total freedom, Roy developed The Nelson Method—a plan of spiritual healing that is designed to help people heal from their own personal hell, even when all other approaches have failed.
Ian Lawton - The Spiritual Journey
Ian Lawton is a spiritual teacher of inner wisdom, universal love, self awareness, oneness, peace, and abundance. He is an author and lectures internationally on contemporary spirituality and personal growth. Ian and his wife, Meg lead an online support community called Soulseeds, and an online marketing support service called Soulseeds Media. Soulseeds offers resources to people to eat, live, lead, change, exercise, meditate and love more soulfully.
Yuri Elkaim - Reclaim Your Energy
Yuri Elkaim is a holistic nutritionist and fitness expert most famous for helping people enjoy all-day energy and amazing health in a very short period of time without radical diets or gimmicks. His follow-along workouts are sought-after for helping you get in athletic shape without spending all of your time in the gym. He's on a mission to transform the lives of more than 10 million people by 2018.
Joe Cross - Rebooting Your Body
Joe Cross is the founder of Reboot with Joe, a company dedicated to helping people reclaim their health and vitality by consuming more fruits and vegetables. His personal story of transformation was chronicled in the documentary Fat Sick & Nearly Dead , which has been seen by more than 10MM people worldwide.  The incredible response to screenings of the film inspired Joe to create Reboot with Joe, making the tools, information and support available to enable anyone to reclaim their wellbeing. Currently, more than a half a million people are members of Reboot’s online community. Cross has spent the past 18 months criss-crossing the globe as a featured speaker, spreading his message of plant-based wellness to audiences eager for a solution to a growing global problem of obesity.
Dr. John Spencer Ellis - Lifestyle Design and Personal Excellence
Each week, over one million people enjoy a fitness and personal development program John Spencer Ellis created. He is the CEO of 4 international associations and founded Wexford University. He’s a 2x Amazon #1 best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker and Personal Trainer Hall of Fame inductee. John competed in the Ironman triathlon and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships.
Lindsey Averill - Fattitude:  An Empowering Look at Fat
Lindsey Averill, the producer/director of the forthcoming film Fattitude, is a fat feminist activist, filmmaker and the author of Feminist Cupcake, a blog that looks at how representations in popular culture perpetuate negative stereotypes about race, gender, sexuality and body type. Lindsey also founded Extraordinary Being, an organization that facilitates life affirming, feminist and body-positive workshops and provides one-on-one feminist and body-positive coaching to clients nationwide.
Dr. Mark Schwartz
Dr. Mark Schwartz graduated from The John's Hopkins University with a doctorate degree in psychology and mental health. He worked in the Department of Psychology at John's Hopkins and co-taught at the university. He then joined the staff of Master's and Johnson Institute, in which he served as Director of Workshops, Director of Research, and ultimately, Executive Director. He co-founded along with Lori Galperin, three Inpatient Programs in Trauma and Compulsivity with Dr. Masters in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Los Angeles. He then co-founded Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders in St. Louis, and Monarch Cove Treatment Center located in Pacific Grove, CA. He has published research articles, textbook chapters and has edited 3 books. He lectures widely throughout the United States and Europe to thousands of psychotherapists. 
 For more information and to sign up for free go to the Conference.

Annual Eating Psychology Free Online Conference Part 3

Psychology of Eating Online Event
2nd Annual Eating Psychology Virtual Conference

This is Part 3 of a series of posts on this free online premier event.  To read about the conference in general and biographies of some of the experts, please go to Annual Eating Psychology Free Online Conference Part 1 and Part 2.

In this part, we are continuing with the short bios of some of the many experts who are sharing the newest, cutting edge ideas, information, research and science on the psychology of eating, including weight loss, dieting, binge and emotional eating, body image and nutrition:

JJ Virgin - Reclaiming Health with Virgin Diet
JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS Celebrity Nutrition & Fitness Expert JJ Virgin helps clients lose weight fast by breaking free from food intolerance. She is author of New York Times Bestsellers The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days and The Virgin Diet Cookbook: 150 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Lose Weight and Feel Better Fast .  JJ is also bestselling author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy: The 5-Step Plan to Sleek, Strong, and Sculpted Arm, a HuffingtonPost blogger, creator of the 4X4 Burst Training Workout, and co-starred in TLC'sFreaky Eaters.
Dr. Tom O'Bryan - Getting Real About Gluten
Dr. Tom O'Bryan is an internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader specializing in the complications of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease as they occur inside and outside of the intestines. He is the founder of He recently hosted the paradigm-shifting ‘The Gluten Summit - A Grain of Truth’, bringing together 29 of the world’s experts on Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity at
Paul Chek - Energy, Chemistry, Hydration and Organisms
Paul Chek is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of preventive holistic health and corrective and high-performance exercise systems addressing all aspects of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. During the past three-decades, Paul’s unique, holistic approach to clinical intervention, treatment and education has changed the lives of countless individuals worldwide. By treating the body as a whole system and finding the root cause of a problem, Paul has successfully coached clients toward complete resolution of their health and performance challenges, where traditional approaches have consistently failed. As a walking, talking definition of success, Paul is above all an educator: teaching and applying his methods to benefit others. He has produced more than 50 videos, 6 books, 2 e-books, and 16 advanced-level home study courses while regularly contributing to many diverse publications and web sites. Paul is the founder of the C.H.E.K Institute and the P~P~S Success Mastery Center, in San Diego, California, USA. 
Andrea Nakayama
Andrea Nakayama is a Functional Nutritionist and founder of Replenish PDX and Holistic Nutrition Lab, where healthcare practitioners and awakened individuals learn how to effectively care for others and take full ownership over their own health. A master at simplifying and explaining why we hurt, how we heal, and what foods to eat, Andrea's dedication to personalized "food as medicine" skyrocketed after personal tragedy into the practice she has today, which includes a team of five nutritionists working in one-on-one client care and a host of sought after online programs.
Dr. Pedram Shojai - A Life of Vitality
Dr Pedram Shojai is the founder of Well.Org and the producer of the Vitality Movie.   He travels the world filming the good guys and helps bring balance and health back to our world. He's also the editor of BeMore! Magazine and the author of the book Rise and Shine: Awaken Your Energy Body with Taoist Alchemy and Qi Gong.
Donna Gates - The Gut Microbiome
Donna Gates, M.Ed., ABAAHP, is the international best-selling author of The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity.  Over the past 25 years, Donna has become one of the most respected authorities in digestive health, and is on a mission to change the way the world eats.
Dr. Srini Pillay - A Psychiatrist's Heartfelt Approach to Habit Change
Srini Pillay, M.D. is a world-renowned Harvard psychiatrist, executive coach, award-winning author and brain-imaging researcher who applies his extensive background in human psychology and the brain to help people overcome psychological obstacles. He works with corporations as well as individuals invested in lifestyle transformations. Srini graduated as the top medical student and won the most national awards of any resident at Harvard. He was Director of the Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Program at McLean Hospital, and is regarded as a global leader in the management of stress and anxiety as well as habit change. As the CEO of NeuroBusiness Group, Srini led the company to being voted one of the Top 20 “Movers and Shakers” in Leadership Development in the world by Training Industry in 2013. In the past year, Srini has created many programs to help people reach their greatest potential, including a 6-audio download called “The Untapped Power of You”, an online burnout assessment and intervention tool called “Burnout Buster”, an App to manage anxiety and help people through change and uncertainty called “GearShift” and an online program to help people develop a successful mindset for weight loss called “Noodlefist Habit Changer”. He is also author of Motivational Book of the Year: Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear Srini has been interviewed by many media outlets including Fox and CNN on TV, Shape magazine, Cosmopolitan and Martha Stewart Whole Living in print, the New York Times, Forbes and Oprah Radio as well as NPR.
Amara Pagano - Movement, Embodiment, and the Power of Dance
Amara Pagano is the founder of AZUL, a path of awakening through movement and the co-founder of OneDanceTribe, a global community of people evolving through conscious movement. She believes in the power of movement to transform ourselves and transform the world. Amara trained with Gabrielle Roth to teach Waves & Heartbeat and has taught 5Rhythms workshops and intensives internationally for 15 years. AZUL is an evolution of her work with 5Rhythms and inspired by her devotion to Prem Baba and his pscho-spiritual teachings. AZUL is a spiritual dance practice that supports people in their personal evolution and in the awakening of their true nature. She is based in Maui Hawaii and travels extensively offering workshops and retreats in North and South America, Europe and Australia.
Dr. Michael T. Murray - 10 Commandments for Healthy Weight Loss
Dr. Michael T. Murray is one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine. He has published over 30 books featuring natural approaches to health. His research into the health benefits of proper nutrition is the foundation for a best-selling line of dietary supplements from Natural Factors, where he is Director of Product Development. He is a graduate, former faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Martin Rosen - Neuroplasticity and Personal Change
Martin G. Rosen, D.C. is a 1981 summa cum laude graduate of Life Chiropractic College.  For the past 30 years Dr. Rosen has run a successful family oriented wellness care practice in Wellesley MA. His practice paradigm encompasses pediatrics, craniopathy and organic imbalances within a family oriented environment. Prevention of behavioral dysfunction issues, as well as treatment for these issues, has been part of Dr. Rosen’s specialized chiropractic approach. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Rosen has taught craniopathy and chiropractic pediatrics nationally and internationally as well as lecturing on practice management, philosophy, and technique protocols.
Dr. Deanna Minich - Food and Spirit
Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-recognized lifestyle medicine expert, creative visionary, and author of five books. Her twenty years of experience in the nutrition and functional medicine fields led her to develop an integrated, "whole self" approach to nutrition called Food & Spirit (, which is the practice of understanding one’s eating and living through the seven core symbolic themes. In 2014, she launched the Certified Food & Spirit Practitioner Program ( to provide health professionals with a practical way to apply the Food & Spirit principles into clinical medicine. Dr. Minich has had a diverse, well-rounded experience in the field of nutrition including clinical practice, research, product formulation, marketing, writing, and education. She received her nutrition education during her Doctoral (Ph.D.) study at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands where she researched essential fatty acid absorption and metabolism, and from her Master’s Degree (M.S.) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she focused on carotenoids and oxidative stress. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (F.A.C.N.), a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.), Certified Nutritionist (C.N.) by the Washington State Department of Health, and a Registered Yoga Teacher (R.Y.T.). She is the author of five books on health and wellness, and over fifteen scientific publications. Currently, she is senior advisor to the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Seattle, WA, and is adjunct faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine and two universities. Her passion is teaching a whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, spirituality, and art in medicine. 
Dr. Brian Mowll - A Mind Body Soul Approach to Diabetes
Since 1998, Dr. Brian Mowll has been helping people with all forms of diabetes properly manage their complex health conditions. Additionally, with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, his goal is to not just manage the condition, but to reverse it, by addressing the root causes. Dr. Mowll has spent over 20 years studying and applying clinical nutrition, physical fitness, lifestyle management, functional medicine, and diabetes self-management education. He is the host of the widely popular "Reversing Diabetes World Summit", as well as a prolific writer, blogger, and speaker. He has written over 500 articles about diabetes and natural health, and has been a featured speaker throughout the US. Dr. Mowll treats patients locally in the Philadelphia area and globally through his acclaimed Diabetes Coach™ program.  For more information visit Sweet Life Diabetes Centers.
John Assaraf - Mastering Your Mindset
John Assaraf is a serial entrepreneur, brain researcher, and CEO of PraxisNow, a brain-research company that creates some of the most powerful evidence-based brain retraining tools and programs in the world. A relentless explorer of consciousness and human behavior, John’s passion is discovering and teaching people how to release the mental blockages that hold them back from achieving their fullest potential. Thousands of companies, entrepreneurs and individuals worldwide are currently using PraxisNow programs to develop unstoppable confidence, certainty and the personal power needed for achieving their goals and vision. In the last 25 years, John has grown 5 multi-million dollar companies in real estate, Internet software, brain research and life and business coaching and consulting. He’s the author of 2 New York Times best-selling books, Having It All: Achieving Your Life's Goals and Dreams and The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life John has appeared on almost every major TV program such Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360 and The Ellen Degeneres Show, and was featured in the blockbuster movie and book The Secret and in the special documentary “Quest for Success” with the Dali Lama and Sir Richard Branson. Today, John researches, writes and lectures extensively around the world on the neuroscience of success and achieving maximum performance.
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Annual Eating Psychology Free Online Conference Part 1

Annual Eating Psychology Free Online Conference
2nd Annual Eating Psychology Virtual Conference

The world’s premier free online virtual conference in the science and psychology of eating is for everyone!

The conference will cover cutting edge ideas that can help participants take a big leap forward in their understanding of weight and weight loss, body image, overeating, binge eating, endless dieting, emotional eating, nutrition, health, personal transformation and more.

Taking an approach that honors all of who we are as humans who eat - body, mind, heart and soul, the following 45+ experts will engage in powerful and positive new conversations when it comes to the science and psychology of eating over a 5 day period:

Marc David (Host) - A New View of Eating Psychology
Marc David is the Founder of both the Institute for the Psychology of Eating and the Institute for Conscious Sexuality and Relationship, a leading visionary, teacher and consultant in Nutritional Psychology, and the author of the classic and best-selling works Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being and The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss .  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. IPE is unique and revolutionary in its approach - teaching students and professionals how to effectively work with the most common eating challenges of our times in their internationally acclaimed Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training. The Institute also features cutting edge programs for the public.
Dr. Mark Hyman - A Doctor's View of Food, Nutrition, and Health
Dr. Mark Hyman is a practicing family physician, an eight-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post, and a regular medical contributor on Katie Couric’s TV show, Katie. His latest book, The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body's Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast addresses the obesity epidemic by providing a step-by-step approach to managing blood sugar levels, diabetes and a healthy weight.
Amy Pershing - The Psychology of Binge Eating
Amy Pershing is the Founding CoExecutive Director of Pershing Turner Centers in Annapolis, Maryland and the Clinical Director for the Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is also the 2013/2014 Chair of The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). Amy lectures internationally on BED and complex trauma, and maintains a clinical practice in Ann Arbor.
Thomas Moore - A Soulful Approach to Food
Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul : A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life and fifteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts.  He has a Ph. D. in religion from Syracuse University and has won several awards for his work, including an honorary doctorate from Lesley University and the Humanitarian Award from Einstein Medical School of Yeshiva University. Three of his books have won the prestigious Books for a Better Life awards. He writes fiction and music and often works with his wife, artist and yoga instructor, Hari Kirin. He writes regular columns for Resurgence, Spirituality & Health, and The Huffington Post, and his most recent book is A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World , where he re-defines and re-imagines religion as the deep, personal process in which you deal with the mysteries of life. Much of his recent work has focused on the world of medicine, speaking to nurses and doctors about the soul and spirit of medical practice.
Dr. David Perlmutter - New and Daring Insights Into Brain Health
David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition who received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award. After completing residency training in Neurology, also at the University of Miami, Dr. Perlmutter entered private practice in Naples, Florida.

  He is the author of the bestselling book Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers.
Aimee Liu - The Journey Home from Anorexia
Aimee Liu's most recent book is Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders . GAINING is, in part, a sequel to Liu's very first book, Solitaire: The compelling story of a young woman growing up in America and her triumph over anorexia - which was also America's first anorexia memoir. Revisiting the questions of what really causes eating disorders and what it takes to fully recover, Liu interviewed leading researchers and more than 40 other women and men with histories of eating disorders.
Dr. Sara Gottfried - A Deeper Look at Hormones and Sacred Chemistry
Dr. Sara Gottfried MD is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep and Sex Drive; Lose Weight; Feel Focused, Vital, and Energized Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol. She teaches men and women how to balance their hormones naturally, regardless of age. She is a Harvard-educated physician, speaker.  Board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, she is known for quoting Top 40 lyrics and blending the seriousness of women’s health with playfulness and humor.  Take a free quiz at
Sayer Ji - Exciting Research in Nutrition and Food
Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is widely recognized as the most widely referenced health resource of its kind.
Jessica Ortner - Tapping Meets Eating Psychology
Jessica Ortner is a co-producer of the breakthrough documentary film on EFT / Meridian Tapping, The Tapping Solution. She studied digital journalism with the New York Film Academy, in conjunction with NBC News, and has been interviewing experts in the personal development field since 2007, having conducted over 200 broadcast interviews to date. For the past eight years, Jessica has traveled the world working with and training under many of the leaders in the field of personal development. She is trained as an NLP Master Practitioner and is certified in hypnosis. She combines her experience in the field with her knowledge of tapping to create tap-along audios that have been used by thousands of people around the world, with great results. Jessica is the host, and creates content for, The Tapping Insiders Club and is also the host of the annual Tapping World Summit.
Dr. Alan Christianson - A New View of Metabolism
Dr. Alan Christianson is a Phoenix, Arizona-based Naturopathic Physician (NMD) who specializes in natural endocrinology with a focus on thyroid disorders. He founded Integrative Health, a group of physicians that reverses complex and chronic diseases. Accolades include Top Doc recipient in Phoenix magazine. Dr. Christianson co-authored The Complete Idiot's Guide to Thyroid Disease and authored Healing Hashimoto's: A Savvy Patient's Guide . His numerous media appearances include CNN, The Today Show, The Doctors, Insider and Shape Magazine.
Lori Galperin
Lori Galperin is a clinician, writer and teacher. She received her undergraduate degree psychology followed by a graduate degree in social work from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Over the last 27 years of her professional career, Ms. Galperin co-founded 3 clinical programs treating sexual trauma, sexual addiction and related disorders, in addition to 3 residential eating disorder programs. She is trained in an array of clinical modalities including Hypnosis, EMDR, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Processing Therapies, and is skilled in psychodramatic techniques. Additionally, Ms. Galperin is trained in the original Masters & Johnson model of marital and sexual co-therapy, as taught by its founders. Along with co-authoring book chapters and journal articles, Ms. Galperin has lectured to, and done trainings with professional audiences in a variety of settings over the last 27 years.
Fall Ferguson - Health at Every Size
Fall Ferguson, JD, MA, is an educator and health activist. She teaches full-time in the Masters of Health Education program at John F. Kennedy University. "I am passionate about transformative health education. The best educators create a container for learning where experimentation with new perspectives feels safe—free from judgment and consequences. Unfortunately, most health and nutrition educators think their job is to get people to stop behaving one way and start behaving another way. I find that so limiting. My vision of health education is to help people make shifts in their lives toward meaning, toward purpose, toward connection, toward joy. Only meaningful changes, motivated intrinsically, will be sustainable and health-promoting in the long term." Ferguson has also served as President of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) since 2012. ASDAH is an international non-profit that promotes education, research, and health services that are free from weight-based assumptions and weight discrimination. ASDAH advocates for a Health At Every Size® (HAES®) approach promoting weight inclusivity, health enhancement, respectful care, eating for well-being, and life-enhancing movement. "I am extremely proud of ASDAH’s recent expansion of the HAES model to address healthism, intersectionality, and social justice concerns. Any health advocacy group that is not confronting the social determinants of health risks becoming part of the problem." A regular contributor to the Health At Every Size Blog, Ferguson writes about a wide range of health policy and health activism topics.
Meggan Watterson - Getting Spiritually Naked
Meggan Watterson is an author, international speaker, and spiritual misfit who inspires seekers to abandon their fears but never themselves, and to live from the audacity and authenticity of the voice of their soul. Her recent book with Hay House titled Reveal: A Sacred Manual for Getting Spiritually Naked is described as "ignited prayer" by Eve Ensler, "life-changing" by Dr. Christiane Northup, and "a blessing to the world," by Gabrielle Bernstein. She facilitates the REDLADIES, a spiritual community that encourages women to reclaim their bodies as sacred and to be led by the soul-voice inside them without compromise or apology. (Some break bread together; REDLADIES break dark chocolate.) She founded REVEAL, an annual event in NYC that’s a triumvirate of one part fiery soul-voices, one part ritual, and one part dance party.
Emily Rosen - Mind Body Nutrition
Emily Rosen is the Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating and founder of the Institute for Conscious Sexuality and Relationship, where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations. With an extensive and varied background in nutritional science, counseling, natural foods, the culinary arts, conscious sex education, mind body practices, business management and marketing, Emily brings a unique skill-set to her role as a consultant to corporate and professional clientele. She has been a long-term director and administrator for Weight Loss Camps and Programs serving teens and adults and has held the position of Executive Chef at various retreat centers. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to teach, counsel, manage, and be at the forefront of the new wave of professionals who are changing the way we understand the science and psychology of eating and sexuality.
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