Many people struggle with eating and crash dieting, with the results not typically being encouraging. According to registered dietitian nutritionist and PhD researcher Dr. David Wiss, there are newer methods that can help those who struggle with eating behaviors. “The shift is away from fat and muscle and toward the gut and brain” Dr. Wiss says.
Dr. Wiss is releasing an app called “Wise Mind Nutrition” that can help those who struggle with eating challenges find a new footing in their relationship with food using a friendly, non-dieting approach.
“This app is really for people who have tried other things that haven’t worked and are looking for a framework that they can be comfortable with long-term,” Dr. Wiss said. “It is informed by recovery processes and is a healing journey designed to be safe and non-triggering.”
The app contains a set of daily tools for the individual to help them learn and reflect. There are guided meditations, cooking lessons, and so much more.
“One of the key features is the nightly review, where one can reflect on their progress throughout the day, identifying areas where they did well and others where they have room for growth.” Wiss said. “I like to remind people: you are perfect the way you are and there is always room for improvement.”
According to Dr. Wiss, there are nuances to nutrition that are not well captured by current attitudes around dieting. “Some people have to opt out of diet culture,” Dr. Wiss said. “Some people are chronic dieters and at some point have to stop eating for vanity and start eating for sanity.”
Dr. Wiss said that the first version of the app, which will be free, is set to launch by March 2023 and will contain a non-math-centric food log and several videos describing the Wise Mind Nutrition framework. Following this will be an option to upgrade to the personalized nutrition program that helps users create a plan for using lifestyle medicine to improve mental health outcomes.
For more information, a free download “Five Ways You Can Use Nutrition to Improve Your Mental Health” and for early access to the app, sign up at https://wisemindnutrition.com/.