Archives by: David A. Wiss

A New Look at Food Issues- Podcast with Dr. Adam Silberstein

Dr. Adam Silberstein is a real hero. He has a serenity that is so attractive and for this reason has been an in-demand psychologist. David and Adam have had the privilege of working together over the years. This “A New Look at Food Issues” podcast was a chance for them to talk in-depth about food addiction and all of the controversies surrounding it. David discusses contemporary food issues from a personal as well as from a public health perspective. Specifically, David talks about stigma associated with addictions and obesity, and potential policy implications of the food addiction construct. Click below to listen to the “A New Look at Food Issues” 58-minute podcast!

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Circadian Rhythms & Mental Health Video

David Wiss MS RDN founder of Nutrition in Recovery walks you through some of the latest research on circadian rhythms linked to mental health. Key take-away points:

  • Both sleep and nutrition are part of circadian rhythms
  • Circadian rhythms are easily disrupted by binge eating and substance use
  • Associations between circadian rhythms and health are mediated by hormones and more recently the gut microbiome
  • Novel treatments for behavioral health disorders have begun looking into the circadian clock
  • Changing health behaviors can reverse circadian disruption over time
  • “When” you eat is often just as important as “what” you eat 
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Nutrition in Recovery is a group practice of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and other health professionals who specialize in the treatment of addictions, eating disorders, body image, mental health, as well as general wellness.

We send out a monthly Newsletter summarizing the latest research linking nutrition and mental health. Each newsletter will include a short video with some helpful hints and actions you can implement to improve mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing for yourself and for your clients. You will be among the first to hear the findings and insights from cutting-edge data, and we are providing references so you can do your own research if interested.

View previous video on Nutrition During Childhood

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Biopsychosocial Opioid Video 6:42

 The opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions in the United States with rising overdose death rates. Identifying the underlying factors that contribute to addiction vulnerability may lead to more effective prevention strategies. Supply side environmental factors are amajor contributing component. Psychosocial factors such as stress, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences have been linked to emotional pain leading to self-medication. Genetic and epigenetic factors associated with brain reward pathways and impulsivity are known predictors of addiction vulnerability. This review attempts to present a biopsychosocial approach that connects various social and biological theories related to the addiction crisis. The emerging role of nutrition therapy with an emphasis on gastrointestinal health in the treatment of opioid use disorder is presented. The biopsychosocial model integrates concepts from several disciplines, emphasizing multicausality rather than a reductionist approach. Potential solutions at multiple levels are presented, considering individual as well as population health. This single cohesive framework is based on the interdependency of the entire system, identifying risk and protective factors that may influence substance-seeking behavior. Nutrition should be included as one facet of a multidisciplinary approach toward improved recovery outcomes. Cross-disciplinary collaborative efforts, new ideas, and fiscal resources will be critical to address the epidemic.

Read more and get access to the article HERE

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The Relationship Between Alcohol and Glycohemoglobin: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

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Beyond Risk and Back Podcast

While David Wiss MS RDN was presenting this year at the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders he met Aaron Huey of Fire Mountain Programs and they decided to do a podcast together on the importance of nutrition in mental health recovery. This particular episodes focuses on the role of nutrition in early addiction recovery, specifically with teens. In this episode they discuss gastrointestinal health, neurotransmitters, blood sugar, and overall problems with successfully implementing healthful eating in today’s youth. This was an epic episode of Beyond Risk and Back!

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NUTRITION IN RECOVERY CURRICULUM

Nutrition in Recovery Group Curriculum is now Available! 

Nutrition in Recovery Curriculum

In 2012, I ran my first weekly nutrition group at a residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Los Angeles where I taught people about the link between nutrition and behavioral health.  We did not have a TV, so I put together various handouts as reading material for group discussions, based on information that I learned through my own treatment in 2005 & 2006. I’ll never forget the excitement of my first year running Nutrition in Recovery groups and building out the curriculum, and becoming a specialist working with this unique population. The experience was magical – I’ve enjoyed being contacted over the years and people sharing memories of that first nutrition group; someone recently told me that my trip with them to the grocery store while they were in treatment changed their life, and they are now sober working as a chef. This is in part due to the Nutrition in Recovery curriculum.

Nutrition in Recovery took off quickly and by 2013, I was running groups at several different treatment centers, conducting individual counseling and occasionally leading hands-on nutrition workshops. I took on dietetic interns and built out a legendary team of dietitians. We have run groups both locally in Southern California as well as internationally and have hosted various forms of staff training. To date we have contracted with over 30 treatment centers, including facilities that treat eating disorders as well as general mental health. During these years, I have refined the Nutrition in Recovery curriculum based on feedback from attendees as well as the facilitators, and of course the rapidly changing nutrition landscape. 

I have always tried to be available, but have never shared any curriculum, until now. The legendary Nutrition in Recovery curriculum is available to you. The content is designed to be delivered by a registered dietitian but can be done by someone who has a proficient background in nutrition and is attuned to recovery culture. Many of the slides have notes under them to help guide you through it all. If you or anyone you know is interested in conducting research using the curriculum, let’s talk.

The Nutrition in Recovery curriculum consists of 24 weeks of educational presentations, handouts, videos, games, activities, and discussion topics, all of which build upon the previous weeks, but can also be used in any order. Some groups include homework, recipes to keep, and are all designed to stimulate excellent discussion. There is no nutritional agenda embedded into the curriculum, it is flexible to a wide range of approaches. It is also eating disorder informed and friendly, and the best part about it is that you will get the actual PowerPoint and Word docs whenever available, so you can customize the curriculum as you see fit! 

  • Week 1: The Basics
  • Week 2: The Nutrition in Recovery Method 
  • Week 3: Fiber the Missing Nutrient
  • Week 4: Incorporating More Fiber
  • Week 5: Budgeting Food During Recovery
  • Week 6: Smoothie Workshop 
  • Week 7: Sugar, Salt, Fat
  • Week 8: Let’s Talk Breakfast
  • Week 9: Substance Substitution 
  • Week 10: Oats Workshop 
  • Week 11: Conversations About Sugar
  • Week 12: Emotional Eating 
  • Week 13: Exercise in Recovery 
  • Week 14: Whole Grains and the Mediterranean Diet 
  • Week 15: Artificial Sweeteners 
  • Week 16: Salad Dressing Workshop 
  • Week 17: Fads and Myths 
  • Week 18: Guess that Plant 
  • Week 19: Binge Eating Solutions 
  • Week 20: Body Image and Disordered Eating 
  • Week 21: Chocolate Bites Workshop 
  • Week 22: So Many Different Approaches 
  • Week 23: Mindful Eating 
  • Week 24: Food Safety 

The cost of the curriculum is $695 and as a limited-time bonus includes a 30-minute consulting session with David Wiss MS RDN within 3 months of purchase. David will also send you his range of academic publications related to nutrition, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. You can use the 30-minute session either to seek clarification on the curriculum, to dive deeper into the research and learn more about the link between nutrition and mental health, or to pick David’s brain about anything. Lastly, those who purchase the curriculum will be added to a special mailing list where we will eventually form a group of nutritionists who work in addiction treatment centers sharing ideas, challenges, and victories. The goal is to one day have a recognized certification, and those who get in now will likely end up as the original leaders. Let’s join forces! 

Questions? Email davidawiss@nutritioninrecovery.com

Ready to make a payment? Use credit card HERE. 

Please make sure to include the proper email address for correspondence. You will be asked to sign a non-disclosure before receiving the Nutrition in Recovery curriculum. 

 

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David Wiss Speaking Schedule 2019

Mr. Wiss has three big conferences coming up, and hopes that you will be able to join him at one of them!

We are excited to announce his speaking schedule over the next several months. Please let us know if you will be attending so we can plan a meet up! Cape Cod, London, and Philadelphia here we come!

Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders (CCSAD) 

September 5-8, 2019, Hyannis MA

Saturday September 7, 10:45am-12:15pm

“Nutrition for Addiction Recovery: Exploring Links Between the Gut and Brain”

Register HERE

International Society of Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR)

October 20-22, 2019, London UK

Tues October 22, 11:00am-12:30pm

“Moving Toward Nutrition Standards in Substance and Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment”

Register HERE

Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) 

October 26-29, 2019, Philadelphia, PA

Pre-FNCE workshop hosted by Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) 

Saturday October 26, 8:15am-9:30am 

“More than Meets the Eye: How Unseen Factors Impact Nutrition and Health” 

Register HERE 

More information on Wiss Speaking Schedule for Winter 2019-2020 coming soon!

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Nutrition During Childhood Video

David Wiss MS RDN walks you through some of the controversies around nutrition, eating behavior, and food addiction during childhood and adolescence. Key take-away points:

  • Nutrition and weight loss interventions on children and adolescents appear mostly ineffective
  • Addiction-like eating may be the explanatory mechanism 
    • Not an individual problem as much a societal problem
  • The use of food to regulate mood starts early
  • Loss of control eating is common during adolescence
  • First 1,000 days appears critical for shaping one’s relationship to food
  • It probably starts sooner! In utero & parental genes 
  • Food environment and other social factors are of course critical
  • We need nutrition-related public health policy 
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Nutrition in Recovery is a group practice of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and other health professionals who specialize in the treatment of addictions, eating disorders, body image, mental health, as well as general wellness.

We send out a monthly Newsletter summarizing the latest research linking nutrition and mental health. Each newsletter will include a short video with some helpful hints and actions you can implement to improve mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing for yourself and for your clients. You will be among the first to hear the findings and insights from cutting-edge data, and we are providing references so you can do your own research if interested.

Within the next year you can look forward to the following topics being covered:

Circadian Rhythms

Men and Eating Disorders

View last month’s video on Bariatric Surgery

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A Biopsychosocial Overview of the Opioid Crisis: Considering Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Health

I spent an entire year working on this manuscript! It was quite an undertaking because employing an “overview perspective” of something as vast as the opioid crisis requires expertise in several different domains. Specifically, this paper covers environmental factors (i.e. exposure to pharmaceutical pain killers) as well as psychosocial factors (e.g. stress, trauma, childhood adversity) in conceptualizing susceptibility to opioid addiction. The most novel contribution relates to the role of nutrition in recovery from opioid use disorders. The model created can be used to conceptualize substances other than opioids, including food.

The article is OPEN ACCESS and can be read and downloaded HERE

Open Access article by David Wiss
A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Substance Consumption by David Wiss.
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Food Addiction and Disordered Eating Webinar

Sorting Through Dialectical Truths

In this webinar, David Wiss MS RDN helps you sort through dialectical truths that plague the nutrition profession. People seem to pick a “campsite” and then wage war at the other camps. In other words, there are false dichotomies in the nutrition field. For example, someone once said that one cannot believe in food addiction and treat eating disorders at the same time. Such an interesting comment, particularly with the use of the word “believe.” In this presentation, David discusses how these topics converge and how they diverge. Mr. Wiss uses concepts of statistics to set the stage for a presentation of dialectical truths. Useful terms are defined and the broad category of nutrition for mental health is explored. This presentation is particularly useful for those who are interested in theory, and philosophical debates. Tips for assessing food addiction are offered.

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Read more of David’s thoughts on food philosophies.

David is currently doing virtual sessions with people all over the world who have co-occurring eating and substance use disorders. Feel free to reach out and find out more about working with him.

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