I picked up a few Kessler titles at the library, "The end of overeating" on audio recommended by carolyn sutton and a print copy of "Your food is fooling you or how your brain is hijacked by sugar fat and salt".
A few interesting ideas - "Overeating is a result of changes in the reward center of the brain."
Conditioning kids to food means that when kids are repeatedly exposed to food cues, their reward center becomes hyperactive. They will repeat these patterns even if they have just eaten. They will not stop until the food is gone. My parents were refugees from eastern europe and starved after WWII for years in DP camps in Germany. As I was a severely picky eater, my dad used to force feed me by holding my nose at the dinner table until I had no choice but to open my mouth. My mom use to sneak snacks to me later, after meals. Food was always an argument and a fight for physical control with my father and bribery from my mother. I don't judge my parents for their actions anymore, but I do yearn to understand my love hate relationship with food. Having lost 60 pounds twice in the last 5 years, it is really important for me to put away the diet cycle forever. Despite that I lost the weight, I didn't learn a better way to live. I did learn some good stuff, just not the big picture! It's like finding the lock, but growing weary after fumbling with the key so long. I believe the key is turning and the success of the last 6 weeks is giving me renewed strength.
Another nugget from Kessler:
Combine this 'reward habit' with chemical addiction...block the brain's drug factory and animals pass on the high fat and high sugar foods. the opposite - inject animals with opioids/endorphins, and the animals eat more fat and sugary foods. The brain rewires for more more party space with a bigger and stronger reward center. Foods high in fat sugar and salt do something to the brain, that other foods do not and they are tied to brain chemistry of addiction.
Bland food (ie not high fat and salt) is a way to block the (drug factory) opioid production. Exercise is a way to create a different opioid production habit. Personally I have never felt an addiction for exercise, but my brain may be so starved of opioids I turn to the stairmaster in a fit of jonesing. Either that or try to eat the stairmaster. (The wires looked like red vines candy?) Eating veg is pretty bland but, the palate adjusts and evolves.
Whether explained by science religion or philosophy, overindulging is harmful and one of the oldest human passtimes. I am so ready to prevail! This may be the best summer of my life to date, and I wish the same for all my spark friends. Let's make it the best summer of our lives to date.
I wish you success in everything your collective hearts desire. May you receive what you need most, plus hope and faith to keep your heart on this path.
So that is a quick scan of the material, thank Caro for recommending - will look forward to diving into the audio book!
That is when I am done with Game of thrones...addictive. Drat!