Thanks Shirlzi for sharing that find! I had read another article about the book, but it wasn't as in depth, and I found this one to be enlightening, especially about the stress eating trigger. It explains why I am feeling less in "control" of late, and I too, will remind myself it's not the food speaking it's my brain and internal dialog that thinks I really need to polish off that bag of chips!
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"Don''t let yesterday use up too much of today." Will Rogers
"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan
Another great source of info on brain chemistry and how it applies to eating is the first-half of "The Instinct Diet" by Susan Roberts, a nutritionist at Tufts. It's quite brilliant and plainspoken. But it goes into the mental triggers and brain's needs -- if I'm out of my usual flow, I always turn to that book to see what I need to work on.
Best, Russ Lane
-- Lost 200 pounds while food writing, and maintained it 10 years -- Went from pizza-guzzling wallflower in rock clubs to (very) aspiring boxer and artist in his spare time -- Hit goal and felt a little thrown to the wolves. Dedicated his life to increasing support for those at or nearing goal and eeking every possible amazing thing out of it.
I agree completely. It made me understand why, when I am stressed, that I will have a glass of wine and a little bar of chocolare but otherwise I can live very well without them. Great article for the way that it allowed us all to be more understanding of ourselves and how our brains tick. Thanks for sharing.
"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew." Saint Francis de Sales
It helped me understand beter how important it is to change the 'internal dialog' about food. Today, on my good days, I 'hear' chocolate cake drizzled with fudge saying, "i will make you fat. I will clog your arteries. I will give your tongue a treat and give you a quick sugar rush, then I will make you groggy and sleepy and crabby." When I'm tired and sad, though, the part that comes through loud and echoing is the tongue treat and sugar rush part.
Better to remember, it is 'me' talking, not the cake --
I read an interview with this guy in the Washington Post. It gave me a lot more empathy for people who do constantly eat crap. I think I was fortunate enough never to eat enough of that stuff to become addicted, so when people talk about being compelled to fast food, or candy or whatever, I was generally less than sympathetic, this article showed me how the deck becomes stacked against them :(.
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