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kessler - brain hijacked by fat sugar and salt

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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!
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    The fast food industry has made a habit of putting addictive elements into their food to get us hooked. Sugar and fat are loaded into fast food.
    Veggie eating doesn't have to be bland. Just get creative with spices and herbs. They don't add calories. I love eating veggie and as soon as the Spark solution challenge is over, I'm going to start using less veggie meats and eating just whole foods. I've come across some good recipes in the Spark Solution, but my real go to is The New Laurel's Kitchen. It's older, but really good. I do have to figure out the calorie counts and nutrients, but that's an okay trade-off.
    I am making this my best summer and I'm taking Peer with me.
    1756 days ago
    I wrote a paper on picky eating in a childhood nutrition class, & it is a very interesting topic that I think lots of parents are misinformed about. Most parents are concerned that their "picky" children aren't getting the proper nutrition needed to grow & thrive, but numerous studies have shown that the difference in growth between picky eaters and their non-picky counterparts is negligible or minimal. Like you said, it becomes a mental struggle for control between parent and child, and that can lead to negative attitudes about food. The best outcome was when parents ignored or didn't make a deal of the picky eating habits and most instances resolved themselves within a few years.
    This blog has piqued my interest in the Kessler books, so I'll be at my local library to see what they have (or betterworldbooks.com if the library turns out to be unfruitful). Thanks for the summaries!
    1756 days ago
    Interesting Read will have to pick that one up - yes , I can relate to your situation , my Mom was in a Russian Camp during the WWII. Its incredible how they survived - I guess they knew nothing but starvation and did not want to see us starve . Although their methods of feeding us were not ideal , I truly believe they meant no harm. The emotional strain placed on us has caused a ton of issues and emotions with food. - Thanks for Sharing -- Hugs K
    1756 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/28/2013 11:15:43 AM
    I am so ready to prevail too. These books you've picked up at library really fit in the category of the book I am currently reading, listening too. I've got Dr. Mike Dow's " Diet Rehab" 28 days to
    Finally stop creating the food make you fat. And Micheal Moss's "Salt,Sugar, Fat". And some other health and nutrient books. Hope to learn and understanding of food craving as to addiction and stop doing hurting myself with foods. How did you like the audio book? I've been listening audio book as well and I love it. Also love my kindle too. Thank for sharing this blogs. Have a wonderful summer for you too.
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