Monika Kuzminskaitė on Food & Eating PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating matters29 days ago
Listen to your gut, says USA student, who by the way studies interoception - human capability to perceive internal processes of the body (like pain, hunger, fatigue, etc.). If we do not clearly understand what signals our bodies send us, we cannot take good care of it. For example, if we don't know that most of the serotonin is produced in the gut (we just discussed that), we cannot ensure that we have lively movement in the gut or optimal mood, appetite, sleep, memory or attention regulation. Students (in my opinion - most of the working people) who are in constant stress, overworked, keeping poor sleep and eating hygiene, are at especially high risk if missing the important signals of the body and not taking care of it. All internal organs have numerous nervous connections to the rain (including vagus nerve!) - and they are in place for intensive information exchange. This is why we tend to define the emotions we feel in somatic terms (sinking heart, butterflies in the stomach, cold feet, etc.) - and various physical distresses make us feel and think differently. The connections go both ways. One research has identified that women with different gut microbiota react differently to negative emotional material - there are different patterns of activity in brain's hippocampus, areas processing attention, emotions and sensory information. So, by paying more attention to your body signals, to how different food affects your well being, by ensuring wider variety of gut microbiota (think fermented and soured products, like yoghurt, kefir, soured cabbage and kimchi, kombucha, aged cheese, small amounts of wine and beer, sourdough bread, olives, etc.) - you will ensure a better balance of internal processes in your body and improved well-being. Learn to hear what your body says by practicing daily meditation, breathing or mindfulness, and make sure you provide sleep, rest and quality nutrition whenever your body asks for it. Article: https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/student-notebook-listen-to-your-gut Photo: 5598375 from Pixabay Book my councelling seession here: https://fb.com/book/saukstasproto/ ||| Lots of long reads and chance to suppot m as well as to win free session: https://www.patreon.com/saukstasproto
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on Food & Eating PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating matters12 days ago
Another book that I would like to recommend. Not the only one of this kind, I will come back to this later as well. Even though it is not psychology, but this knowledge is still very important. One of the obstacles that does not allow to achieve the desired result is lack of knowledge about how things work. If you stand in front of the door with the key in your hand, but have no clue how to use it - you can spend loads of time just standing there, experiencing despair, anger, blaming the door, the key, yourself or the others. But the door will not open because of this. Accepting this fact, also that knowledge needs to be verified, collected, updated - is the field of psychology. This specific knowledge - on food and eating - currently is developing very rapidly. There are still things that are valid, but a lot of other things that are new, and even contradict the previous "truths" - to avoid fats, to snack, to eat until full and not get hungry by any means, to eat sugars or food in general in order to have energy (whatever that is), to be able to compensate by exercising if you ate more the day before, to be able to "burn" excess food, etc. Now we know more, so we can treat our bodies a lot better and achieve results a lot faster. Bon read. #spoonfulofreading #books #psychology #nutrition
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on Food & Eating PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersabout 1 month ago
Several things you should know about the Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, ARFID. It is not "just" a picky eating. This eating disorder causes great psychological and physical stress, people may gag or choke if trying to swallow something that causes them anxiety - foods of specific texture, smell, appearance, or something they choked on before. Because of this people may avoid eating situations all together, like cafeterias or parties. This disorder may be the cause of serious weight loss of failure to grow. People with this disorder are not concerned with their weight or body image as often is the case with other eating disorders. It may occur in people of all ages and genders. Along with this disorder, people may experience anxiety, mood disorders, symptoms from autism spectrum. Cognitive behavioral therapy is effective method of help - it focuses on exposure and response prevention. Article: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/blog/more-picky-eating%E2%80%947-things-know-about-arfid Photo: Pexels from Pixabay Book my counselling seession here: https://fb.com/book/saukstasproto/ ||| Lots of long reads and chance to support me as well as to win free session: https://www.patreon.com/saukstasproto
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on Food & Eating PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersabout 1 month ago
Conversation with psychologist. Why is it so difficult to control eating in the evening? It seems that a reasonable dinner would be a reason to not want any food anymore, but as soon as you sit down by the TV, hunger creeps in. If the dinner was reasonably good and big, there is no physical reason to feel hunger - but you may feel a psychological one. It is important to label it correctly, because if you say "I am hungry", it immediately makes it "legal" to go and get some snacks. If you say something like "It was a long day, I am tired, I really need to relax" - you do not lead yourself directly to the kitchen, at least. TV is a good way to relax, but usually not so interesting and allows for a small bit of boredom. At this moment it is very important to recognize that food is not the only way to deal with boredom. If you need, make a list of thing you can do while watching TV to avoid snacking - games, puzzles, crosswords, sudoku, coloring, drawing, knitting, building - anything works, really, to help you out while you are working on your eating and weight loss goals. Actual making of the list will help you to remember those things easier and more likely to do them. Especially if you keep it where you can easily see it. Article: https://diet.beckinstitute.org/tv-plus/ Photo: JESHOOTS-com from Pixabay Book my councelling seession here: https://fb.com/book/saukstasproto/ ||| Lots of long reads and chance to suppot m as well as to win free session: https://www.patreon.com/saukstasproto
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