Monika Kuzminskaitė on Food & Eating PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Documentary that I would like to recommend - "Gut reaction". Yup, a topic visited multiple times. But I will not stop repeating it until people think we need to eat for "energy". Like we are cars... No, food does not work like petrol! It is very important to understand that a critical role in our nutrition is played by gut bacteria. We could not survive without them. If we do not know how to feed them, it is nearly impossible to take care of one's health properly. Two parts for your attention and pleasure. Link: https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/gut-reaction/ #spoonfulofreason #psychology #documentaries #recommended
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Aurimas ŠeputisSoftware Engineer, geek of nutrition science
"We could not survive without them" seems a bit excessive since it's purely conditional and not researched enough. If you mean low fat and high fibre diet then bacteria play a very big role, but do you have any source showing it's essential?
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Monika KuzminskaitėHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating matters
Could it be that there are no live specimens with absent gut microbiota?... or, I cannot imagine an experiment of making your gut sterile just to see the effect. The few survivors in humans and animals have died with immunodefficiencies. I'd start with Quora for short but quality answers https://www.quora.com/What-would-happen-if-all-bacteria-in-your-body-were-to-die-suddenly-Lets-say-killed-by-a-new-super-antibiotic?top_ans=2150524, and then there is q wealth in Google Scholar, not so conveniently summarized, but sufficient, to say the least.
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Aurimas ŠeputisSoftware Engineer, geek of nutrition science
Sorry, does not seem like an answer validating such deterministic statement. Something being present involuntary does not automatically make it essential, far from it. Google scholar seems to paint the same picture, while having potential beneficial effect they could also be harmful depending on your condition/habbits. For ex. https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/16/4/7493
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Monika KuzminskaitėHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating matters
Would we not see significqntly more evidence of bacteria free people if it was survivable? While I admit that there is some oversimplistic drama in my text, is there significant evidence of the opposite?
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Aurimas ŠeputisSoftware Engineer, geek of nutrition science
I simply had issue with the statement, otherwise I do appreciate your insights :) Bacteria of the gut is a unavoidable consequence of eating and different diets generate different bacteria. Some have evidence of positive effects, but I'm yet to see any essential mechanisms of any. You wouldn't call a parasite which cannot be removed as something you can't survive without? Even with possible benefits, it is what it is, and a gray area of implications.
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Aurimas ŠeputisSoftware Engineer, geek of nutrition science
I'm yet to check that documentary, but the whole premise of microbiome reset before any cardinal dietary change seems interesting to explore.
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Monika KuzminskaitėHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating matters
I do get your point, and I do have to admit that it is a deficiency of modern knowledge gathering and processing. I do understand where you are coming from with this question, and even spent quite some time looking for specific research pieces - all I found are germ-free or sterile gut mice, no human research. Multiple diseases and immunodeficiency are listed as human consequences of poor microbiota, so my logic forces me to make the final step of faith to the conclusion as before - even though we don't have a choice, disrupting this balance is still detrimental. Perhaps not deadly, but how long can you call it a life if you live in a plastic bubble? Nevertheless. I appreciate a good argument. It is not so often once can find an interesting company for a talk!
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Aurimas ŠeputisSoftware Engineer, geek of nutrition science
Yeah I share your sentiment on discussion, but I've never suggested that we try to "bleach" our gut, just found the statement to be baseless as there's no evidence to support it (or deny it for that matter). So it sounded like misinformation from my perspective. People tend to claim things that are not proven or are even known to be false. Random people then take it to heart and it could even become common sense in their social bubble. Hope this makes my objection clearer. Don't really want to expand on how changing diet upsets bacteria with detrimental affects, but there's no objection here.
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on Food & Eating PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
4: So where's psychology in eating? Short answer is - everywhere. Habits. Choices. "Must have" wishes. Holidays. Gifts. Punishments. Non-verbal feeling expressions. Image (vegans, also). Happiness and serotonin. What tastes good and what is healthy, also what is trendy. Science of nutrition, I suspect, is much more about psychology than about physiology. What we eat is most often NOT what body requires at the moment (even though we very often state that we have some kind of "energy boost", and this is why we crave for something sweet. "It's what the brain wants!"). Usually it is what we are used to eat. And habits is truly a meadow of psychology. Why do we have habits like we do is shaped by the culture, family traditions, significant events in our lives, significance that we assign to food and eating (compared to other activities), usual environment in which we eat - and the company of people, and a whole lot of other factors. By the way, we do not usually think about the reasons why we eat the way we do. If we choose from several alternatives (choice, again, is the field of psychology), the final decision is shaped by the opinions and attitudes, environment (fast food stand on the street or Italian white tablecloth restaurant?), time e dedicate for eating ("quick bite"?), your prediction about opinion of other people about your choice (including whether you care at all), knowledge about digestion and nutrition ("if I avoid gluten, my skin will be fabulous"...), automatic thoughts ("I will be very weak if I don't eat right now"), time we spend choosing... Decision not to choose or choose the same thing every time is also a decision! Food may be an important symbol and sign of well-being (Christmas roast, Sunday pancakes, coffee with friends or birthday cake). It also may be a lifelong punishment (like a crust on warm milk... "you are not going anywhere until you are finished with this!"), or a way to show special attention or enforce image (anything from mom's meatballs to Valentine's chocolates or desserts with diamonds). Childhood food leaves especially strong memories, and it consciously or unconsciously becomes our comfort (or punishment) food during times of distress (1). Even where physiology should rule, psychology still peeks from around the corner. After we eat fatty and sweet food (think ice cream), the brain rewards us with a dose of neuromediator serotonin (2, 3). At the same time we think - we are happy. And this happens every time, automatically, as if a button was pushed. And not really because we actually were short for something fat and sweet. So... think before you put anything in your mouth. And why. It's all in your head! My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to hear load more about psychology in nutrition! Photo: Devanath from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #eating #food ------------------------------------------------------------------ 1. If you are good you can have a cookie: How memories of childhood food rules link to adult eating behaviors: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rebecca_Puhl/publication/8679359_If_you_are_good_you_can_have_a_cookie_How_memories_of_childhood_food_rules_link_to_adult_eating_behaviors/links/0c96052f38db04e424000000.pdf 2.Serotonin, Eating Behavior, and Fat Intake: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/j.1550-8528.1995.tb00214.x/pdf 3. You Are What You Eat: How Food Affects Your Mood: http://dujs.dartmouth.edu/2011/02/you-are-what-you-eat-how-food-affects-your-mood/#.WJoLPPl969I

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Monika Kuzminskaitė on Food & Eating PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
We choose food most often (statistically speaking) based on taste. There is also another, a wider concept - food reward, which is composed of food taste, decreasing of hunger, created pleasure (liking of food) and perceived motivation to eat (wanting). Food reward is a driver of amount o food we eat and commonly thought to be related to obesity. But perhaps food liking and wanting are interacting with weight in different ways? People on a diet during this study had decreased food liking across all food categories, in one year after the study without any interventions - body weight was regained, appetit control weakened and food liking returned to initial level. Overweight women (when compared to normal weight women) did not want high fat/sweet food more, but they wanted low fat/sweet food less. Wanting low fat food was associated with improved appetite control and less fat mass, and wanting high fat food was associated with decreased appetite control and more fat mass. 👆 so, diets bring temporary results (we knew that, right?). If you want your eating method to be helpful in reaching your weight goal - make sure you choose the nicest words and definitions for your food (thus increasing your motivation), low-fat food in this case. Do not eve use anything that related to struggle, limitations, deprivation or similar. This is the expression of your utmost care and love for your body! My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to know more about psychology and food entanglement! Study: https://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/29323/ Photo: Steve Buissinne from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #food #eating #reward #wanting #motivation #pleasure

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Monika Kuzminskaitė on Food & Eating PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
Well, I read this one with one eyebrow raised and kept thinking about the children who demand that their foods do not touch in the plate. But the research is not about them. After reading at least three times and thinking about it for a bit longer, it does make some sense. So, the research compares how people make assessments about the food that is served "separated" (all products in groups and not touching one another) or "mixed" (like in a salad or stew). - participants believe that "separated" food is less caloric, even if it obviously is (for example, fried snacks) - when eating "separated" food, participants eat more mindfully, they also believe that such food affects body weight more - when eating "separated" food participants also control the amount of the consumed food more - even though here I keep thinking of parties and rivers of snacks flowing freely across the tables and plates; it is possible to eat more of the snacks than to have more salad that you need a spoon or fork to eat... then again, research was done in the lab, not at the party. My conclusions are these. Whenever you can, eat with your hands (this is not part of this research, but you can control the amount of food you eat better, besides, you will get more pleasure out of eating). If possible - try eating food that is "separated" - not salads and stews, think poke bowls of buddha bowls direction. During parties (not fancy dinners, but talking and snacking parties) drink water, and if this does not sound like a plan - get yourself a plate for your portion of snacks, so you don't go foraging across the big platters. And, bon appetit! My name is Monika, I am health and nutrition psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, teach and provide psychological counselling. Book my talk to ask more! Research: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/joss.12647 Photo: Miu Sua on Unsplash #spoonfulofreason #psychology #food #eating #perception #calories

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