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 @Qoorio
"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 @Qoorio
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 @Qoorio
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 @Qoorio
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 @Qoorio
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
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 mattersSome time ago
Research. People tend to eat more when they feel more positive emotions as well as they feel more negative emotions than usual (here we should think of both celebrations and stress situations). On top of that, people tend to eat more after they overeat (here we should think about feelings of guilt and helplessness). I short, emotional peaks are a risk for overeating. My take on this: it does not really matter whether you "let yourself go" during vacations, or you "seek comfort" in food when stressed - too much food is too much food, with all the consequences. Emotional problems need to be resolved using emotional tools (like deliberation, planning, behavior rehearsal, speaking), and food needs to be used food-related issues (obtaining nutritional substances). Your dismay or frustration does not have a role in the physiological digestion process. Research: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hande_Oenguen_Yilmaz/publication/348297086_How_does_emotional_appetite_and_depression_affect_BMI_and_food_consumption/links/5ff6cb4645851553a026d5db/How-does-emotional-appetite-and-depression-affect-BMI-and-food-consumption.pdf Photo: Jill Wellington from Pixabay My name is Monika, I am psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, counsel and teach. #spoonfulofreason #psychology #eating #emotions
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Monika Kuzminskaitė on Food & Eating PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
73: Barriers to the healthy nutrition As I am back to the city, I am also back in the flow of messages encouraging me to "let yourself go", "to treat myself", "to go for the sweet sin"... Without too much effort it is easy to see that healthy eating is seen as trouble while almost-non-food items that are also lots-of-pleasure products are shown as a guaranteed benefit. Almost like cocaine, but it is not popular to be advertised and definitely not legal to be distributed. How have we come to this - things that are good are difficult, and not a pleasure? I have looked at some qualitative research hoping to find what are the reasons as told by the people themselves. Men in United Kingdom say they avoid to choose healthy food because they have a cynical attitude towards government's messages on healthy eating, besides, healthy food does not taste well and is not satisfying. Authors believe this is related to the need of men to be independent and strong (which may mean they do not agree with government and to avoid deprivation (1) Australian children and their parents state that the primary barrier to the healthy nutrition is contradicting messages sent to the children - what advertising says and what parents say are two different things, you need to void fats, and fats are necessary, salt is both harmful and beneficial, TV has both useful and harmful shows (2) Adolescents in Ireland say that they do not choose healthy food, because they do not get the expected physical and psychological reward when eating healthy food, (mis)understanding of what is food and what is healthy eating, contradicting social pressures regarding food, and basic misunderstanding of what healthy nutrition is. Interestingly enough, healthy eating concept is masked behind pressure to eat unhealthy food and pressure to be thinner (3) UK adolescents say that they do not choose healthy food because of poor food quality in the school, also very accessible, relatively cheap and personally more tasty fast food. Supporting factors are family support, accessible healthy food, wish to care about the body image and a power of will (4) Speaking about the healthy elementary school children nutrition, their parents say that among barriers they see food provided in school, opinion of the peers (some foods are not "cool"), poor example shown by brothers and sisters, also parents and grandparents that are not living together. Parents did not see their own example as important. Parents believe that children have unchangeable tastes which shape the diet of their children. Finally, parents believe (researchers say - incorrectly) that healthy food must be prepared at home, fresh, organic, and because of all that - hardly accessible (5) Older British men say that they do not follow healthy diet because they lack skills to cook and they lack wish to change their life habits (6) There are many more research papers. But conclusion for me is quite sad. We are used to cook and eat in certain way, and unhealthy one, we have a habit of thinking that we must get the food quickly, and that time spent on cooking is time wasted (even if we are learning to cook healthy food - this is still considered the waste). We simply ignore any long term healthy eating consequences and keep luring ourselves with an instant pleasure, even if we will blame ourselves afterwards, daily. What is your reason to "treat yourself" with unhealthy food? ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Barriers to healthy eating amongst men: A qualitative analysis: http://www.660607.co.za/.../Course.../Mens%20eating.pdf 2. Healthy eating, activity and obesity prevention: a qualitative study of parent and child perceptions in Australia: https://academic.oup.com/.../Healthy-eating-activity-and... 3. Adolescents' views of food and eating: Identifying barriers to healthy eating: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/bitstream/2438/6577/2/Fulltext.pdf? 4. Young people and healthy eating: a systematic review of research on barriers and facilitators: https://academic.oup.com/her/article/21/2/239/671343 5. Promoting healthy diet and exercise patterns amongst primary school children: a qualitative investigation of parental perspectives: http://s3.amazonaws.com/.../Promoting_healthy_diet_and... 6. Old and alone: barriers to healthy eating in older men living on their own: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/.../HughesBennettetal2004.pdf Photo: andreas160578 from Pixabay My name is Monika, I am psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, counsel and teach. #spoonfulofreason #psychology #food #barriers #nutrition #eating
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