Monika Kuzminskaitė on Food & Eating PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
101: purpose of food In a few latest conversations I kept repeating that, until I heard myself that this is important. When you use the food as intended, according to its purpose, there are no issues with either weight or health. That means not confusing the reasons of consuming the food with consequences of consuming the food. Not ignoring the fact that we use food to solve the issues that it cannot solve. By common agreement, the purpose of food is to provide body with the building materials for new, depleted and restored tissues, to provide energy for movement and activity of all organs. It is rather strange, but I cannot find the references to the academic sources. When questions are so important - it suddenly appears that we do not have textbooks or definitions, and we need to rely on the common sense (which, unfortunately is not so common. We all have it, but we, unfortunately, do not use it frequently enough...). Unless, perhaps, here? (1). Purpose of food does not include things like providing pleasure, creating and expressing feelings, helping to deal with boredom. The food is definitely used for these purposes, but then again, a bowl of vegetable soup that helps a healing person to get up from the bed should not be confused with a bof of white chocolates which allows a shy admirer to express the feelings without words. Chocolates are not food, chocolates is a pleasure inducing substance - same as alcohol, nicotine or other drugs - and of similar nutritional value (also comparable to their damage in the long run). With a similar level of success one could consume wet paper and state that full stomach means that you consumed some food. No. Paper, drugs or chocolates cannot be considered food, because they do not fulfil the primary purpose of the food - to provide body with building materials and energy. Unlike an often shared statement, body also (most often) does not require sugar as a source of energy. Body has at least three different very reliable ways to produce energy from any kind of food - as much as it needs. You should not think that you know better than your own body does how the heart should beat or how the lungs should breathe. You should also not believe that you know better than your body how much energy it needs and where to get it. Yes, body does require carbohydrates - but definitely not chocolates. Body needs grains, vegetables, fruit - products that contain carbohydrates (complex, not simple ones as in chocolates), also fiber, vitamins, minerals - which are not present in chocolates. No. Chocolates contain nothing of what you _need_. Chocolates contain plenty of of things that you _want_, but the wish is the same as wish to smoke or get high. I know that this sounds scary - but if chocolate does not turn you into a ghost with dark circles under your eyes, does not mean that it is valuable nutrition. A lot of overweight, diabetic, allergic people, people with sleep problems, eating disorders and a whole rainbow of issues that follow them is a living proof that it is important whether you pay attention to how you use the food, according to its purpose or not. So please do not call coffee with pastry a breakfast, because you still have not had the breakfast. You did not consume the food that your body requires. Do not say that your child has eaten after he had chips and regular juice after he refused soup or meat with vegetables, because his brain is tricked into believing this was food, and his brain believes he does not need real food, but all this time his body does not get the proteins, carbohydrates and fats it needs for growth. No, it is not OK to have healthy food only sometimes, while every day you will have what is "handy" or "what you have time for", because then you are in reality fasting (by the way, fasting body tends to hold on to high energy resources in form of fat, and really dislikes to give them up. Because who knows how long the hunger will last??). Processed food and other food that does not turn bad is barely more nutritional than paper. Healthy and nutritious food must be tasty, and not the other way around - tasty food does not mean it is healthy and nutritious. Bon appetit. Eat to deal with your hunger, and use your mind to deal with emotional problems. The weather is nice outside. Walk outside in a sunny forest or even on a sunny sidewalk will work miracles! Several supporting articles :) http://www.weight-lifting-complete.com/purpose-of-food/ https://www.huffingtonpost.com/cathy-erway/food-deserts-health_b_1125147.html http://www.mochimag.com/article/eating-with-a-purpose-the-best-foods-for-any-mood/ https://youtu.be/JuqC4RZ9l7U https://www.multiplyperformance.com/blog/purpose-food ------------------------------------------------------------------------- https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food 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! Photo: RitaE from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #eating #food #nutrition

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Monika Kuzminskaitė on Food & Eating PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating matters3 days 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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