Monika KuzminskaitėHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating matters
Cognitive science, behavioral economics, modern take on mindfulness and meditation, mobile telecommunications, knitting, writing, all things live especially flowers - are other areas I am very much interested in, and can spend hour talking about.
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Eating is so much more about mind than digestion. It is about what we know, how we make choices and decisions, our attitidues, problem solving and planning abilities, social influence, habits, memories, goals, motivation. And yes, also about hormones, neurotransmitters, microbiome and other wonderful things. And all of that happens before you take every bite or sip. Lithuanian or English.
Health psychologist, with special love for food and eating matters
Vilnius, Lithuania
Monika Kuzminskaitė on Food & Eating PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
88: food for me and my buddy “Diet starts Monday” - said thousands of friends, in a unison. Good idea? Yes? No. Well, not always. 67 pairs of roommates were divided into three groups - in one group both roommates were eating their regular diet, in another group - one was on diet, another - not, and in the third group both were on a diet (1). The goal of the experiment was to measure how successful was the diet, how much weight was lost, what was anxiety and stress level of the participants and how many symptoms of depression and disordered eating were present. Those who were on a diet lost more weight (duh), about half a kilogram in 28 months (compared to most goals this is, let's say, not very ambitious). Adherence to the diet was good in both single dieter and both dieters group. In the group of just one dieter there were less symptoms of anxiety, depression and disordered eating (here we need to add that symptoms of anxiety, depression and disordered eating were recorded in all groups, but diet had an additional impact). The magic of statistics shows that stress, anxiety, depression and eating disorders symptoms are all interrelated and were least expressed in a single dieter group (was the dieter then more mobilized?). The participants in this experiment were of a normal weight, but would things go differently, if both roommates were overweight? Physical activity of the participants was not tracked. Researchers speculate that if both roommates were on a diet, they shared the difficulties they experienced and make it more difficult one for another. Nutrition consultant Brigitte Zeitlin in commentf of this experiment suggests to consider these ideas (2): - choose a proper friend - not someone who will prevent your progress or will laugh at your failures - do not try to stick to the same plan - what works for one, might not work for another - choose a realistic plan - for example, do not plan to lose 15 kilograms in one week - pay attention to the signs that diet is failing. Do not discuss diet often, limit the time dedicated to it, for example, to 15 minutes per day - choose a support group over support person; remember that the responsibility lies with you and not with your diet buddy In addition. Research says that in groups of teenage girls, where an increased level of attention to body image, diets and fasting is paid, clinical symptoms are much more prominent (is it because girls are competing among themselves?) (3). People who chose support of the friends lost more weight than those who chose support of family members (4). If you asked me, I would like to add a note in red ink - when I say "diet", then I mean "long term changes in the eating habits", and not "week long cabbage soup diet". Don't ever start with the latter ones. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. The buddy system: A randomized controlled experiment of the benefits and costs of dieting in pairs: 2. 7 Things You Need To Know Before Dieting With A Friend: 3. Friendship clique and peer influences on body image concerns, dietary restraint, extreme weight-loss behaviors, and binge eating in adolescent girls: 4. Trial of Family and Friend Support for Weight Loss in African American Adults: 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. Photo: Maggie Morrill from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #diet #buddy #support

Monika Kuzminskaitė on Food & Eating PsychologyHealth psychologist, with special love for food and eating mattersSome time ago
87: Simply (?) fat While reading an article (1) on this topic (why so many recommendations to the overweight people are formulated as if speaking to a small child), I was actually thinking something completely different. True, the fact that a person weighs more that it is healthy for him or her, is a very complex issue. It never is a matter of eating too much food. It also never is a matter of "just seven days of diet" (they, a well promoted but rather poorly based diet company still e-mail me encouraging me "to take care of myself"). And it cannot be. Because nutrition is not "I weight as much as I ate", which makes counting calories completely useless. At some level it has some truth to it, but the devil is in the details. How much oh the nutrients we will use for energy production (will eat and will actually use for energy or reserves) depends on how healthy we are, whether we take any medications or supplements, what is the mood, how do we sleep, what do we do and with what intensity, what are our genes, do we have any allergies, what is our hormone balance right now and usually, how did we eat not only yesterday, but also years before that. No, that is not it, not yet. It also depends on what is or eating environment, what is our company, what are the dishes, what are other people eating, how important they are to us, whether food is important to us as a person (do we "get a bite" or "we live to eat"), whether the food is nice to look at, smells good, did you taste it before, what did you eat when you were a child, what did your parents eat back then, did they make you clear your plate, did you eat on your own, can you control your behavior in other areas. Still more! What country do you live in, what are the local beauty standards, what is the food culture and traditions, what is the season, how much money do you spend on food, are you making decisions regarding food purchases, or do you depends on someone else for it, do you cook your dinner, do you go to the food store, do you cook well yourself or need to depend on someone else for it, do you trust external information about the value of food, do you hear well your internal signals of hunger and satiety... And I meant it to be concise. Oh well. In summary, the situation is never a simple one. Also, the solution is never simple as well. One way or another, first of all we need to focus on conditions that would allow overweight people to safely (without pressure, shaming, lying about miracle diets, humiliating "preventive" measures) REALLY concentrate on their health, consciously analyze their personal reasons and get to resolving them in a safe environment. It is nothing close to a simple problem. So the worst thing one can do is start suggesting "just stop eating so much". 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. Article: Photo: Anrita1705 from Pixabay #spoonfulofreason #psychology #eating #overweight

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