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... is a question of psychology as much as nutrition. We have to find a way to want to eat what’s good for us.
We make frequent attempts – more or less half-hearted – to change what we eat, but almost no effort to change how we feel about food: how well we deal with hunger, how stron...
All the foods that you regularly eat are ones that you learned to eat. Everyone starts life drinking milk. After that, it’s all up for grabs.
But in today’s food culture, many people seem to have acquired uncannily homogenous tastes: food companies push foods high in sugar, fat and...
... and another 1% are bulimic, with rising numbers of men joining them.
What statistics are not particularly effective at telling us is how many others – whether overweight or underweight – are in a perpetual state of anxiety about what they consume, living in fear of ...
Consumer scientists have found that when a new product is described as “healthy”, it is far less likely to be a success than if it is described as “new”.
Many people have absorbed the lesson from childhood that vegetables and pleasure – and more generally, healthy food and pleasure – can...
... eating is a classic form of learned behaviour:
Food-seeking learning is driven by dopamine, a neurotransmitter connected with motivation.
This is a hormone that is stimulated in the brain when your body does something rewarding, such as eating. Dopamine is one of the chemical signals that passes information between neurons to tell your...
There are 3 big things we would all benefit from learning to do:
... as well as educating ourselves about nutrition, we need to relearn the food experiences that first shaped us. The change doesn’t happen through rational argument.
It is a form of reconditioning, meal by meal.
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