If you doubt the addictive powers of food, studies from two Yale researchers, Ashley Gearhardt and Kelly Brownell, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, are offering evidence that all "addictions" act on the same motivational system in the brain. Whether it's heroin or Häagen-Dazs, your brain lights up in the same way.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing entrepreneur, weightlifter and photographer James Clear. James has a blog where he writes extensively about habits: breaking bad habits, creating new ones, staying motivated, getting over procrastination, etc. I stumbled on his blog about 6 weeks ago as I was researching habit-forming. Because I feel so strongly that by understanding the way our brains work and how we’ve “wired” them to turn to things like food on a regular basis (for various…
After reading Geneen Roth‘s book, Breaking Free From Emotional Eating, I was inspired. She outlined a philosophy of eating and living with food that I hadn’t heard before: allowing yourself to have what you want, as much as you want – and stopping the minute you didn’t truly want more. But did it work?
When I find myself eating something when I’m not hungry, I know it’s an indication that something else is going on. My primal, “animal” brain is triggered, or I’m responding to habitual behavior that I’ve ingrained into my brain over time. When I’m feeling on my game, life is good, things are great – I can easily say, “no, thank you” if offered food when I’m not hungry. But then there comes a moment when I find myself eating when I know I’m not hungry.