The Push and Pull

If you've ever struggled with making the right choice, you might find new research that helps alcoholics abstain interesting. For me it's not alcohol, but poor food choices. I like my pastries and I can sometimes overindulge. I know that overindulging is usually not about the food. But while I know that intellectually, habitually I can find myself reaching for something I don't need before I can even think about it.

Now, this is the moment when mindfulness is supposed to help. In an ideal scenario, I am in the moment and can be mindful of my emotions and actions, and stop myself from temptation. But realistically - this doesn't happen often. No matter how much I meditate.

That's why I find this cognitive-bias modification (CBM) technique so intriguing.  I'm aware of the grooves in my brain that tell my body to grab certain foods when undergoing stress or discomfort, would a physical connection help to reinforce the message?




Why We're Fat

Did you know that, according to the Federal Trade Commission, the average child sees 5,500 FOOD commercials a year (or 15 a day)? I can just imagine what that number is for adults. Why does this matter? I can't help but think that as long as food companies are some of the biggest companies out there (P&G, for example, has gross revenues of $83 billion) we will continue to be fat. Like little rats trapped in a maze of unhealthy signals, we are being experimented on by big money.

Food advertising or rather unhealthy, processed food advertising is part of our environment and research shows that our environments (more so than information) matter when it comes to our health.

Something to consider.

Note: Google AdSense is likely to run a food ad next to this article.  I use AdSense to cover hosting costs and if I could turn off food ads I would!

How Bacteria Can Help With Anxiety

The bacteria Lactobacillus rhamnosus JB-1 helps ease anxiety or at least in lab tests made mice less afraid, more willing to take risks. The bacteria is one of many good types of bacteria we have in our stomachs or as they are better known today: pro-biotics. Finally, science is paying more attention to the mind/body connection!

For more see The Psychology of Yogurt.

Think About It

I read with interest this missive by Neal Gabler on the decline of thinking by the general public. So I did some thinking about it. What struck me about the article is how many times he mentioned the over abundance of information. I immediately compared the way we've learned to produce cheap content with how we learned to do the same thing with food.

Food was difficult to scale, but technology helped us to create more of it cheaply. Everyone began to feast on the quick, less nutritious stuff. As we neared the bottom of the KFC bucket, i.e, the cheap stuff proliferated, a shift began to more quality, nutrient dense food. Hence the emergence of Whole Foods.

Perhaps we'll see the same thing in content after we've gorged on all that cheap content. Some will remain addicted to the junk, but others will want cleaner colons err cortices and denser content will emerge. Which will make "thinking" more of a necessity. What do you think?