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Does thinking more about food, in relation to diet lifestyle, make you hungrier/ eat more??

Commented on August 03, 2013
Created August 02, 2013 at 10:48 PM

When I look back at pictures of myself in the most in-shape/toned years of my life (which jump years between in-shape periods, so not age-related), I think about what my diet was like at the time. Oddly enough, the times when I've been most in-shape are the times when I wasn't intentionally eating healthy.

I've been paleo/primal for about 4 years, and just as the few years before that when I was vegan/vegetarian, I spend a great deal of time researching nutrition, recipes, doing meal planning, and fretting about buying clean food. I'm not orthorexic, as I can throw down a Hardees burger, no problem. I do, however, wonder if thinking about food is causing me to eat more, actually, than I normally would.

Has anyone else had this experience?

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I hear you on that, for sure!

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at 11:46 PM

Famine bears! Definitely :)

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on August 03, 2013
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I don't like to read look at pictures of what you're NOT supposed to eat because it makes me crave it. For example, I never crave fast food except I'm when I'm reading about how bad it is or watching Supersize Me or something. Maybe it also has to do with being hungry at the time, too. Like grocery shopping on an empty stomach. I have to stop reading about bad foods.

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on August 03, 2013
at 12:41 PM

I hear you on that, for sure!

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on August 02, 2013
at 11:12 PM

A million years ago, when I took a high school psychology course, my teacher spent a class talking about people who are stimulated to eat via internal cues and people who are stimulated to eat via external cues (for most it is a mix, but for some one way was much stronger than the other sometimes to the point of it being problematic for the external cue people).

I haven't looked into what that was based on, but the thought of it has definitely stayed with me all these years, as I have found that thinking about what to eat, reading recipes, or meal planning seems to excessively stimulate my hunger sometimes.

I think also when I've entertained a "right/wrong" dichotomy of eating it creates kind of a freakout internally, even if I don't think I'm stressing out about it. Like my body thinks there is somehow a food insecurity scenario at play, and I must eat everything now before the "famine/bears take it/dry season/whatever" thing my reptile brain is perceiving just because I am spending a lot of time contemplating food.

I wonder if reading about food and nutrition on an empty stomach versus a full one might change the hormonal cascade making us more susceptible to internal stress about food? Has anyone experimented with keeping nutrition research to post meal times?

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Famine bears! Definitely :)

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