Psychology of Food

This topic came up in one of my groups, and I was wondering if anyone has ready any good books on the topic. I'm thinking about more that just emotional eating, but also, how we think about eating and how we can have eaten a full meal but still "feel" hungry for something sweet, etc.


Wed. Apr 19, 9:44pm

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I am currently reading "Body Intelligence" by Edward Abramson, PhD. I have not finished it yet, so can't really give you a good opinion yet, but I am the type of person that will take SOMETHING away from anything, no matter how bad - sometimes reading something - even if I think its wrong - helps spark my mind. There are some points that he brings up so far that are great.


Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 10:22 PM

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could you share some of those points? I'm very interested in the body/mind connection. I know from experience that when the mind is in order the body quickly follows.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 11:56 PM

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Try "On Eating" by Susan Orbach, book that keeps things simple and helps you really think about your own issues. It's a good one.

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 8:10 AM

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I recommend Thin Tastes Better, written by a doctor (can't remember his name). It deals with the psychology of dieting and gives you real strategies for dealing with the rough patches we all hit sooner or later. Whenever I fall off the wagon, I reread this book as I get back on and stop beating myself up.


Thursday, April 20, 2006, 2:02 PM

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A brief excerpt from "Body Intelligence"

"When we have a negative emotion, it's natural to look outside of ourselves to find the cause. You are stressed because of all the work that you have to do by Friday. You are depressed because your partner ended your relationship. You are angry because that idiot telemarketer interrupted you while you were cooking and now the rice has burned. The truth is that the source of the emotion is not outside; it is inside, in between your ears. As the bumper sticker crudely proclaims, "S--t Happens." But when it does, it's not necessary for you to become anxious, depressed, angry, or otherwise stressed (and then to eat to feel better.)

No one is suggesting that you won't have a reaction to the unpleasant events that happen in your life, but how you think about these events will determine the type and degree of emotional response you will have. After a divorce or at the end of a romantice relationship, it is perfectly reasonable to feel sad about the loss. However, if you then think that you will never find another person to love you because you are unlovable (or have some other permanent defect of character) you will sink into a more pervasive depression. Negative thinking causes depression, not the external event that you are thinking about."

Here is a BRIEF summary of how he proposes to end emotional eating -

1) Change your automatic, irrational thoughts to rational thoughts.
2) Develop other methods of nurturing yourself, other than eating.

Anyway, that is from the 4th chapter and I haven't read beyond that yet. There are 13 chapters total.


Thursday, April 20, 2006, 2:14 PM

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