The Psychology of Eating: How To Beat Food Addiction

Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a clinical psychologist and the author of "You Are Why You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life", breaks down what actually motivates a person to sit down and eat.

She talks about how the psychology of eating too much and "cleaning your plate" is ingrained in us from early childhood. She discusses environmental, societal and cultural cues that throw off our eating habits. She even dives into the neurological "reward" effects of eating. She then provides some tangible takeaways and strategies for realigning your eating habits.

She also breaks down her FLABS guidelines for emotional eating, which explains that people often eat when they are:

  • Frustrated
  • Lonely
  • Anxious
  • Bored
  • Stressed

Finally, Dr. Ramani stresses the importance of paying attention to the "Who, What, When, Where, and Why" of food.

Resources:

Dr. Ramani's Guide to Avoid Emotional Eating (PDF)

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