There has been so much talk about food reward here and on Stephan's blog. What about food unreward? I'm talking about things that deter you from overindulging.
Some I'm thinking of include
Unfortunately it seems like many of these have been operating in my daily life lately...and yes, I've lost weight. Does food unreward affect your diet?
Watching Food Inc. has helped cut down on emotional snacking. Plus living far away from the city life has helped. Plus, I keep sugar out of the house. I control my environment a lot by necessity. When you're on a budget you buy the essentials. Also, hard to lose vanity pounds deter some of my food habits but I'm making yet another attempt at cutting peanut butter out of my life. Damn you peanut butter!!!!
I know that being on the penultimate day of my first whole30, not being able to consume butter (I almost always use salted butter) makes the effort of preparing/eating veggies a lot less appealing. So less palatable veggies = little to no veggies where I'd otherwise have eaten lots.
Being Japanese...or at least 1/2 Japanese, I grew up loving natto. For me, it's got a high reward value. All the way down to the funky smell and the stringy weirdness. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
So, I guess the reward value is relative to your culture, because this guy (points at self) can strait up make-out with a bowl of natto.
But don't forget, it IS a legume. Tsk tsk. :)
As per 23andme.com, and those taste-test strips, I am a super duper super-taster. So bitter hints ruin a lot of foods and drinks for me--including spinach, coffee, whiskey, and all that.
Luckily, that means that I can forage more safely and avoid poisonous plants.
It's funny, I usually eat just about anything, always with flavorings that aren't unhealthy, but if you put it in front of me I'll eat it. I haven't been grossed out by something that people would actually call food, and the decision to eat one food over the other is just ordinary preference, or intellectual having to do with nutrition. Just as palatability doesn't necessarily determine food reward, it doesn't necessarily determine disgust either. Remember Stephan's goo-tube-fed human guinea pigs? The overweight ones ate only a little while the lean ones ate close to their energy expenditure. I think that under normal healthy circumstances we have the instinct to eat to maintain a setpoint regardless of palatability. Although we won't eat something that is poisonous or infectious.
That's just dealing with taste rather than emotion like the example of fat kids drinking soda. Not entirely sure about that one.
Do food allergies make your list, M-HGL?
I am allergic to all crustaceans; my reactions to even very TEENY, TINY, MINUSCULE amounts of shrimp, crab, lobster, and crayfish are HUGE unrewards in my diet. I avoid them entirely - I do not even care of the smell of them; although I am told that fresh crustaceans do not have any odor.
Trying to exit Costco via the food court is totally enough to turn me away from pizza. It smells like grease and full garbage cans and old condiments. Not to mention watching the SAD overweight families stuff their faces. BLECH! Even food poisoning from coffee can't turn me away from it. I am pretty sure it will have to be pried from my cold dead hands.
The concept of "rewarding" yourself with food has always made me feel uncomfortable. I get embarrassed when I hear adults say they are going to "reward" themselves with some food item because they've been "good." That just sounds like something Buffalo Bill would shout down a well.
I am more swayed by the unreward. Once it makes me feel really sick, the food is dead to me.
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