Realize that "food reward" is not a unitary concept -- it's composed of several distinct drives. If we don't understand this, we're stuck in a land of unclear and circular definitions Further realize that our tastes are the product of millions... (more)
I read about dopamine in connection to food/brain reward pathways all the time. My question is about folks trying to break free of SAD patterns/cravings. People in such a position will be trying to eat paleo whole foods that don't provide the... (more)
There are so many inspiring paleo success stories shared here that I can't resist asking: Did you use a large and/or small reward system? Of course getting fit and healthy is ultimately the largest reward of all, but what I'd like to know is... (more)
In typical male form, rather than rewarding myself when I hit a milestone, I invest in a bunch of clothes so that I stand to lose a lot of money if I regain the fat.
It's funny that this thread just popped up, because I got to thinking of a question in the same general bucket just last night. On occasion, you may find yourself eating something that doesn't jive with the whole Paleo/Primal thing. I know I've... (more)
I have been experimenting with reducing food reward/palatability for a while now and have been unsuccessful to say the least. Couple days I could go until fatigue would hit me (in many different ways) and I would give in to some junk to make me... (more)
So I have been having some great success with Paleo since kicking this thing off. I forgot my lunch this morning...I know...dangerzone, right? So I needed something. I got a mediterranean chicken salad with no dressing and very little feta. ... (more)
I get a pedicure or a manicure. Unfortunately, my relationship with food is still horrifyingly precarious and if I reward myself with food, I will spiral out of control very easily.
I've been reading and waiting for a personal revelation in the food reward discussions. I continue to read Guyenet, Stanton, Roberts, the blogs/controversies etc. to try and understand my affinity for the cheetoe and peanut butter cup???or any... (more)
I wonder if you are lacking some vitamin or mineral that makes you go off the wagon and crave other things? Can you list your foods for a few days? Maybe someone can find a nutritional void...
In this study by Hashim, which I've seen cited on blogs a few times, the obese subjects spontaneously reduced calories and lost substantial bodyfat when restricted to a smoothie of sorts ??? specifically, a liquid formula that was nutritionally... (more)
Paying attention to the food reward debates as well as some personal experience with addiction and over eating I???m beginning to think food addiction is everywhere! I recently went on a road trip with some friends. We had to stop every 4 hours... (more)
I am a huge fan of umami foods: sauteed mushrooms and onions, a particularly well cooked piece of steak or bacon, a delightful broth, certain pickled veggies, and yes: cheese! Lately I've been catching up on the latest Chris Kresser podcast with... (more)
The first bite is always the best. Then as you proceed to chomp away it becomes somewhat tasteless. I'm aware of the food reward advantage but why is it short lived? What if it lasted all the way to the last bite?
I am reading a fascinating book called Zoobiquity right now. In it (specifically chapter five) the author talks about our brains being wired for reward in the form of feeling good, and how hunting and gathering used to trigger these... (more)
From the standpoint of dopamine and reward and such is it not easier to add a pleasurable activity or item before or even as you take one away? When you make choices as to reducing certain toxic stresses for the long term how much of your focus... (more)