Psychology

Using the Five W’s to Assess Your Eating Routine

Whether you record what you eat every day or not, it’s useful to do an eating self-assessment before deciding what needs to change in your current eating routine. The first step in this process is to apply the five W’s of journalism: What, When, Why, Where and Who. That will help you get a more …

Using the Five W’s to Assess Your Eating Routine

If Some is Good, Does That Mean More is Better?

There is a concept in economics called diminishing marginal utility. This means that as a person increases consumption of a product there is a decline in the satisfaction or benefit that person gains from consuming each additional unit of the item. Applying this concept to eating may be one of the most useful things you …

If Some is Good, Does That Mean More is Better?

Expanding Portions, Expanding Waistlines

You may have noticed that restaurant portion sizes are inversely proportional to the prices on the menu. High-end restaurants with famous chefs tend to serve small portions with entrees that look like more like appetizers, while casual dining restaurants will often serve entrees on enormous serving platters that could feed a family of four and …

Expanding Portions, Expanding Waistlines

A Dynamic Equilibrium Model of Autonomous Control

If you feel that you have a good understanding of how I explained autonomous control, then this part may or may not be useful to you. If that’s the case, feel free to skip it. At the risk of overexplaining it, this schematic serves my need to clarify things visually. That’s how I learn best, so …

A Dynamic Equilibrium Model of Autonomous Control

Step 4: Reduce the Impact of the Stressor

This step is the take-away, bottom line, upshot, payoff, etc. for everything we’ve discussed up to this point. So pay close attention. Once you have identified the reason (or reasons) you feel controlled, the next step is to take a good look at the situation that is causing the stress to see if you can …

Step 4: Reduce the Impact of the Stressor

Step 3: Identify the Stressor

If you’re like every other human, and chances are that’s the case, stress can enter your life in all forms, from every possible source, and in every possible way. Therefore, saying that emotional eating is due to stress is like saying that an illness is due to being sick. It’s circular and meaningless. Unless you …

Step 3: Identify the Stressor

Step 1: Understand the Connection between Stress and Eating

You already know that emotional eating, as the term implies, is caused by emotional stress. What you may not know is that it’s not just any emotional stress that can trigger a binge episode; it’s a very specific type of stress that is most likely to cause it. The first thing to learn, even before …

Step 1: Understand the Connection between Stress and Eating

Depleted Resource or Restored Balance?

On May 25th (Friday of Memorial Day weekend) I’m scheduled to give a presentation about the behavioral self-regulation model I’ve been discussing in this blog as an alternative to the ego-depletion model. It will be at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science that will be meeting this year in Chicago. For those …

Depleted Resource or Restored Balance?

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