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April 15, 2014 posted by

Shut Up, Stomach!

Shut Up, Stomach!

Fascinating report on NPR yesterday about how what we think we’ve eaten can affect how hungry we are. I first heard the news on NPR, then was sent this link (thanks, Alexander), where I got my first glimpse of NPR’s kooky filmmaking style. Have to admit, I didn’t think they had it in ’em. Totally one-upped their radio report. Nice.

I won’t summarize. Watch the vid. I will comment, because the first question most people will have is “what good is this info? I can’t trick myself into feeling full because I know what I’ve eaten.” I submit, that it helps because, as Jens Voigt so often points out, there are times when it’s beneficial to ignore signals and tell our body to shut up.

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The rationale of knowing that your body is fooling you is helpful. We all know we have poor cravings sometimes. But we also know that there are times your cravings are valid, signaling, for example, a nutrient deficiency of some kind. This point of give and take rationale “maybe I don’t need the ice cream I’ve craving but I must need something” has just added some ammo pointed in the direction you need. Now that we know there’s an insidious hormone at work, gherlin, that is perfectly willing to sandbag you into thinking you need food when you don’t,  it much easier to shut a craving down, without acknowledging your body’s always right.

The saying “listen to your body” is solid advice. Most of the time. Your body is pretty smart, and there is no question to learning to read its signals is helpful for almost every aspect of life. But almost everything in this ying and yang world is, to double up on cliches, a two-way street. There are times to stop listening and tell your body to shut up. When it comes to overeating, that just got a little easier.

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