Have you ever experienced a total loss of control that leads to overeating despite your intention to cut back?
Have you witnessed yourself behaving like a programmed robot, responding to the urge to eat processed foods despite your best efforts to abstain from them?
Or have you found yourself overeating just to cope with stress and manage your emotions, despite not being hungry?
Observing yourself switching to this almost ‘auto-pilot’ mode, where you are seemingly unable to stop yourself from eating the foods you intend to avoid, can be very frightening. It can also lead to self-blame and feelings of frustration or shame. Let’s take a closer look at what’s really going on in your brain.
In previous issues of this...
In this issue, we take a closer look at why we lose control over our food... against our will and much to our dismay.
Science is increasingly focused on the role of mirror neurons in our decisions about what to eat. It seems that these powerful neurons in the brain can direct us to do what the people around us are doing... no matter what.
Have you ever had the experience of watching someone eat something and then getting an intense craving for that food? Maybe you haven't thought about that food for a long time, but suddenly you can't get it off your mind. Those thoughts could be coming from your mirror neurons. Those mirror neurons might think that eating the same thing as the other person could save your life, even if the opposite is true. So...