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Indulging in comfort foods is a vicious cycle of craving, satisfaction, and more craving.
Gregory Smith, of the psychology department at the University of Kentucky, said that the act of eating becomes something we do to achieve a desired emotional effect.
“If most often eating alleviates my negative mood state, then over time, that cognitive memory will become the salient, predominant one,” said Gregory Smith, of the psychology department at the University of Kentucky.
Trying too hard not to eat a certain food, only further pushes us to think about it, while feeling deprived increases the reward value of food. We try to fill that void, as desire turns into need, and we eventually give in to that piece of cream cake.
This only makes us feel worse, and turns into a bad habit of losing control, as we begin to associate “good feelings” with sweets, and resort to comfort foods to deal with our “bad feelings.”
While people who are busy and under constant stress tend to eat high-energy foods to get through the day, it isn’t the best solution in the long run.
Instead, chronic stress should be handled with healthier alternatives. Norman Pecoraro, the University of California at San Francisco professor of physiology, said that relaxation techniques reduce the psychological drives on stress output, which can be the root causes of stress.
Exercise, yoga, meditation, sex, and baths all stimulate neurochemicals that activate regions of the brain that stimulate pleasure.
Austrian millionaire renounces his money
by Alina Smirnova
After realizing that money was a source of misery for him, millionaire businessman Karl Rabeder, 47, decided to give it all up.
According to The Daily Telegraph, he says he wants to have nothing left, saying that money doesn’t let happiness come to him.
Rabeder is in the process of selling all his material possessions, including a luxury villa and a collection of six gliders, with the intent of giving all the money to charity. Instead, he says he wants to live in a simple dwelling, such as a wooden hut in the mountains.
Rabeder said he began feeling guilty on gliding trips to Africa and South America.
“I increasingly got the sensation that there is a connection between our wealth and their poverty,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
And although he said he has been having doubts about his wealth for a while, a luxurious trip to Hawaii with his wife was what pushed him to act. He said he felt shocked at how disingenuous the experience was.
“… in all that time, we had the feeling we hadn’t met a single real person – that we were all just actors,” he told The Daily Telegraph. ”The staff played the role of being friendly and the guests played the role of being important and nobody was real.”
Rabeder added that although he feels this is the right thing for him to do, he does not judge others who would rather hang onto their possessions.
Amanda Kwan Writes About Protests at the Olympics – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com
As athletes from around the world came to Vancouver on Friday, critics of the Olympics are being blocked from entering Canada.
Martin Macias, a Chicago journalist and member of No Games Chicago, was detained at Vancouver International Airport when he arrived Saturday, because he was planning to cover the anti-Olympic protests in the city.
Macias told the Vancouver Media Co-Op he was interrogated by authorities, who kept questioning him about his motives and the anti-Olympic conference organized by the Olympic Resistance Network.
“They asked me why I was there, and I tried to establish that I was there as a radio journalist to talk to some people from the conference, residents of Vancouver who are outspoken about the Games or against the Games,” he said.
Macias is not the first critic to be stopped at the border and questioned about the Olympics. Last November, Democracy Now host Amy Goodman was held by Canadian border guards while on her way to speak at the Vancouver Public library.
There have been two more cases where American activists were denied entry, according to the Olympic Resistance Network.
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