@bestforlast–I haven’t even gotten there yet! But Kessler does such a good job explaining the way restaurant chains, etc., use combinations of sugar, salt, and fat + other senses + marketing to get you to overeat, and how on our own we’re conditioning ourselves, and the science behind the addictions… It’s just changing the way I see things.
I used to be thin and healthy, but I’ve always been obsessed with food (I LOVE food, I love to cook, I’m an amateur foodie, etc.)–but now, three kids later, I need to really look at what I’m doing to stay healthy. Overweight or underweight, people have the same addictions/obsessions.
A good example: Yesterday, I drove through Dunkin Donuts on the way to the grocery store with the wee ones. It was about 10am, I hadn’t eaten, I was starving, I knew I’d keel over if I didn’t eat… I saw the poster-sized waffle sandwich staring me in the face. I went through the usual mouth-watering, guilt, desire, etc. for about a split second, then thought, “Ew–sugar, salt, AND fat.” My mind changed tracks, I thought about what I really needed for hunger and energy, and happily ordered one of those little sandwich wraps with egg and cheese (still not health food, but, truly, my best option from the menu). I didn’t feel deprived at all–I was perfectly happy with my choice.
When I get a little more into it, I’ll try to remember to come back and post. But, really, I recommend it. It just makes so much sense to me (and I’m a big, nerdy book snob).
@ Vonnegurl: I’ll look into the Beck one. Thanks!
@ krissybee: My pleasure! 🙂