4/10 (Sat) Mindless Eating? The Psychology of Food and Eating (Host: Kat)

Kat C
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4/10 (Sat) Mindless Eating? The Psychology of Food and Eating (Host: Kat)

文章 Kat C »


Dear friends! It's that time of the month again—Kat to mix things up a bit with our meeting. :mrgreen:

This time, please feel free to bring some snacks for yourself or to share (if you're not ordering food), as we shall do a couple of... "food for thought" experiments? :lol:

Some say that we have our days revolve around our three meals. Few things impact us as much as food or our eating habits do. We are, after all, what we eat. But just what do we eat, and why do we eat what we eat? Quite a mouthful there! Let's share some latest science and our own experience on food and eating "rituals"—through the lens of psychology.

I read years back a book, "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think" by Professor Brian Wansink, the Director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. He had the fun job of doing all sorts of experiments on just what makes people eat more—or less. He had tried to answer questions like these:

• Can the size of your plate really influence your appetite?
• Why do you eat more when you dine with friends?
• What “hidden persuaders” are used by restaurants and supermarkets to get us to overeat?
• How does music or the color of the room influence how much—and how fast—we eat?
• How can we “mindlessly” lose—instead of gain—up to twenty pounds in the coming year?
(from Amazon)

We'll go over some of his fascinating findings—and they just might help us with our next meal.

📌 Extra reading / listening if you have more time than food on your hands: :wink:

13 Science-Backed Tips to Stop Mindless Eating (Healthline.com)

Hungry, Hungry Hippocampus: The Psychology Of How We Eat (NPR Hidden Brian Podcast / 27 mins)

Book Summary of "Mindless Reading" (What You Will Learn)

The Psychology of Eating (Cleveland Clinic)

Also, the ways we eat and serve our meals are linked to our culture, with its deep psychological impact:
What These 5 Mealtime Traditions From Around The World Can Teach Us About Bonding (Huffpost)

📌 Or maybe the super short videos are more appetizing:

➤ Brian Wansink on Mindless Eating (Vitalsmarts Video / 3 mins)

(This is more about the "biology of food")
➤ How the food you eat affects your brain (TED-Ed / 5 mins)


As usual at a meeting with me, we'll try various activities aimed for fun and effective discussions. While we're on food, here're some great food expressions to "chew on":

• Have bigger fish To fry
• A lot on one’s plate
• An acquired taste
• Bite off more than one can chew
• Bottom of the barrel
• Cherry-pick
• In a nutshell
• Not mince words
• Take the cake
• Cream of the crop
• Egg someone on
• Souped up
• Spice things up

Now I really need to grab a bite! 🤣

3:45 ~ 4:00pm Greetings & Free Talk / Ordering Beverage or Meal / Getting Newcomer’s Information
4:00 ~ 4:10pm Opening Remarks / Newcomer’s Self-introduction / Grouping
(Session I)
4:10 ~ 4:50pm Discussion Session (40 mins)
4:50 ~ 5:10pm Summarization (20 mins)
5:10 ~ 5:15pm Regrouping / Instruction Giving / Taking a 10 Minutes Break (Intermission)
(Session II)
5:15 ~ 5:55pm Discussion Session (40 mins)
6:00 ~ 6:20pm Summarization (20 mins)
6:20 ~ 6:30pm Concluding Remarks / Announcements

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Re: 4/10 (Sat) Mindless Eating? The Psychology of Food and Eating (Host: Kat)

文章 Kooper »

For those who are interested in the list of the idioms, here are some meanings and examples that I cherry-picked from various on-line dictionaries. Hope that helps. :mrgreen:

An acquired taste:
something that you dislike at first, but that you start to like after you have tried it a few times (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictio ... ired-taste)
Ex: Olives are an acquired taste.

Have bigger fish to try:
To have more important or more interesting things to do or attend to (https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/ha ... ish+to+fry)
Ex: It's really not worth my time. I've got bigger fish to fry!
Ex: I want Chris to help me with this project, but he claims he has bigger fish to fry right now.

Bottom of the barrel:
The least able member of a group; the least desirable item from a group; the location of persons or things of the very lowest quality
Ex: Our washing machine broke down after just two months of use, but that's what we get for buying the bottom of the barrel.
Ex: Richard's in the team? You really are scraping the bottom of the barrel!
Ex: That last secretary you sent me was really (from) the bottom of the barrel. If you drop out of school, you stay at the bottom of the heap.

Egg sb on:

to encourage someone to do something that might not be a very good idea
Ex: Bob didn’t want to jump, but his friends kept egging him on.

Take the cake:
be the most outstanding in some respect, either the best or the worst
Ex: When I found out he had been reading through my text messages, well, that took the cake!
Ex: I’ve had some pretty bad injuries, but this one takes the cake.
Ex: You've done some nice murals, but this one takes the cake!

to pick only the best people or things from a group, so that only people or things that are less good remain
Ex: The new schools were accused of cherry-picking the best students in the area.
Ex: I can't believe he left the company and then cherry-picked the best employee in my department!

Bite off more than you can chew:

to try to do sth that is too difficult for you
Ex: By accepting two part-time jobs, he is clearly biting off more than he can chew.
Ex: It feels like I bit off more than I could chew when I promised to complete this worksheet in one day.

Have a lot on one’s plate:
have a lot of work to do or a lot of things to deal with
Ex: She's got a lot on her plate - especially with two new projects starting this week.
Kat C
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Re: 4/10 (Sat) Mindless Eating? The Psychology of Food and Eating (Host: Kat)

文章 Kat C »

Kooper, excellent work as always! And you're being super helpful. Please share these in the Idiom Zone as well. I hope people make great use of your effort.

Big thanks! 👏