Posts Tagged ‘Food’

Food chemists … TV writer chemists?

March 17, 2017

Several years ago, someone wrote a book describing food chemists. Apparently, people in the food industry have discovered a certain combination of fats, salt, and sugar that makes people want to eat more and more. Good for the food industry. Bad for consumers.

It occurs to me that an analogous thing has happened with TV writing. There are some shows on TV that hit me with a huge emotional punch. After an episode is over my adrenaline is racing, the show runs through my mind over and over, and I have a hard time sleeping. And, …. I can’t wait to see the next episode! Good for the TV industry. Perhaps not so good for TV viewers.

Have TV writers discovered a way to write which causes viewers to crave more and more?

I spoke with a colleague about this and she referred me to these books and TED talk:

Made to Stick

Thinking Fast and Slow

Rory Sutherland

Factors that determine how much of your brain you use

April 23, 2016

I don’t think there is a single solution for maximizing how much of your brain you use. I think it’s a combination of many factors (there are many ways to influence the brain). Here are the key factors (I think) that determine how much of your brain you use:

  1. Exercise: how much exercise? What type of exercise? Frequency of exercise? Variability of exercise? Heavy or light? Endurance or strength? Balancing/coordination? Flexibility? Hormone-stimulating exercises? Walking? Running?
  2. Rest: how much sleep? Naps?
  3. Mental stimulation: reading? Writing? Debate? Games/puzzles?
  4. Food: fresh foods? Cooked or raw? Meat or no meat? Carbs or no carbs? Nutrient-dense? Fasting?
  5. Supplements: caffeine? Supplements that promote the flow of blood to the brain (e.g., Gingko Biloba)? Green tea? Black tea?
  6. Nature: how much time spent in a park? Frequency?
  7. Stress: no stress? Moderate amounts of stress? Massage? Foam roller? Body work?
  8. Music: how much? Classical or other?
  9. Social: lots of socializing? Lots of friends? A few close friends?
  10. Positive attitude: how to keep positive and motivated? Laughter? Smiling?
  11. Goals: short-term goals? Long-term goals?

One thing that I am fairly sure of is this: the body and brain adapt quickly. A strategy that works today for stimulating the brain will likely not work next week or next month. Constant change is crucial. Also, it seems that each human is unique. What works for me may not work for you.

Frozen versus fresh vegetables

February 16, 2014

British researchers found that 66 percent
of the time, frozen produce had more
vitamins and antioxidants than fresh did
after three days of refrigeration.

Interesting perspective on food: food triggers an immune response

July 21, 2013

This is from the book, Antifragile. It is an interesting perspective on food: food triggers an immune response.

Antibiotics and vaccinations are all about introducing tiny amounts of poisons into the body. The body reacts and creates an immunity to the poison. Thus, limited, low-dose poison triggers healthy benefits.

Some researchers believe that the benefits of vegetables may not be due to the vitamins and minerals, but rather to the following: plants protect themselves from harm and fend off predators with poisonous substances that, if ingested by humans in the right quantities, may stimulate our organism.

Lesson Learned: Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to get an immune response from many different poisons.