FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: The critical role of hunger, Western diets devastate your gut, and why kale isn’t healthy

by | Jan 22, 2016
For the Love of Food

For the Love of Food

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup. 

This week the critical role of hunger, Western diets devastate your gut, and why kale isn’t healthy.

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11 Responses to “FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: The critical role of hunger, Western diets devastate your gut, and why kale isn’t healthy”

  1. amy says:

    You’ve been saying this all along, but this really stood out to me:

    “Diets cause the psychological struggle that causes weight gain.”

  2. AJ says:

    I love the Graziano article on psychological factors behind appetite. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  3. jenny says:

    I struggled to get the concept of the hunger mood easily. Is there anything else I could read that will help me out. I’m struggling with weight loss at present & this seems to make sense but I’d like more information please

    • Darya Rose says:

      This is the first time I’ve seen the term. I took it to mean the baseline hunger level that you approach your eating decisions with. It is impacted by many things, including habits, triggers, nutrition status, stress, hormones, etc. Many of these things you have control over.

  4. John Fawkes says:

    Man, I was all excited to see someone else jumping on the anti-kale bandwagon, but that’s not really what that article was. Too bad. 🙁

    I’m reading more and more about gut microbiome depletion, including articles like that one that say once your microbiome’s depleted, diet and supplements can’t easily restore it. It sounds like the best solution for some people might be fecal microbiota transplants- do you have any stories from readers who have tried that?

    • Amanda says:

      I’ve encountered the opposite research, especially with using bone broth (detox, healing, and nutrition) and raw fermented foods, which supply an overwhelming amount of live, active probiotics into various parts of the digestive system and gut. The article’s research focuses on the significance of fiber and low carbs, which is in contrast to a nutrient dense supply of a variety of foods that do more than include fiber and carbs.

      Many other research case studies that assess whole foods and quality nutrition tout that the gut balance can be restored through fermentation, which are way more prolific and effective than a supplement.

  5. CarilBinTx says:

    Turkey bacon equals mechanically separated meat. That’s pretty gross…it goes in the trash right now!

  6. Cassie T says:

    Loved the ‘Hunger Mood’ article! I really like how he mentioned that when we’re dieting, we feel like we’re DOING something and working toward our goal. Eating until you’re satisfied sounds harder (and less rewarding) that eating a certain amount of calories. It’s amazing how the “lazy” approach is the one that gets results. I’m so glad there’s more literature encouraging people to listen to their bodies – and that Summer Tomato helped me listen to mine!

    “We expect progress to be punishing…”

    “The more you try to micromanage your automatic hunger control mechanism, the more you mess with its dynamics.”

  7. Leslie says:

    Hey Darya, I have a question for you about that sentence you inserted regarding your exercise regimen.

    I’m a healthy person who just wants to stay where I am weight-wise, but I’m working on going from mild to moderate/high exercise in order to increase my endurance and strength. My current challenge is balancing enough exercise so that I’m making progress, but not so much that by body thinks I’m hungry all the time (hello, Hunger Tiger). I know that I’ve read on your site that you are familiar with this phenomenon, that too much exercise can throw your hunger off balance, leading you to overeat. However, I read your weekly exercise description–4x strength training, 2x HIIT, 1x pilates–and when I workout that amount, I get so, so hungry. I know everyone is different, but do you have any advice for how someone can discover a balance between the right amount of food and exercise?

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