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18 Mar Book Club! Week 3

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We are in week 3 of “The Pleasure Trap”. (if you haven’t picked it up yet, please feel free, it is a great book and we just noticed that Amazon dropped the price to 8.09!)

The questions this week are:

1. There is pleasure seeking and pain avoidance in producing hunger, but is there also a conservation of energy?

2. Do you agree that portion control & size is irrelevant and that portion content is what matters?

3. Why do we tell our children not to give into peer pressure regarding drugs, but then we do it to them with food?

To jump in on the discussion head over to goodreads as well as Happy Herbivore (and feel free to discuss right here).

April’s book:

The next book in the book club will be “Mindless Eating” by Brian Wansink. If you want to pick that up before April.

About the book:

This book will literally change the way you think about your next meal. Food psychologist Brian Wansink revolutionizes our awareness of how much, what, and why we’re eating—often without realizing it. His findings will astound you.

• 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?

Starting today, you can make more mindful, enjoyable, and healthy choices at the dinner table, in the supermarket, at the office—wherever you satisfy your appetite.

We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on “The Pleasure Trap” this week! We’ll be sharing our thoughts later on today.

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  • http://healthygirlskitchen.blogspot.com Wendy (Healthy GIrl’s Kitchen)

    Somehow I missed week 2 of this book club! Uuuugh, even though I was on the lookout for it. I am totally enjoying reading the pleasure trap. It explains so much of human behavior and I really appreciate that.

    I’ll weigh in on question #3. Except for myself, I really don’t know anyone who thinks that food=drugs (that’s doesn’t include my blog readers–they get it!). I try to talk about it with people and I get a ton of resistance. I mean a TON. People who are not food addicts certainly don’t see it that way, and people in the addiction rarely understand what is going on. So I can totally see why people engage in behaviors that encourage their kids to eat poison while harping on staying away from drugs. A lot more education and awareness would have to happen for this situation to change. I hope that eventually it does!

  • Rileen

    Erm, the book is $10.17, it’s the Kindle edition that’s $8.09.

    • Engine 2 Team

      Just noticed that :) sorry – but 10 dollars is still a great deal! Or 8.09 on Kindle- which you can get for free on your phone or computer.

      • Rileen

        Yes, 10 is still quite good – don’t have a Kindle, am holding on to hard copies so far :-)