Football Losses, Eating, and Looking Ahead

This week, a lot of attention has been paid to the study that found football fans eat significantly more fats the day after a team loss and significantly fewer fats the day after a team win. The more you identify with the team, the greater your swings of food choices.

Its a great study but it got press because it is about football fans. Let’s take it a step further. The bad eating pattern goes something like this: We LOST > I feel bad > I want to feel better now > I eat fatty foods.  I could substitute: We BROKE UP > I feel bad > on and on… Or, I was passed over for a promotion that I wanted > I feel bad > bring on the fatty foods.

The important points

1. I feel especially bad because the event means a lot to me (team loss, love loss, job loss).

2. I want relief now.

When we are able to think ahead, i.e. the team has another season, I will find love, I will get the next promotion, it helps to avoid bad behaviors. Or, if thinking ahead is not happening, think to the side, i.e. I will follow volleyball, I will take some time to play piano (fill in an interest), or I will take a course in a new field. So, think ahead, or think to the side to get yourself out of the crappy present moment.

Be Sociable, Share!

Comments

One Response to “Football Losses, Eating, and Looking Ahead”

  1. September 23rd, 2013 4:37 pm
    C K

    Brilliant, as always. Looking for your next book. :)

Please leave a comment...


Warning: fsockopen(): php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known in /home3/lindanan/public_html/wp-content/plugins/sweetcaptcha-revolutionary-free-captcha-service/library/sweetcaptcha.php on line 81

Warning: fsockopen(): unable to connect to www.sweetcaptcha.com:80 (php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known) in /home3/lindanan/public_html/wp-content/plugins/sweetcaptcha-revolutionary-free-captcha-service/library/sweetcaptcha.php on line 81