Energy and Thinking

Below is a quote from one of my favourite scientists, Robert Sapolsky. “You have two humans, and they are taking part in some human ritual. They are sitting there silently at a table. They make no eye contact; they’re still, except every now and then one of them does nothing more taxing than lifting an arm and pushing a little piece of wood. And if it’s the right wood and the right chess grand masters in the middle of a tournament, they are going through 6,000 to 7,000 calories a day thinking, turning on a massive physiological stress response simply with thought and doing the same thing … [Read more...]

Stress, Appetite and Potbellies

For the second time in less than a year I am reading Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky. I have had more ‘ah-ha, now I get it’ moments with this book then anything else I have ever read. I have developed a rather strong infatuation with both the book and the author (man crush?) so expect his name to be appearing in the next couple of blog posts. Today I want to look at how stress affects appetite and why it can lead to what is known, amongst my friends, as a ‘Ned’ (rhyming slang; Ned Kelly = belly). When you become stressed your body releases a number of different hormones. Two of … [Read more...]