Eating a meal, any meal, reliably makes an animal, any animal, calmer and more lethargic. This means humans, too. Hunger makes animals alert and irritable, which explains why couples always fight about where to eat dinner. This emotional response encourages the animals to find food.
But all this is only in the broadest, most primal “eating = good, not eating = bad” way. The details of the relationship between foods and moods end up being a little contradictory and a lot complicated.
What we tend to think of as “emotional eating” is a specific kind of eating and a specific kind of emotion—eating sugary, fatty, carb-y, unhealthy foods as a coping mechanism for feeling upset. In reality, “emotional eating” is a much broader term.
“We eat for a variety of different emotions and we eat in a variety of different circumstances which are in turn connected with emotions,” Meryl Gardner, a marketing professor at the University of Delaware, says.
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My problem is that I can’t let things go.
The American bachelor’s degree has over the last 150 years become centered on specializations, majors, each student’s home department. General Education, the classes each student must take outside of the major, is still part of every degree—but it has become weaker and unfocused, disrespected and eroded. The degree has not gotten tougher as the world has gotten tougher. Instead, legislators and administrators have simplified the degree into lists of outcomes, efficiency initiatives, graduation targets, and courses that can double count for more than one requirement.
It is past time we re-examine, strengthen, and add to the bachelor’s degree. General Education could and should do so much more than it does.
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COPY EDITOR AT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY
Starbucks has opened a new store in New Orleans that’s designed to channel the mystical feel of the city itself. Evocative of an early 1900s apothecary, the store is latest in Starbucks’s portfolio of hyper-local shops aimed at being part of a neighborhood’s culture, rather than disturbing it.
Never negotiate because you need the money. Negotiate because you deserve it.
— Mike Foley