The Hunger Habit: Conquer Food Cravings with Neuroscience and Mindfulness with Dr. Jud Brewer

Imagine a world where food cravings are opportunities for deeper understanding and self-growth. Mindfulness, as a transformative tool grounded in neuroscience, is the realm of Dr. Judson Brewer, a pioneer in habit change and self-mastery.

Dr. Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, has spent over two decades blending mindfulness training with neuroscience, unraveling the brain’s reward system and its role in addictions and anxiety. As Director of Research and Innovation at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center and an associate professor in Behavioral and Social Sciences and Psychiatry at Brown’s Schools of Public Health and Medicine, his groundbreaking work has been globally recognized on platforms like TED and in publications like Time, The New York Times, and Forbes.

In this episode, we explore Dr. Jud’s latest book, “The Hunger Habit: Why We Eat When We’re Not Hungry and How to Stop.” This book offers a profound exploration of how our brains and behaviors are intertwined with our eating habits. Dr. Jud’s approach, rooted in neuroscience and mindfulness, provides a compassionate and practical guide to healing our relationship with food.

In my conversation with Dr. Brewer, you’ll discover:

-What initially drew Jud into the study of mindfulness and habit formation and the neural mechanisms behind it…02:00

-How the perception of mindfulness has changed in the scientific community over the years…04:15

-Ways AI may be integrated into the science and the studies of digital therapeutics…07:15

-How did we end up in this mess with regard to food?…14:06

-What measures do you think are most critical in curbing industry practices on food addiction and habits…18:21

-How to recognize whether your hunger is for food, or if it is a deeper emotional need, or even a habit…23:34

-Why doesn’t your diet work?…33:25

-A pain-addicted culture leads to negative perceptions of self and food…38:32

-What is a “pleasure plateau” and how can your awareness of it affect your relationship with food…42:01

-How to RAIN on your Craving Monsters’ parade…44:56

-And much more…

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Books authored and co-authored by Judson Brewer

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