538. The Willpower Myth with Jud Brewer

538. The Willpower Myth with Jud Brewer

By Commune

In today’s show, Professor Jud Brewer explains the neuroscience of habits, the neural pathways involved in forming habits such as emotional eating, and how to bring mindfulness into your food rituals. Jud is a neuroscientist, professor at Brown University School of Public Health, and author of a new book, The Hunger Habit.

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In this episode we cover:
00:01:15 – What is mindfulness?
00:06:00 – How do our habits develop?
00:11:00 – How does our emotional well-being influence our habit formation?
00:26:00 – How effective is “willpower” when trying to change habits?
00:41:00 – How can we distinguish emotional hunger versus biological hunger?
00:43:00 – How long does it take to form a habit?
00:52:00 – What factors contribute to the unwinding of our habits?
00:54:00 – What is mindful eating?
01:00:00 – What role does kindness play in mindfulness and healthy habit formation?

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