How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomachs

Melanie Mühl and Diana Von Kopp wrote How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomach together. It is a book about eating and drinking habits. You may have noticed that I have read a lot about nutrition and diet recently. I wanted to examine not only this part but also some psychological side of eating. This book offers a very light reading about the subject.


How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomach reminded me of many things that I know but do not implement in my daily life. For example, we should not eat when we are distracted or angry. Eating while watching television is a lot of fun, but it doesn’t help us at all. And, of course, we realize that we are full only after twenty minutes because that’s how long it takes for hormones to reach the brain. Therefore, it is necessary to get off the table before we feel completely full.

How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomach

I also came across new information that I did not know, and they opened my mind. If mothers do not want children who are picky eaters, they should eat a wide variety of foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding. On the other hand, a red plate reduces appetite. I have not tried eating from a red plate, but at least we have many reasons to eat the desserts from a red plate.

The chapters are short, and the narration is fun. If you don’t want to go deeper into the topic but still want to learn something, you might like it. Enjoy!

About the book: How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomachs

From optical illusions, to genes, to the environment – the surprising factors that drive what, when, and how we eat.

We make over 200 decisions – sometimes subconscious, often irrational – about food every day. Some of them we know we’re making- what to eat, how to eat it, and many more. What we don’t know is how each of those decisions is manipulated by our environment, the food industry, and our own irrational appetites.

Journalist Melanie Mühl and psychologist Diana von Kopp investigate more than 40 compelling, distinct questions and issues- Why do we like the foods we like? Is it because of our environment? Family? Taste buds? (All three?) Is raw food healthier than cooked food? (No!) Why do people overeat? Keep reading, and find out!

This book enables us to become more intelligent about food and how we eat, and offers insights that we’ll surely remember the next time we buy groceries, sit down at a restaurant, or go into the pantry looking for a snack.


About the authors: Melanie Mühl, Diana von Kopp

Since 2006, Melanie Mühl has been a features editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s leading newspaper, for which she also coauthors the Food Affair blog, reaching hundreds of thousands of readers each month. 

As a psychologist, Diana Von Kopp has taught leadership competence, such as decision-making and stress management, to airline pilots for more than ten years. 

How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomach

Reading this book contributed to these challenges: 

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