The months of November and December seem to be the season for feasting, with an inordinate number of opportunities to consume more calories than we should without even noticing. What drives mindless eating, and how can we compensate? Dr. Brian Wansink tells how we can sidestep the insidious cues to overeat.
Guest: Brian Wansink, PhD, is Professor of Marketing and Director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He is best known for his work on consumer behavior and food and for popularizing terms such as “mindless eating” and “health halos.” His research has focused on how our immediate environment influences our eating habits and preferences. His book is Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. Websites are:,,, and
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  1. Karen

    Great information from Dr. Wansink that anyone who struggles with their weight needs to hear. I’m an RD and I regularly share information from Dr. Wansink’s studies with my weight management patients.

  2. DMB

    Love your show! You asked about Heloise’s “recipe” for combating cockroaches using boric acid. Here it is, courtesy of (with a little help from
    Roach Patrol:
    Mix equal parts of boric acid powder and sugar, cornmeal or flour. Pour this mixture into lids or small open containers and place in the areas, such as behind the refrigerator or backs of cabinets in the pantry, or underneath the kitchen sink, but NOT on kitchen or bathroom counters or floors! You also can put this mixture into an empty catsup squeeze bottle and “poof” the mixture into hard-to-reach corners or cracks. Keep this away from pets and small children.

  3. D. E. K

    I liked your show on mindless eating. I wonder how to help a step family see what it means to have the big plates out for parties, 6 or 7 flavors of chips in the house, snacks/ dips before thanksgiving, teens who decide to eat by themselves, eating from the freezer case (not scratch cooking).
    – Not wanting to get my head bit off – –
    “Step dad with teens over 250 pounds”

  4. Anon

    I suffer from bulimia, any advice for someone who suffers from an ED on surviving the holidays?
    On an unrelated note, I have terrible insomnia and I was addicted to Ambien for a couple of years. How can they say that it’s non-addictive? Is it the person or the drug? It just maddens me.

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