#43: Psycho-Social Aspects of Eating & Dieting

The Psychology of Dieting

This is episode 43 of Evil Sugar Radio. In this episode, we talk about the psycho-social aspects of eating. Diets don’t only have physical effects. There are mental and social effects from dieting that can affect your enjoyment of time with friends and family. Restrictive diets can also affect your enjoyment of vacation.

We take on profiting by appropriating the diets of other cultures and how disrespectful it is to “fix” cultural, traditional diets that you claim to appreciate.

As always, if you’re enjoying the show, please rate us in iTunes.

Episode 43 Overview

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:

  • What is orthorexia?
  • How do restrictive diets affect your enjoyment of life?
  • Profiting from cultural appropriation
  • Getting over restrictive diet ideas
  • Letting go so you can eat great food when you travel
  • A rant on racism

Show Notes

Healthy Gone Wrong: Orthorexia

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Drink Water

From ‘Clueless’ to Clueless: Alicia Silverstone’s ‘The Kind Mama’

What did Cliven Bundy say about “the Negro”?

Are humans hard-wired for racial prejudice?

The evolution of racial prejudice

Lessons in bad science – Tim Noakes and the SAMJ

Music Credit

Intro music from Baba Brinkman’s Revenge of the Somatic. Purchase any of Baba’s music at http://bababrinkman.bandcamp.com/


  1. Hey guys, this is a really great show. First podcast I have been listening to in years, thank you!

    I used to have problems with forbidden foods, like croissants and pastries. But since letting go of it all and giving myself unrestricted access they lost their “forbidden fruit” appeal and I can honestly take them or leave them. So I get how that happens.

    But what about things like smoking and drug use, in particular soft stuff that you can “function” on, like marijuana? You said at one point that if there is a food (i.e. substance) that we feel the need to restrict then maybe we should give ourselves more access to it.

    But what about these drugs? I would love to hear your take on it. I also sent an email to Antonio to both addresses on his Healthy Urban Kitchen site and hope he gets them. Thank you 🙂


    • Hey Cassandra,
      Thank you! We’re always glad to hear people are enjoying the show. Those are interesting questions. We’ll take a crack at them on our next show.


  2. Also, another show idea. It would be great if you did a spot on circumcision. No one talks about this, it’s barbaric and unnecessary and I don’t understand how people can accept it. And those that do talk about it mourn the loss of their sexual function and that is NOT TRUE. Yes, the loss of 20,000 external receptors may seem like a lot but there are millions on the inside, and can be accessed. No one talks about this, and as someone that has lived outside North America for years, it’s seems totally abnormal and freaks me out.

  3. Simon Templar says:

    Hey, guys, check it out!

    Year of No Sugar Reads Like a How-To Manual for an Eating Disorder

  4. Hi guys:

    I’m on vacation this week and have been catching up on a lot of your interviews. I have to say, I’m very impressed with both of you. I’ll be sure to recommend you to my fitness colleagues, friends and family. Good stuff…really enjoying it.