Hacker News isn’t just a great resource for tech-related news. The ‘Ask HN’ threads can also be a wonderful source of information or just provide different ways of thinking about the world.
In this example, the top-voted answer to a question about weight loss had me thinking about gut bacteria ‘craving’ sugar. Weird, but a useful framing.
This is a weird tip I think I could only share with the hacker news crowd. Once I learned about gut bacteria I started thinking of my cravings as something external to me. Like instead of saying “I’m hungry and I’m in the mood for something sweet” I would realize “the hormone ghrelin is sending hunger signals to my brain and the gut bacteria in my body is asking for something that’s not actually in my best interest.” Being able to emotionally distance myself from my feelings let me make decisions that I knew were better for me.