Brownie Tingz And Their Sensational Brownies

Brownie Tingz, Birmingham

So I finally got my first brownie review for Birmingham based Brownie Tingz. Since I’m a massive brownie fan I was really excited to review these gourmet brownies and blondies!

Brownie Tingz reached out to me via Instagram asking if I could review their assorted brownie and blondie boxes. This company is based in Birmingham, however the owner Aysha is originally from Scotland herself. I love connecting with Scots all over the world!

Brownie Tingz Packaging

The order arrived in the post using 1st class delivery which I thought was really great. It was contained in a white box with each product separated. Without a doubt this made sure none of the flavours mixed which was a great idea. When I opened the boxes, inside each one there was a handwritten letter from Brownie Tingz listing all the flavours. Moreover thanking me for ordering these boxes. I thought that was a really nice touch. Additionally, I am sure it would be possible to put a personal message in if you wanted!

Brownie Tingz Food Review

Overall Rating

To conclude, I really enjoyed eating these gourmet brownies from Brownie Tingz.  Firstly they were perfectly soft and gooey, and the flavours were incredible. Secondly I loved the service and quality of the products. Thirdly I would recommend them to anyone in the UK looking for a gift.

Service: 10/10

Food: 10/10

Packaging: 10/10

Overall Experience: 10/10

Connect with Brownie Tingz

Instagram: _brownietingz_

Flavours

Inside Brownie Tingz boxes were six individual brownies and blondies as in the above picture. For the brownies the flavours were Areo Mint, Lotus Biscoff, Terry’s Chocolate Orange, Milk Hazeltnut, Salted Caramel, and Fudge. On the other hand, the blondies had six different distinct flavours. This included Aero Snow Bubbles, Honeycomb Shards, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Cream, White Hazelnut, and White Chocolate.

Taste

I have often wondered how baked goods would taste, especially after being delivered to more remote locations. Contrary to my belief these brownies tasted very fresh. In addition to this they had a gooey centre and were perfectly baked to give that cracked top.

I have to say each flavour tasted really nice. Each one had its own melted chocolate topping and chocolate pieces decoration. I really enjoyed these and I recommend sending them as a gift for someone. With the COVID situation it is easier to send baked goods like this, and help support small businesses also. I have been informed by Brownie Tingz they are offering Mother’s Day boxes. So be sure to check them out and order through their Instagram below.

Location & Delivery

Location: Birmingham, England

Delivery: All over the UK

System 1: Your Ego Depletion And Limited Self Control

System 1 & Self Control

Let’s play a game and see how your system 1 and 2 are affected:

A salad and doughnut cost £1.10. 

The salad costs one pound more than the doughnut.

How much does the doughnut cost?

Well that’s easy! It’s 10p.

Wrong.

The answer is actually 5p. If the doughnut costs 10p, then the total cost will be £1.20. (10p for the doughnut and £1.10 for the salad). If you do the math you will see the easy, intuitive answer of 10p is incorrect. In addition, 5p is the correct answer. And if you did indeed get it right, you probably had to resist this initial incorrect answer.

Why do you make mistakes with System 1 and 2?

This is a perfect example of your System 2 listening to your System 1. Why? Because it is the easy option. Kahneman and colleagues have done work to argue that System 1 and 2 have personality traits. Although System 2 is logical and reasoning, it can also be lazy. As a result it relies on System 1 in certain situations. We see this also when System 2 is busy or depleted. This has a direct relation to the food we tend to go for. 

What happens when System 2 is busy?

Previous psychological studies have highlighted that when faced with a cognitively demanding task and given temptation, you more likely to give in. For example, you are asked to remember a string of numbers. During this time you are offered a salad or an oozing chocolate cake. You will almost always pick the cake. 

But why is this the case? Baumeister and colleagues named the phenomenon ego depletion. Where an individual’s self-control or effortful will becomes tiring. As a result, as time goes on you are less willing to exert the same effort to maintain self-control. Furthermore, it is clear that mental, emotional and physical functions all use the same mental energy source. As a result, an emotionally draining encounter can make you feel less willing to do the next physical task.

How do you combat these conflicts between System 1 and 2?

So how do we combat these issues we face? Baumeister’s group found that with a strong incentive, people are more willing to maintain their self-control. Furthermore they have more willingness to exert the same effort for the next challenge. For many of us working all day, the lack of willingness to eat healthy or exercise after work can be directly linked to this ego depleted feeling. Or in other words, your System 2 is being lazy and relying on your sweet toothed, System 1 to make decisions.

How do you take control of self-control?

Self-control is one of the hardest traits to obtain because it involves constantly keeping your System 1 in check. By training your System 2 to ignore the cues from System 1, you can help yourself to make better decision. And this can even be in a depleted or busy situation. In addition, giving yourself a strong incentive like a reward for your actions can help you to stay motivated to achieving your goals.

Check out my other blog posts:

Growth Mindset, Grit and Its Connection To Food Choices

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Dough Dough Pizza Co: A New Phenomenal Mobile Pizzeria

Dough Dough Pizza Co, Dundee

I am so excited to share this review of these pizzas from a company named Dough Dough Pizza Co. This is a local Dundee mobile pizzeria pop up who typically do pop ups for a couple of days, and you can book a slot to pick up your fresh pizzas. This company also caters to weddings, parties and events if you are looking to hire. The pizzas are 10” Neapolitan Style Pizzas made with their Homemade Dough, Homemade Pizza sauce, Parmigiano Reggiano and Fior di Latte Mozzarella.

I haven’t ever seen a mobile pizzeria in Dundee and I thought this was a really cool idea. Especially with the current COVID situation. Another food restaurant in Dundee recommended I try this place, so I was very excited when I heard about it. This company opened in August and has been doing pop ups since. They haven’t a got a specific schedule for pop ups, so you have to keep an eye out and catch a slot when you can. I honestly think this adds a little to the exclusivity of this pizza experience.

Dough Dough Pizza Co Packaging

The pizzas were in an authentic pizza box making the pizza feel like a proper takeaway. I was gifted some of these pizzas and upon arrival also received some complimentary tray bakes. I met the owner Justin, and saw how lovely and genuine he was. Due to my drive home he advised that I warm the pizzas a little in the microwave to ensure I enjoy the full experience of these pizzas hot.

Dough Dough Pizza Co Food Review

I did just that when I got home, and was honestly blown away with the taste. I tried the Cherry Tomatoes & Basil Pesto and Margherita pizzas and added some extra toppings also. The pizzas were so soft and flavourful. Because the pizzas are cooked on sight they are so fresh and light, and I didn’t even feel guilty for almost eating a whole pizza on my own!

Overall Rating

I would definitely recommend trying this secret but amazing mobile pizzeria Dough Dough Pizza Co, as you will not be disappointed. They tasted really authentic and fresh, and I will definitely be returning myself. As well as many meat options, they also offer dessert pizzas which sound really interesting too.

Service: 10/10

Food: 10/10

Packaging: 9/10

Overall Experience: 10/10

Although this post was mainly for the pizzas, the traybakes I received from Dough Dough Pizza Co were also exceptional. My family all had different favourites, and I honestly couldn’t pick a favourite because I really enjoyed all of them. I’m not sure when this company is next popping up, but keep a look out and give them a follow on their Instagram below:

Connect with Dough Dough Pizza Co

Instagram: @doughdoughpc

Location & Delivery

Location: Dundee, Scotland. Their location changes so give them a follow to find out!
Delivery / Pick up: Pick up only!

Sleep And Food Choices: A Remarkable Relationship

Does sleep actually matter?

Carrying on with last weeks theme of self control and food choices, I thought it might be interesting this week to explore sleep deprivation. Moreover, how that has an affect on our food choices.

We have all been told having a good night’s sleep is a crucial part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Many of us aim for a good night’s sleep of 8 hours. However you can fall short of this due to different commitments you have. I have heard many people tell me they do not require that many hours of sleep. Although this may feel the case, it is not always true. It is important for us to understand how sleep deprivation can cause a lack of optimum decision making in other areas.

Can it affect your decision making?

As many of you will be aware, a range of factors can affect the food choices you make. Including availability, stress, ease of consumption etc.

A range of studies discuss this issue of lack of sleep and if it is directly correlated to obesity. As a population on average, we suffer from a chronic lack of sleep and so this has long term effects on our decision making. Harrison and colleagues found that in the short term, deprivation impairs decision making. This is seen in a range of problem solving tasks. Killgore found that decision making made under uncertainty is vulnerable to sleep loss. As well as this, it can worsen with age. Harrison and Horne found that participants playing decision making games in a state of deprived sleep  showed impairment in innovative thinking and flexible decision making.

It is clear that a lack of sleep can cause signs of impairment in our decision making. So how does this relate to food.

What about your food choices?

Brondel and colleagues analysed partial sleep deprivation in males. They show that in comparison with individuals who slept 8 hours, individuals consume 22% more caloriesMarkwald built on this by discussing repeated nights of insufficient sleep and its impact on food intake. The study highlighted that energy expenditure was up 5%. Despite this, energy intake is excessive of what is needed to maintain energy balance. Especially at night after dinner. This is argued as being psychological adaptation. Undoubtedly to provide energy needed to sustain the additional hours of being awake. However when the food is easily accessible this changes. Instead the intake surpasses what is required to maintain energy balance. 

How does lack of sleep affect your brain?

Benedict and colleagues explain this happens due to the the sleep enhancing your brain’s pleasure stimulus. As a result this drives us to consume more food. Wells and Cruess report that food choices were altered following deprivation. Consequently with individuals choosing more unhealthy food. It is clear that individuals are severely affected by their present bias, leading them to be less able to exercise their self control.

Sleep can help you control your weight

Therefore, it is clear that less sleep can heavily influence your decision making. Individuals are more likely to pick unhealthy, high energy food choices to gain more energy. Over time this can be detrimental to weight and future health. My take away point would be to try and gain as much sleep as you can. I know myself this can be hard for different reasons, but it will significantly benefit your health in the long-term and your decision making around food.

Check out my other blog posts:

System 1: Your Ego Depletion And Limited Self Control

Let’s play a game and see how your system 1 and 2 are affected:

A salad and doughnut cost £1.10. 

The salad costs one pound more than the doughnut.

How much does the doughnut cost?

Well that’s easy! It’s 10p.

Wrong.

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Self Control And The Truth About Dieting

Why Do You Impulsively Eat? Do You Lack Self Control?

Hopefully you have been introduced to some behavioural terms in some of my other blog posts. In today’s blog post we are highlighting issues of self control on desires. In addition, how they directly affect our food behaviour and choices.

What is self control?

Self control is a  personality trait that many of us wish to possess. And it varies from person to person.  One of the most famous experiments to convey this was the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment in the 1960s.

The experiment involved young children who were given one marshmallow. They were told they can either eat the marshmallow now. Or alternatively wait until the adult returned and they will receive another marshmallow (and therefore have two). Subsequently, the study showed the varying degrees of self control in each child. Some pretended to eat it, whereas others had ‘just one lick’. Some even ate parts and left some on the plate. Importantly, each child reflected the differences in our levels of self control. Unfortunately for the latter, they did not receive the second marshmallow!

Short term vs long term pleasure

Undoubtedly, the study conveys the basic principles of short term pleasure versus a long term goal. Many studies have recreated this experiment to show variations of this. In particular, we tend to see this type of behaviour in diet culture. We make a plan to start a new diet. But as soon as we see that chocolate cake or doughnut, we simply can’t resist!

What are system 1 & 2?

In Daniel Kahneman’s book ‘Thinking fast and slow’, he attributes this type of behaviour to two systems, System 1 & System 2. Firstly System 1 is your intuitive, fast and present focused system. It is emotional, impulsive and often very automatic or unconscious. on the other hand System 2 is quite the opposite. In that it displays slow and deliberate choices. This is where your self control lives and it is a mostly conscious cognitive process which is much more effortful. System 1 can often suffer from present bias (O’Donoghue & Rabin, 1999) where the payoff in the present outweighs those in the future. This means the pleasure you will receive from eating the forbidden food now will outweigh the pleasure of not eating it later.

How do you control self control?

Along with this, there must be ways to stop yourself listening to your System 1 Moreover, be more successful at achieving your future goals. But how? By simply knowing when your System 1 is acting, you can send the supply of blood to the brain which activates System 2. As a result you can reflect and act in a way which is more in line with your future goals. And secondly, rather than giving in to the present bias you face. Instead of your choices being short-term, you can deliberately make choices for the long-term. And most importantly stick to your diet goals!

By building up the personality trait of self control, we as humans can become more successful in controlling our impulses. Consequently we can apply this to many other areas of our lives. This includes life choices, career options and most importantly your food habits.

Check out my other blog posts:

System 1: Your Ego Depletion And Limited Self Control

Let’s play a game and see how your system 1 and 2 are affected:

A salad and doughnut cost £1.10. 

The salad costs one pound more than the doughnut.

How much does the doughnut cost?

Well that’s easy! It’s 10p.

Wrong.

Read More

Behavioral Science: The Breakthrough Of Understanding

What is Behavioral Science?

Behavioral science is the science of human decision making. This is done by analysing it through psychological and economic principles. The aim of any great behavioral scientist is to try and understand what is going on in your brain. And why you make the decisions you do?!

Where did Behavioral Science start?

It all dated back to neoclassical economics. Behavioral science didn’t exist as a subject. Many economists such as Smith and Ricardo argued that humans were totally rational. This means they made decisions based on perfect information. Obviously this isn’t true or even possible. Moreover they believed that they weigh up every single probability. And from that they make a choice to maximise their satisfaction. In short, people choice the decision which gives them the most value.

How did it become about choices and preferences?

Psychology and economics changed this view as behavioral science advanced. Scientists such as James argued that decision making was more about impulses. And adding to this motivations behind these impulses. Pareto theorised that an individual’s choices and perspectives were far more important. Furthermore, their preferences far outweighed even the value of the option.

Your limited decision making abilities

Moreover, this changed again over the next 50 years. Simon argued that people only have limited knowledge when making a choice. In addition they aren’t looking to maximise their satisfaction. On the contrary, you look to just satisfy your needs. Kahneman & Tversky found that heuristics and biases heavily influence decision making. And these influencers affect all aspects of decision making. Including human rationality,  self-control, choices over time, etc. Behavioral science has evolved dramatically over the years and continues to grow as a discipline. Every day we are learning more and more about human decision making.

Behavioral Science in social & economic settings

From this behavioral science and scientists are trying to understand human decision making. Additionally, how these decisions can be improved in economic and social settings. Many of us are unaware of the judgments we make based on certain heuristics and biases. Our brain cause use to make decisions about life choices without having the full knowledge or information to do so.

From these understandings, behavioral science looks to understand how individuals make decision. Consequently how these decisions can be improved in different economic and social settings. It is important to understand the way in which our judgements are affected by our own internal heuristics and biases. As well as this, we can explore how external factors can play on these mental shortcuts. As a result causing us to make less effective choices.

What is Behavioural Foodie?

To conclude, with this blog I intend to help you make better food choices. As a behavioral science enthusiast and scientist myself, I love using it to help people. Behavioural Foodie is the future of food choices. Making sustainable and healthier food choices is at the core of what we do. If we can make more informed food choices, we can make better ones.

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Have you ever been in a situation where you impulsively felt like making a purchase. So much so that you feel like your mind had already made that choice without you being consciously aware of it? The most likely reason is because you have been affected by priming.

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