All About Diet

It's no secret that we need calories to fuel the body's basic energy needs. Yet many of us find it difficult to take in the right amount—and the right kind—of fuel. No matter how many guidelines we're given, we still crave what we know is bad for us. And in an era where sugary and fatty snacks are often within arm's reach, resisting those cravings has become exceedingly difficult. So what's an average consumer to do? Read on for some insight into why we behave the way we do around food, and what you can do to make eating healthier a little bit easier.

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Dieting and Eating for Weight Control?

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on June 20, 2017 in On Call
Need help controlling your weight? Here are effective psychologically-based tips.

The Plant Paradox: Are All Vegetables Good for Us?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on June 17, 2017 in Brain Waves
Is it possible that hidden lectins in our foods are harming us?

How Accurate Is the Medical Advice on TV?

We see medical doctors doling out advice on TV every day. But how accurate is their guidance?

Designing for Diet Season

Tweak the design of your home to live a healthier life.

What Obesity and Interpersonal Conflict Have in Common

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
Our most basic physical activity impacts our mind in surprising ways.
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Healthy Children’s Meals Should Be a National Priority

By The Research Lab on June 12, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Providing healthy meals to children is a critical issue, not a partisan issue. By Steven Abrams, M.D.

Watching Yourself Eat Changes How Much You Consume

Watching ourselves eat can sometimes help us eat less. Other times it can make us eat more. Why?

Four Fun Ways to Enrich Your Life and Improve Your Health

By Meg Selig on June 08, 2017 in Changepower
Does it seem like everything good is bad for you? Not so! Savor these four pleasures and become healthier and happier as you do so.

Drunkorexia and the Rise of “Rexias” in Disordered Eating

Excessive drinking, clean eating and food restriction are all known to contribute to poor body image, low self-esteem and worst of all; eating disorders.

Does Being Obese Make You Socially Invisible?

You're overweight. You lose weight. Suddenly you recognize that you were judged on appearances. See the real you took care of yourself and lost weight for health rewards?

What Babies and Kids Should and Should Not Drink

By The Research Lab on June 05, 2017 in The Fundamentals
The lack of nutritional value of fruit juice or beverages during a baby's first year. Steven Abrams, M.D.

Can You Prevent Alzheimer's Disease with Diet and Exercise?

Scientists are discovering that healthy choices can help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

8 Probiotic Strains Proven to Help Improve Your Health

Learn to take care of your body no matter what your size. Gut health is key to overall health and well-being.

The 3 Best Tips for Eating Ice Cream

Do you love to eat ice cream? Here are some tips to help you eat it mindfully!

Productivity Secrets of an Influential Young Scotsman

Here's how passion, action, and reason work together to help you get things done.
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Can Dogs Help Solve Our Childhood Obesity Problem?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on May 23, 2017 in Animals and Us
What should we make of claims about the impact of dogs on obesity in children and teenagers?

Want to Be Healthy? Get Rich!

In almost every single way, socioeconomic status is a significant predictor of positive health outcomes. We better figure out how to change that.

Rewarding Exercise with Food: A Novel Approach

Is it wrong to run that extra mile for a slice of guilt-free cake?

Is a Vegetarian Diet Always Healthy?

My advice would be to limit everything from a cow (and any other red meat source) and be very careful about obtaining a balance of the nutrients.

Trading in Celiac Disease for an Eating Disorder

The billion dollar "gluten-free" diet fad may be causing more harm to your mental health than you realize as we trade in gluten in exchange for disordered eating.

Even Vegans Die: Leaving a Legacy of Caring and Compassion

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A new book called "Even Vegans Die" is a valuable guide for animal advocates. It empowers people to make the best decisions regarding their own health and advocacy for animals.
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Body Shame Is Not a Diet Plan

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on May 14, 2017 in Beauty Sick
Fostering body shame is not an effective way to get healthy. Shame makes you want to withdraw from important activities and meaningful connections with others. Shame can be a threa

The "Furry Test Tubes" of Obesity Research

Mice are the most common animals now used in obesity research.They have many advantages for scientists who work with them but are far from perfect as a model for human beings.

8 Cool Facts About Brain Freeze

Brain freeze is one of the most common types of headaches. Get the scoop on what was once referred to as “ice cream-induced headache.”

Want to lose weight? Eat MORE!

Increasing the proportion of raw food in one’s diet is a fast track to weight loss. And it means that you spend more time actually eating. Here’s why.
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Turmeric and Curcumin: A Primer

Health benefits of turmeric and curcumin: fad or fact?

Why Your Doctor Might Prescribe Food Instead of Medicine

New research in JAMA links poor diet to serious diseases.

Coffee and Health: What's The Verdict?

Find out how caffeine affects your blood pressure, sleep and anxiety levels.

Diet Soda Tied to Memory Loss

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 08, 2017 in Open Gently
Soda, diet or sugary, is linked to memory loss.

Even Vegans Die: Life Lessons for Everyone

By Lisa Kramer Ph.D. on May 08, 2017 in Markets in Mind
No one should feel guilty for getting sick. I wish someone told me that when I faced a cancer diagnosis in my twenties.