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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Time Present and Time Past: Obesity and Chronobiology

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Solve the Halloween Problem Now With One Miracle Lesson

This miracle lesson will change your life, change your children's lives and will make Halloween and the rest of the eating season seem less daunting.

How to Get the Most Out of Emotional Eating

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
We've been trained to believe that eating for comfort is "bad"—which doesn't necessarily make it easier to avoid. Dr. Pavel Somov provides an alternative: better emotional eating.

Are Hormetins the New Fountain of Youth in Aging?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in iAge
The fountain of youth might be a fountain for living well in older ages.

Four Non-Prescription Remedies for ADHD

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 12, 2017 in Open Gently
A healthy diet and supplements my help ADHD.

Study Links Gut Microbiome With "Ridiculously Healthy" Aging

By Christopher Bergland on October 12, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
One of the largest human studies on microbiota recently identified a correlation between healthy aging and a healthy gut.

15 Things To Know About Food: The Truth Nobody Tells You

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Trying to Lose Weight? Ask Your Gut

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on October 05, 2017 in The Power of Rest
To lose weight, choose the right bacteria.

Black Tea Alters Gut Microbiome in Anti-Obesogenic Ways

By Christopher Bergland on October 04, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Black tea alters gut microbiome in a way that promotes weight loss, according to a new UCLA study on mice.

The Secret to Changing Eating Behavior, for Good

By Kari Anderson DBH, CEDS on October 03, 2017 in #BeHerNow
Whether you can successfully change your eating habits depends on why you want to change them.

We Are Programmed for Gluttony and Weight Gain

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Beastly Behavior
The key to understanding our struggles with healthy weight management lies in our evolutionary past.

Exorcise the Devil-vs.-Angel Analogy From Health Behaviors

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Weight Man-age-ment

By Christina Pierpaoli Parker on October 01, 2017 in Eng(aging)
Aging: a common attribution for weight gain, but a fair one?

The Vegan Brain

By Georgia Ede MD on September 30, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
What everyone needs to know to keep their brains in tip-top shape.

Your Mother's Fatty Diet

By Mark Borigini M.D. on September 30, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
The specter of XXL shopping sprees, clogged arteries, and a heart attack while running to catch a bus always seemed to pop into my visual field when staring at the dessert bar.

Curing Erectile Dysfunction, Killing Children?

By Mark Borigini M.D. on September 29, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
Over the last few years, its most popular use has been to treat erectile dysfunction in men and low libido in women, despite the lack of robust clinical data supporting such use.

Got Milk Alternatives? Get More Iodine!

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 29, 2017 in Cravings
If you stopped drinking dairy milk, you may be missing out on a nutrient that is essential for brain development.

Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications

By Georgia Ede MD on September 29, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
People suffering with psychosis should know that there are truly hopeful options that go beyond medication.
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8 Predictors of Early Onset of Binge Eating

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in Science of Choice
Youth with loss of control go on to experience persistent and intensified problematic eating patterns during adulthood.

What Do We Understand About Mental Illness?

If you suffer from mental illness, you must be aware of all the complex causes and not just resort to a pill.

Magnesium Might Boost Mood

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 26, 2017 in Open Gently
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6 Healthy Reasons to Wake Up Earlier

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on September 26, 2017 in Minding the Body
Get your day off on the right foot. Making time for wellness first thing in the morning sets a positive tone for your whole day.

Inositol and Choline in Mental Health Care

Are you curious about inositol, choline and other B vitamins in mental health care? Emerging findings suggest these vitamins may reduce symptoms of depressed mood and anxiety.

How Your Diet Can Save You and the Planet

By Clair Brown, Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Buddhist Economics
Is eating a healthy diet and worrying about climate change too much to handle? Here's a doable way that makes a big difference.

Belly Fat and Your Child's Brain

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Weight Loss, Dating, and Relationships

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Does the stigma against obesity even apply to people who have successfully lost weight? New research provides a look at how this kind of stigma can affect mating choices.

Folate for Depression, Schizophrenia and Dementia

Are you curious about the evidence for folate supplementation as a treatment for serious mental health problems? Emerging research findings support its use.

Will a Pound of Bacon Really Make You Live Longer?

Recent results are flying in the face of established wisdom. Is this a good thing?