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.

Recent posts on Diet

Success, the Slow-Cooked Way

There is no shortage of crash diet options, but what if our bodies need time to acclimate? What if they actually need a slow-cooked method of change over a long period of time?
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The Behavioral Side of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

The tendency to engage in "mental accounting" can help government to target assistance where it is intended.

World's First Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression

By Georgia Ede MD on February 17, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Groundbreaking research proves that dietary choices have the power to help reduce and even reverse depression.

Mindful Eating for the Mamavore

Do you pay attention to what you are eating? Having kids can make it challenging. Here are a few reminders to keep us on our mindful eating game.

The Hidden Faces of Eating Disorders

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on February 10, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Research indicates that people at higher weights—fat people—are at increased risk for eating disorders. But their symptoms often go unnoticed.
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Depression: A Psychiatrist Suggests Peanut Butter, Chocolate

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on February 10, 2017 in On Call
Can peanut butter and dark chocolate help relieve depression?

Better Eating Can Relieve Depression

By Temma Ehrenfeld on February 08, 2017 in Open Gently
The famous Mediterranean diet can help relieve major depression, and it can't hurt you!

Why Eyes are Blue

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in The Human Beast
Our remote ancestors likely had dark eyes, whether brown or black. Blue eyes are common in northern Europe and emerged some 5,000 years ago. This suggests evolution can be fast.

Is Someone Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Goals?

By Meg Selig on February 07, 2017 in Changepower
Could friends, family, or colleagues try to sabotage your weight loss success? A recent small study shows that "lean stigma" does exist and what you can do about it.

Practical Tips for Balancing the Omega 6-to-3 Ratio

Hopefully this article helps you think a little more about getting omega 3 in the diet and decreasing that processed food consumption to help that brain work even better.
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The Lure of the Special Occasion

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in Science of Choice
Why is relapse so often preceded by the statement that this is a “special occasion”?

Getting off the Diet Treadmill

By Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. on February 02, 2017 in Real Healing
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to NOT make yet another New Year's resolution to lose weight?

Stop Blaming People for Being Fat!

The inner angst of those who know they are wrongly judged often transforms into a "shield" of chubbiness.

Dieting, Weight and Making Peace with Food

By Kari Anderson DBH, CEDS on January 31, 2017 in #BeHerNow
As a therapist who works with women with disordered eating, I wish Oprah Winfrey's “success” story wasn’t about the weight.

Procuring The Unconventional

Why you need to source your food like a chef; not just for flavor but for health

A Diet for Stress

It's stressful to have to recognize "alternate facts" are being encouraged.

Self-Stigmatizing About Your Weight Increases Health Risks

By Christopher Bergland on January 26, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Fat shaming is bullying. And it takes a heavy toll. According to a new study, internalizing negative stereotypes caused by fat shaming is linked to a variety of health risks.

Gary Taubes's New Book Puts Sugar On Trial

By Michael Bader D.M.H. on January 25, 2017 in What Is He Thinking?
In The Case Against Sugar, science writer Gary Taubes shows how Sugar fronts distorted science and politicized nutrition politics to sell what Taubes shows is actually a a poison.

Why We Resist Change

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on January 25, 2017 in The Truisms of Wellness
The body’s inertia is an overlooked concept when it comes to understanding our inherent complex resistance to beginning a new diet or exercise routine.

Thank God the Holidays Are Over: Coping With Diabetes

How can I enjoy social gatherings if I have diabetes? Holiday gatherings can be stressful for men and women coping with diabetes.

Will Urine Be the Next Number One Crisis?

By Lisa Kramer Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in Markets in Mind
Unverified reports about Trump made a big splash. It's a golden opportunity to discuss the links between urinary tract infections, antibiotics, and factory farming.

Evolutionary Mismatch and What You Can Do about It

Our modern worlds are mismatched dramatically from the environments we evolved to live in.

Love at First Sniff?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on January 16, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Humans are a predominantly visual species, but we also use our noses to sniff out prospective mates.

Dietary Changes Reduce Relapse Risk in Alcoholics

If you have a drinking problem you may not be getting essential nutrients because of toxic effects of alcohol on your digestive system. Simple dietary changes can help.

Depression Takes a Heavy Toll on Your Heart, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on January 14, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
The latest findings of a 10 year study show that depression can be just as hard on your heart as obesity or high cholesterol.
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How Detoxification Will Improve Your Mental Health

Detoxification is an essential part of a prevention and treatment program for recovery of mental health, including PTSD, depression and addictions.

Asking Why You Can’t Lose Weight After Medication?

At this time of year, try to see that your new beginning to try to lose the weight, is perhaps best commenced during a sunnier time.

7 Books You Should Read in 2017

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on January 12, 2017 in Happy Trails
Become happier and healthier with these engaging, research-based titles.
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Eating When Not Hungry Could Be More Harmful than You Think

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on January 11, 2017 in Scientocracy
If possible, wait until you’re hungry to eat. If you’re going to snack while hungry, try something with a low glycemic index, like nuts or cheese. Your pancreas will thank you!

Why It’s Still “Unmanly” to Be Eco-Friendly

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on January 09, 2017 in General Intelligence
Consumer psychologists explore why men aren’t buying into the eco-friendly craze.