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

Stress and Your Diet: Can Certain Foods Affect Your Mood?

Can you blame your anger on the onions you just ate for lunch?

Expanding Waistline, Shrinking Brain?

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Home Base
New research suggests that obesity might increase the risk of memory and cognition problems - and may even be linked with smaller brain size.
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Food Is Love

By Rachel Herz Ph.D. on February 12, 2018 in Our Senses and Emotions
How sweet food tastes to your lover could tell you how they feel about you.

A Sound Argument

A stressful environment can break your heart

Weight Watchers Targeting Teens to Lose Weight

“Sexy is not a size, every calorie is not a war, your body is not a battleground. Your value is not measured in pounds."

I Am Woman, Hear Me Crunch

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Beauty Sick
We don’t need quieter junk food. We need a complete revision of our relationships with food and our bodies.

What Is Atypical Anorexia Nervosa?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on February 09, 2018 in Eating Mindfully
We must look beyond body weight when diagnosing eating disorders. Research shows the dangerous complications of restrictive eating disorders at any weight.

Nature vs. Nurture vs. Gut Bacteria?

By Benjamin M. Seitz on February 09, 2018 in Hardwired to Learn
Psychologists subscribe to the equation, Behavior = Genes + Experience. New research into the microbiome is suggesting this equation is not as simple as it sounds.

Brain Hacking 101: Simple Steps to Improving Your IQ

By Scott Weems Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Feed Your Head
Specific tips for staying smart, the smart way.

Therapist's Corner: When to Refer for Eating Disorders

Avoidance of talking about the food component is avoidance of what is needed to fully recover.
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Stress, Eating and Sleep

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on February 08, 2018 in The Power of Rest
Sleep and overeating are deeply connected.

Additional Evidence on the Dangers of Raw Diets for Dogs

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on February 06, 2018 in Canine Corner
While raw meat based diets are becoming popular for dogs, new evidence shows that feeding dogs raw chicken leads to a massive increase in their risk of a serious paralytic disease

The 6 Triggers of Craving

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 06, 2018 in Science of Choice
One of the major goals of drug addiction treatment is to teach addicts how to deal with cravings.

If the Patriots Win, It Could Change How You Eat Next Week

By Rachel Herz Ph.D. on February 02, 2018 in Our Senses and Emotions
Watching the Big Game on Sunday? Beware: If your team loses it will not only make you feel bad, it could lead you to overeat.

The Bariatric Battle of Chronic Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D. on January 31, 2018 in Overcoming Pain
Better yet, exercise and eat well—and don’t be a candidate for bariatric surgery in the first place.

What Best Predicts Goal Attainment?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 30, 2018 in Don't Delay
How's that New Year's resolution diet going? Self-control letting you down? A recent study shows the experience of temptation and the resulting depletion are the real culprits.

New Evidence Links Sugary Drinks and Obesity

Media campaigns may be one way to help Americans consume fewer sugary drinks. No matter the method, convincing people to avoid soda would improve their health.

@BFSkinnyMan: On the Psychology of Instagram Fitness Culture

By Benjamin M. Seitz on January 29, 2018 in Hardwired to Learn
Our brains haven't evolved to reward us for eating healthy or exercising. Can we engineer our own feedback loops to promote these behaviors?

Magnesium for Depression

By Emily Deans M.D. on January 28, 2018 in Evolutionary Psychiatry
Despite theoretical promise, very few studies have been done to see if magnesium supplementation will help a clinical depression. Here is the first decent-sized study of its kind.

Which Dogs Eat Poop and Why Do They Do It?

Poop eating behavior in dogs may have begun as an attempt to keep the den area clean. It is a difficult behavior to change.

You Can’t Hate Yourself Thin

By Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. on January 25, 2018 in Real Healing
Do you call your body names or berate yourself when you don't do what you think you're supposed to do to get thin, diet, or exercise?

Massive Eating After Sexual Trauma

In the time of the #MeToo movement, we need to start looking at symptoms from the damages victims experience.

The Relationship Between Stress,Trauma & Diabetes Type 2

How stress and trauma contribute to Diabetes Type 2, and what to do about it.

The Big, Fat Lie

It's not the size, it's the selection.

Excess Dietary Salt Can Impair Cognition via Gut-Brain Axis

By Christopher Bergland on January 19, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
Consuming too much salt can promote cognitive dysfunction via the gut-brain axis, according to a new study on mice.

Can Food Supplements Protect the Minds of Aging Dogs?

Old dogs can have a version of Alzheimer's disease and data suggests that this might be prevented by changing what they eat

The Handwriting on the Wall: Menu Labeling

Menu labeling—the posting of calories in restaurants in an attempt to decrease obesity and overweight in the population—has been controversial. Does it achieve its goal?

Tips to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

By Linda Walter LCSW on January 15, 2018 in Life Without Anxiety
Don't ditch your New Year's Resolutions, learn how to make successful changes.

Sharpen Your Mind With the MIND Diet

Decrease brain aging and the risk of Alzheimer's with the MIND Diet