Food Addiction Is Really About the Need for Love

Obsessions about food or food addiction can often go along with an obsessive focus on relationships. When one is active, the other is dormant. Emptiness may be the cause of both.

Are You Stressed Out and Exhausted?

Stress truly is the disease of the 21st century. Stress can affect all areas of our lives and yet most of us take stress for granted.

Is Alcohol or Drug Abuse Taking a Toll on Your Digestion?

Recovery from drugs and alcohol is a difficult process. A healthy diet and attention to gut health can improve mood, response to stress and may reduce risk for relapse.

Alcohol or Drug Use Can Rob Your Body of Nutrients

Recovery from substance use disorders is a difficult process. Often ignored is the role of nutrition in improving mental health and reducing risk for relapse.

When Eating Disorders and Drug Addiction Collide

Eating disorders and drug and alcohol addiction have many characteristics in common.

Eat Yourself Happy

What does food have to do with depression or anxiety? A lot. Paying attention to your diet not only promotes good physical health but can also improve your mental health.

Is Holiday Stress Creeping Up on You?

Holiday stress can make the holidays seem like torture rather than pleasure. Use integrative therapies and mindful activities to reduce the stress that holidays can bring.

What Causes Out-Of-Control Eating?

Food cravings affect millions of Americans but for some, these cravings may be an indication of an addictive relationship with food.

Do You Know Your Health Destiny?

Would you like to change your health? Do you want to know more about how your genetics don't have to be your destiny? Then tune in to an interview with Eva Selhub, MD, author of "Your Health Destiny."

For Parents Who Worry About Eating Disordered Children

As parents, we want the best for our children. What we may not be aware of is how our own behavior and the things we say in front of our kids may make them more likely to experience disordered eating or actually develop an eating disorder.

Binge Eating in Men

Today, men are catching up with women in body dissatisfaction and disordered eating.

Winter Blues?

Almost 10% of the US population living in wintery climates experience seasonal affective disorder, sometimes called the winter blues. Natural supplements can help.

Talking To Your Child About Their Weight

Childhood obesity is in the spotlight these days due to the fact that about one-third of children and teens are overweight or obese. However, when we put our focus on the number on the scale, it can lead to shame, embarrassment and blaming that only exacerbates the issue. There are many things parents can do to encourage and support their children and teens to be healthy

Don't Let Your Genetics or Your Past Hold You Hostage

Genetics and family eating styles play a huge role in the risk for obesity and eating disorders. However, new research shows that current lifestyle may be just as important and may be able to turn genes on or off.

Is Grain the Cause of Obesity?

Being gluten-free is an increasing phenomenon in America. Books blame gluten for everything from brain fog to obesity. What's really going on? Is a life without gluten-containing grains better for our health?

Suicide: One of Addiction’s Hidden Risks

Depression and other mental illnesses are well-known risk factors for suicide. What many don't know is that alcoholism and drug addiction can also increase risks for suicide. Prevention is the key.

A Novel Strategy for Beating Food Cravings

Food cravings are common during the holidays and are not easy to fight. They can often lead to unwanted weight gain and feelings of guilt that we can't control food cravings. Learning to use your body wisdom to deal with food cravings is the best approach.

Unintended Consequences

Is our fat phobia and focus on childhood obesity forcing children to use extreme measures to lose weight and increasing the risk for eating disorders in children and teens?

So You Think You're Eating Mindfully

Mindful eating has become very trendy. But do you really understand what it means? Eating mindfully includes listening to your body's wisdom about what and how much to eat. It means that you are aware on a moment-to-moment basis of how you are feeling and who is doing the eating.

I See Fat People

Fat phobia and stigma of individuals in bigger bodies has reached an all time high. This acceptable prejudice underlines the lack of understanding of why people struggle with their weight and how difficult it can be to lose weight and keep it off. Fat phobia worsens the problem of obesity by legalizing bullying, name-calling and other acts of prejudice against fat people

The Menopausal 15? Warding Off Mid-Life Weight Gain

Weight gain after menopause is common. Hormonal changes may contribute to this issue but lifestyle is the primary factor. That's good news because you CAN modify your lifestyle and prevent postmenopausal weight problems.

Is the War Against Sugar Fair?

Sugar consumption has increased in almost direct proportion to the increase in obesity in America. Currently 13% of adult's calorie intake is from sugar. Should sugar be banned?

When the Healers Are Hurting: Understanding Eating Disorders

Health care professionals with eating disorders can go "under the radar." They often self-treat and family and friends do not detect a problem until the situation has been going on for some time.

Is Gluten-Free the Way to Be?

If you've been considering going gluten-free, you're not alone. Millions of Americans are feeling the effects of gluten sensitivity and a smaller number actually have celiac disease. Gluten is in many products we eat and our overexposure to gluten may explain this increase in gluten sensitivity.

The Obesity Paradox: Rethinking What We Thought We Knew

Obesity has long being associated with specific health risks. Newer research may indicate that being overweight does not shorten lifespan and in fact overweight individuals may live longer than those who are thinner.

Healthy Gut, Healthy Mind: 5 Foods to Improve Mental Health

Nutrition is often overlooked as a contributing factor to mental health. The brain consumes over half the nutrition and oxygen our body takes in. What we eat affects how we think and feel.

5 Immunity Boosters to Beat Cold and Flu Season

Winter is a time when viruses abound. By boosting your immune system, you may be able to avoid a cold or flu this season.

Top 10 Ways to Stay Healthy for the Holidays

The holiday season doesn't have to be the end of your healthy eating plan or a cause of an expanding waist line. Use these 10 simple strategies to help you eat well and enjoy the holidays.

Vegetarianism and Eating Disorders

Vegetarians make up about 5 percent of the US population. Concerns about the environment, love of animals and health reasons top the list of why people become vegetarians. But women suffering from eating disorders are more likely to become vegetarians to control their weight.

The Dirty on Good Bacteria

Foods containing active cultures of healthy bacteria not only improve gut function but have been shown to help with autism, attention deficit disorder, obesity, stress-related anxiety and other conditions.