Essential Reads

Digital Weight Loss (Part 1): Diet Apps

Apps make diet plans easier, but they don't substitute for commitment

The Importance of Meaning in Health

How focusing on what matters to you can help shape healthier habits

Mindful Eating, ADHD and Nutrition

Poor eating habits, eating disorders and being overweight all may relate to ADHD

Dementia and the "Obesity Paradox"

Why are we still surprised when obesity is linked to better health outcomes?

Recent Posts on Diet

Happy Tea Drinkers?

By David Myers on May 26, 2015 in Talk Psych
Are those who drink several cups of tea a day at less risk of depression than those who have little or none? If so, does this indicate that tea drinking helps protect against depression? Eleven studies suggest some answers.

The Best Weight Loss Advice

Experts weigh in! A registered dietician, nutritionist, a weight loss coach and others provide their most essential advice for weight loss. Surprisngly, no two people came up with the exact same advice!

Mortality and the Luck of the Draw

By E E Smith on May 25, 2015 in Not Born Yesterday
A woman who reportedly went to extraordinary lengths to protect herself, and still died in a freak accident, reminded me of another who did much the same thing, and still met death in an unexpected way. The two had little in common except how far they went in order to stay alive, which––as it turned out––was not in the cards.

5 Questions for Sarai Walker

5 Questions for Sarai Walker

What Do You Reach For First Thing In The Morning?

By Gregg McBride on May 23, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
What do you feel like you have to have first thing in the morning that might give a nutritionist a panic attack? By paying attention to how you feel (how you really feel), you might just realize these substances aren't what you're craving after all. And as our tastes change, our bodies, minds and health can change—for the better.

What Is “Medical Food” for ADHD?

What is “Medical Food” for ADHD? Do Omega Fatty Acids Play a Role in ADHD Symptoms?

Kitchen Therapy: Cooking Up Mental Well-Being

Culinary therapy is the treatment du jour at a growing number of mental health clinics. Here’s why.

Behavioral Economics and Health / Part 1

How a short term pleasure, like a cigarette, trumps having a long life.

Digital Weight Loss (Part 3): Choosing a Good App

Mobile apps are uniquely suiting to providing easy ways of self-monitoring diet and exercise as well as facilitating social connection. Here are seven pointers for picking out an app that works for you.

Digital Weight Loss (Part 2): Why Use an App?

Diet apps are brilliant for tracking data. They also give you tangible proof of personal growth and accomplishment.

Digital Weight Loss (Part 1): Diet Apps

There are many apps designed to help people lose weight. The bad news is that it takes more than a cool app to do so. Weight loss is about sustainable behavior change and it requires emotional and cognitive commitment. The good news is that apps are, in fact, very cool tools that can provide motivation, structure and feedback to get you started and keep you on track.

Multiple Vitamins for Anxiety

Can a simple multiple vitamin be helpful to lighten the mood and calm anxiety?

Longevity Cookbook is Your Chance to Defeat Aging

One dashing 29-year-old scientist is helping to bring longevity research into people's houses—specifically into their kitchens. Maria Konovalenko is one of the lead organizers and authors of the Longevity Cookbook, full of recipes and ideas that will help you live far longer.

Who's Helping You Lose Weight From Your Antidepressant?

So many people gain weight from prescription drugs. Why isn't this more widely discussed?

Kids Eat Poorly Because We're Psycho About Food and Eating

The message that unhealthy-tastes-better-than-healthy is a message that comes through loud and clear. And kids get it from the get-go. Parents, you’re not to blame. It’s our crazy culture. Even if you did everything right, your kids would still get the “talk healthy,” but dig-down-dirty message. It is the cultural equivalent of "Do what I say, not what I do."

The Importance of Meaning in Health

By Jason Lillis Ph.D. on May 14, 2015 in Healthy Change
Research shows the importance of connecting healthy habits to what deeply matters to you.

When Life is Too Sweet

Why does sugar have to be bad for you?

Wired To Eat For All The Wrong Reasons

If you don’t understand that evolution has wired you to eat sugary carbohydrates in order to self-soothe and calm you, then you will never be able to control your appetite. Find out what role neuroscience plays in our food cravings...

The Harms of Believing in Exercise

By Peter A. Ubel on May 12, 2015 in Critical Decisions
Pretty obvious lesson here, but I will state it anyway. If you want to avoid becoming obese, eat well and exercise. Perhaps less obviously, try to convince yourself that exercise is not the key to fitting into that five-year-old pair of Levi’s.

Mindful Eating, ADHD and Nutrition

Even if someone with ADHD is not overweight, executive function may impact healthy eating. And poor eating habits do not only affect nutrition. Difficulty with planning, distractibility, and time management frequently have a domino effect.

"I'll Try New Foods When I'm 7!"

Kids have good intentions to try new foods. But just like many adults say they intend to diet but then never do, when it comes to how kids eat, there's a gap between intentions and behavior.

Does Eating Your Carrots Make You More Creative?

In a new study, people’s daily fruit and vegetable consumption predicted how engaged and inspired they felt that day.

Five Year Synthesis: Start Here Post

Simple whole foods, both plant and animal, are best for the brain for some obvious reasons and some you won't expect. Good food and good sleep are lacking in our modern world, yet our mental health can depend upon them.

Junk Food, Gut, and Brain

People who eat mostly whole foods, meaning minimally processed foods that don’t need a label to tell you what is in it, tend to have better mental health. Why is that the case? It could be due to how these foods affect the gut. A new study shows how dramatic and rapid the changes in gut can be.

What's New with Mac n' Cheese?

American kids deserve the same treatment that European children have been enjoying for decades.

Is It Time to Ban Food Ads?

We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic that is linked to 18 percent of all deaths for those ages 40-85. It has boosted medical costs by an estimated $150 billion annually and has sent the incidents of related illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease soaring. Obesity is also related to depression and diminished quality of life. It’s never been more apparent

Is the American Diet Doomed? Weigh in!

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in Food Junkie
Now that unhealthy foods abound in our society, can the American diet be salvaged?

Is it Food Allergy, Food Intolerance, or Restrictive Eating?

Do you bloat after eating certain foods? It might be food intolerance.

Aerobic Activity vs. Weight Lifting: Which Burns More Fat?

A combination of strength training, aerobic exercise, and reducing caloric intake is a winning formula for weight loss. However, there is one important caveat.

Peanut Butter is My Gateway Drug

By Gregg McBride on April 25, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
Taking the taboo and shame out of a binge can help shed light—and perhaps even some laughter—onto the addictive habits that might be holding us back from finding forgiveness, compassion and (ultimately) success.