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Eating for Optimal Mental Health

The role nutrition plays

Moms: What Will Your Body Image Legacy Be?

Top five strategies for promoting positive body image in your daughter

Revolutionary: the Pressure-Less Diet

Lose the weight that weighs you down!

How Being Knocked Out Of Our Comfort Zones Can Be Beneficial

Sometimes the answers we're looking for come with a cold, hard slap of reality

Recent Posts on Diet

Is Your Microbiome on a Paleo Diet?

By Erica Sonnenburg Ph.D. on July 05, 2015 in The Good Gut
90% of our associated cells and 99% of our associated genes are bacterial, and this microbial community plays a vital role in our health, our diet needs to reflect that reality.

Eating for Optimal Mental Health

In order to improve overall wellness, a whole body approach should be considered. Here we explore the role that nutrition plays in the pursuit of wellness.

Moms: What Will Your Body Image Legacy Be?

Here is the reality: It can be damaging to our daughters if we are critical of our own appearance. I know this is a sobering thought for all moms. One of the best predictors of whether a girl will have negative body image is if her mother has negative body image...

Revolutionary: the Pressure-Less Diet

If you feel like you are burdened daily, have trouble sleeping, and going nowhere fast, it's time to start the pressure-less diet.

Should You Be Eating High Fat Before a Endurance Events?

This is you, on high fat, trying to run the NYC marathon....Very far behind.

How Being Knocked Out Of Our Comfort Zones Can Be Beneficial

By Gregg McBride on June 27, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
We often want the answers to life's biggest dilemmas to be complicated, enabling or even pricey. But sometimes the best advice we can receive comes without any fancy packaging, outrageous promises or gratuitous politeness.

Top 10 'Memory' Diet Tips

A healthy diet optimizes brain health, memory function, and reduces risk of dementia.

Trans Fats: Bad For Your Brain

Trans fats adversely affect brain health.

How to Kick Fatigue? Try Science’s New “3-Day” Rule

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in The Sports Mind
Three days of post-workout recovery may be the optimal time needed to return to top form.

Stories of Seclusion: Obese, She Decides to Lose It Alone

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in How To Do Life
It's tempting to hide to avoid embarrassment and hearing what we need to.

A Point of Reference: Weight and the Concept of Set Point

Considering all the food our bodies process throughout our lifetime, our weight remains, for the most part, within a fairly constant range. In other words, our bodies tend to “defend” that weight, especially after weight loss, and that is why it is so difficult for us to maintain our weight at a lower level. Is there a set point for weight?

You May Be on a Paleo Diet, but Is Your Microbiome?

By Erica Sonnenburg Ph.D. on June 21, 2015 in The Good Gut
A paleo diet might not only be wrong, it might be harmful to our gut bacteria.

9 Scientific Strategies for Losing Weight Without Dieting

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 20, 2015 in Living Single
The best way to achieve your "leanest livable weight" is to forsake dieting, give up on summoning that elusive willpower, and use the findings from social science to change your environments and your ways of thinking about food. The strategies are based on research, not some bogus fad.

How to Beat Emotional Eating

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 19, 2015 in Open Gently
New programs for emotional eaters teach acceptance.

Abusing Your Body Through Exercise

Stress and obsession characterize muscle dysphoric disorder.

Why Do We Eat?

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on June 17, 2015 in Food Junkie
Why do we continue to eat when we are not even hungry? How has the food environment changed so drastically over time?

Do You Have an Undiagnosed Eating Disorder?

An eating disorder is a time bomb waiting to go off—and it may be about to go off in your life.

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."

Weight Loss Motivation: Secrets to Staying on Track, Part 3

In Part 3, the last in this series, we discuss how to apply this latest research on the importance of intrinsic motivation to your life. Learn how to tap into your unique drivers, what motivates you, what you enjoy, and discover how to connect fitness and weight loss to your interests and values for long-term success.

Weight Loss Motivation: Secrets to Staying on Track, Part 2

In 1996 a team of scientists from the Departments of Psychology and Medicine at the University of Rochester in New York wanted to investigate motivation and weight loss. The researchers found that the type of motivation the participants had significantly affected how much weight was lost.

Eating for Two: Is It Good For You?

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on June 10, 2015 in Food Junkie
New book focuses on what to eat (instead of what to avoid eating) when pregnant.

Weight Loss Motivation: Secrets to Staying on Track, Part 1

A recent meta-analysis study in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at different weight loss plans and found no significant difference between the success of one program versus another. It came down to the individual’s motivation to stay with the program that made all the difference.

The Law of Pleasure

All pleasurable activities start out very enjoyable, and within a few minutes we get used to it.

The Power of Protein to Optimize Brain Health

The power of protein for optimizing health and boosting brain function.

How Forgiveness Therapy Helps Emotional Eating

By Karen Salmansohn on June 09, 2015 in Bouncing Back
If you want a successful Weight Loss Plan, start with a "Hate Loss Plan."

How to Increase Your Lifespan By 2 Years

Living longer doesn't necessarily mean you have to make major changes to your diet or your exercise routine.

Aerobic Laughing: A New Weight Loss Plan

Just like all of us, I've been captivated by Caitlyn Jenner's courageous transformation. She inspired me to take a look at my own body and finally find a way to become the skinny person I've always wanted to be—via laughter.

The Real Strength of Mike Mahler

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on June 04, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Mike Mahler, a leading fitness guru, shares how having goals not only is critical to one’s initial motivation to engage in health behaviors, but also is crucial to enable a person to overcome the barriers that inevitably arise when trying to achieve strength and fitness.

Why You Eat At Night And How to Stop

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 30, 2015 in Open Gently
Food eaten late at night doesn't give you the buzz you crave.

Why Dieters Fail?

A common pattern of failures for chronic dieters and addicts occur when they “fall off the wagon” by violating their diets or consuming the addictive substance.