Diet Essential Reads

9 Ways to Say "No!"

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 31, 2016 in Cravings
Having trouble turning other people down? Try a variation on "no."

Psychological and Environmental Aspects of Who We Eat

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Animal Emotions
"Meat Climate Change: The 2nd Leading Cause of Global Warming" highlights the incredible damage agricultural practices do to our planet and psyches and offers viable solutions.

A Graduate Student's Ode to Coffee

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on August 25, 2016 in Psy-curious
A recent large-scale review reveals that coffee can be part of a healthy diet for adults.
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10 Cognitive Biases Ruining Your Diet

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in Science of Choice
Cognitive biases lead to craving and overeating thereby contributing to weight gain and obesity

There Is More Than Butterflies in Your Stomach

By Emeran Mayer M.D. on August 24, 2016 in Gut Sensations
Is all the hype about the gut microbes, probiotics and certain foods and your brain health really justified? Separating speculations from scientific evidence is crucial

An Easy Tip for Overeaters

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 22, 2016 in Cravings
Are you trying to eat less or at least eat better? It's all in your timing.

The "Electrochemical Persuasion" of Neuromodulation

Deliberate stimulation of the brain to manipulate behavior reads like something out of George Orwell’s "1984," but treatment of eating disorders & obesity is no longer "brainless"

A Nation Advances on Its Stomach

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Human Beast
Napoleon said that an army marches on its stomach. Now, economists conclude that how well fed a nation is drives the economy.

The Incredible Healing Modality You've Never Heard Of

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Feeling It
Foot zoning looks a lot like acupressure but is not at all the same. Foot zoning, practitioners claim, brings a person back into balance.

Eating Anger

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on July 25, 2016 in Cravings
You're angry because you're hurt. Don't make it worse by overeating or otherwise self-destructing; find new ways to cope.

Unexpected Ways to Address the Obesity Epidemic

Free, simple and fun solutions may beat many years and billions of dollars of medical research

Study: Genes May Determine What Diet Works for You

Your genetic composition might determine what specific foods are healthiest for you to eat, according to groundbreaking research being presented at a conference in Orlando today.
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Can Sleeping Late Torpedo Your Diet?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
It’s not only the amount of sleep and the quality of sleep, but the timing of sleep that matters.

Why You Can’t Get Enough Sugar

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on July 11, 2016 in Cravings
There are many reasons why you crave sugary foods, and just as many reasons why you cave into your cravings.

Like Buttah

Butter is back—but it never left.

The Carbohydrate Conundrum

Less carbs? More whole grains? What does it all mean? A new study helps clarify.

Should You Try to Lose Weight?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on June 06, 2016 in Cravings
If you're carrying extra weight, it's up to you to decide what to do about it. No one else is in charge of your body.

Body Weight in the Time of Climate Control

Why have we become fatter in the past 40 years? One plausible contribution is the amount of time we spend in climate-controlled surroundings--the so-called "thermoneutral zone"-TNZ

Are You Killing Your Dog With Sweetness?

The FDA warns that a sweetener used in sugarless gum, candy, baked goods, toothpaste, and some nut butters can be life-threatening to dogs.

How to Love Your Body

Are images of perfect bodies weighing you down? Some thoughts on embracing your body the way it is.

How Your Culture Affects Your Weight

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on May 12, 2016 in Cravings
Who you are determines in great part how you eat and how you perceive your body weight.

Think More, Eat Less? Memory Can Make Us Eat Less

Hungry? Surprisingly, the trick to eating less might be our memory, and not our stomach. Remembering a past meal, or thinking about a future meal, can lead to less snacking!

Why We Lose Our Appetites When We Get Sick

If you’ve ever fallen ill and found yourself barely able to stomach a spoonful of chicken soup, you already know that getting sick can be a major appetite killer.

The Only Way to Stop Gaining Weight

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on May 02, 2016 in Cravings
There are many ways to eat healthy but only one way to lose or maintain weight. Get back to basics.

When Healthy Eating Takes You Down an Unhealthy Road

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on April 26, 2016 in Cravings
Extreme healthy eating habits may signal an unhealthy lifestyle.

How to Eat Slower: 6 Strategies

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on April 26, 2016 in Comfort Cravings
We've all heard that it is important to eat slower. Here are 5 compelling reasons slow down your pace today and 6 strategies that can help make it happen.

The Quick and the Dead

Does convenience determine your food and health choices?

Eating Clean: What Does It Mean?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on April 25, 2016 in Cravings
Following a "clean eating" diet plan is good for you and your environment. Until it isn't.

Marijuana and Weight: A Plant With Virtues to Be Discovered?

Many people have experienced the “munchies,” those extraordinarily powerful feelings of hunger after using marijuana. Surprisingly, marijuana has paradoxical effects on weight.

When Tradition Trumps Science

Saturated fat that naturally occurred in the diet was never bad for us. How did we fall off the edge of the map?