Diet Essential Reads

Gut Check

While you sit on your tuffet; how does your inner garden grow?

A Dietary Treatment for Depression

In a world first, Australian researchers have used a dietary change to successfully treat depression.

Six Signs to Assess an Eating Disorder

Understanding the signs of an eating disorder diagnoses can help you take life-saving measures.

Five Ways that Evolutionary Psychology Informs Medicine

The field of evolutionary medicine is changing our understanding of best practices in healthcare at a breakneck pace. Evolutionary psychology is helping lead the way. Here's how.

Don’t Let Your Thinking Sabotage Your Goals

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Talking Apes
How you see yourself in the future can either help or hinder your ability to delay gratification.

Why It's So Hard to Resist Late-Night Eating

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
If you've struggled to limit your eating after dinner, you're not alone. Find out why the drive to keep eating can be so strong—and ways to rein it in.

Just Wear it? Tech Won’t Improve Your Fitness On Its Own

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
Using wearable tech is unlikely to solve the obesity crisis, but it might prevent obesity among those who have less risky lifestyles.

The Hidden Faces of Eating Disorders

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on February 10, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Research indicates that people at higher weights—fat people—are at increased risk for eating disorders. But their symptoms often go unnoticed.

Practical Tips for Balancing the Omega 6-to-3 Ratio

Hopefully this article helps you think a little more about getting omega 3 in the diet and decreasing that processed food consumption to help that brain work even better.

Dieting, Weight and Making Peace with Food

By Kari Anderson DBH, CEDS on January 31, 2017 in #BeHerNow
As a therapist who works with women with disordered eating, I wish Oprah Winfrey's “success” story wasn’t about the weight.

Procuring The Unconventional

Why you need to source your food like a chef; not just for flavor but for health

Evolutionary Mismatch and What You Can Do about It

Our modern worlds are mismatched dramatically from the environments we evolved to live in.

Love at First Sniff?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on January 16, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Humans are a predominantly visual species, but we also use our noses to sniff out prospective mates.

Do Vegetarians Smell Sexier?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on January 09, 2017 in Animals and Us
New studies reveal that diet affects human body odor and even our skin color. But do men who give up meat smell more or less attractive to women?

Your Brain on Omega 3: Balancing the O3 to O6 Ratio

We know that omega 3 supplements and eating fish has the potential to help brain health. Would they work even better if we reduced the amount of omega 6 fatty acids that we eat?

Marijuana or Obesity: Which Is Worse?

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on January 04, 2017 in Your Brain on Food
Each person will have a different answer to the question of “which is worse.” The answer will be determined by the genetic cards you were dealt by your parents.

Wine, Women, and Sweet Siren Songs

Are you chained to sweetened soft drinks?

For Brain Gain, Try Cinnamon

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on January 01, 2017 in Your Brain on Food
Cinnamon has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant actions in the brain that may benefit both young and old people with learning impairments.

Sugar by Any Other Name? Low Calorie Sweeteners

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on December 27, 2016 in The Gravity of Weight
Low calorie sweeteners have been around for more than 100 years. Why are they still cause for controversy and concern?
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5 No-Cost Holiday Gifts Parents Can Give Their Kids

Just because your children won't ask for any of these gifts doesn't mean your kids don't want them. Especially #1.

How to Save Your Brain

By Psychology Today Editorial Staff on December 19, 2016 in Brainstorm
Specific nutrients play key roles in preserving intelligence and the ability to access it.

To Nog or Not to Nog

What is the dish on dairy?

Do You Overeat? You Might Want to Blame Childhood Stress

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on December 08, 2016 in Critical Decisions
Eating only when you are hungry: That’s a real luxury.

Is Mild Love the New Exciting Romance?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in In the Name of Love
Ideal love is depicted as a very passionate experience. Yet mild love seems a better indicator of enduring love. Can we admit our mild love without insulting our partners?

6 Tips to Survive the Holidays Without Overeating

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on November 21, 2016 in Cravings
Is your holiday anxiety creeping up? Don't let it trigger you to overeat.

Applying Game Theory to Recovery From Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Science of Choice
We can use the insights from the prisoner dilemma to suggest ways to resist changing motivation.

Why Are We Eating Portions Larger Than Our Heads?

Cleaning your plate no longer is relevant.

The Link Between Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain

We've all experienced sleepless nights. How does this affect our eating patterns the next day?
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The Mind of a Flip-Flopper

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 04, 2016 in Science of Choice
People have self-control problems in the form of a present-biased preference, where one places extra weight on more immediate rewards.

How to Stop Over-Eating: Lessons From Brain Science

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on November 03, 2016 in Critical Decisions
Brain science hints at several ways to reduce the pattern of food craving and consumption.