Diet Essential Reads

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.

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.

Youngest, Only Children and Daughters at Risk for Obesity?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on June 16, 2016 in Singletons
Studies find the likelihood of a child being overweight is related to birth order, gender, or the absence of siblings. Are the studies “fat” with flaws?

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?

Wait, There’s Spinach in That?

I must kill her buzz whenever I feel like it because it is just simply my right. There’s a big-sister handbook and this rule is the title.

Is Fish Oil Beneficial for the Brain?

All the latest data about mental health and omega-3 fatty acids for dementia, depression, and ultra-high risk of schizophrenia.

How to Free Yourself From Unwanted Temptations

By Nicole Mead Ph.D. on April 08, 2016 in The Happy Consumer
Are you tired of trying to restrict your food intake? Try telling yourself "some other time" instead of "no, not ever."

If Mindfulness Is This Popular, Why Is Everyone So Mindless?

There is a gap between hype and reality about benefits of mindfulness practice.

Alcohol Withdrawal Mood Swings: Might Eating Carbs Help?

Withdrawal is often spoken of as a particularly uncomfortable and nasty aspect of rehab.

Fat Is More Than Just Flab

White fat is more that a layer of greasy energy stores. It has a surprising amount of other actions, including the production of several very powerful hormones.

How Well Do You Score on Healthy Lifestyle Characteristics?

An alarming new study reports that only 2.7% of American adults accomplish each of four basic healthy lifestyle characteristics. How many of these four goals do you achieve?

Gut Instincts

Can you "catch" obesity from the food you eat? Obesity as an infectious disease

Meat, Vegetarians, and the Evolution of Gut Flora

What is the relationship between meat-eating and psychopathology?