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Are Sugar Substitutes Healthier than Sugar? It’s Debatable.

As our hearts ache from the loss of life in Paris, I am reminded of the joie de vivre of the French people and their love of gastronomy. Vive la France! In this post, I look at new research on the potential health benefits of using sugar substitutes. Regardless of the science, the French remind us that eating delicious food in moderate portions is a healthy source of joy.

Eating Garlic Makes Men Smell More Attractive

New research from psychologists in Scotland and the Czech Republic has revealed that eating this sulfurous bulb could improve your body odor.

Will a Low Carb Diet Deepen Your Winter Blues?

Carbs aren't the fattening poison some insist that they are. They're actually a mood enhancing, appetite satiating wonder of nutrition.

How Will the New Guidelines Shape the Nation's Nutrition?

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on October 24, 2015 Food Junkie
What can we learn from the Brazil's dietary guidelines?

If You Want to Improve Health, Change Your Behaviour

New research confirms the role of behavioral factors in health and that text-based support can improve heart disease risks. Making small changes in behavior can improve life.

This Is the Difference Between Sadness and Depression

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
Because we associate depression with its primary symptom of pervasive sadness, many of us struggle to tell the difference between these two common psychological states. And that is a huge problem.

A Day of Eating in Paris

A day of observations lends some insight into the age old question: Why do the French eat so well yet stay so slim?

The Ego Diet

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 07, 2015 Ambigamy
Appetite for praise is a lot like appetite for fatty foods. Both are hazardous to your health and both can be curbed with the right effort.

When Food Is Medicine

Doctors designed the dietary intervention of this study of older adults because they thought it wouldn't impact mental health compared to psychotherapy. They were in for a big mood-brightening surprise.

What Is the Link Between Depression and Diabetes?

People tend to gain and lose weight all their lives, but do these extra pounds lead to poor health?

Some Philosophical Musings on Food

Over many centuries, there has never been a coherent philosophy of food and eating. Several books explore the complexities of food and the relationship of some of our greatest philosophers to their culinary choices. Have you ever thought about your own philosophy about food? There is a simple one that we might all agree upon for the 21st century.

Top Ten Health Tips That Have Never Worked for Me

Ever since a seemingly acute viral infection in 2001 turned into a chronic illness, I’ve received dozens and dozens of tips on how to regain my health. This piece is intended to be lighthearted, not meanhearted, which is why I’d be thrilled if someone reading one of these tips can honestly say: “That one helped me!”

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.

How Being Knocked Out Of Our Comfort Zones Can Be Beneficial

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.

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

Three days of post-workout recovery may be the optimal time needed to return to top form.

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 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.

Happy Tea Drinkers?

By David Myers Ph.D. on May 26, 2015 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.

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.

The Importance of Meaning in Health

Research shows the importance of connecting healthy habits to what deeply matters to you.

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.

Dementia and the "Obesity Paradox"

By Harriet Brown on April 23, 2015 Brave Girl Eating
Why are we still surprised that obesity isn't all bad?

What to Tell Your Daughter about Her Weight

How do we keep our girls from being weight obsessed in a culture that values thinness?

The Self "Loathsome Gluttony" of Binge-eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder (BED) is a new diagnostic category in psychiatry's DSM-5 although it was first described in 1959. Already pharmaceutical companies are heavily marketing their medications to this new population.

Recent Links Between Food and Mood

A poor diet that was high in saturate fats and caloric levels lead to depression. Fortunately, it is never too late to take advantage of the benefits of a healthy diet.