Diet Essential Reads

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

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.

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

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Social Instincts
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 on May 26, 2015 in 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

By Jason Lillis Ph.D. on May 14, 2015 in Healthy Change
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 in 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

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on April 08, 2015 in Your Brain on Food
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.

Are the People Close to You Good Role Models?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on April 08, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
Humans are a social species, and so we are strongly influenced by the example that other people set for us. I have written frequently in this blog about goal contagion, which is the idea that we often adopt the goals of the people we see around us, even without realizing that we are doing so.

Do Eating Eggs and Dumping Your Man Keep You Healthy?

Should we believe a super-centenarian and eat eggs and stay single?

Can’t Kick a Bad Habit? You’re Probably Doing It Wrong

By Nir Eyal on April 03, 2015 in Automatic You
A technique to use identity change for behavior change.

Calling Obesity a Disease Dooms Dieters

By Peter A. Ubel on April 02, 2015 in Critical Decisions
The better we succeed in convincing people that obesity is a disease, the less motivated obese people will be to fight back against these social and physiologic forces.

Socioeconomic Factors Impact a Child's Brain Structure

In the largest study of its kind, a team of investigators from nine different universities have identified a correlative link between family income and a child’s brain structure.

Whatever Doesn't Kill You, Will Only Make You Stronger?

By Dawn C. Carr MGS, Ph.D. on March 20, 2015 in The Third Age
When bad stuff happens to resilient people, it appears that in the short-term they don’t do anything different from what nonresilient people do. Instead, they feel something different about their ability to handle things. And as a result, they fare better physically and psychologically over the long-term.

High Tech Care for Heart Failure Patients: A Bathroom Scale

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on March 17, 2015 in Patient Power
Heart failure is a common and serious condition, and patients (and their families) suffer frequent ER visits and middle-of-the-night hospitalizations to treat sudden, terrifying bouts of severe shortness of breath or other symptoms. But there is a simple, low tech tool the heart failure patient can use to help reduce these emergency crises. A bathroom scale.

Want to Live Longer? Make Good Friends.

By Dawn C. Carr MGS, Ph.D. on March 15, 2015 in The Third Age
It may be surprising, but who you choose as a friend matters, and so does the quality of those friendships. Good relationships have a potent beneficial impact on your health.

Fifty Shades: Glamorizing Abuse or Harmless Escapism?

The Fifty Shades Trilogy has provoked controversy because the story revolves around an abusive relationship. A group of researchers has argued that the books may harm women by glamorizing abuse. However, the authors' findings are inconsistent with their claims. Whether the books have a harmful influence or are simply titillating fantasy remains to be demonstrated.

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...