Essential Reads

Dementia and the "Obesity Paradox"

Why are we still surprised when obesity is linked to better health outcomes?

What to Tell Your Daughter about Her Weight

Do you want your daughter to feel better about her body than you do? Read on.

The Self "Loathsome Gluttony" of Binge-eating Disorder

When eating to live turns to out of control living to eat

The Joy of Distraction

Why do people fail at self-control?

Recent Posts on Diet

Is it Food Allergy, Food Intolerance, or Restrictive Eating?

Do you bloat after eating certain foods? It might be food intolerance.

Aerobic Activity vs. Weight Lifting: Which Burns More Fat?

A combination of strength training, aerobic exercise, and reducing caloric intake is a winning formula for weight loss. However, there is one important caveat.

Peanut Butter is My Gateway Drug

By Gregg McBride on April 25, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
Taking the taboo and shame out of a binge can help shed light—and perhaps even some laughter—onto the addictive habits that might be holding us back from finding forgiveness, compassion and (ultimately) success.

Would Teaching Doctors to Cook Solve the Obesity Problem?

Attacking the obesity problem by teaching docs to cook. Hmm. Are there really families who have missed the message about cooking? And if people know they ought to cook but don’t know how, what could a physician say that would really change anything? Are doctors going to start conducting knife-skills tutorials between vaccinations?There's a better solution.

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?

Healthy Gut, Healthy Brain

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on April 23, 2015 in Your Brain on Food
The bugs in your gut can positively or negatively influence your mental function and stress response; it is definitely worth your effort to keep them very happy with a healthy diet.

Loneliness And Death

Loneliness may reduce life expectancy more than obesity or smoking.

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.

4 Lifestyle Changes That Boost Mental Health

When we seek help for a mental health condition, we can expect to hear about various medications and treatment options, but what’s often missing from the conversation is any talk of lifestyle changes.

Please Let Me Act out on My Sugar Addiction in Peace

By Anna David on April 21, 2015 in After Party Chat
Those who consider themselves sugar addicts but then quit never tire of lecturing other sugar consumers about the dangers of that white powder. Why can't they just let us leave us alone with our cookies?

The Trillions of Mouths You Feed Each Day

By Erica Sonnenburg Ph.D. on April 20, 2015 in The Good Gut
It’s a humbling experience to realize that humans, with our highly evolved, complex brain that can build towering skyscrapers and compose fine works of art, are, in essence, a bacteria-filled tube. But when they are not staving off disease, what are all these microbes doing there? Eating.

Lovely Me

Amy loses weight by squarely facing her emotional eating patterns and envisions living the life in the body of her choice.

The Shocking Truth of Gadget Use

With every two out of three Americans owning a smartphone, our digital diet has expanded exponentially. The average American spends 11 hours with electronic gadgets every day.

Does Thinking You Are Fatter Make You Fatter?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on April 16, 2015 in Eating Mindfully
Many adolescents misperceive their body size; it is not uncommon for normal weight adolescents to categorize themselves as overweight. What is the effect of this misperception of body size?

Wired for Perfect Health

Your unconscious mind knows exactly what you need to be healthy. So why aren’t you?

The Joy of Distraction

Negative affect is among the most important triggers of self-control failures.

Why Your Next Vacation Should Be Nowhere

By Gregory Ciotti on April 14, 2015 in Habits, Not Hacks
The value of stillness.

Change Doesn't Happen Overnight, It Happens in 5 Stages

Trying to change too fast can actually set you up for failure. Whether you want to exercise more often or you want to spend less money, there are five stages of change you'll likely go through.

5 Reasons to Go Meat Free Right Now!

In what ways can your mind, body, and spirit benefit from going meatless?

Are Distance Running and Reproductive Potential Connected?

Anthropologists at the University of Cambridge recently reported that males with higher "reproductive potential" may also be better distance runners. Why would being good at long-distance running have evolved to reflect a more desirable male gene pool?

Why 'Cheat Times' Don't Help Dieters

By Temma Ehrenfeld on April 13, 2015 in Open Gently
Believing you can compensate for overeating by cutting back the next day tends not to work.

Food Hypocrisy

If you eat rice cakes all day, you will not be happy, especially if it’s not rice cakes that you crave. And who craves rice cakes?

The Emotional "Trials" of Trial Independence (ages 18 - 23)

For many last stage adolescents (18 - 23) independence can prove too much of a good thing when they flounder in so much freedom, become stressed out, and experience emotional crisis as a result. At this juncture, parents can be of help.

Microbes Are Holding the Reins to our Health

By Erica Sonnenburg Ph.D. on April 12, 2015 in The Good Gut
You are not alone. Your gut is teaming with bacteria that have been linked to everything from autism to obesity and may even be influencing your mood and behavior.

Avoidance is Never the Problem

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on April 12, 2015 in In Control
Unconflicted avoidance is a perfectly reasonable strategy that we use every day.

7 Secrets to Hitting Your Reset Button

Dr. Michael Roizen, co-author with Dr. Oz on the best-selling YOU series, has just published a new book, “This is Your Do-Over.” The book provides 7 secrets to better physical health. Fortunately, these same secrets are the pathway to positive mental health, happiness, and well-being.

Can We Exercise Too Much?

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on April 12, 2015 in Fit Femininity
Physical activity has been proven to improve physical and psychological health. However, is any amount of exercise good? Too much exercise can prevent psychological well-being. When excessive exercise develops into exercise dependence, it becomes compulsive behaviour that controls the exerciser's life.

10 Things To Do Instead of Cheating On Your Diet

By Gregg McBride on April 11, 2015 in The Weight-ing Game
We all do it: Eat something we really didn’t want to avoid boredom, avoid stress or to get through a difficult moment. Next time you hit a food mood that really isn’t about hunger, try one of these 10 food substitutes to get through the angst, calorie-free.