Essential Reads

Some Philosophical Musings on Food

Only a philosopher can ask, 'What is the metaphysical coefficient of lemon?'

Top Ten Health Tips That Have Never Worked for Me

I get lots of advice on how to regain my health; so far, nothing has worked.

Eating for Optimal Mental Health

The role nutrition plays

Moms: What Will Your Body Image Legacy Be?

Top five strategies for promoting positive body image in your daughter

Recent Posts on Diet

Are You Angry or Hangry?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on August 28, 2015 in Open Gently
Don't have angry discussions on an empty stomach. And if your husband is angry at you, make sure he's fed.

All About Coconuts: The Perfect Food

By Leslie E. Korn Ph.D. on August 25, 2015 in Rhythms of Recovery
Coconut is a premiere food for mental health and brain function.

Vegetarianism and Money: Surprising Results from a New Study

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in Animals and Us
What the results of a new survey of the diets of Americans reveal about the connection between vegetarianism and household income.

Eat Right

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in Your Wise Brain
Good nutrition is a key part of maintaining your energy as a parent. Eating healthy helps parents stay good-humored and patient with children, even when the oatmeal starts flying. With this in mind, here is your daily Mother Nurture recipe, designed specifically with a parent's nutritional needs in mind. It's got just seven ingredients. This recipe is good for anyone.

Brain Healthy Snacks to Enjoy at Your Desk

Learn about snacks that you can eat at your desk while at work that will keep your brain in tip-top shape!

The Less Sweet Side of Artificial Sweeteners

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on August 20, 2015 in Food Junkie
Learn about the less sweet side effects of consuming artificial sweeteners!

So I’m Addicted to Exercise. Who Cares?

By Anna David on August 18, 2015 in After Party Chat
I'm a sober addict who exercises. Regularly. More specifically, obsessively. If this is a problem, I'm holding onto it.

How to Balance Rhythms to Enhance Trauma Treatment

By Leslie E. Korn Ph.D. on August 18, 2015 in Rhythms of Recovery
The major rhythmic disruption in PTSD and complex trauma is circadian rhythm; the 24 hr. sleep/wake cycle that follows the dark/light cycle of the sun’s rising and setting.

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.

Americans are Drinking Less Soda. So What?

Every time we beat the nutrition drum, the more we turn people off. It's time for a different kind of public health messaging based on habits.

How to Focus Better

After a night of poor sleep, do you find it harder to concentrate?

Snacking on Single People – Such Yummy Stereotypes!

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 16, 2015 in Living Single
An article about American snacking put the blame for bad eating habits on "lonely single people." Just about every single thing that was stated or implied about single people in that article was unsubstantiated, misleading, egregiously derogatory, or just plain wrong.

Is There Really Such a Thing as "Healthy" Sweets?

Have you been tricked by these sweets and candies labeled as "healthy", "kid-friendly", or "brain-healthy"? Find out!

Probiotics May Help Alleviate Autism Symptoms

Experiments with mice show that optimal gut bacterial balance can reduce autism-like symptoms.

How I Turned BodyShame Into BodyLove

4 steps I used to heal my relationship with food, my body, and myself

Tempted to Cheat? Here's the One Best Way to Fight the Urge

Temptation is a normal part of life, whether in love, business, or food. As much as you want to stay on the straight and narrow, you may be faced with a choice that greatly tests your resolve. Here’s how to make sure that you stick to your own moral compass.

Is Corporate Money Biasing "Science-Based" Health Experts?

By Christopher Bergland on August 10, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
The New York Times recently reported that food industry giants such as Coca-Cola are paying health experts to make "science-based" diet and nutrition claims.

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!”

3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Breakfast

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on August 07, 2015 in Comfort Cravings
What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Take a moment to ask yourself these THREE important questions about what you eat to start your day.

Eating Cats

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 06, 2015 in Animals and Us
It is widely known that in some cultures dog-meat is a delicacy. But at least a million cats a year also find their way into the stew pot. Here's what we can learn about human-animal relationships from people who dine on feline flesh.

Fat, Fit, and on the Cover

Why putting plus-size model Erica Schenk on the cover of Women's Running matters to all of us, no matter what we weigh

Is This the Best Reason to Finally Start Doing Yoga?

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on August 02, 2015 in Urban Survival
Yoga amps up your body's natural defenses against toxins. Find out how yoga might be the next "new" antioxidant and defense for your immune system.

Want to Lose Weight? Spend More Time in the Kitchen!

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in Food Junkie
Find out the benefits of cooking and learn some simple tips to get you started!

Steps to Take Today for Better Brain Health Tomorrow

You may be taking proactive steps to support your body’s health, but are you taking similar steps to sustain your brain? When it comes to supporting brain health, the old adage is true: it’s better than never. There’s no time like the present to start supporting your brain.

Why I Tossed the Gummy Vitamins

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on July 28, 2015 in A Million Meals
Parents make most, if not all, food and health choices for our young children: the pressure of that constant decision-making, plus our primal drive to ensure they survive and thrive, creates a potent stew of emotions that makes us particularly vulnerable both to magical thinking about food and to those who exploit it.

9 Cancer-Fighting Foods and Beverages

Find out how nutrition disarms cancer cells at the level of DNA.

Changing Clocks Causes Cancer?

Time rules life. Does disrupting inner body clocks cause cancer?

Improving Self-Control by Enhancing Working Memory

Successful self-control involves the active maintenance of goals and goal-relevant information in working memory.

The Troubling Link Between When You Eat and How You Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on July 24, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
When you’re considering the food choices you make in order to support your health, keep in mind that you’re also influencing how well you sleep—and that it’s not just what you eat, but when, that may matter.

Are You an Adventurous Eater?

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on July 23, 2015 in Comfort Cravings
Do you like to try new, exotic foods or do you stick to the same foods you know you like? You may be surprised by some of the benefits of being an adventurous eater outlined in this article.