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Holiday Help for Emotional Overeaters

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on November 21, 2016 in Cravings
Holiday anxiety creeping up? Don't let it trigger you to overeat.

Applying Game Theory to Recovery From Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Science of Choice
We can use the insights from the prisoner dilemma to suggest ways to resist changing motivation.

Why Are We Eating Portions Larger Than Our Heads?

Cleaning your plate no longer is relevant.

The Link Between Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain

We've all experienced sleepless nights. How does this affect our eating patterns the next day?

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Improve Clinical Outcomes by Caring for the "Second Brain"

What do migraines, fibromyalgia, IBS and mental illness have in common?
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Can Mindfulness Reduce Your Belly Fat?

If you have an apple shape, mindfulness might help.

Are Humans "Born to Move"?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in What a Body Knows
The New York Times asks: “Are we fighting thousands of years of evolutionary history and the best interests of our bodies when we sit all day?"

Most People Don’t Gain Much Over the Holidays

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 30, 2016 in Open Gently
Only 10 percent of Americans gain 5 lbs or more during the holiday season. Most gain a pound they lose later.

Are Kids Born, or Made Into, Emotional Overeaters?

Are the roots of emotional overeating in childhood?

The Craving Mind

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Science of Choice
A key aspect of relapse is the way cravings can distort practical reasoning, typically in ways that make it difficult to plan in advance.

Changing Minds on Meat Eating

Effective animal advocacy is turning to empirical research for guidance.

Winter Holiday Weight Gain and Related Biological Causes

There are seasonal biological changes that facilitate an increase in our caloric intake.

The Brittle World of Peanut Allergy

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on November 24, 2016 in The Gravity of Weight
Any food allergy, but particularly one to peanuts, is potentially life-threatening. Those affected currently have very little choice other than to avoid the culprit food.

Dealing with Dietary Differences During the Holidays

By Georgia Ede MD on November 23, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
Special diets don't have to be a recipe for disaster during the holidays. Here's some simple, helpful advice for hosts and guests alike to maximize everyone's health and happiness.

How to Have a Happy Thanksgiving with Difficult Relatives

By Gretchen Rubin on November 21, 2016 in The Happiness Project
Here are some strategies for keeping Thanksgiving dinner — or any holiday gathering, at any time of the year — pleasant.

Your Mental Healthcare: The Integrative Solution

A revolution in mental healthcare includes many effective, non-pharmaceutical approaches.

Nutritional Psychoeducation: How Do I Begin With My Clients?

Nutrition is the missing key in successful mental health treatment.

Huh? Gut Bugs Change Cancer Therapy?

Make your bacteria work for you—without paying for it.

Save Your Thanksgiving With Multi-Minute Cooking Videos

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Screen Time
Thanksgiving is less than a week away. You are thinking: "What do I do with this turkey?!" Cooking videos may boost self-confidence, as told through social cognitive theory.

New Diabetes Drugs Add Nothing But Cost and Complications

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 17, 2016 in Saving Normal
Medication is a last resort for Type 2 diabetes and the older meds are better than the newer ones.
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21 Things to Say to Kids Instead of "Just Try It"

Asking children to "take one bite" easily creates the habit of rejection. They'll take a bite, but they aren't really open to the experience. A new strategy can open kids up.

Sleep Less, Weigh More

Does getting a bit less sleep make you hungry?

Can Feeling Insecure Predict Obesity?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 09, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Can the quality of our relationships play a role in obesity? A new meta-analytic study suggests that it can (at least for adults).

What Should You Do if You Think Your Child Is Too Fat?

You can use the CDC calculator to see if your child is too heavy.

Jamaica (Roselle): A Tea to Lift your Spirits

Looking for a delicious, antioxidant anti-inflammatory beverage to serve in your waiting room for depressed clients? Or just to drink yourself?

A Wine-y Time of Year (Conclusion)

The conclusion of wine and health primer 101!
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Why a Halloween Buy-Back Is a Bad Idea

Pretend this is an after-Halloween sale. You're the kind of shopper who stocks up now for next year. Instead of candy, this sale is selling a strategy better than the buy-back.

Cognitive Dissonance and Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on October 29, 2016 in Science of Choice
Cognitive dissonance is a case of detecting our own hypocrisy, and hypocrisy is a powerful motivation for finding justifications (excuses) for our action.

What Can Zombies Teach Us About Reaching Our Goals?

By Gregg McBride on October 29, 2016 in The Weight-ing Game
While we don’t always know what obstacles lie ahead, no matter what knocks us down, we have the option of getting back up and recommitting to moving (or stumbling) toward our goals
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2 Weight Control Pathways Anyone Can Take

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on October 28, 2016 in What Matters Most?
Losing weight is not the battle, keeping it off is. There is no perfect solution for weight control maintenance but one thing is clear— new tools are needed. Try out these two.

Why Malnutrition Too Often Goes Undiagnosed

By Mark Corkins M.D. on October 27, 2016 in Your Child’s Health
Malnutrition is a growing US healthcare concern.
Source: David Wiss

Nutrition in Recovery from Addiction

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Food Junkie
From a public health perspective, the addiction problem appears to be relentless with substances of abuse increasing in potency. Meanwhile highly accessible and highly palatable fo

The Science of Brown Fat

By George King M.D. on October 26, 2016 in The Health Chart
Enhancing glucose metabolism and fighting diabetes.

Are You Losing More Than Weight on a High-Protein Diet?

There's a reason you begin to ravenously crave carbohydrates on the high protein diet plan. Your brain needs serotonin synthesis and carbs make that a reality.