Do you ever soothe yourself with food after a hard day? Usually we think of emotional eating as turning to unhealthy comfort food when we are upset. But you can attend to your mood by making healthy eating choices. With a few yummy substitutions in your snack drawer, you can improve your psychological and physical health.
Blood sugar fluctuations can be associated with moodiness. Stabilize yourself emotionally while managing your weight by eating healthy snacks in between smaller meals. For example, you might consider putting a baggie of nuts and dark chocolate chips into your purse or desk drawer to keep yourself consistently fueled and emotionally even. Dark chocolate seems to improve mood by boosting endorphins. Continue reading
Diets that involve temporary, significant calorie restrictions are doomed to fail, because the
body’s regulatory systems adjust metabolism and activity rates in order to regain whatever weight has been lost. Nowhere was this more tragically demonstrated than in the follow-up studies of contestants on the reality TV show, The Biggest Loser. These folks dieted and
exercised diligently and succeeded in dramatic weight loss. But during the following few years,
their bodies’ biological systems reset so that maintaining the weight loss was almost impossible. Nearly all of the contestants regained each pound and sometimes more. News stories like this can leave us feeling helpless when we are also bombarded with studies about the health risks of obesity and belly fat.
What should we eat to cultivate longterm health and well-being? Well, one research-supported answer is: not much. Severe calorie restriction has been shown to increase longevity and vitality since it was first tried in the 16th century. Some researchers have hypothesized that caloric restriction might even slow down the biological process of aging.
But, I am too much of an epicurean to sign up for such a program. So, I have studied the research closely to try to figure out what foods really help with physical and cognitive health. This is much more difficult to discern than it might seem by all of the headlines that tout food-health claims. This is mostly because it is very hard Continue reading