Additional Health Articles

  • 4 Ways to Help with Emotional Eating

    We’re going to let you in on a little secret: we are all emotional eaters. We bring food to friends and family, to show our care and concern, we make our children their favorite foods to show our love for them, we celebrate happy moments with a special meal, we give chocolates to our sweetheart as an expression of our adoration and we choose foods such as mac n’cheese, or a creamy pot-pie, when we want a cozy and comforting experience. Food is inextricably linked to our feelings. After all, we are emotional beings. It’s no wonder that we are emotional eaters. As soon as we’re born, we were given milk by our mother, and the connection between food and love was created. And this is perfectly normal!

  • 7 Tips to Help Transform Sugar Addiction

    In June 2014 Time Magazine’s cover bore the sensual picture of butter, claiming we’re “Ending the War on Fat”, because it turns out that there is an everyday substance in the American diet that is much more perilous to our waist lines and minds. While we may crave the lipids on our tongue and the comfort food feeling of wholesome fats, they’re actually not habit forming (in the long run), and in fact satiate our appetites much faster than anything else. Sugar addiction, however, is very real. And there have been some noteworthy studies conducted in the last decade to shed some very important light on this reality. In fact, some of the more prominent animal studies show that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine: one in particular went on to show that mice react to Oreo cookies with the same addictive behavior as they do with specific drugs.

  • Why Nutrition Knowledge is Not Enough

    In today’s world, we have an overabundance of information at our fingertips when it comes to what we “should” be eating.  Yet obesity and lifestyle-related diseases are escalating rapidly in number. While some people do have conditions and diseases that can be alleviated with some simple dietary strategies, the majority of the population needs something more.  Despite being told what to eat by the experts, day in and day out, health and weight no longer feel like areas easily managed by mental constructs and theories. Nutrition know-how is not enough to experience health and vita [...]

  • 5 Ways to Boost Your Plant Based Diet

    Plant based diets continue to grow in popularity. Folks are finding good reasons to shift their eating lifestyle in drastic ways. Whether it’s in response to health news or environmental quality or concerns of the heart for animals, the marketplace has jumped in to provide more diverse choices than ever before. Whether you’ve been doing the plant-based thing for years, or are completely new to this side of the table, here are 5 ways to Boost Your Plant Based Diet: 1 -Fermented Foods In our germ-phobic culture, [...]

  • The Future of Food: 5 Trends

    Every week in the news, we hear debilitating and depressing figures about the decline of our planet and food systems. The oceans are running out of fish, desertification is occurring at a rate 30-35 times faster than we’ve ever seen before, and air pollution has gotten so bad that even Paris has decided to ban driving cars on certain days each week. And then there’s this statistic for a kicker: it’s estimated that some six million children in the world will die from starvation this year, and over a billion people in the world are suffering from [...]

  • What’s So Great About Fermented Foods?

    Perhaps, in an effort to learn more about health and nutrition, you’ve been reading more books and seeing more shows online (even TV commercials) praising the benefits of eating yogurt or making your own kefir. Perhaps you’ve never really thought twice about that "pickled cabbage stuff" that comes on your Reuben sandwich, or why your Chinese grandparents chose to include that fermented bean paste in their special dishes. Or perhaps you’ve recently noticed that something called "kombucha" has overtaken a whole section of your local health food store, and you’re b [...]

  • 5 Nutrition Trends To Watch in 2014

    While technological knowledge seems to grow by leaps and bounds, pervading the cultural mind in what feels like a matter of weeks, sadly, the same can’t be said for Nutritional knowledge. For those following along in the world of nutrition and holistic health, sometimes it feels as though any positive change in the general culture’s awareness about the foods they eat and the state of health in this country, are slow to come by. There’s so much finger pointing when it comes to the effects of our food choices: heart disease, diabetes, obesity, but what to actually DO about it is a [...]

  • The Pros and Cons of a Raw Food Diet

    When you begin researching the history of vegetarian diets, you begin to see how far back these approaches to eating go (think Pythagoras) and how long they have flourished. There is a rich tradition of simplifying the diet to keep the body clean, light, and toxin free, especially in spiritual traditions that emphasize an experiential relationship with the divine. Others choose an alternative path to nourish themselves in an effort to create distance between what they perceive as rampant cultural depravity, or cruelty, and what’s on their own dinner plates. When it comes to the trad [...]

  • What is a Ketogenic Diet?

    Here at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating we do NOT endorse or promote any particular diet or nutritional lifestyle. We do highly encourage that each person openly explores the wide variety of nutritional approaches and dietary strategies that are available to them. We see nutrition as an ever-changing journey. We believe that a healthy relationship with food and a well functioning metabolism is possible when we can each be open to what works best for ourselves, and others. We believe there’s a nugget of wisdom to be found in just about any diet that’s been designed w [...]

  • Is Going Grain Free Better for Your Health?

    Here at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating we do NOT endorse or promote any particular diet or nutritional lifestyle. We do highly encourage that each person openly explores the wide variety of nutritional approaches and dietary strategies that are available to them. We see nutrition as an ever-changing journey. We believe that a healthy relationship with food and a well functioning metabolism is possible when we can each be open to what works best for ourselves, and others. We believe there’s a nugget of wisdom to be found in just about any diet that’s been designed w [...]

  • Is A High-Fat Diet Healthy and Safe?

    Here at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating we do NOT endorse or promote any particular diet or nutritional lifestyle. We do highly encourage that each person openly explores the wide variety of nutritional approaches and dietary strategies that are available to them. We see nutrition as an ever-changing journey. We believe that a healthy relationship with food and a well functioning metabolism is possible when we can each be open to what works best for ourselves, and others. We believe there’s a nugget of wisdom to be found in just about any diet that’s been designed w [...]

  • What is Ancestral Eating?

    Here at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating we do NOT endorse or promote any particular diet or nutritional lifestyle. We do highly encourage that each person openly explores the wide variety of nutritional approaches and dietary strategies that are available to them. We see nutrition as an ever changing journey. We believe that a healthy relationship with food and a well functioning metabolism is possible when we can each be open to what works best for ourselves, and others. We believe there’s a nugget of wisdom to be found in just about any diet that’s been designed w [...]

  • Top 5 Reasons to Go Vegetarian

    Here at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating we do NOT endorse or promote any particular diet or nutritional lifestyle. We do highly encourage that each person openly explores the wide variety of nutritional approaches and dietary strategies that are available to them. We see nutrition as an ever changing journey. We believe that a healthy relationship with food and a well functioning metabolism is possible when we can each be open to what works best for ourselves, and others. We believe there’s a nugget of wisdom to be fo [...]

  • 5 Tips for Going Raw

    Here at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating we do NOT endorse or promote any particular diet or nutritional lifestyle. We do highly encourage that each person openly explores the wide variety of nutritional approaches and dietary strategies that are available to them. We see nutrition as an ever changing journey. We believe that a healthy relationship with food and a well functioning metabolism is possible when we can each be open to what works best for ourselves, and others. We believe there’s a nugget of wisdom to be fo [...]

  • Understanding Celiac and Gluten Intolerance

    Here at The Institute for the Psychology of Eating we do NOT endorse or promote any particular diet or nutritional lifestyle. We do highly encourage that each person openly explores the wide variety of nutritional approaches and dietary strategies that are available to them. We see nutrition as an ever changing journey. We believe that a healthy relationship with food and a well functioning metabolism is possible when we can each be open to what works best for ourselves, and others. We believe there’s a nugget of wisdom to be fo [...]

  • The Truth About Women, Weight and Food

    The multibillion-dollar diet industry in our country focuses on what is measurable. That includes everything from inches and pounds to calories, to morality, which informs us how foods are good or bad (this week, month or year). This is why weight loss strategies in our current culture tend to be very direct: eat this, count your calories, don't eat carbs, don't eat fat, don’t eat sugar, protein is in, more green is always better, track your progress, etc. This is all very left-brained, linear and controlled; it’s all about input equaling output in a clean defined manner; it [...]

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