What a Diet Really Looks Like From the Inside

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Like so many of us that have become more aware of our own health and wellbeing, I took this knowledge and awareness to a whole other level.Combined with a high level of exercise, I had a one-track mind to the "perfect" body. Rather than severely cutting calories, instead I remained steadfastly committed to tracking every single thing I ate -- for y

Are Wraps Really Healthier Than Sandwiches?

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You know that thing you do at the deli where you decide you're gonna get a healthy lunch and, in an earnest attempt to do the right thing, ask your sandwich artist to put it on a wrap instead of bread? You can stop doing that now.Experts say that wraps are oftentimes more processed and higher in calories than two slices of fresh-baked bread. This m

The Next Big Short

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Mike Burry, the hedge fund manager featured in the movie The Big Short, anticipated the housing crash by reading loan documents. Similarly, those in the food and agriculture arena predict a massive shift in farming practices by studying the inimical effects of the widely used weedkiller, RoundUp®.Glyphosate (the main ingredient in RoundUp®) has b

New Year: New 'Health' Reads

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As the new year begins, we've all got a variety of resolutions and goals in mind to achieve. About 45 percent of Americans make new years resolutions (lose weight, staying fit and healthy) and only 8 percent are successful in achieving the resolution. As a dietitian, I'm always looking for resources to help understand ways to achieve a healthier

Can You Force Someone to Be Healthier?

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In a classic study, researchers placed two rats in a cage. The first rat was able to do whatever he liked. He ate whenever he liked, he hopped on his rat treadmill to do a few laps whenever he was in the mood and he slept whenever he felt the urge to snooze. Essentially, he was living the rat high life and his brain bloomed with new brain cells. Th

The Case for Calling the Dietary Guidelines What They Really Are

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Call me crazy. Or Ishmael, for that matter. I think "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" should be something vaguely like, well, oh I don't know, maybe: guidelines for Americans. About how to eat well. What does "dietary guidelines" make you think? Doesn't it sound an awful lot like: guidelines for people's diets? Doesn't that, in turn, sound quite a

Are You Making Any of These 4 Common Nutrition Mistakes?

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Nutrition: One of the most confusing topics in today's generation.With different diets and fads coming out every other day, it can be hard to differentiate the truth from the myths.Regardless, here are four common nutrition mistakes that I have seen in my fitness career!

How to Change Through Inspired Action

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Numerous articles are written on how to change extolling the powers of will, goals, and visualization, even advising what to change.Goals have their place when it comes to project planning and reminders to keep us on track. But when it comes to personal resolutions, ideal goals may unnecessarily set us up for judgment and failure or even limit our

Star Wars Jedi Mindful Tricks for Healthy Eating in 2016

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Are you about to start a diet for 2016 to repent for all the unhealthy eating you've been doing? Or perhaps you already started. How are you planning to do it? Diet? Detox? Cleanse? Magic pills? Starvation? Green goop? Juice? Calorie counting? Pre-packaged meals? Shakes? Lipo? Lap band surgery?I know it can feel like extremes are the only solution.

A Healthier New You

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With the arrival of the new year, most of us start to think about resolutions. Many of our resolutions vary from year to year, but they often include topics of health, fitness, or personal growth. As I'm sure many of you can relate, these resolutions tend to fall by the wayside within the first few weeks of the year. We often make the mistake of ch

Coconut Oil Sucks: Nutritionists Name the Most Overrated "Healthy" Foods

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By: Erin Kelly Credit: Shutterstock (edited)If you haven't been bombarded by the media or somebody on Facebook raving about the miraculous, all-healing powers of coconut oil, you've either been living under a rock or you're really, really good at blocking people from college (and your mom) on social media.But not everyone buys into the idea that co

Fast Eater? 7 Tips on How to Slow Down These Holidays

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There's really no reason to rush through something as pleasurable as eating. They say it takes 20 minutes for our brain to register satiety. Competitive eaters race to beat the clock and their body's warnings of satiety, but for the rest of us, the you've-had-enough signal is a caring friend, trying to save us from ourselves.Current trends are movi

Your Daily Sugar Allowance, Pictured in Different Foods

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By: Anthony Schneck @AnthonySchneck Credit: Cole Saladino/ThrillistThe World Health Organization made news by declaring bacon (and other processed meats) carcinogenic, but for most people in the Western world, sugar is much more problematic for overall health. In response to out-of-control sugar consumption -- which leads to fun diseases like obesi

Why You Don't Need to Worry About Your Health Over the Holidays

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It's the holidays and you've probably seen endless stories about how you can "stay healthy over the holidays" -- tips intended to keep you from "overindulging." Ick! It's the holidays - and how un-fun is it to be at a party when your chief concern is avoiding the baked Brie? DELETE. Oh, and please pass the peanut butter haystacks. As a doctor, I'm

According the Future Its Due

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'Tis, as the saying goes, the season. As I write this, if not necessarily as you read it, 'tis the season of rhetorical flourish, soaring aspirations. Even if often wrapped in crass commercialism, or delivered in the lyrics of a particularly corny carol, the sentiments are real, the yearning -- perennial and fervent. We feel it always, I believe --

That Beer Belly May Actually Be Killing You

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By Anna Breslaw for GQ.(photo: Getty Images)Research is a beautiful thing. It cures disease. It sent us to the moon. It determined the color that looks good on everyone. But research can also be alarming. For instance, a bunch of people with several letters after their names (specifically MD's and PhD's) recently got together to study how weight af

Final Blow to the Paleo

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I have watched as the "Paleo" movement gained popularity, inspiring people to eat an enormous and ridiculous amount of meat. The premise behind this misguided trend is simplistic at best. They claim health problems exploded as a result of people eating crop foods that became popular as agriculture took hold. From their perspective, humans have not

Don't Use Weight As a Weapon

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Weight is front and center in America today, but perspectives vary according to context, knowledge, experience and yes, compassion. There are many angles to the issue and I'm pretty sure, that just about everyone who is overweight knows these factors intimately. We know our reality and our risks, and we know how hard these issues are to manage -- a

Should You Avoid Saturated Fats This Thanksgiving?

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Several months ago, colleagues and I published a journal article on nutrition myths and dietary advice. The journal recently received a letter to the editor regarding our article; its author questioned our handling of saturated fats. We have already submitted a formal response to the journal. But given the glacial pace of academic publishing, it wi

Being 60

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There are so many articles, websites, videos, etc., on how to look our best as we age. Celebrities endorse products and we believe every word as they line their pockets with our money. They sell books after their ghost writers type every page. For many years, I had been less than truthful about my age. I felt embarrassed, fearful and almost ashamed

Junk Food: From Confusion to Clear and Simple Truth

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I was somewhat startled, and quite concerned, to learn directly from the source while sipping coffee together, that my wife was confused by the latest study on junk food, generating headlines such as: "Junk Food Not to Blame for America's Obesity Epidemic." I was startled because my wife, an expert cook and mother of 5, has become very knowledgeabl

No, Bacon Won't Kill You

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The hysteria surrounding the headlines last week declaring bacon a carcinogen -- comparing its consumption to the risks of smoking cigarettes -- has calmed down a bit. And that's good because the media hype with headlines like, "Processed Meats Rank Alongside Smoking as Cancer Causes -- WHO" is largely just that, hype. While the World Health Organi

Do Carbs Make You Sad?

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We all know that a diet full of white bread and pasta is bad for our waistline. It's the reason grown men and women cry out, "No thank you!" and shake their heads like whirling dervishes whenever an innocent waiter approaches with a breadbasket. This may sound like an overreaction but a new study shows that white bread could be even worse than we t

Food Day at Yale

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Saturday, October 24th is Food Day, and we will be celebrating it at the very heart of the Yale University campus, on the beautiful expanse in front of Sterling Library. Much as we need rain in this part of the country, please join me in hoping it doesn't come that day. We have a canopy, just in case.Food Day is an annual event, established several

Confessions of a Former Overweight Professional Athlete

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The most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show that obesity rates around the country continue to remain high. What's worse is that since the 1990s, the numbers have continued to rise and more than a third of U.S. adults are obese and around 17 percent of children are obese. Yet despite the dangers of obesity that we're all aware

Salt Gets an Unfair Shake, Public Health Feels the Pinch

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Stunning Health Benefits of Cotton Candy Proposed

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No, not really.The controversy and clamor attached to the report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee would seem to suggest that something that radical had been proposed. But that's not quite the case.The group did not announce that spinach, heretofore considered nutritious, actually causes human eyeballs to burst into flame (how the h

Milking Dietary Discord: Who Holds the Bucket?

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There is a famous, precautionary canard about surrendering oneself to the tender mercies of lawyers. I am using it here as an illustration- no offense intended to any lawyers who happen by! As two people lay hold to either end of a cow, contending she is theirs, and pull in opposing directions- the lawyer milks the cow, and leaves the on-going stru

Can't Stop Thinking About Those Cupcakes? Here's What to Do

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I LOVE cupcakes.Especially the kind that comes with heaps of vanilla buttercream frosting. And I have to be honest... if you put one in front of me, I'd have a hard time saying "no, thank you."Don't get me wrong, I don't see cupcakes as "bad." In fact, I don't put the foods I eat into "good" or "bad" categories. Instead, what I do is label them as

Nutritionists and Dietitians Dish on What They Would Never, Ever Eat

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There are foods that should be eaten in moderation (think, ice cream, cookies, cake, cocktails), and then there are foods (or maybe I should say "food-like products") that should probably never be eaten all.Click Here to see the Complete List of Things Nutritionists and Dietitians Would Never EatNo doubt, items in the latter category may have a cer

Weight Loss Plateau Breakers

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Are you within 10 pounds from your goal weight? Do you hover there, getting close by exercising and dieting? Until Thursday, that is; and then the weekend rolls around every darn week. When you are almost where you want to be, say within five pounds, you tend to allow yourself more wiggle room. Your clothes still fit, but maybe not all of your clo

The 5 Foods to Avoid If You Want a Six Pack

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By Lisa Freedman for DETAILS.(photo: John Ashley/Flickr)Carrying a spare tire around your belly? You're not alone: Fifty-four percent of U.S. adults now have abdominal obesity, up from 46 percent in 2000, according to a recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. If you fall into that category (male abs are considered fat if t

Anti-Aging? I'm Calling Bulls**t.

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How many times have you looked at a photo of yourself from five years ago and thought, "Dang, I looked great back then!" only to remember that, back then, you didn't feel that way? It's likely you'll do the same thing in another five years when you look back at today. Change your mindset. Right now is the best you'll ever look -- appreciate it!It's

The 10 Healthiest Beers, Ranked

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By Jaqueline Burt for DETAILS.There's no question that beer gets a bad rap when it comes to whether or not it's good for you--in fact, you've probably just come to accept the fact that knocking back a pint or two is somehow derailing your general well-being. But while it's true that a few too many six-packs can wreak havoc on your waistline--and po

ADHD and Diet: The Effect of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Linda Blair frightened everyone with her unnerving performance as a possessed child in the 1973 Academy Award winner The Exorcist. What's hard to believe -- and somewhat comical -- is that, in the movie's extended version, there is a scene in which a perplexed doctor initially diagnoses Blair's 12-year-old character with what we today call Attentio

Dietary Fat and the Human Brain: Redefining Food for Thought

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The Labor Day weekend brings into sharp juxtaposition two irrepressible, seasonal forces: one is the culturally-sanctioned indulgence in an end-of-summer barbecue blitzkrieg, and the other is the return of our kids to the daily disciplines of a school day. We might add a return to more generally frenetic demands on ourselves as well, as the relativ

How to Fuel Up for Your Workout

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By K. Aleisha Fetters for DETAILS.(photo: Getty Images)Want to get more out of your workout? You've got to start eating like it."If you don't fuel properly, you'll never train optimally and never maximize the time you spend training," says Susan Kleiner, Ph.D., R.D., author of Power Eating and a sports nutrition consultant to top NFL, NBA, and Olym

Confessions of an Amateur Raw Vegan

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A few weeks ago, a friend raved to me about the way it feels to be raw vegan."It's the BEST I've ever felt. Hands down. You feel happy all the time. I was never tired and had tons of energy. Giving your body exactly what it needs makes you feel amazing."That made a lot of sense to me, so I decided to try it for a month.It didn't quite last that lon

Don't Cancel Your Dinner Plans: A Science-Backed Reason to Be Social

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What does it take to age well? Most people I ask say some version of the following: a healthy diet, taking vitamins, staying in shape, and seeing a doctor for annual check-ups. The emphasis is always on physical health.Nobody ever mentions the importance of an active social life. According to research, spending most of your time alone and feeling l

So Long, Sniff Test: New Tech Tells You When the Milk's Gone Bad

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Scourge of cereal, corrupter of coffee, cause of more spit takes than a Donald Trump press conference: rotten milk has ruined many mornings. And yet our only defense against the potentially stomach-souring effect is the simple, unreliable sniff test.That may not be the case for much longer. Teams from University of California, Berkeley and National

Define Healthy Eating

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Healthy eating has had many definitions through the years. We've been told to eat no fat/low fat, or no carbohydrate/low carbohydrate. We've been sold shakes, bars, and packaged food as meals or meal replacements. What do you do, who do you believe?Speak to a qualified professional, and ask yourself, "Is this professional helping me or just selling

Researchers Discover A Protein-Packed Superfood That Tastes Just Like Bacon

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Now this is a superfood: Researchers from Oregon State University have reportedly created and patented a new strain of nutrient-rich seaweed that tastes like everyone's favorite fetishized breakfast meat.Researcher Chris Langdon cooked up the new savory strain of dulse, a red marine algae grows off the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines in OSU's Hat

Using Mindfulness to Revolutionize the Diet Industry

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Dieters, hear my call. The time is ripe for mindfulness.Provocative news... Fortune reports of a current "plight" in the diet industry as people are looking for more holistic ways to get healthy. Americans seem to be putting greater focus on eating well versus calorie counting. Does this mean no more tongue exercisers, sauna suits, or diet dinnerwa

Searching For Happiness? It's Official -- Toss Out The Junk Food

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Any of us who have ever turned to junk food over a stretch of time came to realize it doesn't make us feel our best.Whether our poison is salty potato chips or indulgent candy, cakes or other sugary desserts, we know it's not good for us physically. And we now know, too, that it's not good for us emotional and mental health either.And now a new stu

Eating in Echo Chambers

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In Going to Extremes, Cass Sunstein explores and characterizes the process that can lead to religious fundamentalism, internecine hatreds, jihad, and suicide terrorism. The essential ingredient is an echo chamber, a place where the opinion to which you are natively inclined, for whatever reasons, is reflected back at you by others who share it.The

Your Low-Fat Diet Could Be Making You Fat

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I've got some bad news. You've been duped. In fact, for the better part of the last century we've all been lied to about what it means to eat a healthy diet. Here's the story: In the 1960s and '70s eight U.S. Senators had heart attacks and died while in office. Seeing his colleagues drop dead around him alarmed the 54-year-old Senator George McGove

How To Live With Food Restrictions

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By Sneha Dave for U.S. NewsGoing to the movies is excruciating -- not a typical statement for a teenager to make. I can’t ever concentrate on the film, only the sights and sounds of others eating the favorite food I haven’t been able to consume in years: popcorn.Restricting or cutting out certain foods can be extremely difficult for those of us

Diet Tips for Patriotic Picnics

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Do not read this if food management at the beach barbecue is easy for you.But if you love a hot dog fresh off the grill, if you cannot resist the red, white and blue cupcakes and if you always rationalize eating the nine-layer veggie nacho dip to the point where any vegetarian benefits are swallowed by the quantity consumed as well as the chips use

Calorie Counting Revisited: Why Trying to Cut Food Calories Could Make Us Fat and Sick

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Within the last month, I agreed to become a member of the Scientific and Nutritional Advisory Board of Epicure, a Canadian food-product and cookware company dedicated to making convenient the consumption of healthy real food. Epicure's CEO invited me to speak at the company's national conference in Montreal this July to discuss, "How calorie-focuse

Are You Lost in a Food Fog?

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We've all had those periods of time -- it could be hours or it could be weeks or months or years. Periods of time when we get sucked up in the fabric of life -- of doing and getting things done -- when we're busy and over scheduled all of the time.And it affects our eating. In the best-case scenario, this means that things have been okay, but maybe

Nutrients, Nutritionism, and Historical Nuttiness

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The current issue of JAMA features a commentary by two colleagues, calling for an end to what they term the "ban" on total dietary fat. More specifically, the authors are endorsing the report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, of which I too am a fan, in which there is no specific reference to an upper limit for total dietary fat in

Are We Eating Our Veggies Yet?

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We're advised again and again to eat more veggies -- at least 2.5 cups of them each day, preferably much more.A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finds that American farmers are doing their bit, and have grown 5 percent more veggies in the past year, that, despite the drought, floods and all. But Americans aren't eating more

Big, Fat TRANSgression

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Trans fat is going, if not yet gone, and good riddance to it. The word on the street is that the FDA is acting to "ban" partially hydrogenated oils from the food supply. The slightly more banal reality is that the agency is finalizing an action, begun two years ago, to formalize the position that trans fat is no longer "generally recognized as safe

Jill Herzig: 5 Ways You Change When You Hang Out With Dr. Oz

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Every job change comes with lifestyle changes: You adjust to a different commute, switch your coffee place, maybe spiff up your wardrobe (a handbag upgrade is always in order, am I right?). But when you begin to work for Dr. Mehmet Oz, world-famous cardiothoracic surgeon and healthy lifestyle guru, the changes you make are a little out of the ordin

Margaret Marshall: Consider Calories as You Do Dollars

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Do you count calories? Don't! Why all the emphasis on calories when all calories are not created equal? As I say this, I believe you must know about calories and how they affect your eating, weight, and health.For example you can eat a small ounce of chocolate for approximately 150 calories, or you can choose to eat one large apple for about 120 ca

David Katz, M.D.: Our Sodas, Stars and Selves: Where the Buck -- and Calories -- Stop

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To the inevitable backdrop of John Philip Souza marches and presidential photo-ops, Big Soda has announced that it will do some vague kind of something about the excesses they contribute to our intake of calories and sugars over something like ten years. (Unless, of course, they don't.) Cue the 21-gun salute! Release the confetti!Folks, that this i

David Katz, M.D.: Our Health, on Fire: The #UseWhatWeKnow Campaign

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I was privileged to speak to hundreds of healthcare colleagues at a Lifestyle Medicine summit in Nashville, TN yesterday. I was even more privileged to give the keynote address that closed out the conference, although there are some liabilities attached to being the last thing between a restless audience and their freedom.As the conference "closer,
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