Diet's Blog (Page 36)
I’m a huge fan of coffee: I love the taste, I relish the ritual and I certainly don’t mind the mental clarity that comes after drinking that first cup. I’ve always known that I’m just one of many people who has an affinity for (or an addiction to, some might argue) “joe”—but I had no idea how much coffee we all drink.
As Joyce Hendley points out in her fascinating story on the health benefits and cons of coffee in the March/April issue of EatingWell Magazine, Americans sip—or guzzle—about 400 million cups of the stuff every day. About half of all American adults contribute to that total and our average intake is about 3 cups of coffee a day....read full post »
I’ve had a few recent run-ins with dark-chocolate M&Ms. Here’s what happens: I’ll grab a few of the candies then sit down at my computer to meet a writing deadline. Type a few words, then walk back the cabinet for more M&Ms. Two sentences. Three M&Ms. The more difficult the subject matter, the less I’m able to focus on writing and the more overwhelming is the pull of the M&Ms.
In the March/April issue of EatingWell, science writer Rachael Moeller Gorman tackles the topic of food addiction—the idea that food can overtake the same brain circuits involved in drug and alcohol addictions. Could I be addicted to chocolate? I could be: people who chronically crave food aren’t so...read full post »
A lot of new members have joined LosingWell in the past few weeks--welcome! Since the new year, we've been encouraging people to try out the EatingWell Diet Challenge, a 12-week program on our site that blends the clinically-tested weight-loss principles of the EatingWell Diet with delicious recipes and helpful tools. You can start the challenge at any time! Just refer back to the Week 1 post for discussion questions that correspond with that week's diet tip. To see all the discussion questions that have been posted, go to the...read full post »
In what felt—to me and others in the nutrition community—like a long time coming, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines were released yesterday. Remember, it’s 2011 now, folks, not 2010. Nevertheless, they are here and while many debate their efficacy and the politics behind them (see Marion Nestle’s post here), the point of the dietary guidelines is to help Americans improve their health. The majority of Americans, after all, are overweight or obese and many of us have—or are at risk for developing—diet-related conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis.
Here are the super-simplified, main take-home messages of the new...read full post »