Tag: overeating

Why All of the Fuss about MSG?

It’s commonly accepted as fact that MSG, a.k.a. monosodium glutamate, is something we should avoid, the culprit behind the so-called “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” and contributor to myriad health problems. But is there any substance behind MSG’s bad reputation?

What is MSG? In 1908, Japanese chemistry professor Kikunae Ikeda noticed that certain

Why Am I Always Hungry, Even After I Eat?

Why Am I Always Hungry, Even After I Eat?

“Why am I always hungry?” Is that a question you often ask yourself, even after meals? Feeling hungry after eating could be due to leptin resistance. Leptin, a hormone produced by body fat, controls whether or not you feel full after eating.

Someone with normal leptin function will not feel hunger

Eating for a Long and Healthy Life

Where do the healthiest, oldest people in the world live? That’s what Dan Buettner, a National Geographic magazine reporter, wanted to know. About 15 years ago, he scoured demographic research studies and discovered there were five places where people lived exceptionally long and healthy lives. Dubbed as “Blue Zones,” they

Is Peanut Butter Healthy?

Is Peanut Butter Healthy?

Many of us can recall the excitement of opening our lunch box at school and discovering that Mom packed our favorite sandwich—peanut butter and jelly. That classic combination of creamy, sweet, and sometimes crunchy flavor is an American childhood favorite. And even if you’re no longer eating PB&J sandwiches for

“Yo-Yo” Dieting May Be Bad for Your Heart

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 18, 2018) indicate that just over 40 percent of seniors had tried to lose weight in the previous 12 months. This likely reflects the fact that about the same percentage of older Americans are obese:

From the Editor: Time to Renew Your Resolve?

It’s now one month since the turn of the New Year, a time when many of us seize the opportunity to start afresh by making New Year’s resolutions that often center on our health goals for the next 12 months. Many people resolve to get more exercise, or give up

8 Serotonin Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

8 Serotonin Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

What is serotonin? It’s is a powerful brain chemical that profoundly affects your mood, so knowing whether you’re deficient is a key first step to overcoming troubling mood and impulse control problems. Having one or more of the eight serotonin deficiency symptoms discussed here will be a strong clue that

Intermittent Dieting

Weight loss is, in its simplest form, a mathematical equation. If you use more calories than you eat, you’ll lose weight. Biology, however, makes it a little more complicated. As you lose weight, your body wants to protect you from starvation by slowing down your metabolism to use calories more

Refined Carbs: Are They Our Worst Enemy?

Refined Carbs: Are They Our Worst Enemy?

You’ve heard it before—food is fuel. The energy we get from food comes from three “macronutrients”—protein, fat and carbohydrates. Food also provides us with about 40 micronutrients: vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients (plant chemicals). Nutrients work together (nutrient synergism) and a diet rich in a variety of whole food fruits

What Are You Grateful for? Gratitude Training Can Boost Your Health

What Are You Grateful for? Gratitude Training Can Boost Your Health

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and edge ever closer to a new year, your health will thank you if you make gratitude exercises a part of your regular, daily routine. Gratitude training, which involves such techniques as keeping a daily gratitude journal, among other strategies, might be vitally important to boosting

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