Have you ever felt like you were in a fog while you were eating?
You find yourself eating when you don’t really want to be, and you feel urges and cravings that seem so impossible to resist. Trying to take responsibility when I also felt so powerless in the face of food was a difficult thing to do.
I like using the garden metaphor to explain what’s going on here. You plant a seed in the soil, and then some time later, the seedling pops up. A whole bunch of biology and nature occurs deep down in the soil before that seedling ever emerges. We love to watch the garden grow, but we rarely think about what’s going on under the soil.
All of our eating behaviors – the overeating, binging, emotional eating, the fog eating – it’s like the plant we see on the surface. But it’s the stuff that’s going on deeper inside us, this is where everything really stems from.
We all get frustrated when we listen to a news report touting all the health benefits of a certain food, and then the following month another news report describes all the ways that same food is trying to kill us. Most of the time, we receive conflicting advice because the answer is not straightforward. Such is the case with coffee.
A new study from the New England Journal of Medicine tries to put the issue of coffee and our health to rest. The authors’ take home message: caffeinated coffee doesn’t increase your risk for heart disease or cancer, and in fact, three to five cups a day can actually reduce your risk of certain diseases.
Coffee itself is loaded with phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals that help reduce oxidative stress in the body, improve the gut microbiome, and regulate glucose and fat metabolism. This where all the health benefits of coffee come from.
But the caffeine found in coffee is where many of its problems lie. Caffeine affects nearly all of...
I don’t know about you, but when I step on the scale, I get the sudden urge to smash it to smithereens with a sledgehammer. I’m sure many other women feel the same way. However, regular weigh-ins are a key component of many weight loss programs out there. There’s a good reason for this – studies consistently show that people who monitor their weight regularly tend to lose more weight. And despite our negative reaction to the scale, studies also show that weighing ourselves does not lead to a negative body image or disordered eating.
Scientists who study this postulate that the reason why weighing ourselves is so effective, is that it allows us to compare where we are now to where we want to be, allowing us to reflect on whether or not our current behaviors are moving us towards our goal, or if we have to make a new plan to reach that goal.
However, until recently, this theory had not been tested. So researchers at the University of Oxford decided to find out...