The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have finally been released. There are good and bad news. The new guidelines, for the first time, attempt to focus on foods and dietary patterns. Previous editions focused primarily on food groups and nutrients. However, people do not eat food groups and nutrients in isolation but rather in combination, and the totality of one’s diet forms an overall eating pattern. Still much of the recommendations fall short of expectations, and I would say that all in all the guidelines are another win for the meat-, soda- and junk food industries.
Your social connections are more important than you might imagine, considering that you literally can become like the people you surround yourself with. For example, as studies have shown, you are more likely to become overweight if your friends are overweight than if your parents are heavyset. In other words, some genetic threads may be less important than your social threads.
While kids are focused on planning their costumes and candy collecting routes, many parents are worried about sugar content and how to manage their youngsters’ appetite for sweets. I have written about ways to handle candy in the past, but today I am targeting food dyes. From cereal to yogurt, food dyes are infused in countless items in our food supply. In the candy category, it’s usually off the charts.
There is abundant evidence that our mental state also influences all aspects of our physical wellbeing. Besides, the point of being healthy is to enjoy life more. As I have written repeatedly before: Healthy people have more fun. If fun isn’t happening, then true health probably isn’t either. In other words, for good health, happiness matters.
Everybody gets stressed and knows the feeling intimately at times, but very few people think about what stress actually is. Stress is a thought. That’s it. No more, no less. If that’s true, then we have complete control over stress, because it’s not something that happens to us but something that happens in us.
Hormones affect many processes in the body, including growth and development, metabolism, sexual function and reproduction, and also mood. If your hormones are off, it can make you feel exhausted, moody, grouchy, and completely out of sorts. Here are five tips for achieving naturally better hormonal balance.
Most of my clients understand perfectly well that fruits and veggies are good for their health and better than vitamin pills – but they still can’t figure out how to eat them more often, or how to learn to like them. If you are similarly disinclined, this article may help you boost your intake of healthful foods.