Why Does Nutrition Advice Seem So Contradictory?

You’d think what you put in your mouth would be a personal choice, but there are plenty of messages weighing in about what you should and shouldn’t eat. When the 2015 Dietary Guidelines by the Advisory Committee (DAGC) recently released a 500-page document containing suggestions for updated nutrition standards, media stories on the subject spread like ink on a paper towel. The resulting coverage focused on counter-intuitive recommendations sure to drive controversial conversations and varying opinions from health professionals.

Diet, Dog, and Dogma

The release of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report does not officially give us new dietary guidelines just yet. Famously, there is a political element to this process. What actually emerges as guidance is determined by the federal agencies in charge, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). But given that, I like what I see so far. In fact, I think the advisory committee has done a stellar job.

For Healthy Diet and Lifestyle Changes, Check Your Self-Talk

When it comes to making positive changes, many people are their own worst critic. A variety of harmful self-talk habits can get in the way of creating a healthy lifestyle. If you’ve had trouble starting or maintaining a better diet or lifestyle regimen in the past, perhaps the way you talk to yourself should get some of your attention.

What Parents Need to Know About Teenage Weight Gain

For some teenagers, putting on some extra weight can be a normal part of their development. For others, weight gain is a sign that eating habits and physical activity are getting off track. As a parent, there’s a fine line to walk when your teen starts to show signs of gaining too many pounds. What should you do? Should you do anything at all?