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We Can Improve Our Eating Habits by Returning to Our Roots

I just returned from a two-day conference that was organized by Oldways, a non-profit organization with focus on culinary and cultural diversity around the globe. Decades ago, its founder, Dun Gifford, became concerned with the progressive disappearance of many culinary traditions in favor of what he called “techno foods.” Why does your culture matter when it comes to your food choices, he asked. Because – no matter where you come from – it is not in your heritage to become overweight, diabetic, or develop heart disease and cancer, all the leading causes of death in the modern world. What we all should have in common as our birthright is a healthy heart, a strong body, extraordinary energy, and a long and healthy life – all of which we would be enabled to by access to nutritious and delicious foods.

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Alone But Not Lonely

It’s supposed to be to most wonderful time of the year. But for many people the holiday season is anything but joyous. Feeling left out when others celebrate and exchange gifts can be devastating and even lead to despair and depression. The so-called “holiday blues” are actually widespread, and if you are affected by them, you are certainly not alone.

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Orthorexia – a Diagnosis in Search of a Disease?

I like to eat healthily, not only when it’s convenient and the opportunity presents itself, but all the time. I compromise if there are no good options, e.g. when I’m travelling. But whenever I have the chance, I go for the most nutritious food I can find. I’m lucky that I can afford a high-quality diet, but I also make it a priority among my expenditures. Does that mean I’m obsessed with my eating habits? Hardly.

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No More Weight Gain Over the Holidays

The holiday season is a notorious time for unwanted weight gain. Office parties, family gatherings, and a thousand temptations wherever you turn can quickly lead to extra pounds that are hard to get rid of in the aftermath. Fortunately, none of this is inevitable, and you don’t have to wait until New Year to get back on track.

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Nutritional Updates – What Dietitians Recommend Now

Can vegetarians get enough protein? What about antibiotics in meat? Do artificial sweeteners cause cancer? These are just a few of the questions that people often ask me in their quest for eating more healthily and adhering to a quality diet. They feel so confused by the plethora of conflicting messages they are receiving. To dispel some of this confusion, respected food and nutrition experts addressed some hot topics at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ (AND) 2015 Convention.

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Time Changes Affect Us More Than We May Think

We do it twice a year without giving it too much thought. Come spring, we turn our clocks by one hour forward, in autumn we dial them back again. It’s called daylight saving time, and it affects about 1.5 billion people around the globe. For the vast majority no particular problems arise from this, but time changes do affect everyone who is exposed to them in more or less noticeable ways.

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Are We Wired to Deviate from What We Know Is Right?

Most of what we achieve in life is based on compromise. Getting exactly what we want is rare. Usually it’s give and take. Conflicting interests make it necessary to bargain constantly. However, we also haggle with ourselves when no one else is around to limit our options – often unconsciously. As behavioral scientists tell us, even under the best of circumstances, smart and regrettable choices balance each other out over time.

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