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The 2015 Dietary Guidelines, at Long Last

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.

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Stay Healthy – Together

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.

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A Widening Gap Between the Fit and the Fat

More people pay close attention to their physical health and well-being, and yet obesity rates and diseases stemming from weight problems continue to rise. While healthy eating and regular exercise have become commonplace among the educated and affluent, the less fortunate show little signs of improvement regardless of efforts by health experts and government policy makers to change their fate. In fact, studies find that the gap between the fit and the fat keeps widening.

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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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If Your Weight Loss Aspirations Remain Frustrated, Don’t Be Surprised

It’s resolution season again, that time-honored exercise of self-restraint when people try to negate the fallout from holiday celebrations and other indulgences. According to statistics, however, these well-meaning attempts are mostly doomed to fail. The vast majority of ‘born-again’ dieters and exercise enthusiasts will give up in less than a month. The reasons can be myriad, and sometimes they are beyond a person’s control. But there are also ways to beat the odds and find success at last.

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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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A New Year’s Resolution: Be Less Wasteful with Time

We all get routinely lost in unnecessary activities, in stuff that is oftentimes frivolous and silly. A lot of time and energy is wasted on complaining, gossiping, antagonizing, fighting, and being plainly miserable, or on doing things that yield no real benefits, like reading or watching so-called “news” about people and events unrelated to us, or updating our social media status with irrelevant information.

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