Category Eating Well

The Science of Eating- Part 2

#4: The Mindless Margin

Wansink explains something called “the mindless margin,” which is a span of about 200 calories that can make the difference between gaining 10 pounds in a year (by eating 100 calories more a day) or losing 10 pounds in a year (by eating 100 calories less a day). The reason he calls it mindless is because your brain and body won’t even notice that the 100 calories are missing. In fact, he says 20 percent is the magic number. Our brains and stomach don’t notice if things are 20 percent smaller or 20 percent different — 30 percent is too much and 10 percent doesn’t cut enough for you to see a difference in weight.

#5: Out of Sight, Out of Stomach

Wansink found that when secretaries sit near clear dishes filled with Hershey’s Kisses, they ate 71 percent more — or 77 cal...

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The Science of Eating- Part 1

Do you know why you eat?

We eat because we are hungry. We eat for energy. You might know some of the reasons we crave certain foods, but most of our food decisions come from hidden forces.

In fact, food psychologist Dr. Brian Wansink has found that we make more than 200 food decisions each day but we are unaware of 90 percent of them. Here at the Science of People, I like to explore the hidden forces that drive our behavior and in this post I want to talk about the science and psychology of eating.

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink, Ph.D. was our May Book Club book, and his research was fascinating. I am going to sum up the best parts for you in this article.

I want to convince you of this big idea:

The best diet is the one you don’t know you’re on.

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The Science Of Healthy Eating

The seventh episode of Next Level Living explore our diets, the biological impact of processed foods, and how these foods change our bodies and chemistry.

 

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The Best Foods & Supplements For A Healthy Gut: A Doctor Explains

healyourgut_legumesandsuch-825x496The gut is currently an area of intense scientific research and discovery. But although we’re learning a lot about the gut, we’re not yet entirely sure of the best ways to regulate it. Still, there are a few foods and supplements that we know might help—and I’m sharing them with you here.

Note: You’ll see that my recommendations are more diet-related than focused on supplements. That’s because most experts agree that the gut responds better to real, whole foods than supplement pills.
1. Probiotics

You’ve probably heard of probiotics, and how they can help heal your gut. But did you know that the supplement industry is notoriously under-regulated? In fact, one study tested 14 commercial probiotics and found that only one contained the exact species stated on the label.

That’s why I recomm...

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Eating Well After a Stroke – Part 3

Eating Well After a Stroke

Part 3

Eating well after a stroke is key to recovery. Choosing healthy foods can help control blood pressure, body weight, reduce a person’s risk of having another stroke, and may help with the demands of stroke therapy and other daily activities.

Eating Well After a Stroke(7) Choose foods high in fiber

As part of a heart-healthy diet, fiber can reduce cholesterol and your overall risk for cardiovascular disease. Dietary fiber is the part of plants the body cannot digest. As it passes through your body it affects the way your body digests foods and absorbs nutrients. How much fiber you eat affects not only your cholesterol level and risk for stroke, but may have other health benefits: helps control blood sugar, promotes regularity, prevents gastrointestinal disease and helps in weight man...

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Eating Well After a Stroke – Part 2

Eating Well After a Stroke

Part 2

Eating well after a stroke is key to recovery. Choosing healthy foods can help control blood pressure, body weight, reduce a person’s risk of having another stroke, and may help with the demands of stroke therapy and other daily activities.

Eating Well After a Stroke(5) Limit your intake of saturated and trans fat and cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty, waxy substance made by your body and found in foods of animal origin. Your body needs cholesterol to maintain the health of your body’s cells.

However, too much cholesterol in your blood can increase your risk of stroke and heart disease. High levels of blood cholesterol are the result of two factors: how much cholesterol your body makes, and how much fat and cholesterol are in the food you eat.

Diets high in saturated fats are link...

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Eating Well After a Stroke

Eating Well After a Stroke

Part 1

Eating well after a stroke is key to recovery. Choosing healthy foods can help control blood pressure, body weight, reduce a person’s risk of having another stroke, and may help with the demands of stroke therapy and other daily activities.

Preventing another stroke and staying healthy can be achieved when you take appropriate steps to control your weight and blood pressure. Making healthy food choices is a major step in the right direction, and you can enhance the impact diet plays in your risk by meeting with a registered dietitian. A dietitian can teach you how to prepare and plan meals and snacks to enhance your health.

Eating Well After a Stroke

This educational tool is provided to get you started on the road to recovery...

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How Many Servings a day?

How many servings of fruits/veggies/grain/dairy/protein/etc. should I really be eating every day?

How many servings of fruits/veggies/grain/dairy/protein/etc. should I really be eating every day?

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I am a big proponent of eating an abundance of vegetables. Vegetables should be the main meal, with protein and fat to complement the vegetable. Veggies are the best source of vitamins and minerals, they contain fiber to feed healthy bacteria in the gut, and they fill you up. Although most patients will not meet my goal, I recommend 12 servings of vegetables a day. Most Americans are lucky to get one.

Consume at least 2 servings of organic vegetables with every meal and make vegetables your snacks...

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Why fat is essential for your brain

Video: Why fat is essential for your brain, beauty and sex life.

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Health Benefits of Almonds

Health Benefits of Almonds

The health benefits of almonds are extensive, and they are frequently used as a healthy solution for relief from constipation, respiratory disorders, coughs, heart disorders, anemia, impotence, and diabetes. It also helps in maintenance of healthy hair, skin care (psoriasis), and dental care.

Almond21Almonds are found in places like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Israel. This highly nutritional nut is a rich source of vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. It also contains zinc, selenium, copper and niacin. Compared to all other nuts, almonds are the most packed with nutrients and beneficial components.

Both sweet and bitter almonds are readily available...

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