For many of us, whenever we’re under stress or distress, there’s nothing like comfort food to make us feel better. After all, there’s a reason it’s called comfort food. So, if you get uncontrollable food cravings when you’re emotional, you’re certainly not alone. Unfortunately, that feeling of comfort is short-lived when you realize you just sabotaged your healthy eating efforts.
Every Sunday you cook several pounds of chicken, countless carrots, and steamed broccoli. You rice cauliflower to avoid carbs. You select yogurt with low calories and sugar to complement your diet. Then you carefully package a week’s worth of lunches for you (and probably others in your family) to help keep everyone’s healthy eating on track. A new study, however, reveals your hard work can be completely undone by the free food given out at work during the week.
Quick! Name all the fad diets you’ve gone on! If you’re like most people, chances are you could name more than a few, and these diets likely contributed to several cycles of yo-yo dieting for you. The bad news is that yo-yo dieting is often tiring, difficult, discouraging and takes a lot of work with little long-term reward. The good news is that you can get off the yo-yo dieting train.
While you may not have heard of binge eating disorder, chances are you know someone who suffers from it. An estimated 4 million Americans have the disorder and that only accounts for reported cases. It’s believed more people suffer from binge eating disorder than anorexia and bulimia combined – making it the most common eating disorder in the United States. Until 2013, binge eating wasn’t recognized as a disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), but its recent inclusion is good news. Not only does it help patients receive a diagnosis, but many insurance companies will not cover treatment for mental disorders not listed in the DSM.
For many of us, the thought of losing a battle with dementia can be an unsettling thought, especially if a dementia-related disease such as Alzheimer’s runs in the family. While there’s no known cure for dementia (yet), there are steps you can take to reduce your risk and in some cases even reverse symptoms of the disease. Here are some things you might not know about reducing your risk for dementia.
It’s happened to all of us. Someone looks at your arm or leg and says “how did you get that bruise?!” When you look down at the purplish blue mark on your body you just cannot remember what could have caused it. You brush it off with a shrug. Maybe you say, “I probably ran into something. I don’t remember.”