How To Resist Unhealthy Food

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“What happens,” my neighbor asked, “when the people you live with don’t eat this way?” (Phil desperately wants to learn how to resist unhealthy food.) Uh ho. That sucks. I thought to myself as I regarded the offerings at this traditional Memorial Day potluck. Here’s a nice man who has multiple heart issues, who wants to help himself by consuming...[ read more ]

How to Stick to a Healthy Diet (and still keep your friends)

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You’ve probably discovered by now that there are many obstacles to learning how to stick to a healthy diet, from lack of accurate information to lack of support to your own innate hunger drive. Why, even your own personality can play a role in determining whether you are able to consistently stick to a high-nutrient food palette. When it comes...[ read more ]

Break the Habit of Compulsive Eating

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Compulsive eating can be likened to a habit, and a recent shopping expedition with a friend highlighted some major differences in our eating habits—not just relative to what we eat but in how we go about consuming. Mind you, this friend aspires to follow a high-nutrient diet style but continues a decades-long struggle with—you guessed it—sugar, salt, and fat. Sound...[ read more ]

Use the Five Gratitudes to Overcome Comfort Eating

Hello, Reader. If you are a frequent follower of my commentaries, you know that my work with would-be nutritarians is focused less on delineations of the various aspects of high-nutrient eating and more on habit change. Because diet modification is one of life’s greatest challenges—so difficult, in fact, that most of you, sadly, won’t succeed—I take a back-door approach. Instead...[ read more ]

Is Diabetes Reversible?

Is diabetes reversible? The American Diabetes Association would say no. Their website claims that "People with diabetes can eat the same foods the family enjoys.” Furthermore, “It takes some planning but you can fit your favorite foods into your meal plan and still manage your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol.” WTF? Go ahead, eat what you want! The huge...[ read more ]

Mindfulness and Overeating

Mindfulness and overeating are inversely proportional--i.e., the more mindful you are while eating, the less you overeat (and, unfortunately, vice versa). Have you ever noticed that much (or all) of your unhealthy eating is done somewhat unawares? I mean, how often do you actually savor—relaxed and without distraction, bite for bite—that sumptuous box of Americana known as Nutter Butters? When’s...[ read more ]

How to Love Your Body the Healthy Way

Warning: Dear Reader, if you’re all about political rectitude, you probably won’t like this post, in which I will make every effort to convince you that embracing your overweight body with love and acceptance—as body image activists recommend—is, in fact, antithetical to long-term health and well-being. Read on to learn how to learn how to love your body the healthy...[ read more ]

What IS a Healthy Diet? (hint: it might not be what you think)

It’s no secret that the standard American diet (SAD) is hazardous to your health. Most of the foods comprising the SAD foundation—like animal products and refined carbohydrates—are strongly linked to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and autoimmune illness. So what is a healthy diet? Similarly, the foods correlated to a reduction in all the leading causes of death—nutrient-rich powerhouses like...[ read more ]

Why Portion Control Doesn’t Work (i.e., eat more to lose weight)

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Are You Eating Enough? A commonly held belief among weight loss enthusiasts is thus: in order to lose weight, you must employ portion control. Certainly, if you intend to continue consuming the calorie-rich, nutrient-poor provender of meat and potatoes, pasta and olive oil, cheese and crackers—then you will have to eat less. However, WFPB (whole-food plant-based) eaters have the opposite...[ read more ]

Lose Weight and Keep It Off By Learning to Stick to a Healthy Diet

Don’t Make the Same Mistake All Other Americans Make You are well aware that a huge percentage of Americans have attempted to diminish their girth by diet, exercise, surgery. Unfortunately, even as medical research uncovers more and more of the deleterious effects of overweight and obesity, we Yankees continue to grow heavier. Why is that? Why is it that despite...[ read more ]

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