12 Tips to Strengthen Your Willpower

The American Psychological Association’s 2011 Stress in America Survey proved that willpower is a major hindrance for most people. Willpower was the top reason (27%) people cited for being unable to make healthy lifestyle changes. A whopping 57% of people said they wanted to lose weight, and 50% wanted to eat healthier. However, fewer than…

The Wellbeing of Children and Adolescents During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Emotional Children’s worlds have shifted considerably in the past few months. Suddenly they are dealing with school and child care closures, being quarantined at home, not being able to see their friends, losing their routine, and changing family dynamics as parents begin to define what their new “work-life balance” looks like. Children are also struggling…

Recognizing Disordered Eating Patterns

When people hear the term “eating disorder,” they often think of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. While these are the most prevalent eating disorders, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, pica, orthorexia nervosa, and otherwise specified feeding or eating disorders are more common than many people realize. Below are some symptoms that you…

Beyond REM – The Science of Chronobiology

Basics of Chronobiology Chronobiology is the study of time rhythms and how they affect our behavior and functioning. One hundred fifty messenger substances constantly circulate through your body and update your organs about the current environment – your body temperature, blood pressure, etc. There are three primary rhythms of chronobiology: Infradian Rhythms– these are rhythms…

The Good Mood Grocery List

Foods That May Alleviate Depression Several B vitamins, including folate, B1 (thiamin), B6, and B12, are essential to emotional wellness. The best sources of these vitamins are animal-based foods, including meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. These vitamins are also found in a wide range of beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, especially dark…

Can Cholesterol Be Too Low?

What is Cholesterol Good For?  Cholesterol is in the membrane of every cell in your body. It is essential to make certain vitamins and hormones, produces bile acids so that you can digest and absorb nutrients, and plays a role in the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. It would make logical sense that too…

Free Health Handout: Diabetes and Fatigue

There are many reasons that individuals with diabetes often complain of feeling tired and sluggish. Some of these reasons are physical, such as the side effects of medication or erratic blood glucose levels; other causes are psychological, like the exhaustion that can result from the constant vigilance that diabetes demands. This handout provides various considerations…

Four Weeks to Spring Clean Your Life

It feels like winter still has much of the nation in its icy grips, which makes cleaning up and getting ready for the spring even more enticing – as if we can somehow hasten the arrival of warmer weather by making our homes more appealing. Why don’t you take a break from cleaning windows and washing…

The Foods You’re Most Likely to Binge On

Binge eating refers to eating 5,000 – 15,000 calories in one sitting. Stress and negative feelings often precede a binge eating episode, and binge eaters usually eat in secret and hide food. Besides drastically increasing the chances of being overweight or obese, binge eating is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart…

Choline: The Very Important Nutrient You Don’t Hear Much About

 Maybe you’ve never heard of choline. You’re not alone. The DRI wasn’t even established until 1998, and the choline content of foods could not be measured until recently. Small amounts of choline are made in your body, but you get most of it in the foods that you eat. Foods like: Eggs Beef Pork Chicken…