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…

Some Ugly Truths About Weight Loss

There are some ugly truths about weight loss that many dietitians and health coaches avoid discussing. I choose to talk about them because I want people to understand why it’s so damn hard to lose weight and to stop immediately blaming themselves when their efforts don’t pay off. I know that this sounds depressing to…

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…

20 Little-Known Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes – so many misconceptions, so little time! This complicated health problem is made even more challenging because it often travels with friends – other conditions, including kidney disease, heart disease, neuropathy, etc. How many of the facts below did you already know? By sharing what we learn, we can help others to avoid common…

Collagen: The Elusive Fountain of Youth?

Collagen is the main structural protein in your body and is present in your skin, bone, cartilage, and tendons. If you are not a vegetarian, you eat collagen every day. When collagen is processed with hot water, gelatin is created, and if gelatin is further hydrolyzed with enzymes, you get collagen hydrolysate. Collagen hydrolysate is…

Setting the Stage for Weight Loss

It’s often said that you shouldn’t take on a new project without first organizing your surroundings. Weight loss is a worthy endeavor so let’s make sure that you’re ready to roll: In case you wake up late or encounter another problem in the morning. It’s best to pack your lunch and get what you need…

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…

Does Your Job Cause Diabetes?

The Impact of Stress In an extensive German study that collected data from more than 5,300 employees aged 29-66, scientists found that the women under a high level of work pressure had a 45% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. About 20% of people are affected by high levels of mental stress at work….

32 Foods That Improve Sleep

Salmon, halibut, and tuna, chickpeas, fortified cereal – The vitamin B6 in these foods aid the manufacture of melatonin. Tart cherry juice – In one study, two cups of tart cherry juice each day improved melatonin levels and improved chronic insomnia. Milk, yogurt, cheese, green leafy vegetables – Foods that contain calcium might make it easier to fall…