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…

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…

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…

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…

Understanding the Difference Between Hunger and Craving

People say “only eat when you’re hungry,” which is a simple and often unhelpful piece of advice, especially for people who struggle with emotional eating or have health conditions that affect appetite. In general, the following rules explain the difference between hunger and food cravings:   Hunger Cravings Caused by physical needs physical or psychological…

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….

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…

12 Tips for Quitting Soda

Sugar-sweetened beverages are undeniably terrible for us and accept part of the blame for obesity, diabetes, weakened bones, kidney stones, poor dental health, and a slew of other conditions plaguing Americans. However, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is not dropping quickly enough as more studies warning about the dangers are unveiled. Consumption still hovers around 10 ounces…

Worry More About Magnesium and Potassium

 People tend to be most concerned with nutrients that most younger people aren’t at risk of being deficient in, like vitamin B12 or protein. If you eat animal protein or a very well-planned vegetarian diet and are under the age of 60, you’re likely OK on these two. What you’re probably not OK on is…

How Having a Broken Heart or Being Angry Can Kill You

Working in hospitals, it is common to see that when one spouse passes away, the surviving spouse goes downhill rapidly and often dies shortly after. This isn’t always the case, but anyone who has worked in a hospital for a while can tell you that it’s not uncommon. This doesn’t always occur with spouses; it…