Habit Change Hacks

Change is rough. Habits are sticky. Most of us struggle to adopt new ways of doing things even when we know we’d be happier, healthier, and just better off living this way. Much of this struggle comes down to human nature and biology. Over the past ten years or so there has been a surge…

30 Day Wellness Challenge Week 1

(Note: This is post is part of the New York Times Wellness 30 day challenge. If you want to join in- sign up here. Each week I will post about the daily challenges.) How the Challenge Works Each day you will receive a new challenge (don’t worry, they are designed to be short and fit into…

30 Day Well Challenge

Looking for a kick-start to the new year? Or trying out some new techniques to hack your life? If you’d like to improve your fitness, relationships, stress management, or diet The New York Times 30 Day Well Challenge has you covered. Join me starting Monday for this free daily habit change program to better your…

Snack Hacks

Is snacking a healthy way to manage hunger and avoid overeating or just another opportunity to eat too much food? As with most things nutrition, the answer depends on the details. Snacking can be a healthy part of any nutrition plan or it can lead to unhealthy food behaviors. First- the Downside of Snacking Culture…

The Dietary Disconnect

The Importance of Information The principles of healthy nutrition are pretty basic; concepts most of us learn as children like eat more fruits and vegetables and eat less fried foods and desserts. Education is an important aspect of improving the quality of people’s diet and yet it is not a magic bullet. It’s not like we…

How and When You Eat May Matter More than What You Eat

A new study published in the British Medical Journal Open this February highlights several keys that can help you lose weight and prevent weight gain. What They Found The researchers reviewed health reports of over fifty-nine thousand Japanese adults, mapping eating and sleeping behaviors with body weight. They found four key factors associated with unhealthy weight…

How To Non-Diet

Last week I introduced the concept of non-dieting as a solution to some of the most common struggles with weight loss; a way to integrate healthy habits for a lifetime of success. And this week we get the nuts and bolts- how to put the non-diet approach into practice. So here’s a simple four-part plan:…

Ditch the Diet

Trying to lose weight? Pick a diet, any diet. They all work– at short-term weight loss that will be gained back for 90-95% of people. Study after study of weight loss efforts tells us something about “going on a diet” to lose weight may be the wrong approach. But why? We know that body weight is…

Curious Cravings

The struggle to eat healthfully often comes down to coping with cravings. These impulses are rarely about hunger and are often very powerful. Most cravings are very specific but usually are refined carbohydrates with either a sweet or salty kick.  For me, it’s salt and black pepper Kettle Chips. For others, it’s  cookies, ice cream, crackers……

Tracking Change

Nutrition is about so much more than body weight. And yet, most people judge the healthfulness of their diet and their progress in trying to improve their diet using the numbers on the scale. While body weight is an important factor in health, relying on the scale leaves out many factors and can lead to…